Whirlpool plugs Alexa and Google Assistant into its appliances

Check on your laundry with the voice assistant of your choice.

Whirlpool's smart appliances have already had some voice assistant control, but they're about become particularly AI-savvy. The company has unveiled a 2018 lineup where many appliances support both Amazon Alexa and Google Assistant, letting you control most of your home using the smart speaker (or mobile app) you prefer. You can check the time left on the washing machine, start the dishwasher or change the temperature of your fridge without lifting a finger.

Certain appliances have extra perks. The Smart Front Control Range and Smart Over the Range Microwave tie into Yummly's recipe app to help you cook -- you can send instructions directly to the appliance, complete with images and video. You can scan UPC barcodes on some frozen food to get directions as well. Amazon Virtual Dash can restock connected refrigerators, while the Smart All-in-One Washer and Dryer can send laundry alerts to your Apple Watch. Even the Smart Energy Star Certified Dishwasher can talk to your Nest devices and hold the washing cycle until you've left for work.

Whirlpool hasn't discussed pricing, but you should see its 2018 roster arrive sometime in the spring. However, this clearly reflects how pervasive smart home tech has become -- you can now buy most vital appliances and assume you'll get smart controls that adapt to whichever devices you have in your home.

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