Connected cooking: The best smart kitchen devices and appliances

The top connected tech for your smart home kitchen
The best smart kitchen devices

We're living in an age where fridges connect to the internet and cutlery is Bluetooth-enabled, and if yours don't you may as well be eating your dinner with twigs.

Smart kitchen devices are now commonplace in the internet of things revolution, with a whole host of cool connected accessories and appliances up for grabs that range from smart stoves to forks and plates that help you manage portion control.

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If you're not sure where to get started with upgrading your kitchen supplies, check out our pick of the top kitchen tech...

Amazon Dash Wand

Connected cooking: The best smart kitchen devices and appliances

Alexa is popping up everywhere, so of course it was only a matter of time before Amazon put her in its new Dash Wand. Not only can you scan items in the kitchen to add them to your shopping list, but you can ask Alexa to order thing, read out recipes or even convert measurements. Though it costs $20, you'll get that much in credit for AmazonFresh if you buy one, so it's sort of free as long as you intend to use Amazon's food service.

$20, Amazon

Samsung Family Hub refrigerator

Connected cooking: The best smart kitchen devices and appliances

Everyone knows the kitchen is the best place to be at a house party, and Samsung knows that the fridge is the center of the one big house party that is our lives. For that reason its smart fridges are called Family Hubs, and each one comes with a giant touchscreen that will display your calendar, let you play music, and of course let you order new groceries when you're running low.

Inside the fridge are some cameras that will take images of the food inside and let you access the feed from your smartphone, so you can check to see if you need to pick up more milk before you leave work. You can even mirror your Samsung TV feed on the display. There are a few different models depending on what size you want, but prices start at $3,499.

$3,499, samsung.com

Amazon Dash Button

Connected cooking: The best smart kitchen devices and appliances

The Dash buttons can live anywhere in your house but the kitchen makes the most sense. With a tap, the Dash can order whatever you want straight through your Amazon account. So the next time you need more coffee or paper towels, the Dash button is just a press away without the hassle of hopping in your car or turning on a computer.

$4.99, Amazon

GeniCan

Connected cooking: The best smart kitchen devices and appliances

Similar to the Amazon Dash button, GeniCan sits with your garbage can to make sure you never forget the groceries you need.

To add items to a shopping list, you simply swipe the item's barcode code on GeniCan's barcode reader. You can then find the item added to a list on the GeniCan app on your smartphone.

If the item doesn't have a barcode, hold the item (or your hand) in front of the scanner for a few seconds. When GeniCan does not sense a barcode it will ask "What may I add to your list?" and you can tell it to add mac 'n cheese, or whatever you want.

$149, genican.com

Crock-Pot Smart Slow Cooker with WeMo

Connected cooking: The best smart kitchen devices and appliances

This smart Crock-Pot is WeMo enabled so you can adjust cooking settings from wherever you are. Using the free WeMo app, you can check on the temperature, cook-time, change settings to warm or even turn off the device right from you smartphone. It makes cooking with a crockpot more convenient than ever, especially if you're sitting in traffic on the way home.

$129.99, crock-pot.com| Amazon

Anova precision cooker

Connected cooking: The best smart kitchen devices and appliances

Sous vide cooking is the art of getting that perfect temperature, and for that job the Anova precision cooker performs magnificently. The bonus here is the added smarts, with Bluetooth and Wi-Fi connectivity so you can monitor and cook from a distance. Just take the meat, put it in a sealed bag, drop it in the water and the Anova will do the rest. Killer steaks every time.

$149, anovaculinary.com | Amazon

Tefal Actifry Smart XL

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Tefal isn't sticking around (see what we did there) in the dumb kitchen era. The Tefal Actifry Smart XL is Bluetooth powered fryer that lets you fire over recipes directly from your smartphone or tablet, over 200 of them in fact.

The idea is that the Actifry Smart does the hard work for you, so you don't need to worry about what temperatures to use, or when to stir it up. The app is also on hand to give you step-by-step video instructions for the bits the fryer can't do. Good news for healthy eaters too: it's one of those fryers where a little bit of oil goes a long way - making chips healthier than broccoli. Probably.

$399.99, tefal.com

Juicero

The mindset of sustainable farmed products, eco-friendly packaging and extremely healthy healthy eating paired with a smart juicer gave way to Juicero. The juicer, which cold presses juice out of "packs" of prepped fruit and veggies, is very pricey. Especially since you can squeeze the packets with your hands if you really wanted to. However, it is in line with the prices of Vitamix's top of the line appliances.

The best part about the Juicero are the iOS and Android apps, which track every pack letting you know when it's time to restock, exactly what nutrients you're consuming and where each ingredient was grown. Right now, the company is only shipping to places in California, but should expanding soon.

$399, juicero.com

iSommelier Smart Decanterbest smart kitchen devices

If juice isn't up your alley, maybe a smart wine decanter is? iSommelier promises to soften up the tannins mature wine that normally requires years of cellaring through aerating your wine with highly concentrated purified oxygen. There's also a smart base with a digital screen that shows you the name of the wine, vintage and aeration progress bar.

Again, there's an app that connects with the decanter to let you control the device, add aeration programs and gather information about different winemakers.

$1,499, ifavine.com

SmartPlate

If you're used to manually inputting all your caloric intake through various food tracking apps, then SmartPlate wants to make your life easier. The 10-inch plate is Wi-Fi and Bluetooth-enabled and, get this, it comes equipped with three mini cameras and weight sensors. Basically, your dish will be watching you - or in other words, figuring out what you're eating and doling out proper portions.

If you serve yourself too much, the plate will alert you. There's also an app that syncs up with the plate to automatically analyze and keep track of every meal, and connects to MyFitnessPal & Fitbit.

$119, getsmartplate.com

Egg Minder

best smart kitchen devices

Not quite as hi-tech as LG's tech-tastic cooker but nifty nevertheless, this crowdfunding success story will keep count of your eggs - up to 14 - letting you know (using LED lights and the companion app) which ones are the oldest and which ones might be going bad.

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Whats more, it's IFTTT compatible, so you can set up some interesting IoT combos. For example, "If I run out of eggs, play I am the Walrus on Spotify".

$49, quirky.com | Amazon

Smarter Coffee

best smart kitchen tech

This Firebox exclusive allows you to brew (and grind) your coffee on demand, using your smartphone or tablet to get things started. You tee-up (coffee-up?) as many as 12 cups at once and you even have the option to select the strength of your brew.

'Welcome home' and 'wake up' modes can be set to kick start the machine into action based on set geo-locations and timings and, with IFTTT recipes, you can cook up a whole host of set recipes to match your mood. Bad nights sleep recorded by your Fitbit? Strong coffee in the morning, for the win.

£179.99, firebox.com

HAPIfork

best smart kitchen tech

Somehow, despite the world's most cutting edge consumer tech being on display, HAPIfork managed to be the star of the show at CES a couple of years back. If you missed the coverage then, allow us to get you up to speed - it's a smart fork that helps you monitor and track your eating habits. Exactly what your life needed, right?

Using Slow Control technology, the connected cutlery measures how many mouthfuls you take and buzzes and flashes if you're scoffing your grub too quickly. There's also a dashboard for you to analyse your meal-time performance. Of course there is.

$79, hapi.com | Amazon

Invoxia Triby

best smart kitchen tech

The kitchen memo is a major part of many family's communications. In an age where you've got more instant messaging platforms to choose from than messages you'll ever send, the simple memo lives on in the form of the Invoxia Triby.

It allows you not not only to leave messages for your loved ones, but also contact them instantly with Wi-Fi calling. Plus, if you forget to leave a note, you can sketch one out when you're not at home using your smartphone as a canvas. Amazon Alexa integration has also just been added, making it an even more attractive proposition.

$199, invoxia.com | Amazon

Drop

Drop scales will have you baking like Mary Berry in no time. You simply select your chosen dish from a companion app's recipe book and these connected scales will help you put together the exact ingredients to make your bake a great success.

The recipes are all one-bowl affairs, so less washing up after, and the app will even offer up alternatives ('smart substitutions') if you haven't got quite enough of one ingredient.

$79.95, getdrop.com | Amazon




3 Comments

  • alikazim says:

    You may like to include "rotimatic" to this list... I would love to get my hands on it, if only they could manufacture fast enough to meet the demand :)

  • Ati says:

    Hi mr, mrs, 

    I was looking for a smart kitchen, and what I mean by this is a kitchen that can become invisible totally, like enfoldable beds. Such a kitchen, with a system like foldable doors to cover it, or ways to fold the entire kitchen allow for multifunctional use of the original kitchen space. Can you expand this website with such designs?

    Thanks in advance,

    Ati

  • garys says:

    These are awesome! I especially love the idea of the automatic slow cooker. What about something for the kitchen that helps with vision for those who need it, such as assistive technology products for the blind that can help them get around in the kitchen? OrCam's smart glasses for the visually impaired people (and blind people) are wearable tech that help around the kitchen and vital day-to-day activities. While it's great to see these innovations (that are more for fun/frivolity), I think it would be great to mention some kitchen tech/gadgets/etc. that serve a more vital purpose.

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