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8 Smart Appliances for Easier Cooking and Cleaning

June 22, 2015
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. 

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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. 

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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. 

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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. 

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