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Smart washing machines – functional or a fad?

A smart washing machine can give you reminders and even diagnose problems, taking the stress out of doing the laundry.


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What is a smart washing machine?

Ever wondered what’s so smart about a smart washing machine? Well, this innovative appliance cleverly connects to your Wi-Fi,letting you control the laundry from your phone.

It looks like other washers - and loading, unloading and using it is exactly the same. However, it has some useful extra features that make it a little bit different.

Why do you want a Wi-Fi-connected washing machine?

Innovative tech is making our homes smarter. You can now get thermostats and light bulbs that connect to your home Wi-Fi, in the same way you connect your iPad, laptop and smartphone. It’s easy to set up, and you can tailor them to your lifestyle, saving you time energy and money.

The smart washing machine comes with its own app and can let you know when the wash is finished. Now you don’t have to keep nipping into the kitchen, or you can check to see how the cycle is getting on when you’re out and about, for peace of mind.

How do you control smart washing machines?

You can literally control everything from the app. All you need to do is connect the washing machine to the same Wi-Fi network, following the simple steps in the app.

You can use the app to:

Turn the washing machine on and off – perfect if you forgot to press ‘start’ after loading it.

Receive notifications when the cycle has finished- if you’re not home, you can ask someone to unload it.

Find out how to deal with minor issues, such as blocked filters with regular updates.

Be notified of more serious problems that need an engineer to repair.

Did you know? As time goes on and technology evolves, you’ll be able to download newer versions of the app, with added functions.

Why not try… the Samsung QuickDrive™

This premium washing machine is loaded with smart features to help make life easier while being ecological at the same time. The 10kg capacity gives you plenty of room to do laundry for the whole family, and its impressive Ecobubble technology means exceptional cleaning at lower temperatures.

Its sensor-washing feature caters for every type of load, making sure water and energy are never wasted. Particularly useful when school uniforms and PE kits need regular washing.

Sometimes you need things done fast, so the QuickWash technology delivers amazing washing in no time. If you find a sock on the stairs, the AddWash™ door lets you add extra items once the load has started. Just pop it in the main door’s small opening at any point in the cycle.

When you’re at work or on the school run, you can still have full control of the cycle. The easy-to-use Android and iOS app lets you easily check on the washing and detergent levels when you’re out running errands.

Customise your wash with the Bosch Serie 6 I-Dos

This smart washing machine is packed full of premium features that gives you full control over the laundry. With iDos technology, the machine automatically measures the detergent and fabric conditioner for perfect results every time.

The ‘WaveDrum’ makes sure your clothes won’t get damaged while they’re being cleaned, so you can wash even the most delicate items with confidence. The illuminated dial shows you exactly what you’re choosing, and the digital display also keeps you informed on the cycle’s progress.

To control things with your phone, download the ‘Home Connect’ app and you can select the program you want to use, or check how much time is left on your load. Get a notification when it's finished, so whether you're out in the garden or doing the shopping, you can check in on your machine.

Smart washing machines – the future

With constant new innovations in the world of tech, the future looks bright for smart homes. The latest invention? A laundry robot that folds clothes for you.

It’s taken a decade’s work, by Steven Dreamers, but the Laundroid has received a $60 million dollar investment from Panasonic. It’s about the size of a wardrobe, and it uses artificial intelligence and image recognition technology to sort out your clothes.

Considering we spend an average of 375 days (over a lifetime) on this dreaded chore, it’s set to be a game-changer for the modern home.

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