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Appliance technology: Welcome to the future

By The Vann’s Editorial Team
Last revised October 12th, 2009

George Jetson may be a man of the future, but he needs Rosie the Robot to make heads and tails of his high tech kitchen. For you, paying a local Elroy fifty dollars an hour for tech help on your PC is one thing, but mastering your kitchen is something you can do on your own. Sure, all the knobs and toggles of yesteryear have been replaced by touchpads and moisture sensors, but all for the greater good of your food and laundry. Today’s appliances, like almost everything else you buy, have benefited from the never-ending tide of advances in technology.

What does this evolution mean to you? It means your investment lasts longer. So do your clothes and food. For example, your new washer uses intuitive sensors to measure temperature and water levels according to just how grubby your duds are. It even remembers commonly used cycles and employs next-generation thermostats to assure that your water is warm enough to dissolve detergents, yet cool enough to prevent shrinkage or color bleeding.

Now that you’re done with the washer, toss your freshly-washed clothes into your new dryer rather than that old inferno of a machine. Today’s dryers monitor humidity and shut off as soon as the load is sensed to be finished. Save time, energy, and the woe of shrunken clothes with dryers that are up on the latest in appliance technology.

Appliance evolution extends well beyond the laundry room. Which means you have more choices to make. For instance, maybe you’re browsing a dishwasher that senses the ratio of food particles to clean water and plans accordingly. Perhaps you’re attracted to the double drawer-style dishwasher that allows you to wash two separate loads on two different cycle settings, simultaneously. Most of today’s refrigerator’s feature adaptive defrosts — a technology that only defrosts as needed instead of every twenty minutes. That means you save energy and avoid freezer burn. For you, evolution might mean using the latest in convection conversion technology to “dial up” your Granny’s secret apple pie recipe in half the time it took Granny — even if it is a million times as long as the microsecond it took George Jetson. So say goodbye to Rosie the Robot and hello to a not-as-complicated-as-it-looks future.

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