Guide to Technology in the Kitchen

Guide to Technology in the Kitchen

Blending technology and design in the kitchen is nothing new. As we become more dependent on technology, so do our homes. Let’s look at some of the kitchen technology trends you may want to incorporate in your next major remodel.

LIGHTING

LEDs

We’ve said it before and we’ll say it again: LEDs are trending. They started in undercabinet lighting applications and have evolved into pendants, sconces, and more. Why are they so popular?

1) The plastic bulb is more durable than the thin glass bulbs of incandescents.
2) They don’t have filaments that burn out. An electric current passes through semiconductor material, illuminating the diode. Heat is absorbed into a head sink, a passive device that dissipates it into the surrounding environment.
3) They are extremely energy efficient. Compared to incandescent bulbs, LEDs produce little heat, which means a high percentage of power is going to light generation. LEDs are also better at converting electricity into visible lighting than incandescents, outputting more lumens.

Undercabinet Module Integration

One of our undercabinet lighting manufacturers has developed a line of integrated undercabinet products. You can have task lighting, USB ports, and extra outlets all at your disposal. One of our favorite pieces is the tablet cradle. It attaches anywhere along the modular track to hold your tablet.

APPLIANCES

Kitchen technology is typically focused on the major appliances. Today’s top appliances combine smart features and energy efficiency to deliver a seamless experience.

Induction Cooktops

Induction cooking is one of the fastest growing kitchen technologies. With induction cooking, electricity flows through a coil, generating a magnetic field under the glass surface of the cooktop. When induction-compatible cookware is placed on the cooktop, currents are produced and instant heat is generated. Only the cookware heats up, not the cooktop. This instant process creates fast and evenly distributed heat.

(We have an induction cooktop on display in our showroom if you’d like to see it work in real-time.)

PLUMBING

Incorporating electronic devices and plumbing product may seem counterintuitive at first, but many manufacturers have been developing the technology for years.

Touch Faucets

Brizo and Delta manufacture faucets with SmartTouch®. Touch anywhere on the faucet body or handle to turn on or off the water. When you tap the faucet on, and LED light at the faucet’s base indicates SmartTouch is active. When you tap the faucet off, the light goes off. SmartTouch also works to conserve water by activating flow only when needed, while its flexible operation promotes safe food handling.

Touchless Faucets

Moen designed a hands-free faucet that utilizes two sensors to activate. Pass your hand over the Wave Sensor at the top of the spout to start. To turn the water off, wave your hand over the sensor again. The sensor near the base of the faucet identifies when an object, like a cup or a hand, is placed beneath the spout, running water only until you exit the sensor zone. The handle on the side of the faucet offers familiar, manual operation, allowing you to adjust temperature and water flow.

Response™ technology makes Sensate respond to your every move. Wave your hand—or an object like a pan or kitchen utensil—to turn Sensate on or off. The sensor is in tune with your every move, precision-designed to provide reliable operation every time–so there’s no need to worry about false activations when you’re working in the sink area. Sensate also runs on AC power, which means there are no batteries to replace!

WHAT’S NEXT?

Kitchen technology is only going to increase over the next few years. Manufacturers like GE and Whirlpool are already predicting what kitchens will look like in the future:

What do you think about incorporating technology into the kitchen? What features would you like to see in the years to come? Let us know below or sound off on our Facebook or Twitter pages!