Smart Appliances a Must Have? Pros and Cons, Our Review of the State Of Affairs!

Internet Of Things - Smart Appliances

Smart appliances are all the ‘rave’ right now. Families are investing their money in refrigerators that can tell them when they are running low on milk. Washing machines that can stop and start themselves. Locks that use facial or fingerprint recognition and much more. All these ‘gadgets’  and smart appliances can cost a lot of money. There is no doubt that they add a level of convenience to living that we didn’t experienced before. Design Time your local kitchen and bathroom design specialists discuss some of the more common smart appliances below.

You may be wondering whether it is worthwhile to spend your money on a smart appliances for your next bathroom or kitchen design?

What is wrong with actually opening your refrigerator to find out what you are running low on?

To help you make up your mind we created this brief smart appliances review. Below you will find a list of some of the most common electronics around in the modern house today.

Smart Appliances - Fridge Freezer

1. Smart Fridge Freezer

Are you considering a smart fridge freezer in your next kitchen design. They have become rather common. They come with a screen that supports a tablet that you can use to do all sorts of things. It will allow you to control the temperature and humidity of your fridge. Penciling important events into your calendar has been made very easy. Many allow you to showcase photos. Some even come with a camera and speakers for further integration in to a full blow home automation project

Many people will consider these add-ons unnecessary. This shouldn’t overshadow the most important functions of the smart fridge. It helps those who are busy and want to make a shopping lists when on the move. You can connect and control your smart fridge from your mobile phone. Wherever you’re, you can see what where and for what you need to stop and what to buy before you get home or even submit your weekly shopping orders to your favorite online super market.

The problem with these fridges, of course, is that they are considerably more expensive than the more ordinary models. More repair might not be as easy to apply once they break down. They could be vulnerable to be hacked or controlled from the outside of your home.

2. Smart Washing Machines and Tumble Dryers

These come with several conveniences. They can be connected to a home automation hub and controlled from anywhere. This also means that you don’t have to go to the laundry room to get things going or done. You can also program them to come on when utility rates are at their lowest during the day. So this also helps  to save some money over time.

While you may enjoy these conveniences you should keep in mind that these machines are still in the very early stages of development and they may still display certain glitches. Also, no one knows how the companies that make them intend to handle updates towards the embedded software operating these machines going forward or what inter connectivity or standards they will utilise  and offer in the future

Smart Appliances - Dishwasher

Man turns on the dishwasher by using a smartphone application.

3. Smart Dishwasher

This is a great appliance because, unlike the others discussed here, you don’t have to be in the room to work it. The best models are connected to an app on your phone so that you can start and stop the wash cycles at your own convenience. You can also do things like add more detergent or water. The ‘con’ with smart dishwashers is that although they work rather well they are more expensive.  You will need to spend quite a bit to own one. Also, because they are controlled through an app you may not always be alerted to all the problems before it is too late.

4. Smart Locks

These are a great idea for people who have kids. You don’t have to be at home when they get back from school. There are a couple of problems with smart locks. The first is that they can be hacked, and you will have no idea until the intruder is inside your home. The other is that they can malfunction and leave you locked in or out.  Since most locksmiths do not deal with smart locks you might have to wait a while before you can be helped.

Smart Appliances – Should You or Should You Not?

After reading this smart appliances review it is up to you to make up your mind whether or not they are worth your money.

If you are not sure why not contact Design Time? Design Time are experts in smart home appliances installations and integration and we can do an assessment to determine whether your home is suitable for them.

Contact us through our website here: or contact us by telephone on 0115 981 89 81.