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?”.
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.