Kitchen appliances have become cordless, and they are in high demand. By 2027, the smart kitchen market value is expected to reach $43 billion, more than double its value today.
Covid-19 is also expected to boost the demand for smart cordless kitchens. Consumers have stopped eating out and turned to make their own food in their own kitchens. As a result, they have been purchasing more kitchen devices than before, and they expect them to be convenient to use. Many of these devices are related to health and lifestyle upgrades, like juicers.
At the same time, in the past decade, the number of countertop appliances in homes has more than doubled while the average counter space has been cut by more than half. This means that while people are buying more devices, they have less counter space. The result is crowded and messy counters with jumbled electric cables and hard to reach electrical outlets, which are not always comfortable to use.
The Cordless Kitchen Powers a Wireless User Experience
Yet, today’s smart kitchen appliances are still mainly cable-powered. This old-fashioned method limits the user experience as the cook is physically restricted to cooking nearby electric outlets.
Any time consumers want to use their devices, they have to plug them in manually. Usually, these devices can only be used next to the electric outlet itself, which is not necessarily the best location for a convenient and seamless cooking experience.
Appliances that are compatible with wireless charging allow people to easily use their devices wherever they need them.
With wireless power installed in kitchen counters or tables, all users have to do is simply place the device on the kitchen counter, and they can start using any compatible device immediately. It’s that easy.
But there’s more. Here are six benefits consumers have for using cordless kitchen smart appliances.
6 Cordless Kitchen Benefits
- Universal – Wireless charging is a global universal solution that is flexible and easy to use. The single KI standard (see below) enables consumers to purchase and power products of different power levels and brands in the same universal charging spot located on their kitchen counter.
- More counter space – In a wireless cordless kitchen, the charging area doubles as a countertop. Appliances can be easily placed on the counter when operated and stored when done, keeping a clean, aesthetic, and functional countertop.
- Sleek design – Wireless charging eliminates cable clutter, resulting in a sleek and clean looking kitchen. Removing cables also provides a safer environment for children and adults. The charging pads are installed under the counter (<40mm) for easy retrofit in existing countertops.
- 100% waterproof – Wireless charging is the perfect fit for use in potentially wet environments. Avoid the chances of your appliances getting wet and of electrocution.
- Safety – Wireless charging provides a safe and socket free method for power transfer, even at high power levels. Reduce electricity dangers by removing electricity sockets and cables.
- Reliable – Wireless charging solutions have no cavities or external electronic cables. Prevent any damage that can happen to sockets, which could impair the ability to use them.
There is a myriad of smart kitchen devices that could potentially be powered wirelessly in the near future. These include kitchen scales, voice-activated faucets, smart ovens and microwaves, rice cookers, toasters, blenders, coffee makers, air fryers, grills, refrigerators, smart utensils, egg counters, smart shopping lists, and more.
The Ki Cordless Kitchen is Driving the Smart Kitchen Market
Similar to the QI standard, the KI cordless kitchen standard held by WPC defines the universal wireless power standard for today’s and tomorrow’s compatible kitchen devices.
To this day, the standard defines delivery of up to 2200 power watts through transmitters. The Ki standard, along with the quick development of innovative sensors and the growing consumer demand for automation and convenience, are driving the demand for smart kitchen devices that can be wirelessly charged and wirelessly powered in a cordless kitchen.
Device manufacturers who wish to enjoy the growing market share can easily adjust to this demand by enabling their devices to support wireless charging. Talk to us to learn how.