Your fridge, stove, washer
and other appliances are
by ERIK J. MARTIN
oday’s homeowners want more than mere
functionality in their cooking, cleaning and
cooling machines. They want a wealth of
internet-age bells and whistles built in. Thanks
to rapid innovation and more-a;ordable technology,
homeowners’ expectations are being met (and often
exceeded), say the pros.
Daniel Wroclawski, who works with a leading
national consumer magazine in Yonkers, New York,
says modern appliances are evolving to make everyday chores easier.
“Whether it’s being able to remotely rerun the
dryer on your way home from work or asking Google or
Alexa to preheat the oven for dinner, home appliance
manufacturers are adding seemingly subtle features
that they hope remove pain points from your daily
routine,” he notes.
“Consumer desire has driven manufacturing and
economies of scale up, so prices have come down.
Hence, the technology is more ubiquitous, which makes
smart appliances more accessible to a wider audience,”
says Bill Darcy, CEO of the Hackettstown, New Jersey–
based National Kitchen & Bath Association.
Darcy says the greatest leaps in appliance technology have been in energy and water efficiency and connectivity. “This allows consumers to save money, leads
to less frequent repairs and brings a greater level of
convenience,” he adds.
Also, most newer appliances can now be connected
via Wi-Fi to apps and voice-controlled speakers.
Members will find a wide
variety of high-tech major
appliances from name-brand
manufacturers on Costco.com.
Check your local Costco warehouse for a display kiosk with
more product information.