Welcome to the kitchens of the future
partnered with Amazon, allowing owners of its machines to sign up to the Dash replacement service. So as soon as the dishwasher starts running low on detergent and rinse aid, a new batch will be automatically ordered for you – ideal for busy households on the go.
Miele’s new induction hob with its integrated extractor automatically adjusts the ventilation depending on what’s cooking. You can even connect it with an app on your smartphone, tablet or Amazon Alexa, and control it without even having to touch the appliance, so you can get on with other tasks at the same time as cooking. Samsung’s latest offering is its Dual Cook Flex oven, which is connected to Wi-Fi and lets its users monitor and control the oven using a smartphone app. There are also 40 pre-programmed cooking settings available for simple meal preparation.
For those lacking dinner inspiration, Indesit’s Aria built-in oven also comes with recipe ideas. Connect it to the app, photograph a list of ingredients you have in your fridge and cupboards, and the app will recommend dishes for you to cook. Once you’ve chosen your meal, the oven then automatically sets the time and temperature and switches itself off ff at the end of the cooking time.
Clever r developments in fridges have made life easier too: oo: For example, Miele’s le’s new technology in some of its fridge-freezers reezers allows ingredients ents to be stored for or longer than before due to humidity controls ntrols on the fridge drawers, with lids that keep moisture locked in. n.
“With h the current heightened ned focus on n food and energy wastage, , new innovations ions that keep eep customers’ food fresher for longer are proving ving popular, too,” says ys Max McCormick of Miele. Hotpoint has created ated a new filter that absorbs sorbs the ethyl- ene gas produced by fruit and vegetables, keeping them fresher for longer. Its new fridge also cools food from 70C to 3C quickly with a blast of cool air – which means you can pop freshly prepared dishes or leftovers straight in the fridge without having to wait hours for them to cool down.
The apex of this hi-tech gadgetry is Milan’s EuroCucina, the biennial event dedicated to kitchen design. If the latest one is anything to go by, these innovations are showing no signs of slowing down. Grundig has created a “virtual user experience technology hub” which is designed to transform an ordinary countertop into an interactive cooking surface – and it’s stylish too. Set inside the cooker hood, it shines down graphics to outline the cooking spots on the kitchen countertop below (which has hidden induction plates below the counter’s surface). Without any physical knobs and buttons, it provides a more hygienic and easy-to-clean surface, and will appeal to the style-conscious among us. What’s more, the hidden induction hob in the countertop surface is designed to wirelessly control smaller appliances, such as your kettle and radio.
Whirlpool’s ideas for its “kitchen of the future” include an interactive splashback and work surface that also connects to social media, websites and recipes. The splashback has a personalised touch screen with live “chats” for recipe tips, and offers wine recommendations for your selected meal, while the kitchen hob lists the dishes’ ingredients and tells you where to place each saucepan automatically. “The concept demonstrates where technology is leading us in the near future,” says Moverley.
Technology in the kitchen isn’t all about saving money, time and energy, it’s also about innovation, too. Appliance manufacturer Candy Hoover is catering to increased demand from ambitious cooks with the launc launch of its Sous Vide system. Channelling the li likes of BBC’s MasterChef, Mast wannabe coo cooks can put food in bags, which are then cooked using a water or steam bath. But it’s not cheap, at around £5,750.
The downsid downside of all this technology is the possibil possibility of it all going wrong wrong: you have to make sure th the appliances you choose are compatibl compatible and can all ““talk” t to one another. anothe You also want appliances that w will look good next to each other, so that your kitchen isn’t jus just smart on the inside.
The newest hi-tech kitchen designs were unveiled at EuroCucina in Milan this year, such as this by Way Materia, main, and one by Hera, below