What drives people to dig deep into their pockets when it comes to the look and feel of their kitchens? Easy: it’s considered the house’s soul. It embodies warmth, security and a sense of togetherness. The kitchen is the place where family and friends come together, so one can imagine its aesthetics and functionality are quite high on most people’s list.
This is reflected in various studies. It is believed that the global average of time spent cooking across the world has been approximated to about 6.4 hours, with 29% being men and 32% women – and we are not taking into consideration holidays and social eventshere.
Just like most aspects of our lives, technological advancements were bound to impact remodeling too. Painting and installing cabinets will just no do anymore, as people grow to be more empowered and involved in all aspects of their living. This is how the smart kitchen phenomenon came to life and became a trend.
The smart kitchen: would you go for it?
A smart kitchen is – as you have probably guessed – a connected kitchen which can mean anything from using various gadgets or innovative appliances to giving it a futuristic makeover. A smart kitchen will be able to do things way beyond what we have thought so far. Manufacturers have been showcasing products like a smart blender that not only connects to a WI-FI but it also tracks your dietary preferences and even medical history to create the perfect shake for you.
Refrigerators seem to be able to order the food for you just in time to throw your apron on and start cooking. A smart oven or frying pan will be able to let you know when the temperature is just right for your steak to be medium rare, or even take you through a whole recipe step by step.
Studies have shown that in the UK, this futuristic remodeling is something people have been waiting for eagerly, especially youngsters. Over 80% of 18-45 year olds stated that there is a high desire to have smart, connected kitchens. However, there is still a discrepancy between the idea of it being ‘nice to have’ than essential, which means currently it is perceived more as being a luxury than a necessity.
Manufacturers have an important job here: to show the value of having such a kitchen, and create a real, palpable need. On the other hand, there are many who feel that involving so much technology will do more harm than good when it comes to kitchen remodeling. The traditional aspect of cooking and ‘following grandma’s recipe’ might soon become extinct. The interconnected functionality of it all might have many benefits, but simultaneously it strips out the joy of figuring out how to follow a recipe. It can also mean that teaching children responsibility though chores such as washing the dishes or taking out the trash, will also be a thing of the past with machines and devices being able to do all that and more.