Technology is always developing, and the pace in which it’s growing is also increasing. The growth in the technology market means more products, with upgrades being manufactured and released on a much more regular basis.
There are many benefits to this growth in technology; gadgets become more convenient to use, their design is often sleeker and the features seem unlimited. However, perhaps most of all, products with advanced technology often save a lot of time and effort.
Looking at household appliances in particular, we’ve seen an increase in everyday gadgets being manufactured, and many appliances we’re used to that have perhaps been around for a long time are also being upgraded and advanced all the time.
This article will explore the growth in technology in a number of our everyday products and appliances, specifically looking at how the development of this technology improves our gadgets and helps us to save time.
The domestic dishwasher has been around since the 1920s, and was used only in wealthy homes in the 1950s, before becoming common in the 1970s. Now, however, the dishwasher is perhaps a staple appliance in most modern households.
While the functions of a dishwasher have remained fairly standard over time, the technology behind this appliance is advanced enough to save a lot of time, as well as effort, water and even money in the long-run.
Compared to the first dishwashers which were bulky and perhaps less spacious, their appearance has been updated so they’re slicker and have more room to fill with dishes. Furthermore, more modern dishwashers have advanced features such as a fitted food waste disposal, and many are designed to adjust their washing cycle depending on the quantity of dishes being washed.
In terms of saving time, dishwashers are the alternative to washing up by hand: a chore often dreaded by many people. According to experts, the dishwasher can save up to 4 hours each week compared to hand washing, because it only takes a few minutes to load the dishwasher compared to having to individually scrub and clean each item manually.
Most households own a washing machine, and have done for a long time; after the very basic ‘washboard’ was made in 1797, many different designs were made throughout the 1800s and through to the early 1900s. However, electric washing machines became popular in the 1950s, and modern/upmarket washers as we know them only became common in the 1990s.
It’s not a secret that using a washing machine can save you a lot of time compared to washing them by hand. However, it’s rare to find people who manually wash their clothes in western societies, especially because of launderettes being so easily accessible.
However, specific types of washing machines with different functions can save you a lot of time, if you choose wisely. Firstly, some washing machines are fitted with an LCD display screen which tracks and times your cycle. This informs you of how long you have left, and it can beep to alert you of when it’s finished. This means that you can relax and get on with other things without having to worry and time the cycle yourself.
Some washing machines have a larger load capacity, which means that it can fit more laundry in one single load. By washing a larger amount of laundry in one cycle, you’re not only saving energy and water, but you’ll also save much more time compared to having to load multiple cycles, especially if you have a busier household. Other washing machines are fitted with separate fast-wash options for smaller loads, which obviously saves time even more.
Tumble dryers alone are an essential appliance if you want to save time and dry your laundry quickly, without having to go to the effort of hanging them outside, where it takes hours just to get it a bit dryer, while hoping that it doesn’t rain. But with a clothes dryer you can chuck all of your wet laundry in there and have it warm and dry in around 40 minutes.
With advanced technology, however, the standard tumble dryer has been upgraded and combined with the washing machine. The washer dryer is a gadget that saves much more time and effort, as it not only washes your clothes, but it dries them after straight away, all through one appliance.
You can potentially save up to 26 minutes each day with a washer dryer, which is the estimated amount of time roughly spent on the pre- and post-washing tasks. This is more convenient as you don’t even need to transport your wet clothes to the dryer, as you can let the machine do the hard work for you.
Induction cooking is a technological development that is still quite new to the kitchen market, and people are often put off because of the high price tags. However, it looks like this style of cooking may soon take over and become the norm.
Unlike standard cooktops and hobs, induction cooking generates lots of heat much more quickly, but it also only heats the pots/pans directly, as opposed to heating the whole cooktop. Although the main benefit of induction cooking is the quick speed, you are also given the option to heat the hobs much slower and at much lower temperatures, making it very adjustable and convenient.
As well as saving time by heating up very quickly, induction cooktops can also reduce the amount of time it takes to clean the surfaces. As the pots and pans are the only things that are heated, any splatters or spillages can be wiped away quickly, instead of being left to stick to the cooktop and stain.
Unlike the standard oven that easily and quickly gathers layers of grime and dirt, self-cleaning ovens have developed the technology to do the job for you, which is why they’re becoming increasingly popular.
Nobody enjoys cleaning the oven as it’s such a mammoth task, one that needs to be done regularly in order to keep it clean. Every time we cook, food splatters and the grease lines the interior, meaning that it builds up quickly and sticks, making it a very difficult and time-consuming chore.
However, the self-cleaning oven cleans the oven itself every time you use it, and they come in 2 different styles. The pyrolytic oven cleans itself after you cook, using high temperatures of 500˚C (932˚F) to burn the dirt and grease and convert it all into ash, which can then be easily wiped away with a damp cloth. These are done in cycles after you have used the oven, and users can choose from a 60 or 90 minute cycle.
A catalytic oven also cleans itself, but it does it while the food is cooking, and is a somewhat cheaper alternative to above. This style uses ‘catalytic liners’ that line the oven’s interior, and these collect and absorb any splatters of grease and dirt that would otherwise stain the walls. While these need to be replaced after a while and although they don’t target the oven door or its shelves, they can still save you a lot of time and effort when it comes to cleaning.