The Consumer Electronics Show is known for its tech toys, but it's increasingly becoming a place where major appliance manufacturers show off their latest products. 

With new apps to preheat ovens or snap a photo of the contents of your refrigerator while you’re at the supermarket, smart home connectivity is playing a bigger role in product development for major manufacturers. This year Samsung, LG, and Whirlpool will all be in attendance, and Consumer Reports' conversations with industry insiders have given us a pretty good idea of what's to come. Below are three kitchen trends to watch for in 2017.

1. Innovations in Induction

Despite their advantages, consumers remain stubbornly skeptical of induction ranges and cooktops. Sales have remained steady—as of October, induction models accounted for only 16 percent of all cooktop sales and less than 1 percent of range sales, according to the Association of Home Appliance Manufacturers. One common complaint is that push-button controls lack the feedback of adjusting a gas burner and seeing a flame—addressing that concern might win over some gas holdouts who value that real-time feedback.

But the biggest deterrent is probably price. We’re willing to bet that consumers will warm up to the technology if someone cracks the cost code and offers prices in line with electric smoothtop ranges and cooktops. And we have reason to believe this could be the year that some manufacturers produce induction cooktops and even ranges at or around an affordable $1,000. 

2. Appliances That Use Voice Commands

GE’s Geneva launched in September, allowing users of Amazon Alexa (on Echo devices) to control GE WiFi Connect Appliances with voice commands to perform functions such as preheating ovens or shutting off warming drawers. Don’t be surprised if other manufacturers follow suit, with some potentially partnering with Google Home to offer the same connectivity. Chip manufacturers have reported a surge in requests for voice recognition technology, suggesting that even new appliances that can't sync with home hubs may still be operable via voice commands.

3. A Retreat From Stainless Steel

Though the real focus of CES is to highlight technological innovation, we still suspect that a lot of the newest technology will be showcased in spiffy, black stainless.

Last year we noted that this material was unlikely to replace stainless steel anytime soon, but as a trend, it does seem to have legs. Samsung, LG, and KitchenAid have all expanded their product offerings in black stainless and bill it as a softer, warmer alternative that offers the added benefit of smudge resistance.

Traditional stainless probably won’t take a backseat anytime soon, but we’re betting it will have to share the spotlight.