Few things in life are more arduous than running out of printer ink, re-stocking batteries or refilling your supply of washing powder, but this is a struggle Amazon understands.
Launched back in 2016, its Dash Replenishment service is the retail giant‚Äôs way of working with companies making smart devices and automating the replacement process. Since these devices are fitted with sensors to detect when certain elements require changing, Dash-enabled devices are able to re-order from Amazon without any input from the owner.
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To be clear, we‚Äôre not talking Amazon Dash buttons here - those devices stick to your worktop or wall for easy re-ordering, but still require you to tap. This is a step further, and more devices are slowly housing the smart re-ordering tech. But which are the best Amazon Dash-enabled devices you can buy right now? Let‚Äôs explore below.
Bosch Serie 6 and Serie 8 dishwasher
From ¬£629, bosch-home.co.uk
As part of Amazon's Dash Replenishment push in the UK earlier this year, Bosch announced that it was bringing the smart integration to its Serie 6 and Serie 8 dishwashers. Applying to all variations of both the the built-in and freestanding models of each dishwasher generation, owners can now have dishwasher tabs reordered to their home when sensors detect you're in need.
There's scores of models for both the Serie 6 and Serie 8, in order to fit different types of kitchens (though the latter only comes in a 60cm variant), and Bosch promises that all will be able to give you relatively noise-free washing at around 40dB - that's roughly the same amount of noise you can expect in a library.
Unfortunately, this doesn't yet cross over to those in the US, where the Serie models aren't even available. And since their equivalents, the Benchmark and 800 Series, don't possess Wi-Fi connectivity, we won't be seeing the Replenishment smarts land across the pond until new models are released.
Siemens iQ500 and iQ700 dishwasher
From ¬£759, siemens-home.com
In a similar vein to Bosch's connected dishwashers, the iQ700 and iQ500 ranges from Siemens now have the ability to tap into Amazon Replenishment service and automatically re-stock dishwasher tabs.
These generally run a little more expensive than the options above, but you are getting a solid, quiet dishwashing package whether you opt for the range of integrated dishwashers or prefer to have one that stands alone. That is, if you're in the UK, anyway. Since Siemens' smart appliances aren't available in the US, you're going to have to hold for another company to integrate with Amazon if you want a connected dishwasher stateside.
Whirlpool smart washer and dryer
From $1,399 (each), whirlpool.com
Certainly not the cheapest way to wash or dry your clothing, but Whirlpool's smart top load washing machine and dryer (sold separately) is perhaps the smartest. Nest integration allows you to sync up with the Whirlpool app and avoid running a cycle during peak energy usage hours, while Amazon's replenishment service is also on hand to make sure you never run out of supplies.
By estimating the amount of detergent remaining through the app, Whirlpool's smart set will automatically target the right time to order you what you need to keep on washing. A handy feature for those who always forget to pick it up during their weekly shop.
GE Appliances washer and dryer
From $999 (each), geappliances.com
Whirlpool isn't the only company prioritising efficiency when it comes to your wash, with GE Appliances also offering support for Amazon's Dash Replenishment program. Sold separately, this washing machine and dryer pair both come with built-in Wi-Fi to tap into the re-ordering process. Not only can you control cycles with Amazon Alexa, but the appliances will also estimate when your laundry supplies are running low and order you them before you run out. Note that this pairing is only available in the US for now.
Waking up to a morning coffee has never been this easy, with Behmor's Brewer bringing some nifty automation smarts to the table. Not only are your brews customisable from the accompanying smartphone app, but integration with Alexa also means you can simply shout the smart assistant whenever you need a dose of caffeine. And thanks to its built-in Wi-Fi connectivity, the device can automatically reorder beans or grounds when it detects you're running low.
Brita Infinity smart water filter
If you're looking to make your water intake more efficient through a water filter, why not got all the way and make the pitcher the smartest it can be? Not only does Brita's Infinity pitcher filter reduce the amount of chlorine, copper, mercury and cadmium impurities from your water, but its connectivity with Amazon Dash Replenishment means it will also track and automatically order its own replacement filters to be delivered to you before it reaches the end of its life. Water never tasted so good.
Samsung Xpress M2020W printer
Companies producing printers have particularly taken a shine to Amazon Dash Replenishment, largely because many already possessed the Wi-Fi connectivity required to tap into the automation. And one of the cheaper, more home-friendly options from that wide-ranging crop is the Samsung Xpress M2020W (though some of its siblings are also worth a look). It includes NFC connectivity, which allows you to print an item from your phone with just a tap, and can be set up to automatically reorder ink or toner when you're running low.
Brother MFCL2710DW printer
Equally compact is this connected printer from Brother, which is perfect for home offices. Not only can it print pages from your PC, smartphone or tablet, but it can also do so at a quicker rate than the Samsung option above. With the ability to produce 32 page print-outs a minute, prolific users will be needing a re-up on their ink supplies, and thankfully this model can automatically send the signal for a re-order of ink or toner before you run out.
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