6 smart kitchen appliances that are worth the investment

6 smart kitchen appliances that are worth the investment

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With all the smart devices hitting the market in recent years, it’s easy to feel overwhelmed with options. Do you need a refrigerator that helps plan dinner? What about a microwave, you can talk to? And if you’re switching from a gas, electric and induction cooktop, should you opt for a smart model?

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While it’s true that some “smart” features are more clever than revolutionary, many investment-worthy products have been launched in recent years.

You do not know where to start ? Some brands have helpful tools on their site to help you imagine your new state-of-the-art dream kitchen, like the one from Bosch. Smart Kitchen Appliance Package Tool. Otherwise, we have a few recommendations based on products that caught our attention during research and testing.

1. This smart electric range from LG

LG's InstaView technology means a double tap on the door will turn on your oven.

LG’s InstaView technology means a double tap on the door will turn on your oven.

The LG LREL6325F The electric stove tops our list of best electric cookers— and with good reason.

Not only does it perform well on standard cooking tests, like evenly cooked, rapid heat-up, and crispy air fry, but it has several smart features that are well worth the price.

Featured InstaView technology only requires a double tap on the oven door to activate the light to monitor your food as it cooks. You can also connect the device to your smartphone via the ThinQ app, which lets you remotely monitor your cooking progress, receive push notifications related to cooking and cleaning functions, and more.

The ThinQ app is also compatible with recipe management apps like Innit and SideChef, to easily guide you through a recipe.

$1,050 at Best Buy

2. Samsung’s SmartThings compatible ranges

Samsung's SmartThings app makes it easy to multitask during lunchtime.

Samsung’s SmartThings app makes it easy to multitask during lunchtime.

With so few hours in the day, it’s quite common for us to find ourselves multitasking while cooking dinner. That’s what makes Samsung’s SmartThings app compatible with ranges like the NE63T8511SS and NE63A6511SS— so convenient.

It offers features such as remote preheating and temperature adjustment, which can be changed via the app or with voice activation. You can also monitor your meal while it cooks on the other side of the house. So you can start cooking dinner while preparing the kids’ lunches or working out in the evening.

$1,100 at Best Buy

$780 at Best Buy

3. Bosch Benchmark Induction Cooktop

This induction cooktop features versatile heating and several smart features to make successful recipes easy.

This induction cooktop features versatile heating and several smart features to make successful recipes easy.

Induction cooking is (finally) having a moment in the United States. And we can confirm that these hobs are worth it: during our tests, we found induction cooking be safer, cleaner and faster than its gas and electric counterparts.

If you’re considering an induction cooktop with smart features and plenty of upgrades, consider the Bosch NITP660UC. This sleek cooktop has a glass surface for easy cleaning and smoother operation while cooking.

And beyond homogeneous and versatile heating (with 17 power levels in each cooking zone), this hob offers some very smart smart features: AutoChef can automatically regulate temperatures while cooking, PowerMove lets you preset multiple temperature levels in a given recipe, and SpeedBoost can boil your water or heat your oil much faster.

This hob also connects to the Home Connect appwhich means you can monitor your cooking progress via your smartphone and be notified when your meal is ready.

$3,300 at Lowe’s

4. This Electrolux refrigerator with an adjustable temperature drawer

This refrigerator's TempAdapt drawer is ideal for entertaining.

This refrigerator’s TempAdapt drawer is ideal for entertaining.

For an upgraded refrigerator with all the bells and whistles you could dream of, the Electrolux ERMC2295AS is a top choice.

In our testing, it excelled at presenting consistent temperatures and efficient crispers over time. And it includes a TempAdapt drawer, which can hold everything from ice cream to deli meats to chilled white wine at the perfect temperature – separate from the rest of the food in the fridge – so you don’t have to occupy a valuable shelf space when hosting crowds.

$4,500 at Walmart

5. All-in-one smart ovens from Bosch

Bosch all-in-one ovens offer a plethora of enhanced features.

Bosch all-in-one ovens offer a plethora of enhanced features.

Bosch coined the term “all-in-one oven” to refer to an appliance that can perform a versatile range of functions for any discerning cook.

The Bosch HBL8454UC, for example, has a built-in air fryer mode that can crisp up large batches without the need for excess appliances. It also includes a built-in probe thermometer for perfectly cooked meat and Wi-Fi connectivity to keep an eye on your cooking from your smartphone.

$2,049 at Home Depot

6. Samsung Family Hub refrigerators

Samsung's Family Hub could help you reduce your food waste.

Samsung’s Family Hub could help you reduce your food waste.

It happens to the best of us: we stock up on healthy foods at the grocery store… only to have them go bad the moment we actually remember to cook with them. What if your refrigerator could help?

Samsung’s chip Family center feature—included in refrigerators like the Samsung RF27T5501SR—wants to streamline dinner stress. It keeps track of all the items in your fridge for you, has shopping lists, and can find recipes with ingredients you already have on hand.

You can even connect the fridge to your smartphone, voice control device and Samsung oven to set up “routines”. For example, you can tell Alexa you’d like to make pizza, and the recipe will show up on the refrigerator display screen when the oven begins to preheat to the correct setting.

$3,059 at Wayfair

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Karl M. Bailey