Over 40 Kenmore Appliances Work with Alexa

Over 40 Kenmore smart appliances now work with Alexa. These devices, sold both on Amazon and at Sears, officially have Works with Alexa certification, meaning they “meet Amazon’s high bar for responsiveness, reliability and functionality,” according to a press release from Sears. Customers will be able to control their Kenmore smart appliances like washing machines, dryers, dishwashers, and refrigerators using voice commands. For example, a user could say “Alexa, when are my clothes going to be dry?”.

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Kenmore Elite Smart Refrigerator

Now, a total of 46 Kenmore appliances are Works with Alexa certified.

“This certification will provide even more visibility for our brand on Amazon and at Sears and it is one more way the Kenmore brand delivers a differentiated value proposition to the benefit of our members and customers. The Works with Alexa certification is a testament to our world class engineering, product development and product management teams,”

said Peter Boutros, president of Kenmore and chief brand officer for Kmart and Sears. This integration follows a trend of Kenmore delving into the smart home market. Last year, Kenmore integrated Amazon Alexa into a line of air conditioners and recently, Kenmore announced Amazon Dash Replenishment, available on Kenmore smart refrigerators. Rather than having to manually order water and air filters, they can be automatically reordered whenever they need replacement.

Kenmore’s expanding partnership with Alexa is part of a larger push to integrate Alexa and other smart home platforms into the fabric of homes. Last fall, Amazon invested $6.7 million in Plant Prefab, a company that makes customized, prefabricated homes, in hopes of integrating Alexa into their new developments. Other appliance companies like Kohler have integrated Alexa into the products, including their latest Numi toilet. Given the rapid expansion of the smart home market, consumers can expect more smart platform integrations from brands they are already familiar with.

Aliza Vigderman

Aliza Vigderman

Aliza is a journalist living in Brooklyn, New York. Throughout her career, her work has spanned many intersections within the tech industry. At SquareFoot, a New York-based real estate technology company, she wrote about the ways in which technology has changed the real estate industry, as well as the challenges that business owners face when they want to invest in property. At Degreed.com, an education technology website, Aliza created digital content for lifelong learners, exploring the ways in which technology has democratized education. Additionally, she has written articles for The Huffington Post as well as her own content on Medium, the online publishing platform. Aliza’s love of journalism and research stems from the excellent Journalism program at Brandeis University. At Brandeis, Aliza interned as a research assistant at the Schuster Institute for Investigative Journalism, a non-profit “news room without walls”. There, Aliza was paired with an investigative journalist and used academic databases to obtain data on everything from the suicide rates in Bhutan to local Boston court cases. Her last position was as an account executive at Yelp, educating business owners on the power of technology to increase revenue. Throughout, however, her heart remained with tech journalism, and she’s thrilled to be writing for Security Baron. When she’s not keeping afloat of the latest tech trends, Aliza likes to cook, read, and write. A former high school “Class Clown,” Aliza has completed two feature-length screenplays, a pilot, and countless comedic sketches. On her days off you can find her relaxing in Prospect Park, trying the latest flavors at Ample Hills Ice Cream, and spending time with friends and family.

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