Home assistants and high-tech faucets remain popular in kitchen remodels

One in 10 homeowners remodeling a kitchen upgrades electronics as part of the project, and among this group nearly one-third include a home assistant such as Amazon Alexa or Google Home, according to the 2020 U.S. Houzz Kitchen Trends Study.
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Home Assistants and Charging Stations Remain Popular

These numbers are in line with the popularity of home assistants and charging stations in last year’s report. This year among the 11% of renovating homeowners updating electronics as part of their kitchen renovations, 31% are including a home assistant, while 49% are including a docking or charging station.
ThKohler Sensate faucet with Kohler Konnect turns on or off with voice command via integration with a home assistant device. Photo from Kohler

High-Tech Appliances and Faucets Less Popular Compared With Last Year

Among renovating homeowners upgrading faucets and appliances as part of their kitchen remodels, high-tech features remain fairly prevalent. Half (51%) of upgraded faucets are high-tech, with water-efficiency features (27%) or touch-only or touch-free activation (19%). One-quarter of major appliances have high-tech features such as wireless controls (14%) or built-in apps (5%), such as for recipes.

While these numbers aren’t insignificant, the share of upgraded faucets and appliances that feature high-tech elements is smaller in this year’s report compared with the year before: 57% of faucets and 30% of appliances were high-tech in last year’s report, compared with 51% and 25% in this year’s.

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