8 Smart Appliances for Easier Cooking and Cleaning

Slaving over a hot stove is so 20th century. Communicating with your stove — now that's 21st-century thinking. Check out the latest ways you can stay connected with your appliances to make chores more efficient.

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Mr. Coffee Smart Coffeemaker

Almost as good as having a butler, the Mr. Coffee 10-Cup Smart Optimal Brew Coffeemaker from Belkin has WeMo connectivity, so you can start your morning coffee from the comfort of bed. Use a smartphone and the WeMo app to schedule up to a week’s worth of brewing plans. The coffeemaker is compatible with Apple (iOS 7.0 and higher) and Android (4.0 and higher) devices, as well as non-morning people. 

Dacor Discovery Wall Oven

Swipe to download cooking apps and watch recipe how-to videos. Wait, if it sounds like you’re using a tablet in the kitchen, think again. The Dacor Discovery Wall Oven runs on the Android platform and features a built-in Samsung processor, a 7-inch LCD touch screen and connects with your home’s Wi-Fi network. 

Belkin Crock-Pot Smart Slow Cooker

This Belkin Crock-Pot Smart Slow Cooker is an intelligent cook. Using the WeMo app, you can control dinner even when you’re stuck in a late meeting. The slow cooker works with your devices running Apple iOS 6 and up or Android 4.0 and higher. 

Whirlpool Smart Front Load Washer

For those of us who chronically forget to add detergent, or are prone to leaving wet clothes sitting for days, consider the Whirlpool Smart Front Load Washer. It sends alerts when it’s time to reorder detergent, pretreats stains on its own, and will turn on a dryer feature if you leave your clothes in too long. Use the My Smart Appliances app to start or pause the washer remotely, and to monitor energy usage. 

Moxie Showerhead + Wireless Speaker

Catch up on the news and weather, or blare some show tunes — either way, showering just got a lot more entertaining with the Moxie Showerhead + Wireless Speaker from Kohler. The magnetic speaker pops into the showerhead, and uses Bluetooth to connect with your digital device, up to 32 feet away. It can play for up to 7 hours between battery charges. 

LG Smart ThinQ Refrigerator

This LG Smart ThinQ refrigerator features an 8" Wi-Fi-enabled LCD screen you can use to browse the web and find tonight’s dinner recipe. It even keeps track of when food inside is nearing its expiration date, so you don’t waste a thing. 

Miele Futura Diamond Series Dishwasher

Knock, knock. Who’s there? It’s your dishwasher, opening up because you’ve knocked on its vibration sensor. The Miele G 6985 SCVi K20 Futura Diamond Series Dishwasher has no buttons; you tell it what to do with a touch display. An LED light shows how much time is left on the cycle, and inside, more LED lights illuminate the dishwasher’s interior.  

Samsung NaviBot Vacuum Cleaner

With 37 sensors and an onboard camera to determine the most efficient cleaning path of your home, Samsung’s NaviBot vacuum cleaner might be savvier than some humans. Antitangle mechanisms automatically unwind any cords the NaviBot picks up, and keep pet hair from wrapping around the brushes. Use the virtual fence option to designate places to avoid, like around your Chippendale chair.