Use your Google Assistant* to take our suite of Smart appliances to the next level with hands-free voice control. For more information on the Google Assistant, visit: Get Started with the Google Assistant.For more information, visit: Smart Appliances. To confirm your appliance has WiFi capability, visit: Does My Appliance Have WiFi Capability?
Interact with your Connected appliances with U+ Connect by saying “Hey Google. ” or “Ok Google. ” and state your request. For assistance with set-up, visit:
Here are some of the ways your Google Assistant and U+ Connect can work together to bring voice control to your appliances.
- is the coffee maker on/off?
- turn on the coffee maker.
- what is the temperature set on the coffee maker?
- set the coffee maker to 120 degrees.
Wall Oven or Range
- start/stop the upper/lower oven.
- preheat the upper/lower oven to 350 degrees.
- turn on the upper/lower oven.
- what’s the upper/lower oven set to?
- set the mode of the upper/lower oven to convection bake.
- turn up/down the temperature of the upper/lower oven.
- raise/lower the temperature of upper/lower oven a little.
- raise/lower the temperature of the upper/lower oven a lot higher.
- raise/lower the upper/lower oven by 25 degrees.
- turn the hood fan on/off.
- turn the hood light on/off.
- set the hood fan speed to high/low/medium/boost.
- set the hood light level to dim/high
- what cycle is the dishwasher running?
- How much time is left on the dishwasher cycle?
- Are the dishes clean?
- What is the dishwasher doing?
- start/stop washer.**
- turn on/off washer.**
- is the washer on?
- what cycle is the washer in?
- how much time is left on the washer?
- is the laundry clean?
** Only on selected models with Remote Control. Smart Washers and Dryers – Remote Control
** Only on selected models with Remote Control. Smart Washers and Dryers – Remote Control
Room Air Conditioner – Window, Ductless, and Portable
- is the air conditioner on/off?
- turn on/off the air conditioner.
- what is the temperature set on air conditioner?
- set the air conditioner to heat/cool/energy saver?
- turn up/down the temperature of air conditioner.
- what is the temperature inside?
- start/stop the microwave
- pause/resume the microwave
- run/set the microwave for 1 minute 30 seconds
- add one minute to the microwave timer
- how much time is left on the microwave timer
The Google Assistant will not notify you that something has completed unless you first ask Google for the status. For automatic notifications, you can choose for notifications to appear on your mobile device through the SmartHQ™ app.
Your kitchen is the busiest and useful place as well as it holds a huge amount of products. The amount is never countable. You cannot think of your house without your kitchen and homemade food every day. And this makes the difference that the kitchen needs modular change.
What Is Modular Means Here:
Now for the kitchen, the modular setup does not sound much familiar for many people. This is something new. So, modular means here to have a designed set up which is smart and well functioned and fits nicely in any space. Why it is called modular is also interesting!
The whole set up of the modular kitchen is made up of separate parts that are combined for the whole set up. These combining separated parts are the basic concept of any modular setup.
Modular Kitchen Set-Up:
When it is a kitchen then it is impossible to think about it without lots of things and products. And all of that generally makes the kitchen messed up easily. Today it is not possible to make the kitchen set up all by yourself because of the work pressure and the space shortage.
Today people do not have a great space usually for the overpopulation and increasing density in the urban area. So, there are plenty of chances that the kitchen will be messy. Here comes, the concept of the modular kitchen.
The modular kitchen is a modern and innovative idea of making the kitchen set up more precisely. The smart initiative of making the kitchen set up proper and usable is extremely needed. The modular kitchen set up is a kitchen designed with furniture that is a space saver and organized in such a way where no space is left unused.
Modular kitchen set up is the most hassle-free and organized with separated parts which have huge benefits as well for any day work and the future.
Modular Kitchen Set Up Will Be Providing You The Best Set-Up:
Modular kitchen set up is very smart and well needed for the modern generation. This kind of setup will not let you leave any space unused. Every space can be used with fitting. The modular kitchen will be providing you a lot of selves which are extremely needed in your kitchen work. The organization happens because of the modern kitchen set up.
Also, there are plenty of other things that the modular kitchen set up will provide you. If you want to set the kitchen up with modular kitchen design then you should know that there is an option for you to customize the design.
So you can add up shelves or you can reduce them or you can also make their size changes. The greatest thing about the modular kitchen set up is that it can be done in any kind of space small or big. The modular kitchen set up can be shifted to any place you want also it does give you the longevity of 4 to 5 years straight.
The modular kitchen can be repaired without harming any other space of it particularly.
Types Of Modular Kitchen
A modular kitchen setup can be designed or customized also. But there are some basic setups or layouts which are mainly made up of the kitchen depending on the space of the kitchen.
- The first one comes to the L shaped layout which is good for even small spaces. It is the most common layout that most people use.
- Second is the straight layout which is also very common but it has less working space than the L shaped one.
- Third, comes the parallel shaped layout which is very good for the big kitchen space.
- Fourth comes the Island layout which is also good for big space and the specialty of this layout is that one working station is formed in the middle of the kitchen and separated from the main working station. This one is very good for cooking shows or for someone who loves cooking.
- Fifth comes to the U-shaped layout which is an extra-long and big working station and also the extra wall is very handy.
These entire layouts are perfect for different kitchen and kitchen spaces. These layout designs are provided by maximum companies online or offline.
Both the online and offline companies provide you this service with any layout you want. These layouts are perfect for your smart kitchen and smart house.
Modular kitchen set up price is not fixed and it varies with the layouts, finishing touch, utensils you buy and also the ply and the wood you choose.
But despite all of it, the modular kitchen set up is the smartest way to make your every day much easier.
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When your smart meters are installed, you’ll be given an In-Home Display (IHD) which shows how much energy you’re using. We recommend keeping your IHD connected to Wi-Fi, to make sure the software is updated automatically.
Connecting your IHD to Wi-Fi also means you can use your IHD with other apps, like SmartThings Energy Control, which enables you to access your energy data on your smartphone or tablet.
There are different models of IHD. The quickest way to tell which one you have is by the colour of the case. It’ll either be white for an IHD6 or black for an IHD3.
Find out how to connect your:
Connecting your white IHD6
All IHD6s are able to connect to Wi-Fi. Here’s a quick video showing how to get set up:
Navigate through the controls to Wi-Fi options:
- Press the Menu icon in the bottom right corner
- Press the right arrow, find and press Settings
- Press Wi-Fi
- Press the white button shape to ‘ON’ to activate the connection
Choose how you would like to connect to Wi-Fi:
There are 4 different methods. The ‘Scan‘ option is the simplest, and most common way to connect. Press:
- Scan to scan for Wi-Fi networks available in your home – when you’ve found the name of the one you want, press it and enter your password to complete the connection
- WPS PIN to generate a code to enter into the access point on your router
- WPS Push to get the IHD ready, and then push the WPS button on the back of your router, once it’s connected press OK on your IHD
- Network Name to enter the name of your Wi-Fi network straight into the IHD – you’ll
be asked to enter your password next
When the connection is made, Connected will appear in the centre of the IHD and you’ll see the strength of the signal in the top right hand corner.
To see your energy data on your smartphone or tablet, pair your IHD with the free SmartThings app.
To disable the Wi-Fi connection for your white IHD6
- Press the Menu icon in the bottom right corner
- Press the right arrow until you see Settings
- Press the Wi-Fi button, and you’ll see the option to Leave network as a red button at the bottom of the screen.
Connecting your black IHD3
Some early models of black IHD3 aren’t able to connect to Wi-Fi.
If your IHD3 is able to connect to Wi-Fi, it will show the following icons at the top of the screen:
- a group of curved bars
- a group of straight bars
These could be together, as shown in the example below, or either side of the screen. These represent the strength of your Wi-Fi signal and the strength of the signal between your IHD and your smart meter.
If your IHD3 is able to connect, these are the steps you need to take:
1) Navigate through the controls to join the network
- Press Menu/OK to bring up the menu
- Press the forward Arrow until you see Settings [OK]
- Menu/OK to select Settings
- Press the forward Arrow until you see Switch on Wi-Fi and press Menu/OK
- Press the forward Arrow until you see Join Network and press Menu/OK
2) Choose how you would like to connect to Wi-Fi
There are 3 different methods. Press the forward Arrow to make your choice and Menu/OK to select it. When asked, use the arrows to enter the password for your Wi-Fi network:
- Use the forward and back arrows to select upper case, lower case, numbers or symbols
- Press Menu/OK after every character
- Press Save to save the password when you’re done
These are the options available. The ‘Scan‘ option is the simplest, and most common way to connect.
- Scan for networks – this will scan for Wi-Fi networks available in your home, when you’ve made your selection, enter your password
- WPS Push Button – select this, then push the WPS button on the back of your router, once it’s connected press OK on your IHD to complete the connection
- WPS PIN Entry – this will generate a code, login to your router’s admin page via your computer and enter the code to complete the connection
To see your energy data on your smartphone or tablet, pair your IHD with the free Smart Things app.
Almost all large appliances used regularly in our homes now have a smart version. Let’s take a look at how you can upgrade your kitchen without going broke.
Smart displays are awesome if you want to watch videos or look at information such as traffic or the weather. It also comes in useful if it is in the kitchen. For instance, the Google Nest Hub is the perfect kitchen companion. It can answer questions about recipes and cooking, help set timers, and give you measurements. Amazon’s Echo Show is a similar offering by Amazon.
The June Intelligent Oven, in fact, comes with the ability to identify the food and recommend cooking modes. A smart countertop oven can help you cook better thanks to AI and cameras. You can control it all from your phone!
Connected cookers can be monitored remotely, their temperatures set, and connected to other gadgets. Bluetooth thermometers let you know when the perfect temperature for that food has been reached. It will alert you when the required temperature is reached. Smart faucets can make life in the kitchen simpler. You can also control them with voice via Alexa or the Google Assistant.
Connected coffee is coming to our kitchens. With Wi-Fi connectivity you can schedule your morning brew or ask for a fresh pot of coffee with a simple voice command.
The most inexpensive way is to get smart plugs that can instantly turn your regular appliances smart.
Check Out The Top 12 Smart Devices To Build A Smarter Home!
Smart plugs can make your regular “dumb” home appliances smarter. And if you want to add voice control to manage your appliances via a smart plug, they can be synced to the Amazon Echo, too. Find out how to connect your smart plug to an Alexa device with this step-by-step guide.
What is a Smart Plug?
A smart plug is a device that plugs into your wall outlet and lets you control any device you plug into it with your phone or Echo device. If you plug a lamp into a smart plug, you tell Alexa to turn it off. Or you can schedule your coffee maker to turn on before you wake up every morning.
What Can a Smart Plug Do?
You can use a smart plug to turn an appliance on or off, even when you’re not at home. A smart plug can also reduce your electric bill if you schedule your electronic devices to turn off at set times.
How to Connect a Smart Plug to your Alexa
By connecting your smart plug to the Amazon Echo, you can ask Alexa to control your non-smart appliances. Follow the steps below to pair a smart plug with Alexa:
Note: This guide was made for the Gosund Smart Socket. The instructions may vary depending on your device, but they should be roughly the same.
- Plug your smart plug into an outlet.
- Download the app that goes with your smart plug app. You can find the proper app on the App Store or Google Play Store by searching for the name of your smart plug device or manufacturer.
Warning: Make sure to download the correct app. Certain smart devices have apps with very different names. If you are not sure which app to download, your instructions should have information about which app to download.
Set up your smart plug in the app. Most apps will ask you to create an account with a username and password (write this password down, you’re going to need it later). Then find your device in the app and follow the instructions to set it up.
This will usually involve you pushing a physical button on your smart plug until it begins flashing. Then the device can be discovered by the app during the setup process.
After you set up your smart plug in the app, you still have to set it up with Alexa if you want to control it with voice commands or create a routine with the Alexa app.
Warning: Make sure to download the correct skill. Check to see how many downloads it has before selecting it. If there aren’t many downloads, it could be the wrong app.
In most cases, you will be asked to link the account you created in the app to the Alexa Skill (this is where that password from before comes in handy). Then you will need to let Alexa discover the device.
Once you have paired your smart plug with the Amazon Echo, going through the day and managing even “dumb” electronics would be much smoother.
Want to make sure your kids aren’t using Alexa to turn your devices on and off? Check out our previous article on how to set parental controls on Alexa.
There is nothing worse than a kitchen that feels cluttered. It’s supposed to a be a place where we unwind after a long day and cook ourselves a hearty meal (or rewarm takeout from the fridge), rather than a place that feels disorganized and messy. This is especially true for smaller kitchens. Does your pint-sized kitchen leave you starved for storage and counter space? These room-expanding ideas will show you how to use every square inch of your kitchen more efficiently.
How to Make a Small Kitchen Work Better
When it comes to whipping up much needed vertical storage, there’s nothing like IKEA’s Grundtal kitchen series. The budget-friendly stainless steel system is designed to hang on walls so you can make the most of your kitchen’s untapped vertical space.
Shown here are crowd favorites from the series. All of the pieces from the shelves and rail, to the magnetic knife rack, not only frees up counter space but also makes navigating the kitchen easier by keeping cookware, dishes, and utensils within easy reach.
Make Use of the Space Around Your Fridge
If you have a sliver of space between the fridge and the wall in your small kitchen, consider making a hidden DIY rolling pantry like this one from Alan Chu. It’s perfect for storing canned goods and other nonperishable kitchen essentials.
Double Duty Kitchen Backsplash
A stainless steel pegboard backsplash is a great double duty feature that protects kitchen walls from spills and splatters while keeping tools that you often use handy.
The dashing red backsplash shown here from Bunker Workshop is a one-of-a-kind design. However, you can make one yourself. You can find stainless steel pegboards at most home improvement stores.
Folding Kitchen Table Doubles as Counter Space
A folding table can provide a spot where you can prepare and eat food without taking up valuable floor space. It can also be a perfect idea for a desk that you can tuck away when you’re finished working. Just take a look at this marvelous idea in action from Tiny Box House.
How to Work Untapped Space in a Small Kitchen
We love how this tiny cottage kitchen keeps the countertop clutter-free using several clever storage solutions. Below are our favorite ideas.
- The three toe kick drawers under the kitchen’s base cabinets put the space that traditionally goes to waste behind baseboards to good use. You can retrofit most standard base cabinets for toe kick drawers.
- A curtain rod creates a smidgen of vertical storage for utensils in front of the window.
- And of course, we need to point out the small pot rack that’s conveniently placed next to the oven.
Over the Sink Cutting Board
Sure, a kitchen island can create additional counter space in a small kitchen. But if you can’t spare the floor space, an over-the-sink cutting board is an ingenious quick fix. This one allows you to rinse before chopping.
Create Kitchen Storage in a Nearby Room
If there’s not enough space in your tiny kitchen to create the storage you crave, consider using a nook or closet in a nearby room. A recessed niche can be used to stash kitchen tools you occasionally use or nonperishable pantry items. A curtain, as shown on the left, can keep what you store out of sight.
Make the Most of Kitchen Corners
Corner space is usually underutilized in many homes. But when you’re trying to make every square inch in your small kitchen count, corner shelving can give these awkward spots a purpose. Just take a look at this nifty kitchen from The Tiny Project!
When you’re cooking at home, your mise en place doesn’t need to be as rigorously organized as what you’d find in a restaurant kitchen, but there are still plenty of helpful tips to take from professional cooks.
[Photographs: Vicky Wasik, Video: Serious Eats Team]
When I’m just throwing together a quick breakfast or dinner for myself, all my training goes right out the window. I’ll break down a chicken with a utility knife just because it’s the first thing I pick up, or peel carrots directly on the cutting board instead of into a trash receptacle. My current weird off-hours habit: stirring big pots of stew and mixing bowls full of thick chocolate pudding with the world’s smallest spatula. Why? I don’t know, I just really love my tiny spatula.
Most days, when I’m simply scrambling eggs or preparing a salad at home, I don’t give a ton of thought to my workspace. But that doesn’t mean there’s never a reason to be better organized.
In a restaurant, you always need an organized and efficient prep space, even if you’re just scrambling eggs, because you’re likely doing it at a much faster pace and higher volume—while also poaching, frying, and over-easy-ing. In a tiny space. With someone yelling at you.
In a professional setting, a good line cook always sets up “stations” specific to the task at hand, regardless of what’s on the menu. When cooking at home, you don’t need to set yourself up as rigorously as someone might in a restaurant kitchen, but there are still plenty of helpful tips to take from professional cooks. Stations make the most sense when preparing large quantities; if you’re just chopping one onion, it’ll take you longer to find and wash the multiple receptacles than to tackle the job. In those cases, don’t overthink it.
But if I find myself making French onion soup for the neighborhood, then a pro setup is worth it. These tricks are especially useful if you’re planning a dinner party for friends or spending the weekend pretending to be on Chopped (everyone does that, right?). If you understand the main goals for any station, then you can create one that works best for you in your kitchen.
The details of every restaurant station are different depending on the job and the cook. If I’m working the grill station, I always keep a brush and oiled rag close by to clean and grease the grates between orders; while I’m on garde-manger duty (that’s the cold-dish station), I hoard all the mixing bowls for tossing salads. I’m short, so I rarely make much use of shelves and instead try to position myself next to tall people for strategic assistance. (Yes, people can be part of your station, too.)
These are the three main points to consider for any efficient workspace:
- Keep it tight: The less you have to move, the faster you move, so keep all necessary tools close at hand.
- Have a landing zone: Keep your cutting board clutter-free by moving prepped stuff out of the way and onto a tray or into a bowl.
- Clean as you go: Working over a trash bowl and frequently wiping down with a wet towel makes it easy to move between different tasks and keeps cleanup quick.
Here are some examples of different prep stations, each designed to speed up workflow and cleanup. In all cases, they’re set up the way I would set them up in a restaurant. You don’t have to do it exactly the same way at home—in some cases, setting up one of these stations would take longer than just completing a very basic task—so use this less as a you-must-do-it-this-way rule and more as a starting point for thinking about how to work as efficiently as possible.
General Prep Station for Vegetables
With any general prep, it’s important to always start by securing the cutting board with a wet side towel. I like to also keep a folded wet towel nearby for wiping the board and knife down in between tasks. It helps to keep your knives on a dry towel, so that they don’t slide around while you work and the blade doesn’t rest directly against a hard surface.
A scrap container is always handy to peel directly over, so you can keep your board clean without having to make frequent trips to the garbage. (Stainless steel hotel pans are excellent for this purpose.) You could also work with a trash can nearby, but I’ve too often dropped a carrot mid-peel, and prefer to avoid casualties. Keeping your food scraps separate from the general trash also makes it easier to save them for compost or stock.
I also like to have everything I’m about to prep nearby, so I can stay by my cutting board the entire time, instead of popping in and out of the fridge. For a landing zone, I like to have an empty sheet tray close by, but if you’re not prepping a ton of stuff, you can just put your prepped mise en place back onto their original trays.
Pro Tip! A bench scraper, such as OXO’s bench scraper , is great for moving stuff off the cutting board.
Between meal prep, snack time, and the way the kitchen functions as a hub in many homes, many of us spend a lot of time there. Wouldn’t it be nice to have a little television in there to keep you entertained while you cook and share funny videos with family members? We’ve picked some ideal TVs for the kitchen.
When it comes to looking for TVs for the kitchen, we have different criteria than we normally would. We don’t necessarily need a large TV with a crisp display and 4K resolution. Instead, we’re looking for displays that are small enough to fit underneath a cabinet–which typically offer around 15″-20″ of clearance–are inexpensive, and don’t need a ton of extra set up or accessories (like a Chromecast or streaming box) to watch what you want to watch.
Best Smart TV With Minimal Setup ($168)
You don’t have as much space on your kitchen counter to put together a whole entertainment system, so even though we don’t usually like smart TVs, they can be helpful here. This VIZIO 24″ TV comes with apps for services like Netflix, Amazon, and YouTube so you can watch online video without a separate device like a Chromecast or Roku. The remote even has dedicated buttons for Netflix and Amazon so you can launch them easily and get to watching while you work. At 15″ tall, this set can fit snugly under most cabinets.
Best TV Picture For the Price ($138)
Generally, you can’t expect to get a good picture out of a cheap, small TV. That doesn’t mean we can’t try, though. This Samsung 24″ TV (15.1″ tall) has a relatively crisp display with solid contrast and accurate color representation when properly calibrated. Obviously it’s not going to look as good as the set you put in your living room, but at a price comparable to other small sets in this price range, it’s an acceptable choice.
Best TV With Loud Audio ($137)
Your kitchen is a noisy place, so having a TV that can shout over your appliances can be handy. Without a sound system, you’re not going to be blowing anyone away or anything, but this 22″ LG TV (14.1″ tall) packs some decent 3W speakers so it can push out audio you can hear clearly over the bustle of your kitchen. You’re definitely not going to get a premium surround sound experience out of it, but it’s got plenty of power where it counts.
Best TV For the Lowest Price ($70)
If you’re not going to spend a lot of time staring at your kitchen TV, why spend a ton of money on it? This Insignia 19″ TV (11.8″ tall) doesn’t offer a ton of features. At $70, though, it doesn’t really have to. You could buy a couple of these TVs for the same price as some of the others on our list. If you want to spend the absolute minimum possible to get a little TV in your kitchen, then it’s hard to go lower than this.
Best Under-the-Cabinet TV ($180)
If you have a small kitchen, you may not have the counter space to spare on a standing TV. This device features a fold-away 10″ display that can be installed on the underside of a cabinet. You’ll still have all the space available underneath it to place things, and you can fold it away if you need more room. It also comes with its own DVD player and TV tuner. You probably won’t get the best picture with it—it’s got more in common with the little screens found in in-car entertainment systems than the big screens found in living rooms—but you’ll at least be able to watch without giving up ground to the ever-growing list of appliances and food on your counter.
Apple’s HomeKit framework allows you to easily control compatible connected smart devices you have installed in your home using the Home app on iOS. However, there are some features of HomeKit that require you to designate a device as a Home Hub, which remains powered on and connected at your home when you’re away.
The main benefit of setting up a Home Hub is that it allows you to use location-based automation features if your HomeKit devices support them. For example, some thermostats can change the temperature to something more economical whenever you leave your home by using a virtual geographical boundary (geofencing).
A Home Hub also allows you to use Siri to trigger actions when you’re away from home. For instance, if you’re leaving the office, you could ask Siri to increase the temperature of a connected thermostat at home so that it’s nice and cozy when you arrive.
You can use an Apple TV as a Home Hub (just like you can use an iPad or HomePod), and the setup process is incredibly easy. Simply follow the steps below.
How to Set Up Your Apple TV as a Home Hub
- Launch the Settings app on your Apple TV.
- Select Accounts.
Make sure that you’re signed into iCloud with the same Apple ID as your iOS device.
You can check your Apple TV’s Home Hub status by looking in Settings -> Accounts -> iCloud, where you should see the name of the home that it’s connected to.
You can also check the status of your home hub to if it’s connected in the Home app on your iOS device. Tap the Home icon in the upper-left corner of the screen. (If you have multiple homes set up, tap Home Settings next, then tap a home.) Look under Home Hubs to see if your home hub is connected.
Once you’ve set up your home hub, you’ll need to enable two-factor authentication on your iCloud account, otherwise you won’t be able to remotely access your HomeKit accessories.
Now that you have everything set up, the next time you’re away from home you can give Siri commands on your iOS device to trigger actions, which will obviously depend on the sort of accessories you have installed.
A couple of examples might be “Turn on the living room light” or “Open the garage door,” or you could ask Siri to check the temperature of a thermostat, for example. You can find Apple’s regularly updated list of all HomeKit-compatible devices.