You can find nearly any large appliance in a smart version these days, but upgrading to aor an takes a big bite out of most people's budget.
There are ways to smarten up your culinary workspace that cost less. Let's take a look at eight easy ways to put smarts in your kitchen without busting your budget.
Smart displays are great for displaying photos, watching videos and seeing important information like weather forecasts or your daily commute. They're also fantastic helpers in the kitchen. Our current Editors' Choice, the, can show you step-by-step recipes, set timers and answer questions about cooking methods and common measurements.
Amazon's on-demand and live cooking classes), as does the third-party, Google Assistant-enabled . These countertop displays are a great way to get your kitchen questions answered when your hands are messy.offer similar guided recipes (and soon
Countertop ovens with smarts
If you're willing to spend a bit more, you can get a smart countertop oven that will recognize your food and cook it using artificial intelligence and cameras, all with controls from a handy mobile app. Thedoes just that, but costs $699 (still less than most full-size ovens).
Whirlpool's innovation segment WLabs showed offat CES 2019, and we've seen a meal-kit centric model called . Amazon even announced its own at its September product announcement event in Seattle. Not surprising, since Amazon acquired Whole Foods in 2017. Countertop cooking isn't going away anytime soon, and it's getting smarter all the time.
Theis the only connected model from the multicooker manufacturer. There was a Bluetooth model, but the company discontinued it last year. The Wi-Fi model connects to the Instant Pot app, where you can control your Instant Pot remotely.
Black & Decker also makes a Wi-Fi slow cooker with a companion app so you can set the time and temperature and turn cooking on or off. As with any kitchen appliance that works with heat or pressure, we recommend checking in on your appliance regularly during the cooking process.
Getting your steak to the perfect temperature takes precision, and having a connected thermometer will help you keep a close eye on your cooking, so you can manage multiple dishes at once.
is a $70 temperature probe that works with Bluetooth to alert you via a companion app on your phone when your food reaches a set internal temperature. Weber's is available on several grill models and includes a built-in Bluetooth meat probe for monitoring temps through the iGrill app. You can also buy the iGrill temperature probes individually, starting at just $50.
Like the countertop ovens, smart faucets are pricey, but still less than the cost of any smart large appliance. Bothand make voice-assistant enabled models of their touch faucets that range from $800 to $1,200 depending on finishes. You'll need to give the whole family a quick lesson in how to work these, as the handle and touch mechanisms have to be set a specific way to use voice controls with Google Assistant or Amazon Alexa.
Admittedly expensive and not entirely practical, there's still something delightfully futuristic about asking Alexa to pour a cup of water and watching it happen from far away.
Smart coffee pots
Connected coffee is coming to our kitchens. With Wi-Fi connectivity you can schedule your morning brew or ask for a fresh pot of coffee with a simple voice command.
Our resident coffee expert, Senior Editor Brian Bennett, is fond of the $250 brewer. With it, you can control water temperature, presoak time, and the type of roast right from your phone, or use Alexa to order up coffee via voice commands.
These little gadgets aren't kitchen-specific, but they're a great way to automate countertop devices that don't have smarts. Both the $30and $15 two-pack are affordable options that performed well in our testing.
From monitoring energy consumption to scheduling countertop appliances, smart plugs can add just the right amount of automation without replacing an entire device.
Having enough light in your kitchen workspace is essential to culinary precision and safety. Adding lights beneath your kitchen cabinets or pendants over the island can create a much brighter area. With smart lighting, you can automate based on color, time and any combination of smart home scenes for breakfast or intimate dinners. The $90and affordable $8 are our best bets for light strips and smart bulbs.