How to Build a Smart Kitchen

Smart kitchens aren’t just for the rich. Find smart cookware and connected appliances for any budget.
Under $20
Quirky Egg Minder

Quirky Egg Minder Smart Egg Tray

  • Counts up to 14 eggs
  • Identifies old eggs with light display
Under $100
Anova Culinary Sous Vide Precision Cooker

Anova Sous Vide Cooker

  • Connected via smartphone app
  • Easy to use and clean
Under $250
Pancake Bot

PancakeBot Pancake Printer

  • Makes pancakes in any design
  • Prints from SD card
Splurge
Samsung Family Hub French-Door Refrigerator

Samsung Family Hub Refrigerator

  • Stream music and videos
  • See inside without opening the door

You don’t have to tear down walls or take out a second mortgage to build a smart kitchen. Your smart kitchen dream can start with small appliances and devices. Best of all, you can make smart updates that won’t break the bank. We’ve picked top smart gadgets in every price range to help you get started.

Step 1: Figure Out What “Smart” Means

When you hear about smart homes, smart devices, and (yes!) smart kitchens, it usually refers to something connected via IoT (Internet of Things) technology, Bluetooth, or Wi-Fi. Because smart devices are connected, they can be controlled remotely via a mobile app or a voice assistant like Amazon Alexa. When it comes to a kitchen, smart products can make things more efficient, more precise, and safer.

But we don’t think all smart kitchen gadgets need to rely on high-tech communication to upgrade your kitchen. While most of the products we recommend to transform your regular kitchen into a smart one are straightforward smart devices, we’ve also thrown in a few innovative gadgets that make your life easier without relying on a wireless connection.

Step 2: Identify What You Need (and Want)

After you understand what goes into a smart kitchen, it’s time to start putting your wish list together. You can go all-in and build out a cutting-edge, fully-integrated smart kitchen with everything from a smart fridge to a custom, high-tech connected oven. Or you can start smaller—test the waters with a few affordable smart gadgets and see where it goes from there. You can also opt for the best of both worlds—incorporating a few pricier smart appliances (like a coffee maker or slow cooker) with some more budget-friendly smart devices.

Don’t go it alone—use a smart home expert.

If you’re not sure how much home automation you want, reach out to a company with expertise. Vivint specializes in home automation and has experts that can work with you over the phone or do an in-home consultation.

Step 3: Start Shopping

This is the fun part! After you’ve sorted out your smart kitchen desires, it’s time to make it happen. Whether you’re going big or starting small, start with our smart kitchen recommendations below. To make it easy for you, we’ve grouped them for easy reference—no matter what your budget!

Smart Kitchen Gadgets Under $20

You don’t have to be rich, famous, or even very tech-savvy to infuse your kitchen with some smarts. Whether you wish you had two extra hands or want to stop tears from pouring while you chop onions, there’s a smart kitchen device to help you out.

Because we can’t all afford to build a smart kitchen from scratch, we wanted to find affordable products that could enhance any kitchen at any budget. We looked for products that incorporate smart technology and other innovations to make your cooking adventures easier. Here are our favorites—and every one is under $20.

Product Iams Dash Button

Iams Dash Button

Quirky Egg Minder Smart Egg Tray

Quirky Egg Minder Smart Egg Tray

Weber iGrill Pro Ambient Probe

Weber iGrill Pro Ambient Probe

Heat-Conducting Ice Cream Scoop

Heat-Conducting Ice Cream Scoop

Telebrands Robo Stir Automatic Pot Stirrer

Telebrands Robo Stir Automatic Pot Stirrer

Price $5 $10 $15 $13 $18
Features One-touch ordering for dog food

$4.99 credit after first order (so it’s free!)

Order protection

More buttons available for hundreds of products

Tells you how many eggs are in the fridge

Lets you know if eggs are expiring

Uses LED lights to show you the oldest eggs

Sends notifications via mobile app

Monitors grill and smoker temps via smartphone

Works with iGrill Mini

Uses Bluetooth connectivity

Conducts your body heat to warm scoop

Features ergonomic handle

Uses commercial-strength aluminum alloy

Hands-free stirring

3 speeds

Cordless power

Non-stick pan safety

Best For Never letting Fido go hungry Checking on your egg supply from the market Cooking your meat (or veggies) at the right temperature Midnight cravings Doing two things at once
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*Prices as of 09/18/2018

Smart Kitchen Devices Under $100

If you’re ready to dip more than a toe into the pool of smart kitchen technology, here are some great options to help you get your feet wet. Just be warned that these can be a gateway to full-on smart kitchen appliances. We’ve got smart scales and smart coffee makers—plus a smart kitchen hack to cook sous vide like a pro!

It’s surprising to see how much smart kitchen you can get for under $100. These tools use Wi-Fi and Bluetooth technology to help you dazzle your friends and family with pro-level cooking skills. And if you want to improve your nutrition and build healthy eating habits, we found a smart gadget for that too.

Product Perfect Drink Pro Smart Scale and Recipe App

Perfect Drink Pro Smart Scale and Recipe App

Hidrate Spark 2.0 Smart Water Bottle

Hidrate Spark 2.0 Smart Water Bottle

Drop Scale

Drop Scale

Anova Culinary Sous Vide Precision Cooker

Anova Culinary Sous Vide Precision Cooker

HAPILABS Bluetooth-Enabled Smart Fork

HAPILABS Bluetooth-Enabled Smart Fork

Brita Infinity Smart Water Pitcher and Filter

Brita Infinity Smart Water Pitcher and Filter

Price $100 $50 $30 $80 $65 $75
Features Automatically measures mixers and liquor

Tells you when to stop pouring

Includes 400+ recipes

Adjusts recipes to serving size

Creates cocktails from what’s in your liquor cabinet

Tracks water intake

Reminds you to drink

Gives step-by-step instructions

Uses mobile app to guide cooking

Scales recipes to serving size

Provides ingredient substitutions

Allows for hands-off cooking

Provides cooking notifications

Fits on any pot

Uses Bluetooth connectivity

Comes with Anova App

Coaches you into healthier eating

Delivers eating stats in real time

Works with Amazon Dash Button

Tracks and auto-orders filters

Provides BPA-free drinking water

Uses Wi-Fi technology

Best For Impressing your friends, boss, or father-in-law Staying hydrated Learning new recipes Faking a restaurant-quality meal Building better eating habits Keeping impurities out of your drinking water
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Smart Kitchen Appliances Under $250

At this price point, we start to branch out into the world of smart appliances. Although each item we recommend here is a small appliance, they all deliver extra convenience (and fun!) thanks to smart technology.

Our favorite discovery was the Pancake Bot 3D food printer. It makes pancakes in any shape or design you can imagine. Convenience and efficiency are great, but we think you’ll love the chance to have some fun with this smart kitchen appliance. And you’ll be crowned the neighborhood hero when it comes to who makes the most awesome Saturday morning breakfast!

Product Pancake Bot

Pancake Bot

Crock-Pot WeMo Smart Wi-Fi Enabled Slow Cooker

Crock-Pot WeMo Smart Wi-Fi Enabled Slow Cooker

Behmor Connected Coffee Maker

Behmor Connected Coffee Maker

Price $185 $147 $170
Features Prints pancakes in any design

Uses SD card to load designs

Adjusts pressure and speed as needed

Control via WeMo app

Adjust cook time remotely

Change temperature from smartphone

Customizable temperature control

Voice control with Alexa

Integration with Amazon Dash buttons for beans or grounds

Custom profiles available for different coffee preferences

Best For Impressing your kids Getting dinner done when you’re still at the office Blurry mornings
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Smart Kitchen Splurges

Now we’re diving into the deep end—these are the coolest smart home appliances and fixtures that will truly transform your “dumb” kitchen into a smart one. These smart refrigerators, smart ovens, and other connected appliances let you cook, shop, wash, and keep track of your family with nothing more than a voice command or the swipe of your finger.

The best part is that you can add these high-end appliances to your current kitchen. You don’t have to build out a brand-new connected kitchen to take advantage of these features.

Product Samsung Family Hub French-Door Refrigerator

Samsung Family Hub French-Door Refrigerator

Kenmore Smart Dishwasher

Kenmore Smart Dishwasher

Delta Trinsic Kitchen Faucet with Touch20

Delta Trinsic Kitchen Faucet with Touch20

Hestan Cue Smart Cooking System

Hestan Cue Smart Cooking System

Breville Smart Oven Pro

Breville Smart Oven Pro

Price $2,525 $650 $525 $500 $269
Features Streams music and video

Features a touchscreen

Lets you leave notes and sync calendars

Adds to shopping list with voice commands

Uses three cameras to see inside

Tracks expiration and nutrition info

Controls other smart devices (even the Ring Video Doorbell)

Voice control with Alexa

Kenmore Smart App

Mobile alerts

Remote control

Uses Amazon Alexa for voice control

Offers touch activation

Pours specific amounts

Warms up water with voice command

Comes with Hestan Cue Recipe App

Adjusts cooking temperature automatically

Includes smart fry pan, smart induction burner, and app that  communicates during cooking

Uses Bluetooth connectivity

Moves heat when and where it’s needed

Offers slow cook setting

Provides warming option to keep meals hot

Best For Turning your kitchen into a smart family hub Keeping your hands out of dishwater Turning on the water with your voice Learning how to cook without burning down the kitchen Perfect pizza crust
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Written by Rebecca Edwards

Rebecca has honed her safety and security skills as both a single mom and a college director. Being responsible for the well-being of others helped her learn how to minimize risk and create safe environments. Learn more

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