LG Signature

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Before Design and Construction Week in Las Vegas, LG Electronics (LG) decided to launch it’s new premier lineup at CES 2016. The new high-end products from LG will be a differentiated brand, featuring innovations unique to LG SIGNATURE.

The LG SIGNATURE lineup is a curated collection initially consisting of a television, refrigerator, washing machines and air purifier, with plans for a dishwasher and an oven down the line.

“By drawing on the best of LG’s incredible technology and design innovation, the LG SIGNATURE brand will open up new opportunities for high-end appliances and consumer electronics,” – Brian Na, executive vice president and LG’s global marketing officer.

Recently, LG received a total of 28 awards at the iF Design Award 2016 setting the record for a Korean company.

Two appliances from LG took home prestigious iF Gold Awards 2016 – the LG SIGNATURE refrigerator and LG SIGNATURE washing machine.

The LG SIGNATURE refrigerator brings a number of innovations to refrigerator design, including the addition of a new sleek secret Door-in-Door compartment.

LG Signature Refrigerator | KitchAnn Style

The refrigerator also features a Knock-on feature which makes the black opaque door transparent with two quick “knocks”.

The new Auto Door Open feature automatically opens on its own if you approach with an armful of groceries. Step into the sensor underneath, and you now have hands-free access to your fridge. Supposedly, the sensor will even tell the difference between people and pets.

LG Signature Refrigerator | KitchAnn Style

The LG Signature Refrigerator has a stainless interior which aids in more effective cold air retention and the shelves are lit with impressive LED lighting.

LG Signature Refrigerator | KitchAnn Style

The external ice dispenser has an  LED display that remains off when not in use for a cleaner look. And if you open the lower freezer door past a certain point the freezer tray will automatically slide out.

The LG SIGNATURE washing machine is an advanced version of the  LG TWIN Wash introduced last year.

The Signature washing machine boasts the first ever controls built right into the glass, and a push-to-open feature so you can open the door even if your hands are full.

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The 7″ Quick Circle User Interface (ui)  is embedded in the glass door at a 17-degree angle making it convenient to see when standing.

No pricing information has been given thus far for these Signature Appliances.

Whirlpool Showcases Latest Tech

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Most of us in the Kitchen and Bath Design World are focused on KBIS next week so the news that Whirlpool received nine International Consumer Electronics Show (CES) 2016 Innovation Awards for seven new kitchen and laundry products this week might have been missed.

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Whirlpool Smart Dishwasher, Washer and Dryer allows families to auto-order detergent, Whirlpool’s Affresh dishwasher cleaner or dryer sheets through Amazon’s Dash Replenishment Service (DRS).

The appliances determine when they need to order more supplies based on the number of cycles they’ve run since the last order.

Whirlpool’s new washer and dryer are both set to go on sale later this year for $1,399 each.

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Smart Kitchen Suite can also tell Whirlpool’s new smart washer and dryer to activate various modes, including quiet mode for those late night wash sessions, and “wrinkle shield” for when you’re away from home but don’t want your clothes crumpling in the dryer.

The complete suite includes the Smart French Door Refrigerator, Smart Front Control Range, and Smart Dishwasher, all of which fall under what Whirlpool is calling the CareSync system.

The setting can be activated manually, or automatically, through the Smart Kitchen Suite’s new Nest integration.

For example, the Smart French Door Refrigerator offers a Party Mode for entertaining, which drops fridge temperatures to keep foods from getting warm (due to repeated opening and closing), not to mention make ice faster. The Smart Refrigerator also uses smart notifications to alert families of a power or WiFi outage, so food in the fridge can be checked on immediately.

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Tech for a Better World

With a new program called Connect to Care, you’ll be able to automatically donate to Habitat for Humanity every time you run the washing machine. The program is meant to show how big change can be accomplished through incremental good deeds — you can give as little as 10 cents with each load.

This smart washer and dryer also integrate with the Nest Learning Thermostat, so when Nest is set to Away, the dryer can switch to Eco Mode to save energy (up to 73%) with a longer, more energy-efficient cycle.

Whirlpool Smart Suite App | KitchAnn Style