Looking for new ways to heat your meat? CES has got you covered. At the tech industry's largest trade show, we've come across a number of new gadgets that will let you sear, smoke, and sauté your sirloin.
Here's a little look at each of the new smart cooking gadgets we've seen — including a device that will cook a steak in 90 seconds — and when they'll be available for you to check out. And yes, some of them even use AI.
Be sure to check out our Best of CES 2024 award winners to see the 23 best gadgets of the show.
Weber Summit Smart Gas Grill
Time to clear out some more room in your backyard. The Weber Summit Smart Gas Grill has some pretty fancy features, starting with an infrared broiler on the top of the grill that lets you more easily sear food without having to flip it over.
It has a five-burner setup that’s digitally controlled, so you can adjust the temperature from the grill itself (it has a huge color display) or from the Weber app. As a neat safety feature, the grill monitors the output from all five burners, so if one goes out, the grill will try to restart it three times; if that fails, it will shut off the gas supply to that burner.
The grill can automatically adjust the intensity of the burners to maintain a desired temperature, and will show you on its display where to best place food for direct and indirect grilling.
The Summit Smart Gas Grill will start at $3,899, and will be available this spring.
GE Smart Indoor Smoker
Shortly before CES, we got a chance to check out the GE Smart Indoor Smoker, which lets you barbecue ribs and other meats using wood pellets. However, this electric smoker can be used indoors, which means you don't have to run out to your Traeger or Big Green Egg in the middle of the night or during a rainstorm to check on your cook.
The GE Smart Indoor Smoker recently went on sale for $999. While it's not nearly as big as a traditional smoker — you'd have to cut a brisket into three or four pieces to get it inside — it still takes up a fair amount of space, so this might be best set up in the garage or your man cave.
Current Electric Grill
The most traditional of all the cooking gadgets we saw was the Current grill, an electric, connected grill that's meant to be used outside. Instead of propane, it has two electric heating elements that can be controlled via a central knob, or via the Current app. Current's app will also suggest cooking times based on what you tell it is on the grill, and four temperature probes help ensure that you're not turning that burger into a hockey puck.
The Current grill can get up to 700 degrees Fahrenheit — hot enough to get a good sear on your steak. We liked how easy it was to use the Current's control knob, and while it's not the biggest grill (330 square inches of space), it looks to be a good option for those who don't want to mess with propane or charcoal. The Current grill will go on sale in February, and starts at $799 for a single-zone griddle, or $899 for the dual-zone model.
Revolution Macrowave oven
Revolution's Macrowave Oven (see what it did there?) is similar to some smart ovens we've seen in the past, like the June smart oven and the Brava. This all-in-one device can take the place of a traditional microwave, toaster oven and air fryer, using a proprietary heating element — the same as used in the company's $350 touchscreen toaster (yes, you read that right).
A touchscreen on the right side of the oven lets you select from a wide range of pre-set food items, though you can manually adjust the time and temperature as you see fit. Pricing and availability have not yet been announced, but a company representative said to look for it by the end of the year.
Seer Grill Perfecta
The most advanced — and probably the most preposterous — of the smart cookers we saw was the Seer Grill Perfecta. This grill uses AI to analyze whatever it is you put in it, and then moves two super-hot heating elements (up to 1625 degrees F) back and forth to cook food in a fraction of the time it would normally take. For example, the company says it can cook a steak in as little as 90 seconds.
The Perfecta requires both electricity and propane; the entire contraption is made of stainless steel and ceramic glass, and can be used outdoors. The Perfecta won't be available until the fourth quarter of 2024, but you can reserve one now; you'll just have to fork over $3,500 when it ships. For that price, you could take more than a few trips to Peter Luger's.
Check out our CES 2024 hub for all the latest news from the show as it happens. Follow the Tom’s Guide team in Las Vegas as we cover everything AI, as well as the best new TVs, laptops, fitness gear, wearables and smart home gadgets at the show.
And be sure to check out the Tom's Guide TikTok channel for all the newest videos from CES!
More from Tom's Guide
Get the BEST of Tom’s Guide daily right in your inbox: Sign up now!
Upgrade your life with the Tom’s Guide newsletter. Subscribe now for a daily dose of the biggest tech news, lifestyle hacks and hottest deals. Elevate your everyday with our curated analysis and be the first to know about cutting-edge gadgets.
Michael A. Prospero is the U.S. Editor-in-Chief for Tom’s Guide. He oversees all evergreen content and oversees the Homes, Smart Home, and Fitness/Wearables categories for the site. In his spare time, he also tests out the latest drones, electric scooters, and smart home gadgets, such as video doorbells. Before his tenure at Tom's Guide, he was the Reviews Editor for Laptop Magazine, a reporter at Fast Company, the Times of Trenton, and, many eons back, an intern at George magazine. He received his undergraduate degree from Boston College, where he worked on the campus newspaper The Heights, and then attended the Columbia University school of Journalism. When he’s not testing out the latest running watch, electric scooter, or skiing or training for a marathon, he’s probably using the latest sous vide machine, smoker, or pizza oven, to the delight — or chagrin — of his family.