Smart kitchen gadgets are designed for those looking to make the process of cooking, cleaning and preparing food an easier, more efficient process.
Wo, whether you're running a busy household on limited time and could benefit from streamlining some of the more monotonous tasks; you like the idea of home cooked food, but find yourself relying on Deliveroo after a long day; or you're a smart home convert wondering how else technology could improve day-to-day life, these top picks will be right up your street: they're all affordable, useful and designed to make life that little bit easier.
Covering everything from slow cookers and smart coffee machine, to smart fridges, washing machines and dishwashers, we've put together a list of the best smart kitchen gadgets, with the help of TechRadar's James Peckham, so that you can upgrade the way you cook and eat.
If you've found this guide handy, head over to The Hub, our home page for all things smart home tech advice, information and unbiased reviews. Then, check out James' pick of the best smart home tech for your whole house.
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Our round up includes big ticket buys, like the best smart washing machine, below, right through to more affordable smart kitchen gadgets that might not be absolutely vital to the functioning of your kitchen, but will help make it smarter.
1. Best smart washing machine: LG FH4G1BCS2 FREESTANDING WASHING MACHINE
Our top rated washing machine, the LG FH4G1BCS2 offers a faster, more powerful wash in a shorter amount of time, making it a handy addition to a busy, family kitchen. Plus, it has handy smart capabilities designed to make laundry day more efficient. Here's everything you need to know:
Large capacity and efficiency for easy laundry days
Designed with families, bulky items and those who often leave washes until they're long-overdue, in mind, this machine from LG offers a generous 12kg load capacity, without taking up additional space in your kitchen. Plus, it comes with the most efficient A+++ energy rating for peace of mind when it comes to bills and energy use.
Not sure what makes a washing machine smart? Well this machine allows you to manage washing machine cycles, water and electricity consumption from your smartphone, thanks to Smart ThinQ™.
This innovative smart technology not only enables you to avoid returning home to a machine full of damp smelling clothing (yum), but can also troubleshoot any minor issues before they become a bigger problem.
Speed & noise level
Tired of guests mistaking your washing machine for a rocket about to have lift off? This machine will spin your clothes at an impressive 1400 rpm, with a noise level of 71dB on a spin and 52dB during a wash – a pretty average noise level, all things considered.
Reduced water consumption
If, like us, you're concerned about reducing your water consumption, we think you'll be encouraged by the following information.
Thanks to its use of steam particles, which penetrate fabrics more effectively than water droplets to wash your clothes, this machine requires a reduced rate of water consumption in order to function effectively. In addition to positive environmental impacts, this can also be helpful in reducing bills as wash times can be reduced to as little as 49 minutes.
This technology, when used in conjunction with the specialised Turbowash setting, can reduce energy consumption by up to 15 per cent and water consumption by up to 40 per cent. We approve.
LG’s TrueSteam technology is also great for allergy sufferers and those with sensitive skin. There’s also a function called 'Pause & Add Items', which will release the door within three seconds, so you can add to the wash through the main door. Odd sock on the floor, sorted.
Looking for more information on the best washing machine? Head over to our specialist buying guide. Not totally convinced? Browse our feature: what is a smart washing machine and do I need one?
2. Best smart fridge: SAMSUNG RF56M9540SR FAMILY HUB SMART FRIDGE FREEZER
Samsung has been one of the biggest brands in smart fridges, and the Family Hub Fridge, as it's know, is now in its fourth generation. Here's everything you need to know about it:
Interactive touch screen
Featuring an impressively large 21.5in screen on its fridge door – which acts like a super-sized tablet – this smart fridge offers users access to apps such as AllRecipes for recipe inspiration and Groceries By Mastercard for shopping orders.
It's also possible to use the interactive screen as a large whiteboard, so you can leave messages for the family if necessary. Plus, it can even mirror a Samsung TV so you can enjoy having a boxset on in the background, while cooking dinner.
Perfect for those who tend to forget what they have – or haven't – for in the fridge, this model comes with three cameras inside.
So, you can keep an eye on the food in your fridge, as well as making use of programmable freshness reminders and remote temperature controls designed to keep your food at its best, for longer.
Samsung uses its own smart assistant – Bixby – here. While it might not be quite as advanced as Alexa or Google Assistant, it's certainly getting better, and offers an ever-increasing range of apps that can be accessed by voice.
Aside from its impressive range of smart features, this model has plenty to shout about as a fridge, too. With an impressive 550ltr capacity across the fridge and freezer, and a front-mounted water and ice dispenser, it's sure to satisfy all of your refrigeration need, and more.
Browse our pick of the best fridges to compare all of the best options, currently available. Then, for more information, when it comes to smart fridges, browse our guide: what is a smart fridge and do I need one?
3. Best smart oven: Hoover Vision
Designed to make the cooking process easier and more efficient, the Hoover Vision is our top pick when it comes to smart ovens. Here's everything you need to know about it:
Built-in HD camera
The smartest offering from Hoover, to date, the Vision – as its name might suggest – is designed with a built-in HD camera that allows users to check that's going on inside, without having to open the door. Want to avoid a soggy bottom (Bake Off references, anyone?) this is a handy feature to have in your arsenal.
Large, 19-inch touchscreen
Thanks to a large touchscreen, designers have foregone the need for buttons or dials with this model. Instead, 10 oven functions are easily controlled via touchscreen.
In addition to controlling your oven, this feature also doubles as a mini TV for watching step-by-step video recipes, browsing social media or even catching up with the news headlines – or your favourite box set – while you cook.
Connect to your smartphone
What makes this oven smart is its ability to connect, seamlessly, to Hoover's connected app: Hoover Wizard. This handy feature offers remote control of temperatures and settings, as well as cooking notifications for those who have a tendency to forget that they put something in the oven.
In addition to its impressive smart features, the Hoover Vision provides 80 litres of cooking space, meaning that this is an oven fit for a large family.
Want to learn more about smart ovens? Browse our handy guide: what is a smart oven and do I need one?
4. Best smart coffee machine: MELITTA BARISTA SMART TS F85/0-102
If you're looking for a bean to cup coffee machine that also has smart capabilities, the Melitta Barista Smart TS offers everything you'd expect, and more. Here's everything you need to know about it:
High quality coffee
Smart features aside, what you really want from a coffee machine is, well, it's ability to make coffee. So, let's get straight to it: the espressos and cappuccinos on offer are are spot on. Whatever your preference, you're sure to find something that suits with 21 pre-programmed coffee recipes at your disposal.
Those who are really into grinding coffee beans will be happy to know that the integrated grinder is quiet when operating, so there's no need to worry about waking your kids – or your partner – while getting your caffeine fix.
Plus, as with most models of this type, there's also an option to use pre-ground coffee. Talking of choice, the coffee bean hopper can hold two different coffee bean types, ideal if you're not a one-taste drinker.
Control your coffee machine from your smartphone
Now, onto the smart features. As you might expect, it's possible to control this coffee machine from your smartphone, which is super handy if you like the idea of arriving home to a pre-prepared coffee.
Plus, it's easy to save your favourite coffee choices, so you can rest assured that you'll always get the cup you want.
My Coffee memory function
If you like having friends over for coffee, or have a large, coffee-consuming family, you might also benefit from the My Coffee Memory function, which saves the coffee preferences of up to eight people, and four pre-programmed classic specialities: espresso, cafe creme, cappuccino and latte macchiato.
Find more of the best coffee machines, smart or not, in our handy guide.
5. Best smart speaker for your kitchen: Amazon Echo Show 5
When it comes to smart assistants, the Amazon Echo Show is the perfect addition to your kitchen, as it lets you play music, watch videos and look up recipes while your hands are covered in ingredients. Here are some more of our favourite features:
Alexa is built-in here, so you can ask the voice assistant to play your favourite album or radio station, while it displays the recipe you’re working on within the screen. Plus, you can skip to the next step whenever your hands aren't free.
Order food and other kitchen essentials
Perfect for those running busy households, with limited time, this latest offering from Amazon allows users to order new provisions – that could be anything from food to cleaning essentials – using voice control.
If you're guilty of losing track of time, when it comes to cooking, Alexa will allow you to set up timers.
Connect to a large smart kitchen set-up
The beauty of opting for a smart assistant from Amazon is that it's capable of connecting to a wider smart home set-up. So, whether you're anticipating investing in a smart coffee machine, smart fridge, smart oven (or whatever they come up with next) in the near future, opting for Alexa as your assistant is a great way of ensuring ease in the long run.
Factors worth considering
The audio quality isn’t going to blow you away, but it’s enough needed to see you through serving up masterpieces.
6. Best smart cooking gadget: Crock-Pot Wemo smart slow cooker
While smart cooking equipment can vary in its practicality, one item that's sure to make daily life more efficient is the Crock-Pot Wemo Smart Slow Cooker. Here's everything you need to know about it:
Connect to your smartphone
Working much like a normal slow cooker, this model has three different heat settings and also connects to your smartphone so you can play with the temperature and cooking modes even when you’re at work or away from home.
Start cooking when it suits you
If you have a recipe to follow that won’t take the whole day, you can put everything into the slow cooker ready to go and mid-way through the day hit the switch in the app and be safe in the knowledge your dinner has just started cooking.
And turn everything off if your plans change
The app is particularly useful to turn the cooker off – or at least down – if you don’t think you’re going to be home in time for dinner.
Browse our pick of the best cookers for hearty, healthy meals to find an option that best suits your requirements.