A smart home is something for what people are willing to pay more, according to a research by Samsung and YouGov. Nearly half of Europeans (42 percent) would be willing to pay up to 50,000 euros more for a ”smart” kitchen.
Italians (67 percent) and Spaniards (66 percent) are the most willing to invest in a smart kitchen house compared to Germans (33 percent) and Britons (28 percent). Research has shown that smart technology is a major priority in the design of a modern home, about two-thirds (61 percent) of people saying it would help improve the quality of their lives.
Appliances that interact with smartphones are quickly becoming an important way to help us save time. Of those questioned, nearly four out of ten (39 percent) suggested that the technology to start warming up the house before arriving home would save time, while nearly a fifth (19 percent) wanted a refrigerator that sends messages when it’s over the milk.
When it comes to cooking, one in three people (31 percent) wanted an oven that can prepare two different dishes at the same time to reduce the stress of cooking for more people.
The popularity of social food posters such as Instagram also makes us better cooks; 62 percent are using Social Media as an inspiration for meal preparation. However, we are still not so confident to share our culinary creations, with four out of five (82 percent) Europeans being held on social media dishes.
Finland is the most active country in social media posts in the kitchen, with 67 percent of respondents accessing Instagram, Pinterest and Facebook while preparing for the meal. Also, almost half of Germans (49 percent) follow the same trend.
However, we no longer use the kitchens just for cooking. One in five Europeans is doing exercise in the kitchen every week, and 25 percent say their kitchen also has an office space. Also, instead of the living room, almost half (46 percent) spend most of their time reading in the kitchen, watching TV or playing with children, while 36 percent consider the kitchen the ideal place to make administrative decisions.
In Europe, Poles and Dutch exercise most often in the kitchen, respectively 42 percent and 37 percent, compared with 12 percent for adults in the UK. Nearly three-quarters (73 percent) of people living in southern Europe read and watch television in the kitchen, as opposed to 45 percent for the Germans.
”Changing the dimensions of living quarters, increasing flexibility at work and increasing community and multigenerational life change the way we use the kitchen. The kitchen is now the center of the house, rather than a place to cook, being used for socializing, work and even physical exercise. , there is a growing demand for smart technology in our kitchens”, said Dan Harvie, vice president and head of the Electronics Electronics Europe Division.