Whirlpool displays smart countertop oven at CES 2019

Whirlpool's food-recognizing smart countertop oven can identify your meal and cook it to perfection.

Molly Price Former Editor
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Whirlpool Corporation's WLabs introduced the Smart Countertop Oven at CES this week. This countertop device uses food-recognition technology (similar to what we saw in the June Intelligent Oven last year) and automatically sets the time and temperature for each food it detects. 

The oven uses a set of algorithms to automatically cook each food (frozen or fresh) at its optimal time and temperature. The oven uses 11 cooking modes: bake, broil, convection bake, convection roast, toast, reheat, proof, dehydrate, air fry, slow cook and keep warm to get your dish just right. 

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The oven's convection heating system eliminates the need for preheating and keeps the temperature inside the cooking chamber uniform.That chamber is large enough to cook a whole chicken or a 12-inch pizza. On the outside, a touchscreen interface provides manual controls and a wooden cutting board sits atop the oven for extra practicality. 

In addition to food recognition, the Smart Countertop Oven features mobile notifications, a food thermometer, scan-to-cook technology for select frozen meals and voice activation with Google Assistant and Amazon Alexa. 

The Smart Countertop Oven will be available in Spring 2019 with an MSRP of $799.

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