TECHNOLOGY

Sears smart appliances hear Alexa’s call

BY Dan Berthiaume

More than 40 Sears Kenmore smart appliances have received Works with Alexa certification.

In all, 46 Kenmore smart laundry, dishwasher, and refrigerator appliances are certified as Works with Alexa, meaning they meet Amazon’s standard for responsiveness, reliability and functionality.

Customers who purchase Kenmore smart appliances with the Works with Alexa certification can control their appliances using voice commands for a variety of tasks. For example, customers can have their Alexa device communicate with smart washers, dryers and dishwashers to start or see how much time remains on a cycle. Alexa devices can also interact with smart refrigerators to determine temperature and to turn on the ice-maker.

Kenmore also recently announced Amazon Dash replenishment is available on Kenmore smart refrigerators, so customers can have water and air filters reordered automatically when they need to be replaced. In 2018, the Kenmore brand introduced a line of room air conditioners that are compatible with Alexa and certified as Works with Alexa.

“Kenmore, one of the major appliance brands sold by Amazon, now has 46 appliances certified as Works with Alexa,” said Peter Boutros, president of Kenmore, Craftsman and DieHard brands and chief brand officer for Sears. “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.”

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