The coolest kitchen tech and cooking innovations we saw at CES 2024
Among all of the cool tech stuff at CES 2024 there were some exciting pieces of technology making food and drink on the showroom floor.
The world's largest technology expo featured a lineup of cooking robots, smart kitchen appliances, smart beer brewers and one very expensive infrared toaster made to seer steaks in under 2 minutes.
If you have an appetite for the latest in kitchen tech, here's all the best cooking gear and innovation we found at CES 2024.
A $3,500 toaster for steak
Would you put a good ribeye in a toaster? The makers of this pricey new infrared vertical grill think you should. The SeerGrills Perfecta, which cooks meat standing upright with burners that reach "up to 1,600 degrees F," was one of the most curious pieces of kitchen hardware we saw at this year's show.
GE Profile Indoor Smart Smoker
That's right, an indoor smoker. GE Profle's indoor BBQ smoker was one of the buzziest reveals at CES. The novel appliance uses a catalytic converter to remove the nasty bits from smoke, leaving flavor-packed hot air to slow-cook meats, fish and cocktail garnishes without smoking out the kitchen.
The bad news? It costs a whopping $1,000.
Weber Summit Smart Grill
Weber showed off its impressive line of new grills at CES. The $3,800 Summit SmartFS38X is the brand's most intelligent grill yet, with all digital controls and burners that adjust on their own to maintain optimal temperature and reignite themselves when they go out.
But that's not even the coolest thing about the Weber Summit SmartFS38X...
Weber Summit Smart Grill
Weber's new grill features a blazing top-down infrared broiler, the first of its kind, to give a quick and even crust to steaks, chops and salmon fillets without losing them through the grates.
Samsung Bespoke Smart Fridge
Samsung's new Bespoke Smart Fridge can ID up to 33 items in your fridge and suggest recipes to make with them. It'll even let you know when things are about to expire. How does it do it? AI, of course.
iGulu F1 Home Brewer
iGulu has its new home brewing system on display at CES. The iGulu F1 simplifies beer-making with automation that lets you know when each ingredient needs to be added. The whole process takes about two weeks to make a hoppy IPA, creamy stout or citrus wheat bear.
Barsys 360 Cocktail Robot
I have my doubts about automatic cocktail machines so my expectations for the Barsys 360 robot cocktail maker were tempered. But the Madras I sipped was excellent. The Barsys 360 has six receptacles to pour booze, juice and other mixers. An app lets you know which cocktails you can make with the ingredients, and a special cup with paddles mixes up the drink for you.
This thing seemed to work well, and it looks pretty cool. We might need to haul one in for CNET's next office happy hour.
Reencle Gravity Composter
Reencle showed off its new microbe organic composter at CES 2024. The Gravity composter takes a cue from your gut. It uses microbes to turn food scraps into usable soil, whereas other smart composters rely on simple dehydration, Reencle's founder told me.
We're planning to test the Reencle Gravity this year to see if its lofty claims are true.
WillCook Oven Bag
This stylish bag uses battery-generated heat to keep food warm for up to 8 hours. The WillCook oven bag retails for $200 and comes in tan, black and brown.
ColdSnap Ice Cream Robot
This wasn't ColdSnap's first appearance at CES, but the Keurig of ice cream makers is inching closer to consumer release. The brand says its machines, which make bowls of ice cream in under 2 minutes, will be ready to buy in 2025.
TechMagic Stir-Fry robot
TechMagic's robot stir-fry maker was wowing the hungry masses at CES. The mostly autonomous machine is huge and meant for restaurants. It turned out tasty stir-fry in under 2 minutes.
Sevvy Smart Cooker
The Sevvy Smart Cooker puts a twist on microwave technology to make food similar to sous-vide in mere minutes. The tool uses AI-powered software to make sure that food is heated precisely and evenly. It's not clear yet if Sevvy will bring the prototype to market or license its technology to larger appliance makers.