Smart homes are future technology that are becoming more real every day. We’re seeing more and more products that make it easier to control the different areas of your house. At the forefront of this movement is Amazon’s Alexa, and to a certain degree Google Home.
For home cooks and chefs, we’ve got the best smart kitchen appliances that are available for you to buy today. These devices come with a lot of remote connectivity. They work via Bluetooth or Wi-Fi and let you control them via your smartphone.
So which ones do you need at home? We’ll let you decide that.
1. Sous Vide Machine
Sous vide is the process of cooking where you place raw food in a vacuum sealed bag and immerse it in a hot water bath that’s temperature regulated. This process takes longer than grilling or sautéing, but it produces more even cooking.
Because of this many modern professional kitchens use this for temperature sensitive cooking like expensive steaks and fish. It allows you to cook the meat evenly at very precise temperatures, which is something no other cooking method is able to do.
Until recently, you weren’t able to find sous vide machines that were available for home use.
But, that’s changed. For home chefs who want to get their cooking temperatures precise, the Anova Precision Cooker is a great choice.
It lets you cook meats tender to the exact doneness you want every time. And, they come out moist as well. You can also add the marinade and other seasonings in the bag if you want extra flavoring.
As with many modern kitchen amenities, this sous vide machine comes with its own app. This makes it easy to connect and use with your smart phone. The app alerts you when your food is done. Plus, it comes with tips and recipes you can take advantage of as well.
The Anova Precision Cooker comes in two varieties. There’s the $100 Bluetooth version and the $130 Wi-Fi model.
2. Smart Wi-Fi Slow Cooker
Another cook cooking appliance that helps reduce the work around the kitchen is a smart slow cooker. These devices are equipped with remote connectivity and other features that make them easier to use.
These crockpots work just like your regular slow cooker. You dump all the ingredients and flavorings into the pot, then set it. Once you’ve done that, all you need to do is wait until it finishes cooking.
This is why many home cooks love their slow cookers. It lets them set it and forget it. When they come back, the food is ready to serve.
To give you more control, the Crock-Pot Smart Slow Cooker comes with a WeMo app. This gives the device the ability to connect to your smartphone via the app.
In doing so, you’ll be able to complete control the slow cooker remotely. The app lets you turn the cooker on and off whenever you want. You can also adjust the cook time and temperature. And, it gives you notifications and alerts as well.
3. Instant Pot
Technically, the Instant Pot is a brand of pressure cooker. But, to be more precise, it’s like a pressure cooker on steroids.
Instant Pots have gained popularity in recent years because of their versatility. They do the job of a slow cooker, steamer, rice cooker and electric pressure cooker. It can also work as a yogurt maker, warming pot and browning pan if you need one.
This makes it a great all-around kitchen cooking appliance for when you want to cook something without having to watch over it.
These devices are electric and comes with a digital panel that makes controls easy. So, besides coking stews soups and other foods, you can also use to it make cakes and risotto.
At the moment, Instant Pot is available is a few models. One we like is the Instant Pot Ultra which comes in different sizes. This lets you pressure cook food and other things when you don’t have a lot of time to watch over the food.
4. Smart Grill & BBQ Thermometer
For grilling and smoking enthusiasts, you’ll be happy to know that there’s something as well for you. Meat thermometers have been around for a long time. When you’re grilling or BBQing meats it’s important to keep track of the temperature.
The iGrill2 comes in a nice set of three probes that allows you to monitor the exact temperature of meats in different locations. This lets you make sure that the harder to cook areas as cooked just right as well.
Unlike other meat thermometers though, this one come with Bluetooth connectivity. This allows you to monitor it even when you’re as far as 150 feet away. This way you don’t have to sit beside the grill or smoker waiting for it to preheat to the right temperature.
It also makes sure you get an alert when your steaks or chops reach the exact rare, medium rare or medium doneness you want.
If you’re more of a pit master, then the CyberQ may be more of your liking. This one’s made for BBQs which take a long time to cook. So, temperature becomes even more crucial since you won’t be able to eye-ball the meat.
In addition to letting you monitor the temperature of your smoker with its six probes, this device is Wi-Fi enabled. This lets you monitor and control things while you’re doing other things inside.
Yes, that wasn’t a typo, we did say control. That’s what makes the CyberQ unique. It has the ability to regulate the temperature inside your smoker. This makes it easy to ensure proper temperature throughout the cooking process.
5. Smart Coffee Maker & Espresso Machine Combo
Yes, there’s such a thing. Illy’s Y5 Espresso & Coffee Machine comes gives you the ability to made different kinds of coffee at home. It also comes with an app that connects to your smartphone.
This lets you create your favorite blends without spending the $3 to $6 every day for your favorite kind of coffee. The app works with both iOS and Android which makes it convenient for just about all mobile phone users.
This allows you to personalize your coffee or espresso the way you like it, even when you’re far from the machine.
The Y5 is very stylish as well. It’s got a sleek design and colors that easily blend in with just about any kitchen décor.
6. Smart Refrigerator
At some point, we all knew the smart fridge was coming. And LG has one that’s quite impressive.
LG’s line of Instantview ThnkQ refrigerators give you a look into the high tech future of your kitchen fridge.
One of its most popular features is the glass area on the front panel of the device. This is a black colored opaque glass that’s fitted with Instantview technology. That means, if you want to see what’s inside your fridge, you can just tap the glass twice, much like you do your computer mouse.
This turns the opaque glass transparent, Thus allowing you to easily peruse all the items in your fridge. From there you can decide what to get at the grocery store.
The glass also reduces the opening and closing of the fridge door which lets cold air out. Over the span of a year, that saves you on electricity use.
In addition to the Instantview glass, the fridge also comes with apps which allows you to make notes and enter some specifics about what’s left in your fridge. The kids will also be able to doodle something for mommy or daddy if they want to leave you a note.
Then there’s the ThinkQ artificial intelligence system. This is very impressive as it works in conjunction with other LG smart products. Thus, it can communicate with their dishwasher to warn it about how much cleaning it’s about to do.
Finally, there’s Alexa built into the the device as well. This lets you pull out recipes and do other things with it as well.
7. Smart Fork
What’s a smart fork you ask? Well, it’s called HAPIfork. The name is a play on words (“happy fork”) probably because the correctly spelled version is already trademarked.
In any case, this cool device was the hit of the CES (Consumer Electronics Show) show a few years ago. It uses motion detection to monitor how fast you are feeding yourself during meals. Its Slow Control Technology automatically kicks into action when It realizes you’re eating way too fast.
This gives you an alert and buzzing sound to warn you. The device also tracks your data which you can analyze later.
This is a great tool for anyone looking to improve their eating habits. It also helps you lose weight as a result of chewing your food and eating slower.