Whirlpool today at CES 2018 announced that some of its washers, dryers, and ovens will be controllable with an Apple Watch in the near future.

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The home appliance maker said it will be releasing a watchOS app in early 2018 that will enable Apple Watch users to remotely control select functions on more than 20 of its latest Wi-Fi-connected washers, dryers, and ovens.

Here are a few examples:

  • Washer: Control the wash options of an active cycle. Whether it be a normal wash, delicates, or brights, users can adjust an active cycle via their Apple Watch.

  • Dryer: Control and detect if a cycle has started, understanding how much time remains before the cycle is complete.

  • Oven: View the current oven status and control commands during an active cycle.

Whirlpool said the collaboration marks the first time a major home appliance maker has connected its products with the Apple Watch.

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Top Rated Comments

NufSaid Avatar
62 months ago
First I am CRAZY into tech, but am I the only person on the planet that has no desire to control every little thing in their house with a phone/watch?

This is marketing and not functional.....thermostats are nice and security systems are nice but why do I want to remote start my washer?
Score: 10 Votes (Like | Disagree)
Shanesan Avatar
62 months ago
Manually carries wet clothes from washer into dryer like some sort of monolithic heathen.

Begrudingly lifts shiny Apple Watch to lips.

"Hey Siri, blow my load."

Like a Christmas miracle, the dryer starts and technology, once again, reigns supreme.
Score: 6 Votes (Like | Disagree)
Defthand Avatar
62 months ago
I think the monitoring and notifications features could be useful to a busy or forgetful user, but utility appliances are compromised when electronics are added to them. Ask any appliance repairman, the chief cause of appliance failures today is the electronics. Our dryer quit heating because of a defective relay switch on the circuitboard. The repair protocol requires the entire board to be replaced, a $400 part—almost half the cost of a new dryer! Most owners would have discarded the machine altogether and purchased a new one. Instead, I found a $11 relay switch online and paid an audio electronics technician $25 to solder it to the board. Three years later, still going strong.
Score: 3 Votes (Like | Disagree)
Braderunner Avatar
62 months ago
First I am CRAZY into tech, but am I the only person on the planet that has no desire to control every little thing in their house with a phone/watch?

This is marketing and not functional.....thermostats are nice and security systems are nice but why do I want to remote start my washer?
I know! You still have to put the clothes, detergent, softener, whatever in the machine...why would you not just start it right then? Also, if you want to delay it until electric rates are cheaper, are you going to dry them the next night? Just not something I would be willing to pay extra for. But, that's just me.
Score: 3 Votes (Like | Disagree)
Kobayagi Avatar
62 months ago
People have cooked food and washed their clothes for decades using ''simple'' home appliances and these appliances have been doing a fine job. Until now apparently. Quite often, I think these companies are trying to come up with solutions to problems that don't really exist.
Score: 3 Votes (Like | Disagree)
getoffmylawn Avatar
62 months ago
Score: 2 Votes (Like | Disagree)

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