When I found my wall oven at home lacking the uumph to bake my cookies right, I decided it was time to upgrade from this 1970s model to a brand new wall oven. While researching ovens, I realized that they were quite a few models that offered smarthome connectivity. The price was just a little higher on the smart oven than the one I was looking at, so I got a Whirlpool oven that worked with the Amazon Alexa.

I am not going to claim it was easy to set up. There were really no clear directions to connect the oven with Alexa. After downloading the Whirlpool app on my cell phone, I thought I could just ask Alexa to discover the device. It was only after looking at the reviews of the Whirlpool app that I found I needed to go to the oven and look under Settings for the Remote button and press it to enable the device to be recognized. As with other smart devices, I had to give Alexa specific commands to get it to work with the oven. I first had to say, “Alexa, activate the Whirlpool app.”

So, would I buy it again even with the frustration? Yes, I don’t know how much I will use Alexa to turn on and off the oven, but I will use the Whirlpool app to preheat the oven when I am at work and want to bring home a pizza.

Smart Kitchen Appliances

Most major appliance manufacturers are offering kitchen appliances that will work with Echo Alexa or Google.

  • Whirlpool
    • Microwaves, ovens, dishwashers
  • Delta
    • Faucets
  • Bosch
    • Coffeemakers, dishwashers
  • Kenmore
    • Refrigerators, air conditioners
  • LG
    • Refrigerators, ranges, dishwashers
  • GE
    • Refrigerators, microwaves, dishwashers, wall ovens, ranges
  • Samsung
    • Refrigerators, dishwashers, ovens, ranges
  • Instant pot
    • Instant Pot Smart WiFi
  • Hamilton beach
    • Coffeemakers
  • Amazon smart appliances
    • Smart oven acts as a microwave, air fryer, food warmer and convection oven

This is only the beginning. There will soon be every appliance you can think of available to control by voice or by an app on a cell phone or tablet. For people with disabilities, this may be a lifesaver which will help them be as independent as they want to be.

My Takeaway

I think most people would be better off waiting to purchase smart home kitchen appliances until some of the glitches are under control. Right now it is a race for manufacturers to get something out; and unless you welcome some struggles with the technology, I suggest you wait just a little while before diving into purchasing larger smart home appliances. Just this week, my Nest thermostat went out because of a software glitch that happens in cold weather. Hmmm, this is just what I wanted when it is -10 degrees outside.

If you do decide to delve into this land of smart home appliances, my advice is to look at the app for the appliance you are planning on buying and really read the reviews carefully. Have people had major troubles with connecting the app to Alexa or Google? Are there responses from the company to the bad reviews? Does there seem to be good customer service? If the appliance is sold on Amazon or Best Buy, read the reviews there also. You may even go to YouTube and see if anyone has posted a video on how to connect the appliance.

Gotta go, my oven timer just went off.