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By April Khan, Appliances Connection
Nowadays, it’s almost impossible to go to an electronics or home goods store without seeing the word ‘Smart’ or ‘Connected’ plastered all over the place. But before you get annoyed, we should let you know that there’s pretty good reasoning behind this.
Smart Appliances assist you. They help you to get things done quicker — but not only this — they also help you do things more efficiently. If you’re cooking a turkey and you’re not sure how long to cook it or on what temperature, a range with smart capabilities can set it for you. If you want to wash your clothes at home, but you’re tired of spending an arm and a leg on hot water, a washer with Smart capabilities can auto start your washer when energy costs are low.
You see, most people go for flashy appliances because, well, they’re flashy, but wouldn’t it be better to have a flashy appliance with smart features? If you’re nodding in agreement then welcome to the Smart Club. Read the information below to help you choose your first smart product.
Tip 1- Research Smart Appliance Manufacturers
Smart appliances are meant to be innovative, so for this reason, each manufacturer has their own unique smart feature. For example, LG has Smart ThinQ and Whirlpool has 6th Sense Technology. These features serve consumers in different ways, but they are ultimately designed to make tasks easier. Since the list of smart appliance manufacturers will likely grow, we cannot list them all here, but if you’re in the market for a major brand, check out LG, Samsung, GE and Whirlpool. For additional brands, browse Appliances Connection.
Tip 2 – Measure Your Space
Remember the first IBM computer? Sheez, that was a huge box of parts, luckily, things are a little more condensed now to enhance our on the go lifestyles.
Smart appliances are packed with features, but they’re not bulky. Part of the smart appliance appeal is the fact that they’re small enough to replace old appliances, but smart enough to replace more than that.
However, before going out and buying a smart appliance, you should measure your space. Don’t eyeball it — guesstimates are extremely deceiving. If you already have an appliance, and you’re simply replacing it, measure it and use this measurement as a guide for the next one. If your current one is old and bulky, the new smart appliance may be a lot smaller — so start planning what you’re going to do with all of that extra space!
Tip 3 – Crunch Numbers
How much are you currently paying to run your large appliances? If your appliance was manufactured quite recently, take a look at the Energy Guide sticker on the back. The Energy Guide lets you know how much energy you’re using each year to run the appliance, and what that energy equates to in dollars. Shop around for a smart appliance that provides all the features you need and is Energy Star approved.
Tip 4 – Find a Compatible Model
Smart appliances require connectivity to a WiFi-enabled smart device; however, some smart devices are not compatible. It’s best to check the connectivity and compatibility requirements before making your choice. You can find this information by searching the manufacturers website or by calling Appliances Connection’s customer service.
Tip 5 – Think Benefit Over Price
Smart appliances are often more expensive than regular appliances. I know you might think that you’re paying for the word “smart”, but what you’re actually paying for is ease of use. Smart appliances practically run themselves. So, think of them as your own personal assistants. The benefits of owning them far outweighs the price tag attached to them.
And there you have it.
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