Smart, Sustainable, and Stylish: 2023 Trends in Kitchen Appliances
The history of kitchen appliances can be measured in thousands of years, from the first open-air or cave fireplace made of stones to the smart refrigerator that automatically places grocery orders for its owner. Despite such an extended period, there was little development until the 19th century. The only few appliances that were commonly used were: fireplaces and hearths, wood or coal stoves, pots, coffee grinders, and butter churns.
The 19th century brought us the first refrigerator, gas stove, coffee percolator, mixer, and mechanical dishwasher.
The 20th century has become a period of rapid innovations and the development of kitchen appliances. Microwave ovens, food processors, blenders, coffee machines, dishwashers, slow cookers, electric kettles, induction cooktops, juicers, electronic scales, and many more convenient tools are commonly found in kitchens all over the world.
The first two decades of the 21st century were all about making the inventions of the past smart, efficient, and environment-friendly.
So what appliances are expected to be trendy in 2023?
According to a survey conducted by the American Chemistry Council in 2019, which included 1064 respondents, 60% had thrown away food because it went past the expiration date or got spoiled. 43% of respondents claimed to have difficulty keeping track of their food in their fridges.
According to another study conducted by the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations in 2011, up to one-third of all food produced for human consumption is lost or wasted each year.
Smart refrigerators are designed to tackle this issue. The latest technologies help their owners manage their stock of food and beverages by utilizing machine learning and artificial intelligence. These refrigerators include cameras that show photos of the foods and drinks that are within, which are ultimately processed by a system with artificial intelligence (AI) to determine what is inside and when it expires. The system then sends notifications and reminders to its owner to consume the products before expiration or disposal. Some of the models are even capable of ordering groceries automatically when supplies run short.
As this technology is rapidly developing, we recommend researching all the available options before the purchase is planned.
Smart kitchen appliances
Internet-connected appliances are a rapidly developing category of kitchen tools. Being permanently connected, they can be controlled and monitored from anywhere using a mobile device.
Aside from Smart refrigerators, there are other convenient kitchen options:
Smart ovens allow users to preheat their oven, adjust the temperature, or set a timer remotely using a smartphone app or voice commands.
Smart coffee makers allow users to start brewing a fresh pot of coffee from their phone or voice assistant and adjust the strength, temperature, and brew time. More advanced models “learn” owners’ preferences over time and automatically adjust their settings accordingly.
Smart water filters can provide users with real-time data on water quality, filter status, and usage and send alerts when the filter needs to be changed.
Smart dishwashers provide users with real-time updates on the status of their dishes, including cycle time, remaining time, and energy usage. More advanced models are capable of adjusting their settings based on the load size and level of dirtiness.
Induction cooktops have been available on the market for many decades. Invented in the early 20th century by the American scientist William Stanley Jr. Stanley, they were considered an expensive option, affordable only to wealthy families for a very long time. Since then, manufacturing technologies have made a significant step ahead; production costs have decreased. Prices were significantly reduced, which led to the continuous growth of popularity and demand.
The induction technology uses electromagnetic energy to heat cookware directly instead of heating the cooktop’s surface. It makes cooking at least 10% more energy efficient than conventional electric cooktops. Due to their energy efficiency, speed, and precision cooking capabilities, we expect them to remain trendy in 2023 and beyond.
Built-in Steam Convection Ovens
These ovens combine the advantages of convection and steam cooking, providing faster, more efficient, and healthier cooking. Steam convection ovens typically have a water reservoir that injects steam into the cooking chamber during cooking, which helps keep food moist and tender. The dry heat then provides a crispy exterior similar to a traditional oven. This technology helps to retain more nutrients and flavor than traditional ovens. Despite the high initial cost of product and installation, a steam convection oven consumes about 25% less energy, which can reduce those hefty bills and pay itself off in the long run. Even though this technology has been available for several decades, its popularity is still growing, and more and more people tend to implement it in their new kitchens.
Built-in Vacuum sealers
Vacuum sealers help to preserve food by removing air from an airtight plastic bag, which slows down the growth of bacteria and other microorganisms that cause food to spoil.
Most vacuum sealers use a motorized pump to remove air from the packaging and seal the bag or container with heat. The technology has been used by grocery stores and restaurants for a long time to preserve meats, fish, and other perishable foods, as well as for storing leftovers, pre-made meals, and other food items.
There are a lot of tabletop options starting from $29 at Amazon.com. However, a commercial-grade built-in sealer from brands like “Miele” or “Fisher & Paykel” can go all the way up to $4000. Implementing this technology in addition to traditional appliances is a trend that will continue growing in 2023.
We have covered only a few trends in kitchen appliances that we observe today. Technology is developing so fast that new options are being released or designed while we write this article. Therefore, we advise our readers to keep an eye on the news of the tech world. What is certain is that by implementing the latest technologies in our everyday life, we can make it more comfortable and our future more sustainable and equitable.
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