Tech keeps getting smarter yet we still seem a long way from the futuristic kitchens of sci-fi movies. That said, we’ve come a long way with smart kitchen products in recent years so you now talk to your microwave and see what’s in the fridge without opening the door. You can even arrange for a constant supply of popcorn without lifting a finger. We’ll launch right in and give you a taste of some of the finest smart kitchen products of 2020.
10 of the Best Smart Kitchen Devices
- 7-in-1 Smart Oven
- Smart Fridge
- Smart Sous-Vide Precision Cooker
- WiFi Coffee Machine
- Smart Microwave with Alexa
- Connected Scale with Recipe App
- Smart Display
- App-Controlled Meat Probes
- Bluetooth Electric Smoker
- 9-in-1 Smart Crockpot
The June Life oven is a modern classic offering the smart cook huge flexibility. The first benefit you get is a huge 7 appliances rolled into a single powerful unit:
- Air fryer
- Convection oven
- Slow cooker
- Toaster oven
- Warming drawer
You can then choose from over 200 automatic recipes and June optimizes everything for you, ideal if you’re not the most experienced cook. June can recognize over 100 foods automatically. If you want to get a little more creative, take advantage of the guided video cookbook. This nifty aide is brimming with 500 recipes along with idiot-proof instructions. You take charge of everything using the nimble app. Check in on your food remotely and use Alexa if you have an Echo device. When your meal is ready, you get an alert pinged to your smart phone. Carbon fiber heating elements accelerate cooking. You don’t need to bother with preheating either, perfect if you’re always in a rush. The inside is spacious with adequate space for an 11 x 6-inch pan. You can slip in a 10-pound turkey or a 12-inch pizza so you can easily feed the whole family. Smarten up your cookery the lazy way in 2020 with June. It’s not cheap but the best things in life seldom are.
Smart refrigerators tend to polarize opinion but one’s thing certain: Samsung dominate this space with the iconic Family Hub
baked into their fridges. The first thing to get straight, this refrigerator is not cheap. Connected fridges haven’t really penetrated our homes en masse. As such, the price has yet to tumble. That said, bear in mind that a regular dumb fridge isn’t exactly cheap. With 28 cubic feet of interior real estate, you’ve got ample space even if you’ve got a large family. While Alexa, Google Assistant, and Siri have a stranglehold on the digital assistant space, Bixby
powers Samsung’s fridge. The touchscreen is undeniably useful but it would be improved if you could delete some of the superfluous apps bloating things somewhat. Many apps like the shopping, whiteboard, and calendar tools will make you wonder what you did before you smartened up your kitchen. You’ll get a camera inside keeping a close watch on inventory and you can smarten up your shopping thanks to Samsung. There’s also a web browser and the ability to order groceries from home. While we could hardly claim this appliance is strictly necessary
, if you’ve got deep pockets then set need aside and usher in complete convenience with the Samsung Family Hub
. Next up, another ingenious smart device to grace any kitchen…
Anova Culinary pioneered the sous-vide precision cooker
and their line remains the best of the bunch. The sous-vide technique involves cooking vacuum-sealed food at precise temperatures with the circulating water delivering sumptuous results. Using this neat device couldn’t be easier. Seal your ingredients in a Ziploc bag. You can use a vacuum sealer if you prefer but this is certainly not essential. Then just clip your precision cooker to the side of the pot and take the helm in-app. From meat and fish through to eggs and veggies, you can rustle up a wide repertoire with this innovative smart kitchen helper so why not treat yourself for 2020?
You could argue that most single-serve coffee machines are plenty smart. The Atomi WiFi Coffee Maker
excels on this count but is it any good? We'll dive it into that right now. Firstly, keep your expectations reasonable considering the budget-friendly price-point. This machine won’t stand up to heavy, sustained use. If you drink an average amount of coffee, though, you’ll get plenty of use from this unit. You can take care of everything in-app from scheduling your brew through to manipulating the strength. You can use voice control with either Alexa or Google Assistant assuming you have a smart speaker in place. To complete a flexible experience, you can easily run the machine without the app, too. As a crowning bonus, you won’t need an additional hub thanks to 2.4GHz WiFi baked in. A reusable filter means you’ll protect your pocket and your eco-footprint at the same time. The glass carafe gives you enough coffee for 12 cups so the Atomi is perfect for bigger families or serious coffee fiends.
AmazonBasics is a line of pocket-friendly products from the e-comm giant and this Smart Microwave
proves you don’t need to spend four figures to smarten up your kitchen. Since the microwave works with Alexa, you can pick up bundles including Echo Dot if you don’t already have a smart speaker at home. While you’ll enjoy more seamless navigation, it’s not a totally hands-free experience since you need to depress the Ask Alexa
button to press your virtual butler into commission. You will also need an Echo device to make things play nicely so make sure you have one laid in. You’ll get all the essentials you’d expect from a microwave in a compact body that should be small enough for cramped kitchen. If you fancy a treat for movie night in the home theater
, choose from a range of popcorn in the Alexa app right here
. The Auto Popcorn Replenishment Service save you 10% while ensuring you never run out of snacks again. Although this smart microwave is reasonably simple, you’ll uprate convenience and enjoy absolute ease of use even if you’re not too tech-savvy.
As we hit the midway point, another nifty time-saver… Do you often run out of ideas in the kitchen? If so, app-linked appliances like this Connected Scale
give you enormous inspiration with hundreds of recipes on tap. Many of these only call for a single bowl slashing messy clean-up and allowing you to focus on racking up some tasty food. From chocolate chip cookie and banana bread to cupcakes and key lime pie, you’re spoiled for choice. The scale is designed so you don’t need to keep smearing your greasy, food-splattered fingers all over it. Where traditional recipes are static, you’ll need to recalculate quantities unless you have that stereotypical family of four. No such nonsense with the Connected Scale. Resizing is a breeze. Watch directions on-screen so you’re covered if you prefer visual instructions. Sharing the results of your creativity is straightforward in-app so you can inspire your friends and family, too.
The kitchen is often considered the hub of the home. Make sure you have a smart display set up to help you with various aspects of your day. Off the bat, the core benefit of digital assistants is the way you can control your other devices hands-free. The first decision you’ll need to make typically comes down to the question of Alexa vs Google Assistant. This will dictate whether you opt for one of the Echo Show
smart displays – now available with 5-inch, 8-inch, and 10-inch screens – or a Google Nest Hub
. If you’re a Siri fan, you’ll need to invest in the HomeKit ecosystem. Alongside the usual smarts you’d expect from your virtual butler, you can also call for help with recipes. From compiling the ingredients for your shopping list through to guided how-to videos, a smart display adds a neat visual edge to cookery. When you’re done in the kitchen, call the kids down without moving by using your Echo Show like an intercom to communicate with the Echo device upstairs. Beyond all this, you’ll also get a rich seam of entertainment on hand to liven up your mornings. Bottom line: don’t skip the smart display.
Do you spend a lot of time smoking your food or breaking out the BBQ? If so, grill maestros Weber serve up these app-controlled meat probes
to take the fuss out of grilling and smoking. Choose from four color-coded probes and benefit from 150 feet of range with Bluetooth connectivity. You can spend more time with your guests and your family and less time fussing over meat timing. Monitor the progress of your food in-app then snap into action when you’re needed rather than hunching over the grill. iGrill2 works with a range of iOS devices. It also works on Android devices running Bluetooth 4.0 and with 4.3 or later. How about if you fancy a more all-encompassing solution? Well, why not go all-in on a smart smoker?
If you regularly entertain out in the yard, an electric smoker is a great addition to your arsenal. Industry titan Masterbuilt serves up this Bluetooth Digital Electric Smoker
giving you the ability to stay in control from a distance. The meat probe thermometer baked in gives you consistent results every time. You won’t need to worry about whether the chicken is cooked all the way through either. Like with any smart device, the hard work is done for you here. You get ample cooking real estate, too. Three regular racks give you enough room to feed a large group. You’ll also benefit from a custom notched rack. Load up your wood chips through the side-loading system. This means you won’t need to open the door to fuel up. The added kicker here is Bluetooth connectivity allowing you to circulate rather than endlessly scurrying back and forth to the smoker.
This 9-in-1 Smart Crockpot
is the very essence of a smart appliance: it’s designed to make your life easier, save space, and make full use of automation. Here are the various use cases for this multitasking workhorse:
- Bake cakes
- Make rice
- Make yogurts
- Pressure cook
- Slow cook
So, right there you can cut back on using multiple appliances, ideal if you live in an apartment
or have a smaller kitchen. 15 pre-set cooking programs allow you to take care of a broad spread of applications at the push of a button. We’re not quite at the stage of the instant cooking in Disney’s Smart House
movie but this appliance will certainly streamline your cooking duties. You get a bundle of racks and serving accessories to complement this super-smart pot along with a cheat sheet and recipe book.
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