Who couldn’t use more help in the kitchen? From cooking to control, smart ovens offer aid to even the most accomplished of chefs.
Here are a few of the more intelligent ovens available.
GE sports an entire range of … well, ranges and wall ovens that featuring its WiFi Connect technology, allowing owners to take advantage of the core competency of any connected technology—controlling your oven remotely. Via the GE Appliances Kitchen App, users can pre-heat their oven and change the temperature from anywhere in the world—meaning you can start the cooking process while you’re still at the grocery store. As an additional safety feature, users need to activate the Remote Enable button on their oven before they can control the range from their smart phone. So now when you leave the house, you’ll need to remember to check if the oven is OFF but the remote control is ON.
Price: $1,499 to $3,999, depending on model and features; geappliances.com
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Originally offered as a countertop convection oven, the June Oven has recently expanded into the wall-model market with the June Oven Pro. What remains the same is that the June Oven, in each iteration, is one of the most clever cookers available. Not only does it offer all the remote control capabilities expected of a Wi-Fi-connected oven, the device strives for optimal food preparation—with limited input from the user. Featuring an HD camera, paired with proprietary Food ID technology, the June Oven identifies your meal and implements an Adaptive Preset Cooking program that requires no preheating. The June Oven’s built-in food thermometer ensures that food has reached ideal internal temperature, and automatic software updates keep the convection oven cutting edge. Best of all, the June’s clean controls and simple user interface facilitate cooking with ease.
June Oven: $1,495; June Oven Pro: $1,995; juneoven.com
This stylish range, which comes in 48-inch and 36-inch models, pairs professional oven technology with a pretty face. But the Discover iQ’s tech isn’t confined purely to the realm of the culinary. The Wi-Fi-connected range can be controlled remotely and monitored via the Dacor iQ app and comes equipped with a 7-inch LCD control panel that doubles as a web-browsing touchscreen monitor—allowing users to read recipes, view cooking tutorials or simply watch the latest episode of the “Great British Bake-Off.” Equally as clever as a built-in monitor, the Discovery iQ allows users to tilt the touch screen for optimal viewing from above.
Locate a dealer at dacor.com for model pricing.
If you want to cede complete control over cooking to a smart oven, Tovala is the countertop cooker for you. Tovala will not only provide you with an intelligent oven, they’ll provide you with the food, too. Tovala owners receive packaged meals prepared by professional chefs, which are then barcode scanned by the device and cooked to perfection. And on the odd occasion that you feel like cooking for yourself, you can still use the Tovala, controlling the oven completely from your smartphone.
Price: $399; Single serving meal plan: $36/week; Double serving meal plan: $72/week; tovala.com
The Jenn-Air series of Wi-Fi-connected wall ovens looks to merge the standard features of smart technology with some of the more intelligent aspects of ovens like the June Oven. Users can exercise complete control over their Jenn-Air remotely—adjusting temperatures and cook times, turning the oven on/off, pre-heating, monitoring cooking status—through an accompanying app, or via voice control by pairing the oven with Amazon’s Alexa. However, Jenn-Air ovens will also try to help you prepare the best meal possible. Offer your specific meal preferences to the Jenn-Air’s built-in Culinary Center, and the oven will offer doneness levels, preferred pan-types and full-color pictures of prepared meals—essentially offering custom tips for the menu you are building. Better still, the Jenn-Air connected wall oven series can be paired with your Nest thermostat and alert you when you’ve accidentally left the oven on, or automatically adjust the temperature in the kitchen while you’re cooking.
Price: $3,599 to $5,199, depending on model; jennair.com
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