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Has Kitchen Innovation Gone Too Far?

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For most of us, a kitchen is not just another room in the house. Its more than that. The kitchen is the place where most of our time is spent, where we have the most meaningful conversations are had and where we can be creative. The kitchen is the home.

For that reason, we invest a lot of time and money into making our kitchen into one we’ve always dreamed of. We know what style we like, and the colour we want the cupboards, but where we are left a little puzzled is the area of kitchen technology. Rapid innovations in the kitchen space make it hard for us to keep up.

When the first self-cleaning oven came out people were ecstatic, no longer did we spend hours on our Sunday’s scrubbing that big metal box. No longer did we panic when something overflowed and dripped down in the oven … this innovation gave us a less stressful and more convenient kitchen ‘life’.

Now, innovation has gone beyond making things more convenient. We’re now into luxury items that in 10 years, we’ll start to wonder how we ever lived without kitchen of the futurethem. Fridges can now tell you whether a perishable item has expired or not, they can even segregate different types of fruit and customize the temperature it is chilled. Heck, there’s even technology so you can even text an espresso machine, place an order, and it’s ready for you when you get downstairs. How perfect is that?

These innovations are just a couple examples of how far technology has come in the kitchen space. Trying to stay ahead of the curve is impossible. This begs the question…are 15 year warranties on appliances even applicable anymore? Do prices need to go down as we expect a higher turnover? Is the average lifetime of an appliance or kitchen technology now based on cool new features and added convenience as opposed to the classic signal ‘does it still work?’.

Several people have been writing about kitchen technology lately, talking about all the cool things available on the market, the prices and which brands are the best to buy. Some of the innovations I’ve seen are starting to border ‘ridiculous’ but then again … I want pretty much every item that I’ve seen.

This is my ultimate wish list (some of these things I haven’t seen on the market yet!)

  • germ eliminating knife block
  • customizable temperature fridge
  • fragrance to get rid of food smells
  • portable induction oven

These are just a few of the ideas that I have …. I would love to hear your feedback. Is there anything you wish you had in your kitchen? Or is there something you’ve recently purchased that you feel everyone needs to know about?

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