Technology geared to making the most of your home so you enjoy it fully is one of the fastest growing segments in the home improvement market and for good reason. While most tech gadgets have focused on entertainment, top brands are wrapping their arms around bringing kitchen technology. Combining state-of-the-minute tech with every day fixtures and appliances in the kitchen can make meal prep, cooking and cleaning up so much faster and easier. In 2018, there will be a number of ways to up your kitchen game.
Antimicrobial Kitchen Faucets
Moen Faucets helps you and your family stay healthy with the Microban® finish on selected Moen bathroom and kitchen faucets. Microban® antimicrobial protection is built into the faucets finish to fight against damaging microbes by inhibiting the growth of stain- and odor-causing bacteria on your faucet.
Device-Charging Electrical Outlets
Electrical outlets outfitted with USB ports have become an increasingly popular staple in electrical installations, including kitchen renovations. Plug in your countertop appliances and stay connected while charging your phone where you're working. Legrand offers a variety of pop-out switches with integrated USB ports, eliminating the need to hunt for a free outlet or keep track of your USB adaptors.
Advanced Garbage Disposal Technologies
InSinkErator Evolution Series Garbage Disposals feature advanced sound, grind, anti-jam and anti-vibration technologies that allow you to clean up as needed without loud noise disrupting nearby conversation. Tough waste like like cornhusks, bones and melon rinds are easily–and quietly–whisked away with Evolution. For those concerned about using a food disposal with a private septic system, InSinkErator Evolution with Septic Assist disposal injects exclusive Bio-Charge® enzymes into the grind chamber that helps break down food waste in your septic system.
Delta's ShieldSpray Technology
Delta's ShieldSpray Technology cleans with laser-like precision while containing mess and splatter. A concentrated jet powers away stubborn remnants of food while an innovative shield of water surrounds the jet and mess to keep the splashing contained, so you can spend less time soaking, scrubbing and swapping your splattered shirt for a clean one.
Germ Killing Under Cabinet Lighting
Illuminate your cooking area while safely eliminating dangerous bacteria from kitchen counter tops with ellumi™ LED Germ Killing Bacteria Under Cabinet Lighting. According to Vital Vio, the makers of the ellumi lighting, the products safely eliminate up to 99 percent of bacteria and over 25 germs while illuminating your surface. There is no UV light or chemicals used so kids and pets stay safe. ellumi LED lights are available in four sizes; from 9 to 24 inches long.
WiFi Charging Station Countertops
Formica Group, manufacturer of kitchen countertops, and Convenient Power Systems, maker of wireless power charging technologies, have recently partnered together to integrate wi-fi charging stations into Formica laminate kitchen counter tops. This partnership was announced in January and isn't widely available just yet.
Wireless Power Delivery
Illuminate your kitchen and charge your mobile devices with this product from Wi Charge. Never again experience dying phone and tablet batteries or frantically searching for an outlet. Instead, install lighting fixtures that deliver focused beams of safe, infrared light to a receiver in your device. Each light can charge multiple devices at once based on factors such as power requirements and battery level.
Here's how it works: the integrated transmitter in each fixture searches the room for a device outfitted with a tiny photovoltaic cell that turns the light into power. The cell is embedded into an external receiver that fits into the power receptacle of your device so you can choose when the receiver is in use.