Whirlpool’s new washers talk to Nest while you’re away
By Caitlin McGarry
TechHiveJan 4, 2015 5:00 am PST
Home products that work with smart thermostat Nest are quickly becoming a cottage industry, but new washers and dryers from Whirlpool just might be the
largest appliances that connect to Nest—literally.
The new Smart Top Load and front-load washers and dryers hit the market this spring with an EcoBoost option that uses information from your Nest to delay
cycles while you’re away. EcoBoost sets a longer dry time at a lower temperature to save you money when you’re gone. If you’re already signed up for Nest’s
Rush Hour Rewards program, Whirlpool will delay your washer and dryer cycles until peak demand subsides. The new Nest integration is opt-in with
Whirlpool’s latest machines, so it will only work if you want it to.
The more than 100-year-old home appliance company plans to show off its new smart top-load and front-load washers and dryers at this year’s CES. Whirlpool
is the first major appliance company to link up with the thermostat makers after
Nest opened up a program for developers
While it’s a nice perk, you don’t really need Nest to tell your washer and dryer if you’re away—you can do it yourself with the Whirlpool app that already
acts as a remote for the company’s latest appliances.
“All of the [Nest-integrated options] can be controlled through the [Whirlpool] app,” said Ben Artis, Whirlpool’s head of strategic partnerships and the
connected home, during a pre-CES interview with TechHive. “Because Nest is aware of that home and away status, it can automatically set it for you. It adds
a layer of automation. We are actively evaluating other trusted brands that are part of our consumers’ lives. We are very open to providing the best
experience possible, and oftentimes that does mean integration with other products.”
The company’s new appliances are also integrated with another high-profile partner: Habitat for Humanity. You can use the Whirlpool app to donate money to
the nonprofit with every wash and dry, so you can clean your conscience and your clothes simultaneously with the first philanthropic appliances in the U.S.
Whirlpool will also be showing off its new vision at CES for your future connected home, including interactive backsplashes and smart cooktops that let you
tap into your social networks while you chop, dice, and stir. Check back later this week for TechHive’s tour of Whirlpool’s interactive kitchen.