Costco.com’s prices on major
appliances include the man-
ufacturer’s warranty, in-home
delivery, parts and basic hook-
up, and haul away of the old
appliance. Plus, Costco extends
the manufacturer’s warranty on
major appliances to two years
from the date of purchase.
Free technical support is
provided by Costco Concierge
Services. Costco Concierge
Services let you speak with
who can provide answers to
your setup and product use
assistance, and warranty
information and assistance.
(For warranty service, contact
Costco Concierge Services at
Also, if you purchase with
your Costco Anywhere Visa
Card or your Costco Anywhere
Visa Business Card, you extend
your warranty coverage for an
additional two years.
Certain terms and conditions
apply. Coverage details will be
provided upon card membership, or you can visit Citi.com/
Costco to learn more.—Editor
Considering that ;; percent of U.S. households will
be smart homes by ;;;;, according to Smart Things
(a Samsung subsidiary), it makes sense that smart
appliances are now all the rage, says Costco member
Claudia Santos, a marketing director for Samsung in
Ridgefield Park, New Jersey. “Up to now, appliances have
been static devices. But today’s connected appliances
are changing the way we use our homes and kitchens.”
Still, consumers crave more than connectivity; intui-
tive technology that allows them to ditch instruction
manuals is a top priority, too. That’s why brands like
LG are imbuing their products with machine learning
and artificial intelligence (AI).
“Our AI platform learns about users to provide
intelligent services, not the other way around,” says Dave
Vander Waal, of Costco supplier LG Electronics USA in
Englewood Cliffs, New Jersey. “This AI integrates across
our devices, forming a network of devices that talk and
learn from each other.”
Erik J. Martin is a Chicago-based writer.
A peek at the perks
Here’s a roundup of exciting functions
some appliances now include.
STOVES AND OVENS
• Look up recipes that can program
the temperature and cook time.
• Receive mobile alerts when cook
time is finished.
• Cook a variety of foods at di;erent
temperatures using multiple oven
• Create recipes based on what’s in the
fridge, make shopping lists, play videos,
stream music and more using a built-in
touch-screen smart home hub.
• Keep track of food expiration dates
with a Smart Tag feature.
• Peek inside while you’re out food
shopping, via interior cameras.
• Customize the temperature by drawer
• Customize and convert fridge space
into extra freezer compartments, and
• Accommodate di;erent-size items
with adjustable racks.
• Clean faster and more thoroughly
with stronger jets.
• Cut drying time with more powerful
heating elements and blowers.
• Automatically adjust water levels and
cycle times based on load size.
WASHERS AND DRYERS
• Automatically adjust wash/dry cycles
with dirt-detecting sensors.
• Automatically adjust wash intensity
based on fabric types or loads.
• Wash two loads simultaneously at
di;erent temperatures, thanks to multiple
• Automatically optimize wash settings
via sensors that analyze weather and air
(Left to right):
Samsung 4-Door French Door Refrigerator with Family Hub; LG SIGNATURE
Smart Wi-Fi Enabled Dual-Fuel Double-Oven Range with ProBake Convection;
LG SIGNATURE All-in-One Twin-Wash Washer/Dryer with Pedestal Washer