The modern kitchen is filled with technology. We’ve been hard at work gathering the best innovations to make cooking, cleaning, and keeping track of what you have easier.
While some kitchen technology may work, it’s not always the best quality. Some gadgets like Pantelligent sound great on paper but don’t always live up to the hype when used in real-world situations. We made sure these work before presenting them to you.
Without further ado, here’s the best kitchen technology to make your home smarter.
Paragon Induction Cooktop (Paragoninduction.com)
Induction cooktops are great, and GE FirstBuild pairs the Paragon Induction Cooktop with a bluetooth-enabled temperature gauge that allows you to precisely measure and adjust cooking temperatures for the perfect soups, stews, and pan-fried meals.
It’s also capable of sous vide, the latest craze in restaurant cooking. You don’t need to be a trained chef to utilize the power of this $299 induction cooktop. In fact, it works just fine even without the app running on your smartphone (although the app can be pretty helpful).
Generation two promises to add even more precision to the mix, although it still doesn’t allow for IFTTT automation so you can’t program the pan to preheat for bacon and eggs when you wake up.
Miracle-Gro AeroGarden 3SL (Walmart.com)
Not all smarthome technology has to run on WiFi, Zigbee, or Bluetooth. Miracle-Gro’s AeroGarden is a home aeroponics setup that allows you to grow your own fruits, vegetables, spices, and natural drugs at home.
The 3SL is a 3-pod system that can grow up to 3 plants at once. With automatic lighting and watering, all you need to do is add the occasional capful of nutrients to keep them fed and let it do its thing.
The blue AeroGarden 3SL shown above is available at Walmart, along with seed packs for whatever plants you want to grow. We’re currently growing cherry tomatoes to document the growth cycle for an upcoming article.
ChefSteps Joule (Chefsteps.com)
If the Paragon Induction Cooktop is too large (or expensive) for your kitchen, you can still unlock sous vide cooking using Joule, a sous vide gadget created by ChefSteps that connects to your phone using bluetooth.
Priced at $199, this small, elegant rod can be inserted into any pot to heat the water and cook a sous vide meal without even needing a stovetop (of course, you’ll need something to keep the hot pan from melting whatever surface you place it on).
Joule monitors water temperature and adjusts as necessary to ensure even cooking throughout and the perfect meal every time. The connected app includes recipes, instructions, and helpful tips to make cooking with Joule as easy as pie.
Drop Scale (Getdrop.com)
Cooking is all about precise measurements of different ingredients. Add too much flour, salt, or sugar to a recipe, and it can end with disasterous results. This is a problem the bluetooth-connected Drop scale hopes to alleviate.
Not only is it a connected scale capable of taking precise measurements while you cook, the app also helps uncomplicate common cooking problems we run into. For example if you only have one and a half cups of flour but a recipe calls for two, it’ll adjust the rest of the ingredients accordingly so you can keep cooking with what you have.
Good for measuring food, drinks, and even drugs, this is a worthy scale to have in your home. With the Drop scale, you’ll never again have to guess what you’re making and whether or not it’ll turn out ok.
Char-Broil Digital Electric Smoker with SmartChef (Charbroil.com)
There’s no better way to cook meat than to smoke it, and Char-broil’s latest electric smoker is a WiFi-enabled digital smoker that can be run and monitored from your smartphone.
While this smoker is technically not going to be used in your kitchen, it’s still a kitchen gadget that requires a strong WiFi signal nearby to stay connected. This can be a problem in some homes, and it may be necessary to install a mesh network.
Once it gets working, however, the Char-Broil smoker makes mesquite-smoked ribs that practically fall off the bone and melt in your mouth.
Amazon Echo Dot (Amazon.com)
Amazon’s virtual assistant Alexa is great to have in the kitchen with you, and the second generation Echo Dot is a simple way to get her without taking up too much space.
Without any skills enabled, Alexa can answer simple questions about measurement conversions, what temperature to cook meats to, etc. But if that’s not enough, you can download skills from a variety of cooking, kitchen, and homemaking brands to get even more out of her.
Find the perfect drink recipes, order any items you’re out of, and get step-by-step cooking instructions hands-free using only your voice. With enough Alexa-compatible appliances installed, it’ll almost feel like you have a real Sous chef helping you out.
Instant Pot Smart-60 Pressure Cooker (Instantpot.com)
Pressure cookers are handy kitchen aides to have, as are slow cookers, rice cookers, and steamers. Unfortunately most of us don’t have room for that many devices in our homes. Thankfully Instant Pot Smart-60 replaces all these and more in one, easy-to-use device.
This bluetooth-enabled, six-quart pot has 14 built-in programs for stew, chili, yogurt, pasteurization, and more. It also includes two pressure settings and three adjustable modes to easily cook your favorite recipes to perfection.
Priced at $210 ($180 on Amazon with Prime), Instant Pot Smart-60 is one of the most useful smart kitchen gadgets around and easily worth the ticket price for adventurous cooks.
Fizzics Waytap (Fizzics.com)
Fans of Shark Tank may be familar with the Fizzics Waytap, which turns any regular bottled or canned beer into a tap experience. The elevated taste is something every beer fan will love, especially with the foamy head.
Waytap is battery powered and doesn’t require any type of CO2 refills like a Sodastream. Instead it uses sound waves to add microfoam to the beer using a patent-pending technology.
Accomodating up to a 64-oz growler, Fizzics Waytap makes your ordinary beer extraordinary with just one pull of the lever.
Invoxia Triby (Triby.com)
The more people living in a household, the more likely communication errors are to occur. It’s nice to have a centralized notepad on the fridge that everyone in the family can use – that’s how my family communicated as a kid anyway.
Triby takes this one step further by adding an Alexa-enabled two-way speaker to the mix. Now you can record voice messages to each other, make hands-free calls, and control smart home devices from the fridge.
Equipped with both bluetooth and WiFi connectivity options, Triby can also stream music from anywhere online or your smartphone to make it an all-in-one device that turns any refrigerator into a smart fridge.