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Whirlpool dives into the smart display game with Google Assistant-powered KitchenAid Smart Display

Smart displays were practically made for the kitchen, but the current offerings from Google, JBL, and Lenovo aren't made for the spills, stains, and smudges of a family's high-traffic, high-risk kitchen. There's no need to cry over spilled milk if it just drips on the floor, but if you spill it on a $300 smart display and fry it, I'd let slip a few tears. Nobody knows how chaotic a kitchen can be more than Whirlpool, and its KitchenAid Smart Display announced today at CES might be the best stab at a smart display that can survive the dangers of your kitchen.

The KitchenAid Smart Display is a 10-inch Google Assistant smart display that is IPX5 — "for resistance to faucet water" — and ready to help you control your smart home while you cook up something new with guided recipes, or entertain yourself with some Hulu episodes while you cook up your family's famous five-alarm chili for the church potluck. Google Assistant already has some pretty robust cooking skills for smart displays, but KitchenAid has partnered with Yummly to take the cooking experience to the next level.

Recipe resource and cooking planner Yummly (opens in new tab) has already shared recipes through Google Assistant for a while now, but Whirlpool — who acquired Yummly in 2017 — is launching a new Yummly Pro service that aims to bring Yummly's easy recipes and cooking help to Whirlpool's connected kitchen line, including the new KitchenAid Smart Display. These features include e-learning courses to help teach cooks new techniques at every skill level and special video "Guided Recipes" that will take you through the cooking process step by step visually, allowing you to see the way pros do it so you can attack new dishes with confidence.

KitchenAid told CNET that the KitchenAid Smart Display will run between $200 and $300 when it goes on sale in the second half of the year — sorry, guys, you'll have to find another gift for Mother's Day — but that's a lot of time for interest to pop and deflate like a souffle.

We'll keep this water-resistant display on our shopping list as we keep zipping through the aisles of CES 2019. Stay tuned!

Ara Wagoner was a staff writer at Android Central. She themes phones and pokes YouTube Music with a stick. When she's not writing about cases, Chromebooks, or customization, she's wandering around Walt Disney World. If you see her without headphones, RUN. You can follow her on Twitter at @arawagco.

  • "but that's a lot of time for interest to pop and deflate like a souffle"...... You were dying to fit that somewhere in this article weren't you. I'm actually somewhat interested in this.
    I moved my Hub to the bedroom because of splashes, flour dust etc, so a better moisture resistant display interests me. Be extra neat if the display linked up with their smart stove to better adjust temps according to recipes.
  • Connections to an oven for proper temperature is a great idea, as long as you remember to make sure the oven is empty.
  • This could be a good replacement for my OG Google Home. It's been on the kitchen island for the last couple of years. Getting kinda grimy. Wonder how the mics will stand up to a working kitchen and greasy film.