This post about fun smart kitchen hacks with my family was sponsored by Whirlpool®. These items were generously donated in exchange for coverage, but all opinions and copy are my own.
When it was just my husband and I running the household, there were a lot fewer chores to do. Now that we share this life with two little girls, you better believe it takes everyone to help make the dream work. We have had our Whirlpool® Smart Kitchen appliances for a couple of months now. I've been so excited to share the smart kitchen hacks we've utilized with our new kitchen that leaves us more time to care for our family and tackle other to-dos on our list.
I know this seems like a total futuristic move, but you better believe that I love using the Voice Control Option1 on my new appliances. With the Whirlpool® Smart Single Wall Oven, I’m able to literally speak to my oven through our voice enabled device.
Using Google Assistant or Amazon Alexa, voice control has never been easier or more fun to get the cooking done.2 My girls get a giggle out of this and we have a lot of fun telling the oven how to cook our food. I can simply say "hey Google, pre-heat the oven to 350 degrees," and it does it!This allows me to better care for my family no matter how full my hands are. If I'm carrying groceries in the house, I don't even have to set my bags down, and I can already have the oven start the pre-heating process.
I'm also able to pre-heat our Smart Oven before we leave dance class from the Whirlpool® app on my phone.2 The girls take dance and gymnastics in the evenings, and this is so helpful. A favorite dinner hack for those busy activity nights is to pre-make a meal that can be thrown in the oven. This can be a casserole-type meal that the whole family loves.
Now, what does scanning the barcode on food have anything to do with a fun smart kitchen hack? Well, when you scan the barcode on your food, you are using what is better known as Scan-to-Cook Technology2. Using the app, you can scan bar codes on select foods. That information is then sent to your oven, and the Smart Oven will know exactly how to help you.3 As a busy mom, do you know how awesome this is? It’s pure genius and a much-welcomed time-saving kitchen hack in our lives. I think this will come in handy when the girls are teenagers and can make their own dinner. They can simply scan a barcode, and our Smart Oven will take care of the rest.
Also, using the Yummly® Guided Cooking1 I can watch awesome Yummly® step-by-step video tutorials to help me get the meal right. What can I say, sometimes I just need a little extra help in the kitchen!
Whirlpool also sent us their Gas Cooktop with EZ-2-Lift™ Hinged Cast-Iron Grates. I love how easy it is to lift the grates to clean! It also has raised edges to help contain spills. The SpeedHeat™ burner generates high heat so I can quickly boil water for our meal.
Multi-Tasking in the Kitchen
As a mom of two little ones, our life is full of multi-tasking! Let’s not forget that the Whirlpool® Smart Oven also has a multi-step cooking option, so I can add multiple cooking directions at one time - game changer!4 And if you’ve never used an oven with a touch screen, this one is about to surprise you! You can even customize presets on the Smart Oven to make things just the way you like them. Do you bake the same things week after week? You can add that as a setting to your Smart Oven! This feature saves us so much time.
While we’re not an eat frozen food every night’ kind of family, we do like our frozen pizza! Thanks to Frozen Bake™ Technology, you can just adjust cooking times to get your kids fed even faster.
Finally, one of my favorite features is being able to connect from anywhere. The features on the Whirlpool® app can help me get dinner started, without too much thought.4 After a busy day, I love this! When our food is done, I receive a notification on my phone. I can be upstairs doing laundry or picking up the house, and the app will let me know that dinner is ready!
Boss Your Dishwasher Around
While I don’t know many people who enjoy washing dishes, I do have to say one smart kitchen hack I’m loving is this dishwasher. The Whirlpool® Smart Dishwasheris my new favorite family member. I’m sure my girls will love it when they get older too. For now, they enjoy helping me figure out all the buttons and loading up their dishes. Plus, they get more time with me, which is most important. Have your kids help with the chores! Loading the dishwasher can be really easy for little ones, and it gives them a sense of accomplishment.
Whirlpool® Smart Dishwasher Features
With the Download & Go2 option on our Smart Dishwasher, I can actually customize the mess that I’m dealing with. I can addoptions to my cycle to create my own custom settings to send to the dishwasher. How incredible is that? I can’t say that’s ever been an option with any other dishwasher I’ve ever owned.
Also, I can sit and relax with my girls after the dishwasher is loaded. My husband or I will load them after dinner and with a simple voice command while we're watching a movie or playing a game, we can turn it on.2 If I forget to start the dishwasher and I'm upstairs putting the girls to bed, I can easily start it from the app on my phone.2 Anything that gives me more time with my family is a huge plus.
this top rack for utensils is amazing!5
Let’s not forget that there is also a third level rack and 35% more rack space.5 I love fitting those awkwardly shaped items in my Smart Dishwasher. Another favorite feature is how quiet our Smart Dishwasher is. We can't even hear it from our couch, which is only a few feet away. When the cycle is done, we also get a notification on our phones just like the Smart Oven!4
Time-Saving Kitchen Hacks
I wanted to share our favorite time-saving kitchen hacks with you so that you can hopefully spend more time caring for your family while your smart kitchen does the work!
Make dinner ahead so you can preheat your Smart Oven during busy activity nights. An enchilada or casserole is a great option! You can also carry this hack into breakfast. Are you always rushing to get out the door in the morning? Why not make a breakfast bake the night before that you can throw in the oven while you get your family ready for the day?
Get help! Have your kids help you load the dishwasher. If they're old enough, have them help unload it as well.
Plan ahead. With our Smart Oven, I will pre-heat the oven with my phone when I'm about to leave gymnastics/dance so it's ready to go when we get home.2
Meal plan! This is something our family does on Sunday nights. I hate to waste food, and this helps to make sure we use everything we purchase at the grocery store.
Load your dishwasher and set it to run while you're asleep. You won't have to wait for clean dishes, and they'll be ready to go when you wake up!!2
Our Whirlpool® Smart Kitchen items have been an absolute dream come true. I'm not sure how we lived without them! It's nice to feel like I almost have a kitchen assistant with our smart kitchen appliances. This allows me to spend more time with my family and as I've learned, things don't slow down as the girls get older! Make sure to check out our laundry hacks posthere featuring our Whirlpool® Smart Front Load Laundry Pair with the Load & Go™ XL Plus Detergent Dispenser. Thank you so much for reading, and please let me know if you have questions!
2 Appliance must be set to remote enable. WiFi & App Required. Features subject to change. Details and privacy info at whirlpool.com/connect.
3Not all frozen foods included; WiFi & App required. Features subject to change. For details and privacy statement, visit whirlpool.com/connect.
4WiFi and App required. Features subject to change. For details and privacy statement, visit whirlpool.com/connect.
5Compared to Whirlpool® dishwashers without a third level rack.
Thank you so much for reading and please let me know if you have any questions!
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