The $249 Amazon Smart Oven is a four-in-one convection oven, air fryer, microwave and food warmer. Let's take a look at its key features.
Amazon released the AmazonBasics Microwave last year. Now, it's adding the Amazon Smart Oven to its kitchen appliance lineup. For $249, you'll get a convection oven, air fryer, microwave and food warmer in this Alexa-enabled device.
The Amazon Smart Oven can recognized packaged foods from 365 Whole Foods, Gardein and Marie Callender's. Scan your food's barcode with the Alexa app and the oven will cook it just right.
Here's what you'll see when you scan a package in the Alexa app.
The tall wire rack that comes with the oven is for convection cooking and air frying. You'll also get this nonstick baking pan.
We baked two casseroles and this batch of chocolate chip cookies in the Amazon Smart Oven. Results were consistently good, and it make the oven feel as reliable as my own full-size model at home.
I wasn't wowed by the oven's air-frying capabilities, but it still delivered good mozzarella sticks at the push of a button. Tumbling air fryers or air fryers with a basket are still your best bet.
If you don't want to cook with Alexa, you can use the cooking mode buttons or keypad on the front of the oven. There's also an Alexa button for simpler commands like "reheat one cup of coffee".
Use the lower wire rack and baking pan to roast in the Amazon Smart Oven. I used the auto roast feature to cook a 5-pound chicken and monitored it in the Alexa app.
You can watch oven temperatures as well as temperature probe readings in real-time through the Alexa app.
Our test chicken came out surprisingly well. The skin was crispy, and the meat was juicy and tender.
There are smarter smart ovens out there. Those ovens are also significantly more expensive. If you're an Alexa fan and you have the counter space, the Amazon Smart Oven is a great way to get a little help in the kitchen.