If you’ve been following our blog, you’ll know that we’ve recently taken an in-depth look at the hottest kitchen design trends for 2021. But now, we’re going even further to explore the future of home kitchen tech. We want to share our predictions on what the average home kitchen will look like in 2030… and beyond.
What will the future kitchen look like?
It’s easy – and fun – to picture a futuristic kitchen that can cook meals (and clean up!) with just the touch of a button. Or even through voice recognition. But the truth is that the kitchen of 2030 is likely to look pretty similar to what it looks like today. Kitchen cabinets, kitchen doors, pantry cupboards, worktops; these are all core elements that aren’t going anywhere. They’re practical, functional, and attractive.
What will be different, however, is kitchen technology. Innovative, smart, interactive, and connected appliances will play a huge role in future kitchen design. A recent report confirms that more than half of us want to upgrade our kitchens to incorporate appliances that are fitted with the latest tech.
Futuristic kitchen technology
Some kitchen technologies that come to mind when we think about how home design will change over the next few years aren’t actually ‘futuristic’ at all. Smart refrigerators, for example, can reorder consumables when they start getting low. These are already working their way into UK homes today.
There are definitely a few technologies and tech trends that we haven’t seen yet, but could be on their way soon. And our predictions for the three biggest tech trends to hit home kitchens are…
1. Commercial tech
Lockdown has had some unexpected effects on homeowners. And one of them is a newfound love for home cooking. With pubs and restaurants closed for months, many people have started to use their kitchens more, and get more creative. And so we expect to see some existing commercial kitchen tech become adapted for consumer use, giving home cooks more tools for whipping up tasty concoctions.
2. Interactive appliances
Back in 2014, at the Las Vegas Consumer Electronics Show (CES), Whirlpool introduced an exciting new interactive induction hob. While not yet in production, this could be launched in the near future. The hob features a touchscreen that’s built right into your countertop, and displays recipes, websites, social media… whatever you need. Oh, and best of, all it’s all hands-free, operated entirely through gestures!
The Internet of Things is already taking over kitchens around the world; coffee machines that automatically switch on when your alarm goes off in the morning, for example. But we expect IoT to play an even bigger role in the kitchens of the future. We’re envisioning a world where your fridge recognises the ingredients you’ve selected, and instructs the oven to preheat to the right temperature, every time.
You may not be able to have your future kitchen whip up a full Sunday roast with all the trimmings by 2030. But we expect that you should be able to enjoy a lot more efficiency with these new tech trends.
Preparing for the future
Are you worried that your kitchen isn’t ready for all the new innovative appliances that are coming your way? Don’t panic! There’s still plenty of time to get your kitchen ready for the future, and it shouldn’t be all that tricky to do. A simple redesign or refresh could be all you need to future-proof your kitchen. One easy way to start is by replacing your kitchen doors…