Since the invention of the microwave oven over 70 years ago, kitchen technology, apart from becoming more efficient, has not advanced a great deal. Now though, smart appliances are making our lives easier whilst revolutionising the way we use our kitchens. Here we explore some of the most useful and advanced kitchen technologies on the market today.
Claiming to be ‘the most sophisticated oven ever’ June is a convection oven that can also be used as an air fryer, dehydrator, slow cooker, broiler, toaster and warming drawer. It includes more than 100 multi-step cook-programmes that have been professionally developed and allow you to perfectly cook everything from steak to roasted vegetables. June boasts a 1ft 3 internal capacity and so can accommodate everything from a 12” pizza to a 12-pound turkey. It also preheats three times faster than conventional ovens so your food will be ready quicker.
Nowadays, smart appliances worth their salt come with an app – June is no different. The app has a database of hundreds of recipes and guided cooking videos which can be synced up to the oven ensuring accurate time, temperature and pre-sets – resulting in perfect meals every time. You will also get cooking updates and notifications with musical alerts, plus the intelligent camera can stream live video from inside the oven to your phone.
‘Delivering a new sense of life for the most discerning individual’ the LG SIGNATURE InstaView Door-in-Door™ Refrigerator is as sleek as it is practical. A glass panel has been inserted into the front of the door and by tapping it twice illuminates the interior. This allows you to see the contents without opening the door – keeping your food fresher by stopping cold air from escaping. LG have incorporated two auto open features into this refrigerator. The first allows you to open the main door, hands-free, by standing on a ‘door open’ light that is projected onto the floor of your kitchen. The second will gently pull out the freezer drawers for easier access.
Inside, the LG SIGNATURE InstaView Door-in-Door Refrigerator has a stainless-steel interior to help maintain the cold temperature and keep your food fresh. The FRESHShield™ cooling technology further maintains the cold temperatures and freshness by creating a cold air barrier when the door is open. There is also an air filter and an air circulation fan to keep your fridge smelling fresh. All of this, and more, can be controlled via the control panel or your smartphone.
Nest Protect was one of the first smart smoke alarms to hit the market. When Nest detects smoke or carbon monoxide, it will first alert you of the problem using a friendly human voice. Then, if the smoke is no threat, for example burnt toast, you can use your app to stop the alarm. If you take no action, the early warning system becomes a full-on alarm.
Fitting multiple Nest Protects in each room also allows you to know exactly which room is in danger, and plan your escape safely, which is made even easy and safer because it also lights your way. As alerts are sent to your smart phone, you will be notified even when you are not at home.
With a predicted life span of 10 years, Nest Protect continually tests itself and lets you know that all is well via a glowing green light, rather than an annoying chirping sound that many regular smoke detectors emit. It can also be linked up to the Nest Thermostat which it will shut down if it detects a carbon monoxide leak.
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