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; if yours aren't you may as well be eating your dinner with twigs, you dinosaur.

The top 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.

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

Meater smart meat thermometer

If you keep poisoning your dinner party guests with undercooked meat, you need Meater in your life. Touted as the first wireless smart meat thermometer - Meater is beyond just a digital reader with Bluetooth.

Its big strength lies in the app that accompanies it. Simply insert Meater into whatever you're cooking, leaving the ambient sensor an inch or so of room, and then select the meat type, cut and desired finish in the app. The app will then tell you the target temperature, the current temperature and the ambient temperature, giving you alerts on cooking times along the way (you leave Meater in while you cook).

Suitable for oven cooking, the BBQ and more, the Meater probe actually charges within its own box through a AA battery.


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 (the same app that your WeMo smart bulbs and switches live in), 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, | Amazon

Smarter Coffee 2.0

Connected cooking: The best smart kitchen devices and appliances

Now in its second-generation, Smarter gives you 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 applets, 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. Throw Alexa into the mix and it's a pretty strong setup.

$249.99, | Amazon

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


Connected cooking: The best smart kitchen devices and appliances

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.


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.

$159, | Amazon

Tefal Actifry Smart XL

Connected cooking: The best smart kitchen devices and appliances

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, | Amazon

SmartPlate TopView

Connected cooking: The best smart kitchen devices and appliances

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 and Fitbit.



Connected cooking: The best smart kitchen devices and appliances

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.

$49, | Amazon


Connected cooking: The best smart kitchen devices and appliances

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 and HomeKit are both integrated into the latest model, as well.

$199, | Amazon


Connected cooking: The best smart kitchen devices and appliances

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, | Amazon

Smart fridges

LG InstaView ThinQ

While LG has been in the smart fridge game for a while, ThinQ adds AI to the mix, allowing it will talk to other LG ThinQ devices – informing the dishwasher that a big load is on the way, for example.

LG’s AI platform, the Instaview ThinQ also has Alexa built in to read out recipes and enable you to add items to your shopping list as you run out of ingredients, as well as being a bit of an entertainment hub, as well.

Back to the fridge - there’s a 29-inch screen on the front, running webOS. There’s apps; some for making notes, leaving doodles for your family or inputting specifics on the contents of your fridge.

Two taps on the display will turn it transparent, so you can see inside, and check out how many beers you have left. It’s definitely going to be your favourite feature. Inside is a panoramic camera, which you can view from your smartphone, so you can check the beer situation before you get home. It's due to hit shops later in 2018.

$TBC, | Release date: TBC

Samsung Family Hub 3.0

Like the LG, it goes on sale later this year. If you're looking for a Samsung smart fridge today, check out the Samsung Family Hub 2.0, which boasts a 21.5-inch screen and can also mirror a Samsung smart TV. It starts at $2,800.

The Family Hub 3.0 series is like a giant tablet, packed with apps. Whiteboard, StickiBoard and Shopping List all help you leave notes for yourself and your family, while others like Allrecipes and Club des Chefs offer recipes. Then there are entertainment apps, too, like TuneIn, Pandora and the screen-share for Samsung Smart TVs.

While you can tap to reveal the LG’s screen, things on the Samsung are less whizzy. It has three cameras inside, viewable from the companion app and the device’s screen using the View Inside app.

The Family Hub 3.0 takes things to the next level in terms of smartness. It has Bixby – Samsung's smart voice assistant – built in, for entertainment, news briefings, note taking and the usual voice assistant features. Then there's Samsung SmartThings integration, which basically turns your fridge into a hub for the whole smart home. You can view home cameras, doorbells, turn lights on and off… all from the display

$TBC, | Release date: TBC

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