For a lot of people, the kitchen is the most-visited room in the house. It’s where you start your days in the morning; it’s where the kids do their homework at the end of the day; and it’s where everyone gathers together to spend quality time over a meal. Smart home tech is growing in the kitchen, with new connected gadgets and appliances being created to make the cooking experience simpler and more enjoyable.  Your kitchen will become increasingly connected – so get ahead of the curve and grab smart home tech from Z-Wave.com that lets you make the most of your favorite room in the house.   Here’s a few ideas on how to smarten up your kitchen with Z-Wave: 

1. Use smart lighting to adjust the mood 

Whether you’re running through your kitchen on the way to work in the morning, cooking a meal for friends or family, or hosting a dinner party, smart lighting from Z-Wave can help you set the perfect mood in your kitchen.  

Program smart bulbs like the Aeotec Z-Wave LED Bulb to automatically turn on at the same time as your morning alarm. You can even program them to gradually increase their brightness, so you can slowly adjust your eyes while you make your morning coffee.  

Turn your kitchen counter into the perfect prep-station with overhead lighting that’s smart, like the GoControl Smart LED Z-Wave Plus Recessed Retrofit Light Kit. Program these lights to brighten up every evening at 6:00 p.m. when it’s time to start cooking dinner.  

And to make your kitchen as fun as it is smart, use Aeotec Z-Wave LED Strip for Brightening and Atmosphere; these can light up in 16 million different colors, so you can set the perfect mood for your next dinner party.  

2. Let voice control be your personal sous chef 

Your home may not have a professional, industrial-grade kitchen for you to work in, but Z-Wave can help you have your very own sous-chef!  

With an Amazon Echo device set up in your kitchen and connected to your Z-Wave smart devices, you can use Alexa to help you serve up dinner.  

Coming in through the door with hands full of groceries? Just say, “Alexa,” turn on ‘Cooking Time.’” The personal assistant will activate your Z-Wave smart scene (e.g. turning up your recessed lighting over the kitchen counter and lowering the thermostat) to help you get ready to work in the kitchen.  

Then, when you’re done cooking and ready to enjoy dinner with your family, say, “Alexa, switch to ‘Dinner Time.’” Your smart lights will dim over the kitchen table, and your smart speaker will begin streaming your favorite dinner music.  

Bon appétit!  

3. Tell your food to prepare itself 

If you don’t love to cook, then making your kitchen smart may not be at the top of your to-do list. But for those of us who deign to even boil water, Z-Wave can help take over some of the burdens of meal time.  

A smart plug (such as the Monoprice Z-Wave Plug-In Switch) gives you the power to make any “dumb” device “smart,” so you can tell your food to start preparing itself.  

For example, start the morning off right by connecting your coffee maker to your Z-Wave smart plug. Get the coffee grounds ready to go the night before, and then program your smart plug to turn on the coffee maker at 8:00 a.m., so you can wake up to freshly brewed coffee without lifting a finger.  

You can even connect your Z-Wave smart plug to a crockpot. Program the smart plug to turn on the crockpot at 5:00 p.m., so by the time you come home from work, dinner is ready and waiting for you.  

As you build your smart home network, don’t forget to bring Z-Wave technology into your kitchen! (How else can you have your coffee magically start brewing in the morning?)  

Get started now with Z-Wave smart home devices that will make your kitchen smart.