Did you leave your oven on? Samsung brings peace of mind with Wi-Fi ranges

The Samsung ranges with Wi-Fi were on display Tuesday at the Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas.

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Ever get that sinking feeling that you've left your oven on? Samsung aims to solve that problem with the addition of Wi-Fi to four of its newest ranges, the company announced today at the Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas.

Samsung's Wi-Fi ovens will be available beginning in March. The four ovens include three of the company's Flex Duo models in gas, induction and electric and will cost $2,799-$3,299. UK and Australian details weren't available, but that's roughly £1,900-2,250 or AU$4,000-4,700.

Samsung will use Wi-Fi to give you information about your cooktop, a feature we previously haven't seen in smart ovens. You can use the company's app to see if you left a burner on. This is useful info, but you can't turn the burner off remotely -- you'll have to rely on a friendly neighbor to turn off that water you left boiling.

As we've seen in other smart ovens, most of the Samsung app's usefulness applies to the oven. The app lets you turn the oven on or off and change temperatures and cook times. You'll also receive notifications when your oven has finished preheating.

Smart ovens with remote connectivity have been a tricky appliance for manufacturers to get right -- after all, cooking is a hands-on activity. Most of the remote capabilities in existing smart ovens are limited to basic functions that mainly concern the oven, not the cooktop.

The GE Profile Built-In Double Convection Wall Oven with Wi-Fi, for example, paired with the GE Brillion app to let preheat your oven, receive alerts when your food is done and change the oven temperature. And LG includes NFC (near-field communication) in its latest ovens that only allows you to change oven settings such as display options. But with more manufacturers entering the smart oven arena, we should see better use of connectivity in the near future.

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