Smart washing machines – functional or a fad?
From gentle reminders to diagnosing problems, smart washing machines take the hassle out of laundry
What is a smart washing machine?
A smart washing machine is a regular washing machine that connects to your Wi-Fi and lets you control the laundry from your phone.
These washing machines look and feel like any other, and loading, unloading and operating are the same. However, their useful additional features make them a little bit different.
Why do you want a Wi-Fi-connected washing machine?
Innovative tech updates are making our homes smarter. You can now buy thermostats and lightbulbs that connect to your home Wi-Fi in the same way your iPad, laptop and smartphone do.
These smart home gadgets work to make home life easier. You can tailor them to your lifestyle to save yourself time and energy.
A smart washing machine is no different. With its own app, it lets you know when washes are finished – meaning no more going back and forth to the kitchen. Plus, you can monitor cycles while out and about and quickly diagnose any issues with the washing machine.
How do you control smart washing machines?
Your smart washing machine will have an app that you can download for your smartphone. You can then connect the washing machine to the Wi-Fi via the app in a few simple steps.
Use the app to…
- Turn the washing machine on and off from another room – perfect if you realise you forgot to press ‘start’ when loading
- Receive a notification when your load has finished - if you’re not at home, you can remind someone else to unload it
- Get updates on how to deal with minor issues such as blocked filters
- Be notified of more serious problems that require an engineer to repair
Did you know? As time goes on and technology evolves, you’ll be able to download newer versions of your machine’s app with added functions.
Why not try… the Samsung QuickDrive™
This premium washing machine is loaded with handy smart features, putting it in a league of its own.
With a 10kg capacity, there’s plenty of room to wash clothing for every family member. Plus, its impressive Ecobubble technology means exceptional cleaning at lower temperatures.
Meanwhile, its sensor-washing facility caters your wash to every load, ensuring water and energy are never wasted. Particularly useful at this time of year when school uniforms and PE kits need regular washing again.
Need to quickly wash a shirt? The QuickWash technology delivers brilliant washes fast. What’s more, the AddWash™ door lets you add extra items once the load has started. So if there’s anything you’ve forgotten, just pop it in the main door’s small opening at any point in the cycle.
And if you’re at work or on the school run, you can still enjoy full control of the machine. Its user-friendly Android and iOS app lets you easily monitor cycles and detergent levels when you’re out and about.
Smart washing machines – the future
With constant new innovations in the tech world, the future looks even brighter for the smart home. The latest invention? A laundry robot that folds clothes for you.
The fruit of a decade’s work by Steven Dreamers, the Laundroid has received $60 million dollars investment from Panasonic. About the size of a wardrobe, it uses artificial intelligence and image recognition tech to sort your clothes.
Considering we spend an average of 375 days over a lifetime on this dreaded task, it’s set to be a game-changer for the modern home. Watch this space.