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Whirlpool, Nest begin product integration with washer/dryer

BY HBSDEALER Staff

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Whirlpool has announced product integration with Nest devices through the Nest Developer Program.

As a participant in the "Works with Nest" Program, Whirlpool will leverage Nest application programming interfaces (APIs) to “create a connected home experience that is purposeful and thoughtful, starting with the laundry category.”

"The products Whirlpool designs adapt to consumers’ lives and sense what they need — the way they cook, clean and entertain," said Brett Dibkey, VP and general manager of Integrated Business Units for Whirlpool. "This collaboration is part of a corporate strategy to build relationships with companies like Nest that demonstrate our shared passion for creating consumer-inspired products.  For more than 100 years, Whirlpool Corporation has designed for the way consumers live. It’s an exciting time as we look at the future of the home appliance industry and the number of possibilities on the horizon."

"Our goal has always been to bring thoughtfulness to your home and life — and that’s what the ‘Works with Nest’ Program is all about," said Matt Rogers, Nest founder and VP engineering. "We’re excited to work with iconic brands like Whirlpool to create new experiences in the home and help save people energy."

The first appliance under the new collaboration is the the "Works with Nest" washer and dryer that integrates with the Nest Learning Thermostat. Available online at The Home Depot, the laundry pair connects with the Nest Learning Thermostat to leverage Nest’s Home and Away modes. The he washer and dryer can keep clothes fresh if a cycle ends while the consumer is not home, and the dryer can also switch into a longer, more energy-efficient cycle if the consumer is away. In addition, for people who are enrolled in Nest’s Rush Hour Rewards program through a participating energy provider, the washer and dryer can automatically delay the start of a cycle during high-demand energy periods. 

Consumers can connect their Nest account to the laundry pair through the Whirlpool Smart Appliance App available on the Google Play and App store.

Learn more about the "Works with Nest" Whirlpool washer and dryer at whirlpool.com/works-with-nest.

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