The kitchen is often the busiest room in the house. This is certainly true at mealtimes! Some people spend a large amount of their day there – preparing and cooking meals, then clearing up afterward. This can become quite boring at times, even for people who love cooking.
Fortunately, technology can come to the rescue. Just as ironing becomes more fun when a person watches TV or listens to music, kitchen chores can be enhanced when a few special things are added. Let’s take a brief look at some of these now.
A Small Television
Sometimes people fight over the TV. Perhaps there is a sport or a special film. If there is an additional television in the kitchen, this may solve the problem. It will also make cooking a more pleasant experience. As kitchens are generally smaller than living rooms, a smaller TV may be the best option. People generally want a set to be portable and to have a sharp, quality picture. It would need to be bracket-compatible if it was placed on the wall too.
In some cases, TVs can be voice-activated. This can be a real benefit if someone has got their hands dirty with cooking. When comparing one deal with another, also take a look at the warranty. One that lasts longer and covers parts and labor may prove beneficial over time.
A Coffee Maker
Research shows that having three cups of coffee a day is actually good for us. It can be a real treat when a person ditches their instant coffee and buys a coffee machine. It will provide a much-needed treat for anyone during the day. It’s amazing how these machines can become a focal point for family and visitors.
There is a range of different machines to choose from. They often offer various blends, including espressos, for those who are struggling to wake up. If bean grinders and milk foamers are bought in addition, this can be an unparalleled coffee experience.
These days, an island in the middle of the kitchen is very popular. It can provide extra worktop space and house cooking equipment underneath. Many have overhanging tops so that stools can be placed under them for seating.
Pop-up sockets will not be immediately visible. They are installed in a tower that can arise out of the island worktop. There will be a range of different sockets available to suit different power needs. There may even be USB slots so that mobile phones can be charged. If a child uses a laptop to do their homework, the extra sockets will come in handy.
It’s not only children who will find this helpful. If you use a liquidizer, blender, or sandwich toaster, it can be plugged in here. When its use has expired, you need to push the tower back down into the island worktop.
A Virtual Assistant
iPhones include the option to give instructions to Siri, which is a voice-activated program. Amazon took this up a level with Echo and Alexa. If someone is up to their elbows in washing up, they can ask the assistant to play music and increase the volume. Some assistants connect to Amazon Prime Music or Spotify and can create a jukebox if required.
Busy parents can also create TO DO lists while they work. More and more electrical devices have become smart these days. This means the virtual assistant can be asked to change the lighting or the room thermostat. People can also enjoy hearing the latest news, sports results, or traffic information while they work.
Some virtual assistants can connect to Amazon Audible, enabling people to listen to books whilst they are in the kitchen.
A Digital Radio
Digital radios are incredibly advanced compared to traditional radio players. Imagine listening to sound that is almost CD quality. There’s no more scrolling across stations until you find what you want – choose from a menu. Do you remember the old interference noises when people changed channels or had a poor signal? The digital receivers almost eliminate it.
There’s also a small screen that may display the song that is playing, the latest news headline, or station details. Some more advanced models let you pause and rewind live recordings to suit your timescale.
Being in the kitchen shouldn’t be dull. Fortunately, there are many ways a person can enjoy themself, be it by using a television or radio, a virtual assistant, or by having a cup of quality coffee. Why not buy something like these? Your kitchen might be about to become VERY popular!