Looking to give your kitchen a makeover this year? Then you best stay up-to-date on the latest trends in kitchen appliances for 2018! You don’t want to find yourself stuck with something in your new kitchen that’s already outdated before you complete your renovations. Here are three trends to keep in mind as you’re planning your dream kitchen remodel.

Latest Trends in Kitchen Appliances for 2018

1. Black stainless steel appliances are all the rage.

There’s no hotter design trend in the kitchen appliance marketplace today than black stainless steel. Black stainless steel combines the many benefits of traditional stainless steel (smudge-proof, scratch-proof, etc.) with a contemporary design that favors darker and bolder colors. It also has the versatility to match with most other finishes and design styles. So whether you’re looking for a traditional or a modern look in your new kitchen, black stainless steel will fit seamlessly.

Kitchen appliance manufacturers are working quickly to capitalize on this trend. For example, LG has gone all in on the craze ever since launching their ever first black stainless steel appliances in 2015. As a part of their LG STUDIO line (a high-end line inspired by popular interior designer Nate Berkus), they offer everything from refrigerators, dishwashers, ovens, and more in this material.

Some of the other trending black stainless steel appliance brands include KitchenAid, Whirlpool, and Samsung.

2. Induction cooking is making life in the kitchen much easier.

Induction cooktops are a trend that is particularly popular in Europe, but it’s making its way over to the US as the prices for induction cooktops are starting to become more reasonable. Many high-end chefs swear by induction cooktops, as they use magnets to heat a pan directly, rather than indirectly. This allows for precise temperature control and faster cooking.

One hot brand for induction cooktops is manufactured by Frigidaire, which offers these cooktops starting at a suggested retail price of $1,499.

3. Voice-activated smart appliances will do as you command.

Ever have your hands full preparing a meal, but you just realized you forgot to preheat the oven? No need to stop what you’re doing anymore with voice-activated smart appliances. For many brands, such as LG, Whirlpool, and General Electric, appliances are now compatible with Amazon’s Alexa and Google Home devices. So by just simply using your voice, the oven will be preheated for you.

The technology doesn’t stop there! Appliances can now also be linked to provide updates or make changes to your settings on the go. Get updates to your smartphone when your dishwasher or washer cycle is done and change the ice settings on your refrigerator.