Dis­cover smart Ap­pli­ances

App-con­trolled de­vices can save time, im­prove ef­fi­ciency and even do your shop­ping – we’ve got the lat­est op­tions

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Imag­ine if your wash­ing ma­chine could call out an en­gi­neer be­fore a mi­nor prob­lem be­come se­ri­ous, or if the fridge freezer could send you a text if one of the kids has left the door open (again!). Fridge freez­ers like the Sam­sung Fam­ily Hub or the Siemens iq500, for in­stance, have built-in we­b­cams and apps so you can see what gro­ceries need pick­ing up on the way home. Mean­while Dyson’s 360 Eye ro­bot vac­uum can be turned on re­motely so you can come home to a clean house.

Many large ap­pli­ances, like Hoover’s Wizard range, now of­fer re­mote con­trol of its kitchen de­vices such as wash­ing ma­chines, fridges, ovens, hobs and more, as well as ad­vice on recipes, spin and wash cy­cles, for ex­am­ple, which is great if you’ve for­got­ten to turn on the wash­ing ma­chine – although it isn’t smart enough to col­lect the clothes and load the drum!

In Amer­ica, Ama­zon has launched the $4.99 Dash but­ton that con­nects to your Wi-fi and re­orders your pre­ferred prod­ucts – wash­ing pow­der, cat lit­ter, etc – at the push of a but­ton. Could this be the fu­ture of on­line shop­ping? Watch this space…

choose an app-con­trolled fridge that lets you se­lect spe­cific tem­per­a­tures or func­tions like‘party mode’ for per­fectly chilled drinks

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