Even just a decade ago, smart home technology was popular only among early adopters, most of whom were quite tech-savvy. Compare that to today, with Parks Associates reporting that their survey of 10,000 homes in the US found 38% of households own at least one smart home device, and it’s clear that we are headed toward automated and tech-enhanced homes.

Take TikTok, for example, where “smart home” dominates the home-renovation trend, garnering more than four billion views! The second-most-popular term, “enhanced outdoor spaces” pulled in a mere 270,000 views.

Despite the increasing popularity of smart home technology, it’s still worth taking your time to decide whether you want to purchase a specific device or appliance. Data privacy still presents a significant concern because many smart home items have the capability to listen to your conversations and even view your home’s interior. To maximize your privacy, only purchase smart home technology that gives users the ability to opt out of data collection and customize your security settings.

With that caveat in mind, here are our picks for standout items that represent the latest in smart home appliances. Whether you want to upgrade your bathroom, kitchen, living room, or bedroom, we have picks that are perfect for your smart home interior.

Smart Shower with Digital Controller
Moen Matte Black Smart Shower 2-Outlet Digital Shower Controller
$372 on Amazon, requires thermostatic outlet, $606 on Amazon

Moen’s incredibly luxurious Smart Shower is Wi-Fi enabled, allowing you to control your shower experience through a smart speaker, a proprietary phone app, and an in-shower controller. Users can create twelve presets with customized greetings, temperature, notifications, and shower timer.

Use the Moen app to warm up your shower from anywhere in your home, and an alert will be sent back when your shower has reached your desired temperature. Not ready to hop in just yet? Press pause and the water will shut off, yet be held at your requested temperature until you’re ready.  Alternatively, use the digital control pad directly to fine-tune your shower experience from moment to moment.

American Standard Advanced Clean 100 SpaLet Bidet Toilet
$3,036.80 at Home Depot

This smart toilet from a manufacturer with a stellar reputation features a heated seat with five temperature pre-sets, a warm-air dryer, adjustable water temperature for the bidet, multiple nozzles for a fresh feeling, and auto-flush technology.

The toilet seat opens and closes automatically, giving a boost to both safety and marital accord, and a soft light illuminates your path for those midnight visits. A built-in deodorizer cleanses the air in the bowl, preventing odors from wafting into the rest of the home.

Samsung Smart Dial Front Load Washer with OptiWash
$1,439 at Samsung

Samsung’s Wi-Fi enabled, whisper-quiet smart washing machine remembers your favorite wash cycles and settings, detects your clothing’s soil levels and adjusts the wash cycle and soap dispensed accordingly, and notifies you as soon as the cycle is complete. Start or stop your washer from your phone on a user-friendly app, or set a washing cycle timer ahead of time, and your clothing will be freshly washed at the time you prefer.

Miele Smart Dishwasher
$2,749 at AjMadison

We love Miele appliances, and this smart model adds the flexibility of Wi-Fi connectivity to their already outstanding dishwasher line. Their proprietary app allows you to auto-start your dishwasher using the detergent in the PowerDisk dispenser, monitor the time left until the cycle is complete, and will remind you when the PowerDisk needs replacing.

Use built-in direct controls when you’re home and take advantage of the 3D Multiflex Tray to fit your family’s dishes in one easy load. In a rush? Use the QuickIntenseWash to achieve perfectly clean dishes in just 58 minutes.

GE Profile Smart Gas Double Oven Convection Range
$2,999 at US Appliance

In addition to the convection baking setting, this oven offers air fry without preheating. Control smart oven features via built-in Wi-Fi, receive up-to-the-minute updates on the cooking process, and use feedback from the built-in food thermometer to cook your meals to perfection every time.

The cooktop includes an extra-large reversible griddle and grill combo, center burner, and a large-capacity double oven that makes family gatherings easier than ever.

Instant Pot Pro Plus Slow Cooker
$180 at Amazon

Slow cooking while you’re out of the house sounds convenient, but how many times have you returned home only to find that something has gone awry in your absence? Instant Pot’s Wi-Fi slow cooker connects to your phone so you can adjust temperatures on the go, select presets, program times for your recipe, and receive notifications when your meal is finished.

The app also includes over 800 guided recipes with photos and temperature presets. Just like other Instant Pot offerings, this appliance is also a pressure cooker, rice cooker, steamer, and yogurt maker.

Breville Joule Sous Vide
$250 at Williams Sonoma

Sous vide is the gold standard for gently cooking meat, fish, and eggs in a constantly circulating temperature-controlled bath. Breville’s Joule takes just 15 minutes to reach your selected cooking temperature and maintains this precise temperature throughout the duration of the bath.

Rather than relying on built-in buttons and controls, you’ll use the Joule app, which comes loaded with recipes, photos, and recommended cooking times.

As a bonus, Joule’s magnetic bottom keeps it securely affixed to the cooking pot, and its 11-inch body fits neatly into a kitchen drawer when it’s not in use.

Dyson Pure Cool Purifying Tower Fan
$399 at Amazon

Dyson’s Pure Cool Purifier uses a HEPA filter to eliminate 99.97% of airborne pollutants and odors, and is exceptionally safe for small hands thanks to its completely hidden blades. Use the nighttime mode and sleep timer for sleeping with fresh air and check the Dyson app to see up-to-the-minute air quality reports, temperature and humidity included.

With so many smart home appliances on the market, we only nicked the surface in today’s article. We hope to circle back to this topic for a part two (and more!), but in the meantime, if there’s a smart home appliance or gadget that you’ve found you can’t live without, do share in the comments!

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