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With so many different machines and electronic devices in one room, the kitchen is already the most technologically advanced space in most homes. Despite that, it has mostly lagged in the number of useful smart home devices available. Until recently anyway.
Today, there are all sorts of useful gadgets and smart appliances that can help you become both a master chef and a master host. Continue reading and we’ll walk you through everything you need to know about smart kitchen appliances.
The AmazonBasics Microwave is a simple, sleek, and connected microwave that is a great addition to any home. With all the perks of a basic microwave, this appliance features a kitchen timer, turntable, and child lock.
But it also comes with the many Amazon and Alexa benefits that customers have come to enjoy in their homes. Are you running low on popcorn? You can use this device to automatically reorder popcorn as well as save 10% on all popcorn orders.
Have your hands full? Just tell your Echo device, “Alexa, defrost vegetables” and it will automatically power on with the appropriate cooking power levels and time. With its quick-cook presets, you no longer have to guess how long you have to microwave your food for.
When you press the device’s Ask Alexa button, you don’t even have to say “Alexa.” Instead, just say “frozen vegetables” or “one cup of coffee” and it will start heating.
Plus, as Alexa continues to upgrade and advance, so will your Amazon Alexa connected devices. You can also purchase the AmazonBasics Microwave in a bundle and get an Amaza DOT included. You can even plug it into your smart outlet.
Drop is an app-controlled kitchen scale. It’s able to walk you through every step of a recipe while letting you keep your hands off your phone.
Here’s how it works. You put your bowl on the scale and then open the app on your phone. You’ll then add your ingredients to the app. From there, you’ll be able to pick from over 200 recipes.
You can filter these recipes by type of meal, occasion, diet, time, and difficulty. Since the Drop Scale started as a baking tool, its recipes skew towards foods like cakes, cookies, and muffins. The app has some cocktail recipes as well.
All of the recipes in the app were created with the help of partners from Good Housekeeping and Food 52. When you find the recipe you want to try, you can click on it and get more info about what it entails.
If you don’t have a specific ingredient you need in your cupboard, the app will offer you substitution ideas. This smart kitchen appliance allows you to be a chef that can adjust your recipes on the fly.
As you go through the recipe, the app will automatically advance to the next step when it senses you are ready. And if you want to advance manually but your fingers are messy, you can just tap the button on the scale itself instead of smudging your phone.
Sous vide, which is French for “under vacuum”, is a cooking technique that uses temperature control to help you make 5-star restaurant quality meals.
Here’s how it works. You put your meat, eggs, fish, or vegetables into a plastic bag. Then you fill a pot with water and clamp the Anova Precision Cooker to the inside of the pot. Using your phone, set the desired cooking temperature via Wi-Fi.
The Anova will heat the water to that temperature and maintain it. Then, put your bagged food into the water and wait for it took. When done, remove the bag and enjoy your tender and delicious meal.
Using an Anova Precision Cooker lets you have complete control over your cooking temperature so that your food is cooked all the way through and evenly. And by keeping it in a bag, your food cooks inside its own juices, thus enhancing its natural flavor.
A healthy alternative to deep-frying, air fryer appliances are taking the fried food world by storm. Our choice for smart air fryer is this one from COSORI.
This device comes with a built-in touchscreen and 11 preset options for:
- Frozen Foods
- French Fries
- Root Vegetables
Just pick one of the easy preset option and you’re good to go!
This WiFi connected appliance can also take heat from 180°F to 400°F which is a wide temperature range. You also get a cookbook included. The book contains 100 easy recipes to help get you started.
It’s also Wi-Fi and Alexa enabled so you don’t even have to press a button. Plus, you can schedule cooking hours in advance, remotely monitor the progress of your meals, and adjust settings.
This kitchen thermometer is a thermometer for the 21st century. With its dual-probe capacity, you can now monitor two temperatures at once.
Through the iDevices app, you can set alarms for when the thermometer reaches a desired temperature. This ensures you never overcook or burn your food ever again.
This smart kitchen appliance also has a 150 ft Bluetooth range. So you can mingle around your cocktail party while having real-time temperature reads right on your phone.
And when your smart device and thermometer are in close proximity, the thermometer’s LED display will light up. This helps you conserve power while also being able to easily glance over at the connected thermometer when needed.
Hopsy brings a mini craft beer dispenser right to your kitchen counter.
Here’s how it works: You purchase a Sub Home Tap system and then order Hopsy mini-kegs, called “torps”, to fill the system with. The system’s key feature is its SUB compact. This is a tap and chiller that is able to chill beer in room temps up to 82°F.
Since Hopsy’s proprietary kegs include most of the tap, you don’t have to deal with a whole bunch of cleaning when the tap runs out. Each mini-keg is about equivalent in volume to a six-pack of beer and can last for about two weeks offering you convenient draft quality beer in your own kitchen.
Not only is this device an excellent coffee maker in its own right but its connectivity features mean that making coffee in the morning is an even more pleasurable experience.
This appliance heats water in the reservoir right above where the coffee grounds are located. This ensures that no heat escapes during the brewing process. It also utilizes a large showerhead and pulsed water flow so that the grounds can become fully saturated.
You can also take advantage of the pre-soak option. With this feature, you can get your coffee to fully bloom before actually brewing in order to get a more flavorful cup.
With the Behmor mobile app, you can set brewing temperature, altitude, and pre-soak time. You can also save your preferences to your ‘favorites’ for more convenience.
This coffee maker is now also connected to Amazon’s Dash Replenishment Service. The Behmor is actually able to detect when you’re running low on coffee and can automatically order you more beans.
And with an Alexa connection, you don’t even have to press any buttons. Just tell Alexa to start brewing.
Crock-pots are excellent cooking appliances because they allow you to leave something cooking for extended periods of time. The WeMo crock-pot makes the experience even better now that you can control the WiFi connected device remotely and straight from your phone.
With the schedule feature, simply choose your cook time and temperature and you’re good to go. You can also monitor the progress of your cooking. Check the current temperature, adjust the heat, and even turn it off.
You’ll also get a notification when cooking is complete in case you ever forget. And with the WeMo app, you can control various other smart kitchen gadgets as well.
The Perfect Drink Smart Scale makes it easier to mix drinks like a true mixologist. Choose one of more than 400 recipes in the scale’s app, or add your own, and pour away. When you pour the required amount of each ingredient, the scale will ding, letting you know it’s time to move on to the next one.
It’s a fun way to make drinks and entertain guests. Having a cocktail party? Leave out the ingredients, glasses, and the scale and watch as your guests have a blast pouring themselves drinks according to the scale’s specifications.
More accurate than a traditional jigger or measuring cup, this scale measures everything to 0.1 grams accuracy. And if you’re not sure what to make, enter the ingredients that you do have and the app will suggest recipes for you.
It’s no secret that there are a variety of benefits to blending your food. But it can sometimes be tedious or even boring. Thankfully, this NutriBullet, the world’s first smart nutrient extractor, makes it fun, easy, and simple.
So what features makes this blender so smart?
It connects to an app on your smartphone or tablet. You then input your allergies and eating style. Enter your health goals as well.
The NutriBullet will then come up with the perfect smoothie just for you every time you use it. And the built-in Bluetooth enabled smart nutrition sensor helps you add the perfect amount of ingredients so you don’t have to do any measuring beforehand.
It also tracks your nutrition on all of the devices you already own. And as you add ingredients to your NutriBullet, it will tell you the calories, fat, protein, carbs and more that go into every smoothie.
For those who take their ice as seriously as the drinks they put it in, look no further than the Opal Countertop Nugget Ice Maker. This portable ice machine first made a splash when it raised over $2.7 million on Indiegogo a few years ago.
It was originally conceived by a GE Appliances engineer. He submitted his idea to FirstBuild, a subsidiary of GE and they then helped him his device out there on the market.
Unlike regular ice, nugget ice is flavor-absorbing, chilling, and chewable. It fits right on your counter so now you can get that craveable chill, texture, and taste at any time.
Opal is also extremely user-friendly. The ice container conveniently slides out. This allows you to refill the water reservoir with ease.
The indicator light on the front indicates the progress of the ice maker while the lights inside the box show you how much ice you currently have.
Rather than freeze ice into something like the classic crescent shape, Opal scrapes ice inside its chilled, stainless-steel cylinder. This method of ice making has been around since the 1980s but Opal is making it sleeker and easier to use.
Prior to Opal, most ice nugget fans had to go to restaurants or upscale bars to get this kind of frozen water. Nugget ice also chills your drink quicker since the ice’s surface area is more spread out.
The Right Smart Kitchen Appliances for You
We live in a fascinating time with so many incredible devices and conveniences on the market. The amazing thing about all of the smart kitchen appliances listed above is that not only are sleek, modern, and fun to use, but they also improve upon the functions of their traditional predecessors, allowing you to leverage technology in order to take your chef skills to the next level.
Before purchasing any smart home appliance, make sure to read up on it fully and learn about the many features available. You want to have compatible hardware and software on your smartphone or tablet first so that you can get the most of these devices.
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