Hardware Retailing

JUN 2018

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June 2018 | HARDWARE RETAILING 59 Stay connected and informed with a smart dishwasher. With the many tasks a homeowner has to manage on a day-to-day basis, keeping track of different household chores can be tedious. To waste less time and get more done, many companies are designing a suite of kitchen appliances that communicate with the homeowner. The dishwasher is earning its place in the modern smart home. A handful of manufacturers are creating their own version of a smart dishwasher, which connects the appliance to Wi-Fi and communicating to users through an app. Smart dishwashers cost anywhere from $500 to $2,000. However, for some consumers, the convenience may be worth it. This type of product allows users to monitor the cycle time and status, lock and unlock controls and it can even reorder detergent pods online all from their phone. Smart filtration systems ensure water is pure. For many homeowners, filtered water is essential in the kitchen, whether it's built into the refrigerator or is attached to the sink. Several manufacturers have introduced products that fill this need. For example, there is an under-sink filtration system that can deliver filtered water for a variety of tasks, like rinsing, prepping and cleaning. This type of faucet filtration system uses Bluetooth connectivity and communicates through the manufacturer's smartphone app. Following up on the trend of consumers looking to monitor and collect data on a variety of everyday habits, a popular feature of smart filtration products is ability track the amount of water a homeowner goes through. Plus, many of these products can reorder filter replacements for the user. 59 June 2018 | HARDWARE RETAILING Smart home devices are products that connect via Wi-Fi or Bluetooth. The appliances and products highlighted in this article are all smart home devices. Additionally, other examples of these types of devices include products like a smart thermostat, lightbulbs, door locks, garage door openers and smart speaker systems. Once a customer purchases various smart home devices, acquiring a smart home hub will streamline various products through one device. What is a smart home device? Photo courtesy of Franke Photo courtesy of GE

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