This was probably the funnest post to research to date, as I am SUPER excited to turn our old home into a smart home, and what better place to start than the kitchen…mostly because I am NOT a cook, though the Mr. is. But I figured that by adding smart gadgets into our kitchen might at least give me a little boost. And also? I’ll probably feel a little bit of nerd righteousness to have a smart kitchen.
Right? I hope….
Creating a Smart Kitchen: First Steps
Look, things are only getting smarter and Jetson-ier so if you’re feeling overwhelmed…it’s only going to get worse. Start small and don’t feel the need to drop thousands of dollars off the bat. Decide what you really want from a smart kitchen and how you can make that happen on a budget. I’ve got a few ideas for how to rehab your current fridge into a smart refrigerator in this post, so if you’re just looking for easy ways to get access to your recipes or quick ordering, a simple wall-mount for an iPad is all you need.
If you plan to do an entire kitchen rehab, though, decide what your end goal is. Do you want total automation, where your oven is preheated by the time you get home from work? What about a coffee maker that turns on with an alarm from your phone (because let’s face it, there are days where we forget to set the alarm on the coffee maker)?
One thing you should definitely start with, though, is a WIFI booster. They’re ridiculously easy to use and ensure that all of your smart appliances are getting the juice they need. This is the one I use:
One other thing you may want to get is a smart hub. This is a device that handles ALL of the smart devices in your home, and is really a lifesaver (especially if you don’t have a ton of space on your phone for more apps). There are a few popular ones: Amazon Echo, Verde, Wink, and SmartThings, but there are at least a half dozen others. I can’t say which one is the best, as they all seem to handle the same things. I think it’s just a matter of preference and budget.
Creating a Smart Kitchen: Small Appliances and Fixtures
If you want to start small and you’ve got a little electrician knowledge under your belt, the easiest way to convert to a smart kitchen is by adding smart light switches and outlets. You can control these directly from your phone or smart hub so they turn on when you want them to automatically. Pair them with a motion detector, and have your lights turn on AND your coffee maker start when you walk into the kitchen first thing in the morning: