The 19th century saw the inception of many of the appliances we know and depend on today. This includes small appliances like the electric mixer (patented in 1885) as well as big appliances like the dishwasher (patented in 1850). Since that time, the appliance industry has come a long way. Thanks to the integration of smart technology, household appliances have long surpassed mere functionality. Wi-Fi connectivity is becoming much more commonplace, making it possible to facilitate anything from your grocery list to your appliance functionality from your smart phone. That being said, Wi-Fi connectivity isn’t the only exciting thing to happen to appliances recently so keep reading for our rundown of the latest, greatest, and smartest in appliance innovation available to consumers. 


Premium Design

When it comes to appliances, opting for premium tends to be well worth it, for a range of reasons. While premium appliances may come at a higher price, they also tend to be better built, with advanced features and customizable options. These qualities will ensure your appliances stay relevant for longer. DacorMieleSub-Zero and Wolf are all great examples of premium brands specializing in upscale luxury. 


The Power of Steam

Once you discover the powerful tool that is steam, you won’t be able to live without it. Steam irons are already a popular and user-friendly alternative to conventional irons, and for good reason. When harnessed correctly, steam can do so many useful things, including improving the performance of dishwashers, washing machines, dryers, and ovens. A great example is this Renaissance 30″ Single Wall Oven, by Dacor which utilizes GreenClean™ steam cleaning technology. Visit the Tasco Appliances website to read more about The Power of Steam.


Induction Technology

Gas-powered ranges and cooktops are definitely more prevalent than induction technology but there are more than a few distinct benefits of opting for the latter. Induction technology makes for safer and faster cooking, with a more even distribution of heat and a more contemporary aesthetic. Take this 15″ Transitional Induction Cooktop by Wolf, for example. In addition to a sleek and contemporary design, this cooktop features magnetic induction technology, cookware sensing, and illuminated touch controls. It also boasts a 40 percent faster response time. Visit the Tasco Appliances website to read more about Gas vs. Induction


Environmental Consciousness

Did you know that appliances account for up 12 per cent of energy consumption in Canadian households? While energy efficiency in appliances isn’t a new concept, appliance manufacturers continue to bring new and better technologies to the marketplace, giving you more energy efficient options then ever before! Purchasing appliances with an ENERGYSTAR label is one simple and effective way to mitigate your part in that consumption. On average, an ENERGYSTAR rated refrigerator uses 10 per cent less energy than a standard model.


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Zakiya Kassam

Zakiya is a freelance writer/editor based out of Toronto. You can follow her on Twitter: @zakkassam

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