Discover the top appliance trends for 2018. From appliance color trends to new appliance features, find the latest and greatest for the year.
What’s cooking for 2018? From the kitchen to the laundry room, we’ve got the scoop on the hottest appliance trends that were on display at the 2018 Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas.
This year, it’s all about convenience. People are used to running their lives from their smartphones, and appliance manufacturers are taking notice.
Appliances are higher tech than ever before, but they’re more interactive, too. Check out the latest and greatest innovations that are changing the way we interact with our home appliances.
1. Larger LCD digital interfaces
Now your stove can communicate with your smartphone via a large LCD digital interface. What would that look in practice? Plug in a recipe, and the stove will take it from there, preheating to the recipe’s specifications and cooking for the right amount of time.
2. Whole home connected hubs
No one wants a different app to control each appliance in their home. Manufacturers are trying to make their products as appealing to the mass market as possible by using open technology platforms. That way, people can interact with their appliances from a universal platform.
3. Pre-soak and scrub tubs in washers for stain removal
New washers are making stain removal easier than ever. Open the washer’s lid to find a bowl, which has a washboard sort of feel. It pre-soaks and scrubs stained clothes. When it’s done, lift the lid and drop the clothes right into the tub and go straight into the cycle.
4. Better diagnostics and remote monitoring for problems
It’s easier than ever before to get peace of mind when you’re on vacation or at work, knowing your appliances are humming along as they should. Some appliances have water sensors built into them and can alert you when a leak happens — or even before. Want the same functionality with your current washer? Meet Wally, a smart sensor that monitors water leaks, temperature and humidity.
5. Eco-friendly hybrid water heaters
Hybrid water heater units combine the on-demand heating technology of a tankless water heater with the efficiency of a storage tank. By using electricity to move heat from elsewhere instead of creating the heat with natural gas power or electrical resistance, they can save a four-person household about $330 a year, according to Energy Star.
6. More metallic finishes
While there’s still an entire spectrum of metallic finishes for appliances, the hottest color is slate, and the trendiest finish is matte. Refrigerators are front and center of this trend, just because they have so much square footage, but other appliances are following suit so you can complete the suite.
7. Pro-quality industrial ranges
In response to more and more people wanting to be home chefs (as opposed to just meal-makers), there are more professional-quality cooking appliances for the kitchen. That means big sturdy knobs, precision in heating and larger grated burner plates.
8. Accessibility and visibility in fridges
New fridges are all about convenience and accessibility, from smaller doors within doors so you don’t have to open the whole fridge when you just want a drink, to LED lights illuminating every square inch inside. Kenmore models even have glass-front panels that allow you to see inside the fridge without having to open the door. At the grocery store wondering if you’re out of milk at home? No problem! Some fridges also have cameras inside so you can take a peek from your phone.
9. Four-door fridges
Like most innovations this year, a four-door fridge is all about purpose — not just aesthetics. You can actually adjust one of the compartments, turning it from a fridge into a freezer and back again, based on your needs.
10. Three-rack dishwashers
Dishwashers have always been basically the same size, but now we’re seeing a more sophisticated use of that space. Some new dishwashers have bigger tubs with three racks for more efficient loading and utensil washing. In addition, dishwashers are sporting higher-tech washer jet mechanisms, like Kenmore’s TurboZone.
11. Folding machines
Yes, you read that right. Soon you’ll have a device that can actually fold your clothes. The robotic technology is still in its infancy — but it’s coming.