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The best smart kitchen tech products you can buy
It’s easy to get distracted with other rooms when decking out a smart home, but your kitchen really should be a top priority. It sees a lot of traffic on a daily basis, whether you’re brewing morning coffee or cooking dinner. Why not lighten the load a little by incorporating kitchen gadgets that save you time and effort?
There should be something on this list for everyone, whether you’re looking for a quick way to make healthier dinners or you want to reduce the time you spend cooking, period. Here are the best smart kitchen tech products you can buy going into 2022.
The best smart kitchen tech products:
1. Amazon Basics Microwave
While you can always use manual controls, the signature feature of the Amazon Basics Microwave is support for Alexa voice controls. There are large number of preset commands for food and drinks. If you say “Alexa, reheat one cup of coffee,” for example, the microwave will kick in specific heat and time settings. Alternately, you can simply ask it to cook for a set timeframe.
Also read: The best Alexa devices for your home
You will need one of Amazon’s Echo speakers to use voice commands. That said, Amazon offers an inexpensive bundle with its third-generation Echo Dot.
2. Arbor U by Moen faucet
Cooking is rarely a clean job. In fact, the Arbor U smart faucet from Moen counts on you making a bit of a mess. It’s equipped with motion sensors, and voice controls for Amazon Alexa and Google Assistant, so you don’t even have to touch it if your hands are covered in gunk. If you’re working on a recipe, you can ask it to pour a set volume of water.
Since it’s as much decoration as a practical fixture, you can choose from four different finishes. Amazon is also selling the Arbor U in a few different bundles with add-ons like soap dispensers.
3. Mellow Sous Vide Precision Cooker
The Mellow Sous Vide Precision Cooker may be worth including in your arsenal if time is limited, but you still want a fully-cooked meal waiting for you at the end of the day. Using mobile app control, the appliance can pre-cool water and/or keep your meal chilled until it’s time for cooking. The latter process is timed to a schedule of your choosing, so you’ll get a hot meal right when it counts.
The mobile app also offers an assortment of recipes to choose from, and remote control if you need to make adjustments on the fly. If you’re going to arrive home later than planned, for instance, you can adjust the Cooker’s schedule to match.
4. Drop Scale
Yes, the Drop Scale is a food scale with Wi-Fi. That might sound like overkill, but it comes with several nifty features making it one of the coolest smart kitchen appliances.
If you connect the Drop Scale to your phone or tablet, you can get step-by-step interactive recipes, and adjust them based on the quantity of ingredients you’re using. It also recommends alternative ingredients, and offers touchless interaction so you don’t get devices messy.
5. Google Nest Hub Max
The Google Nest Hub Max is probably the ideal smart display for home cooking. It has a 10-inch screen, and using your voice, you can look up recipes or track down tutorial videos on YouTube. If you go the former route Google Assistant will guide you through instructions step-by-step, and answer questions on topics like conversions, calorie counts, and prep times. Favorite recipes can be saved for later.
It’s also a pretty solid product for general purposes like music, news, or video services like Netflix and HBO Max. If you’re building a smart home based on Google’s platform, you’ll want one of these for controlling accessories like lights and smart plugs.
Also read: The best smart displays
6. Meater Plus Smart Wireless Meat Thermometer
Nothing beats going wireless, especially when it comes to blazing grills. The Meater Plus gets rid of pesky cables with a battery, Bluetooth, Wi-Fi, and a design that can handle any BBQ. Its companion app aids with the right temperatures for different meats, as well as alerts and estimated cooking times.
The accessory has a range of 165 feet, so you can roam around the house while your steak is cooking. It is (relatively) expensive, but very popular in the smart kitchen industry, so it’s hard to go wrong if you can justify the pricetag.
7. Revolution Cooking Smart Toaster
Those of us who care about the perfect morning toast can attest that getting it right is no easy feat. The Revolution Cooking Smart Toaster is meant to take difficulty out of the equation, and keep your bread perfect every single time. Revolution even claims that its toaster is faster than the competition while retaining more moisture.
Using a touch interface, you can select which type of bread you’re toasting, what its current state is, and how brown you want it. It’s that simple! You’re paying a lot for the privilege, but if toast is something you eat on a daily basis, it might be worth it.
8. Cosori Air Fryer
The Cosori Air Fryer is fantastic for smart kitchens if you enjoy fried foods but want to make them healthier, since air frying uses little to no oil. There are over 100 pre-programmed recipes in Cosori’s VeSync app, and new recipes are being added all the time.
See also: Cosori Smart Air Fryer review
In addition to the app and manual controls, you can use Alexa voice commands. When you’re done cooking, the fryer’s basket is dishwasher safe, so you won’t need to scrub by hand in many cases.
9. Ember Smart Mug 2
Hectic mornings only get worse when you realize that your scrumptious cup of coffee has gone cold, after an hour passed by that felt like a second. That’s where the Ember Smart Mug 2 comes into play. The cup wakes from sleep when liquid is poured into it, and ensures the liquid stays at a preferred temperature. The cup has an 80-minute battery life and can hold 14 fluid ounces (over 400mL).
10. Instant Pot
The Instant Pot is a hit in the smart kitchen world for a reason. It combines eight appliances in one — you can use it as a pressure cooker, slow cooker, rice cooker, yogurt maker, cake maker, sauté pan, steamer, or a warmer. The sky’s the limit, especially with 1000-plus pre-programmed recipes in the Instant Pot app. If you have an Alexa speaker, you can use voice commands too.
The product’s 6-quart (5.7L) capacity makes it suitable for large family dinners or weekly meal prep. Plus, the stainless steel inner pot is dishwasher safe.
11. Hamilton Beach Smart Coffee Maker
Hamilton Beach offers a 12-cup capacity and Alexa integration, the latter enabling app control, voice commands (with an Alexa speaker), and automated routines. There are other options like different brewing strengths, but arguably the best feature is that it’s pretty affordable compared to most smart coffee makers.
Read more: The best smart coffee makers