Everything in our houses keeps getting smarter. Today we aren’t limited to “smart” phones. The Internet of Things is fully upon us and that means connected appliances. If you ask me, the timing couldn’t be better. Washing and drying clothes is such a mundane, time-consuming task. Anything that helps a person get this chore done smarter is very welcome in my book. So what makes a washer or dryer smart? How about touch screen interfaces, apps and notifications for starters? Add to that time-saving and money-saving features and your old standard washer and dryer is starting to look pretty archaic. Below are DailyTekk’s 3 picks for the best smart washers and dryers you can buy (in no particular order).
Samsung King-Capacity Touch Screen LCD Washer & Dryer
I don’t know about you, but I don’t normally think “Samsung” when I think washer and dryer… I normally think high-end TVs and smartphones. So the fact that Samsung has entered the smart washer market is pretty exciting. Take, for instance, the fact that these washers and dryers have incredible-looking apps that send you notifications when a cycle of laundry is done. You can also monitor a load’s progress from afar with the app which means no more guessing/checking. And operating the machine using an 8″ touchscreen sounds almost… fun? The SpeedSpray technology can save you 15 minutes per wash load meaning this is one fast washer and the PowerFoam technology makes sure your clothes get the thorough cleaning your looking for. There are even different wash cycles for different types of stains! The dryer’s steam dry tech helps remove all the wrinkles and the VentSensor tells you when it’s time to clean your vent. Plus, there’s 14 drying cycles to help you get the perfect dry.
LG Smart ThinQ Washer & Dryer
What if you could remotely monitor your clothes as they wash/dry? What if you could set your machines to automatically use the least amount of power possible by understanding when it is most cost efficient to engage the energy grid? What if, as time goes on, you could download new types of cycles — cycles for different types of fabrics, perhaps? And what if you could wash clothes in cold water as efficiently as clothes normally wash in hot water, thus saving you money? If you could do all of that, you’d have yourself the ThinQ lineup from LG. On top of these smart/connected features, you’ll also get huge capacities (which means you can fit an absolutely gigantic amount of clothes in every load), WaveForce washing technology and TrueSteam drying technology. Did I mention the stainless steel makes this pair one of the best looking washer and dryer sets out there?
Whirlpool Smart Washer & Dryer With Sixth Sense Live
Alright. I wanted to end this article with something that would really make you say, “Wow!” and that’s this smart washer/dryer pair from Whirlpool. Yes, Whirlpool! Out of the companies features on this list Whirlpool may have been at it the longest when it comes to the laundry game, but they’ve definitely got some new tricks up their sleeves since your grandparent’s models hit the market. The Sixth Sense Live technology lets you monitor the wash/dry cycles while elsewhere in the house or on the go, the Smart Store feature can tell you when it’s time to order new detergent, Smart Nudges let you know when your clothes are clean and Smart Stats let you monitor how many days your appliances have been used each month among other useful analytics. Oh ya — these smart appliances have apps! The Whirlpool lineup give you EcoBoost options that let you save money and save the planet at the same time. They also have nice LCD displays (although not as large as the other models listed here) to help you get that laundry done.
So which is best for you? If you want the coolest-looking machines that feel like they’re oozing cutting-edge technology go with Samsung (the models listed here actually aren’t Samsung’s most expensive, but they are the coolest). If you want a touch screen but prefer the stainless steel look go with LG. If you want the most smart features go with Whirlpool. It’s hard