The Electric Range: The LG SmarThinQ Range ($1,400) lets you preheat before you get home, a feature as underwhelming as it is dangerously unwise. You can also interface with the LG cooking management app, making it easier to plan meals, set precise temperature control remotely, even monitor the oven’s self-cleaning feature.
The Gas Oven: The upcoming Miele 48-Inch Dual Fuel Range ($TBD) can receive data from an application called Chef Watson, which uses artificial intelligence to come up with inventive recipes for whatever ingredients you have lying around.
The Refrigerator: The Samsung 4-Door Refrigerator with 8″ Wi-Fi Enabled LCD ($3,599) has a built-in touchscreen that lets you check news headlines and stream music with Pandora. Plus, if you sync it with a Samsung Galaxy smartphone, you can make calls from your fridge. Every one of this model’s so-called smart features can be done better with the tablet or smartphone that’s probably already sitting on the kitchen counter.
The Washer & Dryer: The LG WT6001HV Smart ThinQ Washer ($1,700) is just one of many appliances in its class. It texts you when the wash is done, so you’ll never forget to move a load to the dryer, and, cooler still, it uses custom cycle recipes (from an online database) to deal with specific stains and fabrics.
The Outdoor Grill: The Lynx Grill ($6,000) allows you to tell it what you want to cook (it’s voice activated) and the SmartGrill guides you through the process. It also learns your preferences.
Coffeemaker: The Arist Coffeemaker ($700) makes lattes, cappuccinos, and other custom drinks – ground and brewed to order via an app, which also lets you download new drink recipes and check on supply levels.
The Skillet: The Pantelligent ($249) is Bluetooth-connected frying pan transmits your current (and target) heat and tells you when to flip and when you’re done.
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