Smart Appliances: Why We Can’t Wait for the 'App' in 'Appliances'

Smart Appliances: Why We Can’t Wait for the 'App' in 'Appliances'
Kitchen appliance manufacturer Whirlpool has just launched a line of smart appliances to allow users to control their fridges, dishwashers and dryer-washer units from anywhere.

by Natalie Appleton

Would you love to turn on the dishwasher from the office or get an alert on your phone when the fridge is open? Smart home and kitchen appliances are on their way, and they’re going to make running your household even easier.

While Whirlpool only released the first smart, WiFi-connected appliances for sale in the United States last spring, before you know it you’ll be seeing the company’s smart refrigerator, dishwasher, and laundry washer/dryer unit in Canada.

Our Vernon appliance store is following the development and success of these appliances, which will give our customers in Vernon, Kamloops and Kelowna convenience and an opportunity to save energy and money.


How smart appliances work

If you have a wireless printer, you can probably imagine how these smart appliances work.

Whirlpool’s models employ their own 6th Sense Live technology to allow users to manage their appliances from distant locations and in real time by connecting to a wireless network. Then, from your home computer or an app on your smartphone or tablet, you can control your fridge, dryer or dishwasher.  


What they can do

Did you load the dishwasher before you left for work, but forgot to press ‘on’? Want to know how much power your appliances are using? Either on the web or using an app such as Whirlpool’s My Smart Appliances app, you can take a look at each of your appliances to see if they’re on, schedule a wash, or receive alerts if a door is open or a filter is clogged.

In addition to the convenience, a smart appliance helps you be smarter about your energy consumption. You’ll be able to see how much power your dryer is using and how much it’s costing you. In some states and even provinces, such as Ontario, this is going to be big as communities begin charging peak pricing rates so you’ll do your whites at night, when there’s less demand for power.

Home appliances Smart AppScreenshot of the My Smart Appliances app on iPad devices.


What they’ll cost

Canadian appliances employing the new smart technology are expected to cost $100 to $200 more than regular appliances. Whirlpool has inserted 6th Sense Live into its most high end appliances, however, so you can expect to pay more overall for these remote control capabilities.


Want to be smart about shopping for appliances in Kelowna, Kamloops or Vernon today? Visit Genier’s for the Interior’s biggest home and kitchen appliance selection, expert advice and live demonstration kitchens.


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