The smart kitchen has been on the precipice of going mainstream for years now. Samsung launched their excellent smart washer several years ago, and I saw Haier demoing a smart fridge back in 2013.

With the massive success of Alexa, home automation seems to have been embraced by the public, and as a result, manufacturers are heavily pushing new smart products.

During CES 2018, LG is demoing several smart appliances for the kitchen. The LG ThinQ range consists of a smart fridge, oven, dishwasher and microwave.

The centrepiece is LG’s Alexa-capable fridge, the InstaView ThinQ that has a 29-inch transparent touchscreen, webOS platform and the ability to communicate with the oven.

When you choose a recipe (including those suggested by the fridge, which detects what you have on hand), you can send it to an oven with Alexa support to get spoken cooking instructions. I am not 100% sure how useful that is, but what is useful is the oven can then start to pre-heat to the required temperature, it will also communicate to the dishwasher what it is your cooking so it can auto-select the correct cycle.

The fridge can also add expiration dates to your food and handles many of the tasks you’d expect from an Alexa-powered device, such as streaming music. While this sounds fantastic, how easy it is to add the expiration dates is another question. Having to scan barcodes manually then the expiry dates would quickly become tiresome.

There is no word on how much or when these products will ship, but I would expect them to be on the very high end of the spectrum.