You don't have to be tech-savvy to amp up your kitchen with these simple and easy-to-use products. Step up your cooking game with our top picks for the sleekest, next generation appliances and tools.
by Caroline Rogers
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Savvy Slow Cooker
As if slow cookers weren't already the easiest way to prepare a fresh and delicious meal, this Crock-Pot features WeMo® which allows you to control all of the cooker's functions by the simple touch of your smartphone. Throw all of your ingredients inside the Crock-Pot in the morning before leaving for work. But will dinner get done cooking before you get home? Not only can you adjust the settings from anywhere, but the Crock-Pot automatically shifts to warm when your food is done cooking. Voilà! Your meal will be perfectly cooked and ready to eat by the time the whole family gets home.
Your kitchen will be ultra-sleek when you add this high-tech, Wi-Fi enabled fridge to your home. You have never seen a fridge that does more than this Samsung product. It has built-in cameras so you know which foods you're running low on when you're at the store, or you can shop for groceries online directly through the refrigerator's touchscreen. Prepping meals just got a lot more fun with the whole family since you can stream music and videos or mirror your television right from the fridge.
Whether you're a professional or an amateur, this Wi-Fi equipped scale is every chef's dream sidekick. Connect this smart scale to the Drop app for precision cooking made easy. Short on an ingredient? No problem. Drop will tailor the the measurements by weight or servings, suggest substitutions, and provide detailed instructions on the app as you cook. No batteries necessary, this high-tech scale is compatible with most of the latest iOS devices. Amaze your friends by cooking like a pro!
Hiku is an ideal fridge magnet for anyone who has trouble finding the time to make out a grocery list. This shopping buddy creates your grocery list in two ways: It will either scan the product's barcode, or it will recognize your voice when you speak directly into the device. Connected to an app on your smartphone, Hiku then adds all the items directly to your list. No more second trips to the grocery store when you forget butter or milk; build your list throughout the week with Hiku.
This smart thermometer will never let you overcook or undercook your tasty creation again. Connect the thermometer to your smartphone or tablet by plugging in the extra-long cord (to keep your phone far away from any potential messes). Then, place the thermometer into the dish you are preparing. With the Range app, your phone or tablet will alert you when your recipe reaches the ideal safe temperature. Select the Aqua model for home brews, cheese, or baked goods. The Ember model is best for oven-cooked meat dishes like roasts.
Accuracy is key when you are cooking or baking, and the Taylor Digital Measuring Cup is here to help. When your other kitchen gadgets aren't pulling their weight, this measuring cup does double duty. It can hold up to 4 cups to measure volume, or it can weigh ingredients with its digital display that can instantly convert ounces to grams and vice versa. No more tracking down conversion charts for recipes; this measuring cup and food scale has all the measuring capacity you should ever need.
Not enough oven space to cook all of your tastiest meals? This Samsung appliance has you covered. This kitchen necessity can be both a large oven or a double oven with the optional divider inside. Control the temperature of the oven by the touch of your smartphone with the app that connects to the appliance's Wi-Fi. Whether you are preparing a meal for an intimate gathering or hosting a feast, you'll be able to stand the heat with this oven in your kitchen!
Never touch your germy kitchen can again. Throw away all of your garbage with this touch-free trash can. With sensors above and in front of the trash can, simply wave your hand and the lid opens automatically. This trash can is even polite! It waits until you're done disposing the garbage before closing, so you don't have to worry about getting your hand stuck in the grimy lid. The mechanism is whisper-quiet, allowing you to enjoy peace and cleanliness in the kitchen.
Too tired to make coffee in the morning? Yeah, us too. Wake up to the smell of a fresh pot of joe with this Wi-Fi enabled brewer. Connect to the WeMo® app on your smartphone and schedule the ideal brew time for your coffee with just a lift of the finger so you have a few more minutes to snooze. Even if you oversleep you don't have to skip your daily dose of caffeine. The thermal carafe keeps coffee hot for hours. Pour your liquid energy into a travel mug and hit the road!
Sick of forgetting those much-needed eggs at the store? This quirky device is a must-have for all of those egg lovers out there. The tray connects to an app on your smartphone that will tell you how many eggs you have left, and LED lights indicate which eggs are about to go bad. Whether you are going to the store to buy ingredients for your next baking party or simply just forgot to make a list, this egg tray will be a lifesaver.