Above: This striking cooker hood from Miele is a canopy-style design made from three levels of glass and designed to look like it is floating above the hob. The DA7198W is not just a thing of beauty however, the brand’s Con@ctivity 2.0 tech allows the hood and hob below to work in partnership. You can connect to the hood using the Miele@ mobile app on your phone or tablet.

We are hearing more about technology that is ‘smart’ or ‘connected’, but what does it mean and how can it affect our homes? This is a question that is becoming more relevant to our everyday lives, now that the smartphones that most of us own have become the gateway to a more connected lifestyle. 

Above: The SmartThinQ app by LG aims to keep you connected to your home whenever needed. The app can be downloaded onto Android or iOS devices and gives the ability to control appliances even when you’re not at home. Shown here is the LG Signature refrigerator, which features the InstaView Door-in-Door™ – a glass panel that illuminates when knocked on twice so that you can see inside the compartment. Price Around £6,000

Smart appliances connect via Wi-Fi to an app on a smartphone or tablet, and offer the ability to do a whole raft of things, from adjusting the temperature on your thermostat to checking how your dinner is cooking in the oven, remotely. Daniel Dewy, product manager of built-in appliances at Hoover Candy Group, says: ‘Technical advancements in cooking appliances have been huge in the last 12 months, so we expect 2018 to be the year these futuristic features will really impact the consumer. For example, there’s in-cavity cameras in ovens that can be used in conjunction with connectivity and smart apps, allowing the user to keep an eye on cooking progress without opening the oven door, or even while in a completely different room.’ Connected technology aims to make our busy lives easier and more efficient, allowing for chores such as laundry and cooking to be worked around your schedule and needs. We’ve rounded up products that are available on the market now, so take a look and see how smart technology could change how we home.

Above: Candy has the Simply-Fi app that allows you to interact with your washing machine even when you’re not in the house. You can start and end a wash cycle remotely as well as access additional wash programmes, run a health check, monitor energy usage and set up maintenance alerts. Shown here is the BWM410PH7 Bianca 10kg smart freestanding washing machine. Price Around £450

Article by: Lucy Macdonald