Amid all the gorgeous kitchen designs at EuroCucina in Milan, many of the most exciting innovations were actually things you can’t readily see — technologies that make life, cooking and cleaning easier. From fully connected kitchens to smaller technological advances in appliances, tech was the name of the game.
Fully connected, smart kitchens make it possible to not only control and schedule the operation of your appliances, but sessionally provide a dashboard of your household life. Siemens presented a personalized system that is run from an app. On a busy morning, you can see your schedule, the time, weather and other parts of your day. The same app controls your coffee maker, dishwasher, washer and dryer, oven and refrigerator. Speaking of the refrigerator, the latest ones take picture of the contents so that you can check if you have milk or other groceries while you’re away from home — even while you’re at the store.
Whirlpool also demonstrated their fully connected kitchen, which can include a visual baby monitor as well as personalized cooktop settings sensitive enough to keep your coffee warm, or to warm up your baby’s bottle.
While Indesit has a variety of smart appliances, their simple “Turn and Cook” app for a tablet is really smart and useful. How many times have you opened the fridge to find a random collection of ingredients and no ideas of how to use them in a dish? Now, all you have to do is focus the table camera on the ingredient. Once it registers on the app, you turn the tablet and a selection recipes that include that ingredient come up on the screen. Genius.
Induction Cooktops and Gas Range Innovations
While induction cooktops aren’t necessarily new, many of the latest features are revolutionary and will likely add to their appeal. When you think about it, the cooktop can take up a good amount of counter space, reducing the area you have for prep work and serving. The latest induction models solve that problem by using countertop surfaces that can work with high heat to create an induction cooktop that you can barely see when it’s not in use.
What looks like an expansive kitchen island from Binova actually contains a cooktop. The only give-away that there’s more than meets the eye are the small circles indicating where the burners are. When you want to cook, digital controls light up, indicating heat levels. Because it’s induction, the rest of the space stays cook to the touch. When you’re all finished, you can serve your guests from the island.
Gatto also demonstrated a similar cooktop made from an innovative material that’s also perfect for kitchen prep work. Only the small coin-size circles indicate it’s a cooktop. The pots of water boiled quickly. The flat surface also makes clean up a breeze.