How to Build a Smart Kitchen

Smart kitchens aren’t just for the rich. Find smart cookware and connected appliances for any budget.
Under $50
Uutensil Stirr
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    Automatic pot stirring
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    3 speeds
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    Battery-powered
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Inkbird Wifi Sous Vide
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    Precision cooker
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    Mobile app
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    Digital interface
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Instant Pot Pro
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    10-in-1 pressure cooker
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    28 cooking programs
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    6 quarts
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Delta Essa VoiceIQ
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    Pours specific amounts
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    Voice controls
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    Touch activation

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



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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 a smart device connects to other tech, it's easy to control remotely via a phone app or a smart home platform like Amazon Alexa or Google 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 also threw in a few innovative gadgets to make your life easier without a wireless connection.

2. Identify what you need (and want)

Once 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 a smart speaker or smart display to add voice control to your gadgets.
  • You can go big with a voice-controlled faucet and a custom and high-tech connected oven.
  • You can start smaller—test the waters with a few affordable smart gadgets and see where it goes from there.
  • You can opt for the best of both worlds—mixing a few pricier smart appliances (like a coffee maker or slow cooker) with some budget-friendly smart devices.

3. Start shopping

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



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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 security and home automation. They have experts that can work with you over the phone or do an in-home consultation.

Smart kitchen gadgets under $50

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 $50.

Product
Price*
Best
Better
Good
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Best for multi-tasking
Uutensil Stirr
Automatically stirs your pot3 speedsBattery-powered
Best for cooking meat
ThermoPro Meat Thermometer
Monitors grill and smoker temps via smartphone2 probesBuilt-in Bluetooth
Best for midnight cravings
Zeroll 1020 Original Ice Cream Scoop
Your body heat warm ups the scoopCommercial-strength aluminum alloyErgonomic handle

*Amazon.com list price as of 09/10/2021 at 12:41 p.m. (MT). Read full disclaimer.

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 water bottles 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
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Best
Better
Good
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Best for not burning food
Inkbird Wifi
Sous Vide
Programmable precision cookerMobile appDigital interface
Best for blurry mornings
Hamilton Beach Smart Coffee Maker
Works with Amazon AlexaCustom temperature controlsMakes 12 cups
Best for hydrating
Hidrate Spark 3 Smart Water Bottle
Reminds you to drink Tracks water intakeBluetooth sync via free app

*Amazon.com list price as of 09/10/2021 at 12:41 p.m. (MT). Read full disclaimer.

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.

Product
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Good
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Best for busy people
Instant Pot Pro
10-in-1 pressure cooker28 cooking programs6 quarts
Best for busy people
Anova Culinary Precision Cooker
Hands-off sous vide cooking Anova app has tons of recipesCooking notifications
Best for connecting
Echo Show 10
(3rd gen)
Screen follows you for better video chat and recipe guidance Ask Alexa to set timers and add to your shopping list10.1 in. touchscreen

*Amazon.com list price as of 09/10/2021 at 12:41 p.m. (MT). Read full disclaimer.

Smart Kitchen Splurges

Now we’re diving into the deep end—these are the coolest connected appliances and fixtures that will truly transform your “dumb” kitchen into a smart one. These devices, like a smart oven, robot vacuum, and smart faucet help 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 a high-end smart appliance to your current kitchen. You don’t have to build out a brand-new connected kitchen remodel to take advantage of these features.

Product
Price*
Best
Better
Good
Learn more
Best for turning on water with your voice
Delta Essa VoiceIQ Smart Faucet
Pours specific amountsAlexa and Google voice controlsTouch activation
Best for keeping things clean
iRobot Roomba i7+ Robot Vacuum
Empties itself for up to 60 daysAlexa and Google voice controlsSmart navigation
Best for perfect pizza crust
Breville Smart Oven ProBreville Smart Oven Air
Convection oven for even heat distribution13 smart cooking functionsWarming option keeps meals hot

*Amazon.com list price as of 09/10/2021 at 12:41 p.m. (MT). Read full disclaimer.

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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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