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.
How to Build a Smart Kitchen
Start building your smart kitchen
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.
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!
Smart kitchen ideas for every budget
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.
|Best for multi-tasking||$33.95||Automatically stirs your pot||3 speeds||Battery-powered||View on Amaozn|
|Best for cooking meat||$39.99||Monitors grill and smoker temps via smartphone||2 probes||Built-in Bluetooth||View on Amazon|
|Best for midnight cravings||$19.95||Your body heat warm ups the scoop||Commercial-strength aluminum alloy||Ergonomic handle||View on Amazon|
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.
|Best for not burning food||$80.99||Programmable precision cooker||Mobile app||Digital interface||View on Amazon|
|Best for blurry mornings||$99.99||Works with Amazon Alexa||Custom temperature controls||Makes 12 cups||View on Amazon|
|Best for hydrating||$59.95||Reminds you to drink||Tracks water intake||Bluetooth sync via free app||View on Amazon|
|Best for busy people||$129.99||10-in-1 pressure cooker||28 cooking programs||6 quarts||View on Amazon|
|Best for busy people||$199.00||Hands-off sous vide cooking||Anova app has tons of recipes||Cooking notifications||View on Amazon|
|Best for connecting||$249.99||Screen follows you for better video chat and recipe guidance||Ask Alexa to set timers and add to your shopping list||10.1 in. touchscreen||View on Amazon|
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.
|Best for turning on water with your voice||$481.99||Pours specific amounts||Alexa and Google voice controls||Touch activation||View on Amazon|
|Best for keeping things clean||$799.00||Empties itself for up to 60 days||Alexa and Google voice controls||Smart navigation||View on Amazon|
|Best for perfect pizza crust||$499.95||Convection oven for even heat distribution||13 smart cooking functions||Warming option keeps meals hot||View on Amazon|
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