Splurge-worthy Smart Kitchen Gadgets | Digital trends


It’s always fun to find a bargain or something you really want on sale, but there are times when a gadget or device is just worth splurging on. We review a lot of kitchen technology, appliances and accessories, and these things have made it into our kitchens. Consider them an investment.

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Anova Nano

Master Sous Video Cooking

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  • Compact size

  • Touchscreen display/controls on the device

  • Cute design

  • Durable construction

  • App control

cons

  • Wi-Fi connectivity is lacking

  • The clamp is small

  • Tends to sit too high on the pot, requiring more water

Anova Nano is a free-standing sous-vide cooker that can be placed in any pot, pan or basin. It plugs into the wall and can be controlled via an app. The Nano will heat water to a certain temperature and keep it there for hours, meaning it’s impossible to overcook something. Sous vide cooking ensures that your food stays at the optimal temperature so you can cook the perfect steak (or many other dishes) every time.

Enova Precision Cooker

Anova Nano

Master Sous Video Cooking

Tineco Toasty One

A smart toaster is incredibly useful

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  • The two pieces make different crisps

  • Color touch screen

  • Perfect result

cons

  • expensive

  • Slightly larger than the average toaster

Tineco’s Toasty One is a smart toaster that detects your bread and adjusts the heat to ensure it comes out perfectly every time. You can also make two slices of toast at the same time with completely different doneness levels. It has a touchscreen, so you can choose the exact shade of toast you want. It’s not cheap, but it will be a gadget that will wow your house guests.

Tineco TOASTY ONE Smart Toaster, with touchscreen, 2-slice toast individually, auto lifts and lowers, high-end stainless steel design with unlimited toasting adjustments, fresh, reheat and frozen

Tineco Toasty One

A smart toaster is incredibly useful

Cuisinart EvolutionX Hand Beater

Cordless kitchen appliances make sense

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  • No wires

  • Use anywhere

  • Great for RVs and camping

cons

  • Not as powerful as corded models

For those on the go, Cuisinart’s Evolution X is a hand-held blender with several different heads for immersion blending, whipping, and even frothing. It’s perfect for walking around the kitchen. Since you don’t need to be tied to a wall outlet, you can mix batter or quiche anywhere: on the stovetop or at the dining table. Even if you already have a handheld blender, there are all kinds of reasons why a cordless version would come in handy, especially for campers and those with RVs.

Cuisinart RHM-100 EvolutionX Cordless Hand Mixer, 5 Speed, Grey/Black

Cuisinart EvolutionX Hand Beater

Cordless kitchen appliances make sense

Amazon Smart Soap Dispenser

Touchless is the future!

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  • Briefly

  • untouchable; No germs

  • Nice composition

cons

  • Might be heavy for some housings/sinks

A few years ago this may have seemed foolish, but these days it is a wise investment. When we can eliminate touch points, we avoid contact with any kind of germs, be it covid or salmonella. Amazon’s Smart Soap Dispenser is a great idea for kids or anyone who loves cleanliness. You can control how much soap it spreads by placing your hands under the beam and it lights up for 20 seconds (recommended wash time). You can use it with your Alexa routine and have it play music.

Amazon Smart Soap Dispenser, an automatic 12-ounce dispenser with a 20-second timer, works with Alexa

Amazon Smart Soap Dispenser

Touchless is the future!

Loft lighter x

A wire-free way to fire up your grill

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  • There is no chemical way to start a fire

  • Rechargeable

  • Resolvable

  • Also works as a bell for starting fire

The Rechargeable Cordless Loft Lighter X is worth a look if you use a charcoal grill. It’s a unique tool that does double duty as a bellows to stoke your charcoal fire and give your grill that all-important oxygen. Just click it, touch the charcoal and when the charcoal sparks or starts to glow, you pull the lighter back to provide a wide heat area and plenty of airflow. Within a minute, your coals are lit and you’re off to the races.

Loft lighter X |  Next Generation Cordless Charcoal Starter |  Superheated air reaches 1200°F in 60 seconds |  Lights all fuels: briquettes, fireplace logs and more

Loft lighter x

A wire-free way to fire up your grill

Thermomix TM6 Cooking Robot Review

Thermomix TM 6

All in one kitchen robot

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  • 20 different cooking functions in one appliance

  • Easy to use

  • Thousands of recipes available

  • Nice big screen

  • Automatic cooking mode in addition to recipes

  • Self cleaning

cons

  • prices

  • An annual Cookidoo recipe subscription is required

The Thermomix TM6 is an all-in-one cooking appliance; It is a blender, food processor, cooking pot, rice maker, whip and steamer. In fact, you can cook an entire meal at once by grilling a protein on top of your steamed vegetables. It also sous-vides, slow cooks and emulsifies. It’s pretty expensive, but when you consider that it replaces about a dozen other devices and gadgets, you’ll be very excited to try it out. Oh, and this “kitchen robot” is all the rage across Europe.

Thermomix TM 6

Thermomix TM 6

All in one kitchen robot

U by Moen Smart Faucet Review 3

Moen Smart Faucet by U

Talk to your tap

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  • Delivers accurate water temperature

  • Accurate measurements

  • The volume control works great

  • Nice design in many styles

  • Battery power or AC

  • Can be DIY-installed

  • Versatile: Sse handle, speed or volume

cons

  • Significant initial setup is required

  • Some may be intimidated by the installation

You might think your talk is a little on tap, but hear us out. You by Moen is a smart faucet that can dispense water precisely on voice command and can be activated with a hand movement. It has a setting for wand washing that will run the faucet for 20 seconds, pause and continue while you lather. Plus, with the ability to set a preset to fill your coffee pot or dog dish, it means no water wasted.

Moen Smart Faucet by U

Moen Smart Faucet by U

Talk to your tap

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Joule Oven Air Fryer Pro

Run chef recipes like a pro

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  • Food cooks evenly

  • 13 cooking options

  • A smart app that works seamlessly with the oven

  • Eliminates the need for multiple small devices

cons

  • Bagel function doesn’t work very well

Breville’s Joule is an oven and air fryer combined. You can activate it by voice and it has many smart functions designed to optimize cooking time. You can also use it to dehydrate dough and fruit. The companion app is filled with hundreds of recipes from New York Times Cooking (no subscription required), Top Chef alums, the Breville Test Kitchen, and more. Best of all, recipes with Flight Plan basically cook themselves. Want to wow your guests? Quickly whip up a batch of delicious croissants that prove and bake themselves to perfection.

Joule® Oven Air Fryer Pro

Joule Oven Air Fryer Pro

Run chef recipes like a pro

With so many amazing gadgets and new models constantly being introduced in the market, incorporating technology into the kitchen has never been easier. Try something new and see if it saves you time and money.

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