How to Build a Smart Kitchen

Smart kitchens aren’t just for the rich. Find smart cookware and connected appliances for any budget.
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UÜTENSILStirr Automatic Pot Stirrer
UUTENSIL Stirr Automatic Pot Stirrer
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    Self-rotating
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    3 speeds
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Inkbird WIFI Sous Vide Precise Cooker
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    Connected via smartphone app
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    Set cooking time and temp anywhere in wifi range
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Smart WiFi-Enabled Instant Pot
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    8-in-1 pressure cooker
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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 or Google Home assistant. 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 starting with an Alexa-powered smart speaker with digital display that allows you to control your gadgets with the sound of your voice. You can go big with a voice-controlled faucet and a custom and 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.

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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 $30

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 $30.

Best forCooking meatMidnight cravingsMulti-tasking
ProductWeber iGrill Pro Ambient ProbeHeat-conducting Ice Cream ScoopUUTENSIL Stirr Automatic Pot Stirrer
ImageWeber iGrill Pro Ambient ProbeHeat-Conducting Ice Cream ScoopUÜTENSILStirr Automatic Pot Stirrer
Price
FeaturesMonitors grill and smoker temps via smartphone

Works with iGrill Mini

Uses Bluetooth connectivity
Conducts your body heat to warm up scoop

Features ergonimc handle

Uses commercial-strength aluminum alloy
Self-rotating

3 speeds

Cordless battery powered
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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.

Best for Impressing your friendsBest for Blurry morningsBest for not burning foodBest for learning new recipesBest for staying hydrating
ProductPerfect Drink Pro Smart Scale and Recipe AppHamilton Beach Alexa-enabled Programmable Coffee MakerInkbird WIFI Sous Vide Precise CookerDrop ScaleHidrate Spark 3.0 Smart Water Bottle
Product imagePerfect Drink Pro Smart Scale and Recipe AppDrop ScaleHidrate Spark 2.0 Smart Water Bottle
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FeaturesAutomatically 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
Customizable temperature control

Voice control with Alexa

Programmable, 12 Cup Capacity

Stainless Steel

Programmable precision cooker

Digital interface

WiFi immersion circulator

Precision temperature and timer

Temperature alarm and auto shutoff
Gives step-by-step instructions

Uses mobile app to guide cooking

Scales recipes to serving size

Provides ingredient substitutions
Tracks water intake

Reminds you to drink

Bluetooth sync via free app
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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.

Best busy peopleBest for busy peopleBest for connection in the kitchen
ProductSmart WIFI-Enabled Instant PotAnova Culinary Sous Vide Precision CookerEcho Show 10 (2nd gen) Alexa Smart Speaker
Imagesmart-instant-potAnova Culinary Sous Vide Precision Cookerecho show 10
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Features8-in-1 pressure cooker

Works with Amazon Alexa

Pressure cooker, slow cooker, rice cooker, yogurt maker, cake maker, Saute pan, steamer, and warmer
Allows for hands-off cookingProvides cooking notifications

Fits on any pot

Uses Bluetooth connectivity

Comes with Anova App
Premium speakers with HD 10.1 screen

Video chat with loved ones

Cook along with Food Network Kitchen

Set timers and alarms

Add items to your shopping list
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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 ovens, robot vacuums and other connected appliances let you cook, wash, clean 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.

Best for turning on water with your voiceBest for keeping things cleanBest for perfect pizza crust
ProductDelta Trinsic Kitchen Faucet with Touch20iRobot Roomba Robot Vacuum i3Breville Smart Oven Pro
ImageDelta Trinsic Kitchen Faucet with Touch20Proscenic Robot Vacuum product imageBreville Smart Oven Pro
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FeaturesUses Amazon Alexa for voice control

Offers touch activation

Pours specific amounts

Warms up water with voice command
Wi-Fi Connected Mapping

Smart navigation

Voice control with Alexa and Google Home Assistant

Ideal for Pet Hair

Moves heat when and where it’s needed

Offers slow cook setting

Provides warming option to keep meals hot

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Rebecca Edwards
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Rebecca Edwards
Rebecca is the lead safety reporter and in-house expert for SafeWise.com. She has been a journalist and blogger for over 25 years, with a focus on home and community safety for the past eight. Rebecca spends dozens of hours every month poring over crime reports and spotting trends. Her safety expertise is sought after by publications, broadcast journalists, non-profit organizations, podcasts, and more. You can find her expert advice and analysis in places like TechCrunch, The Washington Post, The Chicago Tribune, The Miami Herald, NPR, HGTV, MSN, Reader's Digest, Real Simple, and an ever-growing library of radio and TV clips.

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