The Pros and Cons of Smart Kitchen and Laundry Appliances
Nowadays, using regular kitchen and laundry appliances without smart features feels a bit antiquated. Take a look at the kitchen and laundry appliance market and you will find plenty of new models have smart capabilities. However, there are a few cons of smart appliances as detailed below.
The Pros of Smart Washers and Dryers
It is now possible to connect smart washers and dryers to a home’s primary control hub for enhanced control. This way, you do not have to head over to the garage or laundry room to control the washer/dryer. Smart models are also beneficial in that they function with less water and power than regular washers and dyers. In fact, some smart washers and dryers are even capable of connecting directly with the local utility company to pinpoint the optimal hours for the most efficient operation.
The icing on the cake is the fact that a washer/dryer connected to a smart home hub empowers you to keep garments fresh by putting them through a second cycle without actually being in the laundry room. The smart technology notifies you exactly when the cycle has finished, establishes auto-delay cycles and even notifies users through the app when the lint filter needs to be cleaned.
The Cons of Smart Washers and Dryers
Smart washers and dryers are not without their faults. Smart laundry machines are still relatively new so some glitches pop up from time to time. In particular, glitches have occurred with home hub connectivity and apps. It is also possible smart washers and dryers will not be provided with security/firmware updates as the technology is still in its infancy. In other words, if there is a problem that requires repair, it might not be directly transmitted to the machine in an automatic manner.
The Pros of Smart Kitchen Appliances
Smart kitchen appliances have the potential to significantly reduce your home’s electric bill. Certain equipment is capable of calculating energy costs and scheduling activity that requires an abundance of energy for periods of the day/night dubbed low-energy-cost times. For some, the appeal of smart kitchen appliances extends beyond functionality and cost-savings. Many smart appliances look visually appealing thanks to their backlit touchscreens and other modern-looking design elements. Upgrade to a smart refrigerator and it will be able to alter between refrigeration and cooling as the user desires. This way, if your freezer is full yet you would like to add another item, you can alter the refrigerator’s temperature to accommodate the addition of the new frozen item. In fact, smart technology even makes it possible to view the current contents of your refrigerator while at the store.
The Cons of Smart Kitchen Appliances
One of the main drawbacks of smart kitchen appliances is that they typically require more repairs than the mechanical varieties of the machines. Such repairs have the potential to prove 50% to 100% more expensive than repairs for regular, non-smart kitchen appliances. There is also the chance your smart kitchen appliances will compromise your data.
If the appliance in question does not use reliable internet security protocols, hackers will have an avenue to access all of the smart connected appliances within your living space. Furthermore, the more data your smart kitchen appliances collects about you and your activities, the more data will be available for evildoers to pilfer and use against you. Finally, there is always the chance the internet will be down. If the internet does not function, your smart kitchen appliances will not be able to connect to the web and function as a truly intelligent machine.