Smart Kitchens

Forget using your phone for food delivery apps—make your kitchen your command center and connect to your appliances and devices for the perfect meal.

By  Jared Hodes

Every toaster on the market—regardless of price tag—has used the same heating coil technology invented in the 1800s. Enter the innovative REVOLUTION COOKING 2-SLICE HIGH SPEED SMART TOASTER, a touch-screen toaster featuring smart technology that toasts bread in a fraction of the time. Use the intuitive touch screen to automatically lower the bread into the toaster, which has extra-wide slots that allow you to toast a range of morning favorites, from bread and bagels to waffles, English muffins and toaster pastries. It also has a 15-second reheat function for when your toast gets cold. ($299.95; williams-sonoma.com)

Whether you’re a gourmet cook or just make coffee and toast, technology has come a long way toward offering a more streamlined experience in the kitchen. Smart kitchen gadgets can now let you talk to your microwave, turn on your blender, automate the cooking process and help you follow a recipe. The devices are getting smarter by the minute, making cooking more connected than ever.

A recipient of the Kitchen Innovations Award given by the National Restaurant Association, this TURBOCHEF FRE-9500-1 FIRE countertop pizza oven creates artisan, hearth-style pizzas in as little as 90 seconds. It uses TurboChef’s catalytic technology with top-and-bottom convection motors to quickly heat pizzas to the perfect temperature. The oven has a small footprint and is ventless, so it can be placed virtually anywhere. Six programmable preset timers allow you to insert a pizza, press a button and remove it when finished. Pizza parties will be the thing you’re known for without the expense of traditional artisan or wood-fired ovens.
($5,433; chefstoys.com)

If you have the space on your counter, you can get high-tech cooking devices that do all the work for you. The BRAVA oven is a super-functional multipurpose smart oven capable of baking, broiling and steaming foods through app control and QR codes with a touch screen and access to a library of recipes and cooking presets. ($1,095; brava.com)

GE PROFILE’S KITCHEN HUB is a first-of-its-kind, 27-inch smart-touch screen (integrated with Google Assistant) and ventilation combo that fits easily above your range. You can stream a playlist or offer entertainment for your next dinner party with apps including Netflix, Spotify, Hulu and more; tap into your inner chef with the Flavorly recipe app powered by SideChef that provides step-by-step instructions for thousands of recipes and lets you snap and store images of your favorite family recipe cards; ask for a guided cooking experience and leverage the dual camera system to video chat, cook live with loved ones or snap pictures of your food to share on social media. ($1,199; lowes.com)

Say farewell to tossing away wrinkled and wilted produce with the SUB-ZERO 36-INCH PRO SERIES refrigerator, which keeps lettuce crisper and blueberries plumper. Every 20 minutes, an air purification system inspired by NASA technology clears away produce-spoiling ethylene, mold, viruses and bacteria. A magnetic door seal system locks in cold, while an advanced microprocessor monitors each section of your refrigerator for pinpoint climate control. ($14,175; subzero-wolf.com)

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