Best Gadgets for Home Cooks

Product Use case Rating
Anova Precision Cooker Best Sous Vide Machine 9
iGrill2 Complete Master Kit Best for Grill Masters N/A
Drop scale Best for Bakers N/A
Instant Pot Ultra Best Pressure Cooker N/A
2-in-1 Kitchen Mount Stand for 7-13 Inch Tablets Best iPad Stand N/A
CyberQ Cloud Best for Barbecue 7

Like it has everywhere else, "smart" technology has infiltrated the kitchen, but in a way that will only make what you create taste sweeter. These gadgets will help novice and experienced cooks boost their skills, help coffee addicts find that perfect cup, and help beer makers brew the best batch ever.

Smart Kitchen News

  • Illy's new Y5 Espresso and Coffee Machine ($299) has Amazon's Dash Replenishment system built in, so it can automatically order you new coffee pods when it senses you're running out. A companion app (Android and iOS) also lets you customize your brews and schedule when the machine makes coffee.
  • You'll soon be able to control major appliances using Alexa. Amazon announced that it will be adding cooking capabilities into its Smart Home API, so that you'll be able to say such things as “Alexa, microwave for 50 seconds on high.” However, this technology also has to be built into the connected appliances too; Whirlpool has already created a skill for its connected microwaves, and GE, Kenmore, LG, and Samsung are working on integrating Alexa, too.

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  • Pokes28
    Better than the iGrill is the Tappecue. Costs a bit more, but it is a better unit. I've tried both and much prefer the Tappecue unit. They came out with a new unit a few months ago which is the one that I waited to purchase. It uses wifi for connectivity instead of bluetooth. That means that I now have the ability to monitor what is going on inside my smoker when I'm at work or out running errands. Setup is easy and the accuracy seems better than the iGrill. Now, don't get me wrong, I'm not saying the iGrill is bad. It is still a fine piece of equipment. I just prefer the other because it gives me the freedom to have my phone more than 30' (bluetooth distance) away from the thermometer to see what is going on.

    I'm not posting the link to their site (though logic will get you there) as I'm not paid to promote their product.
  • mprospero
    Thanks for the tip - We'll have to check it out.