heats the cavity up to 480 degrees Celcius, burning away all dirt and grime to save time.

The rise of remote control Also identified as a key area of the smart kitchen, Bluetooth technology allows consumers to control their appliance remotely and this has started to be applied across different cooking sectors now, including both built-in and range cookers. Alex Hinton, Head of Category for Built-in at Glen Dimplex Home Appliances, says: “Retailers need to be aware and ready to answer consumers’ questions about its capabilities and benefits. But connected appliances – such as hob-to-hood technology – are also becoming more prevalent and we expect to see more of these applications this year.” Stuart Netscher, Head of Category for Refrigeration and Laundry at Glen Dimplex Home Appliances, adds: “From a technology perspective, laundry manufacturers are continuing to respond to demand for improved specification and efficiencies – such as the use of invertor motors and heat pump tumble dryers, which offer increased efficiency and a reduction in noise emissions. “Increased efficiency, ongoing development of the intelligent use of smart technologies and programmes - such as extra dosage and diagnostic information – which offer tangible benefits to the consumer will all help premiumise the laundry category.

“In the cooling market technology remains a key

driver. Examples of this include ‘Total No Frost’ products, external electronic control and connected appliances which are all growing in prominence. A large proportion of innovation is also directly focussed on increasing the life of chilled products.” Consumers are increasingly looking for appliances that make life easier and that are more efficient, such as induction hobs and cookers with easy clean functions, plus those with features that enhance the consumer’s cooking ability.

Above: The Beko DEN59420DG freestanding dishwasher with AutoDosing Left: Incorporating smart technology into the kitchen

The new Stoves retro-style combi fridge freezer – an A+ rated 70:30 Total No Frost combi

Not only this, but the ability to create sleek, co-ordinated kitchens, mixing and matching built- in products such as microwave ovens, warming drawers and coffee machines, means the built-in sector remains popular.

Mr Hinton continues: “This year we expect to see demand for larger capacity built-in ovens increasing. As well, appliances that make the consumer’s life easier will continue to be at the forefront – for example, ovens with easy clean functions, such as pyrolytic self-cleaning and removable catalytic liners, and those with features that enhance the

consumer’s cooking ability – intensive bake, fanned grilling and defrost settings.” Lucy King, product manager at Smeg UK, that

notes in 2019 many kitchen appliance

products will be connectable. “As many people invest in the latest smartphones and devices, it’s inevitable that connected appliances will be at the forefront of what individuals are looking for when planning a kitchen. Smart appliances are a worthwhile investment if they serve a genuinely useful purpose, such as indicating to users the best washing programme to use on their dirty dishes,

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