2011’s Best Gadgets: Smart Appliances
Are you smarter than your washing machine? That’s a question you
may ask yourself after checking out Maytag’s Maxima (from $1,600; maytag.com),
which uses algorithms to determine how much detergent is necessary and
precisely when to add it for maximum cleaning. A decade ago, washing machines
used upward of 40 gallons per cycle; the Maxima only needs 11.5. When paired
with its companion dryer, the Maxima uses 48 percent less energy than models
from just eight years ago.