kitchen gadgets

Instant Pot Ace 60 Cooking Blender launched as a Walmart exclusive

Instant Pot Ace 60 Cooking Blender launched as a Walmart exclusive

Instant Pot saw massive success with its electric pressure cooker on Amazon, but now it's eyeing a different retailer: Walmart. The company has announced a new cooking blender product that it'll make available exclusively through the retailer, requiring brand fans to order one from the retailer's online shop. As with other cooking blenders, the Instant Pot Ace 60 can do more than just blend food.

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I cooked a potato with my voice, and it might be the IoT’s tipping point

I cooked a potato with my voice, and it might be the IoT’s tipping point

Never has the humble potato been so smart - or so readily cooked - as inside the Amazon Basics Microwave. Now blessed with Alexa support, what's probably the strangest product from Amazon's massive gush of connected gadgets today might seem, on the face of it, a gimmick. In reality, though, it's arguably the most important of them all.

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Amazon Basics Microwave with Alexa would be ridiculous if it wasn’t so cheap

Amazon Basics Microwave with Alexa would be ridiculous if it wasn’t so cheap

Amazon is adding Alexa support to one of its most popular microwaves, with the new Amazon Basics Microwave with Alexa now capable of responding to voice commands. It's another sign of Alexa's spread into the kitchen, which Amazon says is one of the most common locations for the virtual assistant to be found.

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Prime Day 2018 serves up Instant Pot and sous-vide deals

Prime Day 2018 serves up Instant Pot and sous-vide deals

Kitchen gadgets used to be the bad punchline to a crowded cupboard joke, but modern updates to electric pressure cookers, sous vides, and more can help them earn space atop the counter. If you've been on the fence about looking beyond the microwave and at some of the geekier options for 21st Century chefs, these Amazon Prime Day deals might be just the nudge you need.

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GE’s Smart Microwave bakes in Alexa support

GE’s Smart Microwave bakes in Alexa support

Kitchen appliances continue to get smarter, and now it's the microwave promising easier cooking and Amazon Alexa integration. The GE Smart Countertop Microwave debuts the company's Scan-to-Cook system, with a companion smartphone app that can identify packaged food and automatically beam the correct power and time instructions to the oven.

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Keurig’s K-Cafe promises espresso-strong coffee from regular pods

Keurig’s K-Cafe promises espresso-strong coffee from regular pods

Keurig's pod coffee may be controversial, but there's no denying it's convenient, and now there's a new K-Café coffee machine for espresso-style drinks. Promising a stronger cup than usual, along with the ability to make lattes and cappuccinos, the new machines don't also require you to change your pods of choice.

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This Mellow sous-vide deal is a half-price geek kitchen dream [Updated]

This Mellow sous-vide deal is a half-price geek kitchen dream [Updated]

Sous-vide isn't quite mainstream yet, but smarter cookers like Mellow are aiming to help it in that direction, which is why it's great to see a solid deal on the geeky appliance. If you've been sleeping on your new fangled kitchen tech, sous-vide involves sealing food inside plastic bags, submerging them into a water bath, and then holding them there are a very precise temperature for extended periods.

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This Rite Press coffee pot takes the mess out of French Press

This Rite Press coffee pot takes the mess out of French Press

Coffee is serious business but, despite plenty of companies trying to bring traditional brewing methods into the 21st century, one has lagged behind: the French Press. The Rite Press aims to change that, though this is no internet-connected, Tweeting and HomeKit-enabled gadget for geekery's own sake. Instead, it's a thoughtful and effective upgrade to one of my favorite ways to make a cup of coffee.

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Tetra countertop dishwasher doubles as a seafood cooker

Tetra countertop dishwasher doubles as a seafood cooker

Many homes contain only two people, making the typical dishwasher you find at appliance stores unnecessarily large. Rather than having a large dishwasher that takes up a bunch of space, Heatworks presents Tetra as a compact solution; it sits on a countertop and plugs into a regular wall outlet, no plumbing necessary. Tetra doesn't just wash dishes, though, also being adequate for sanitizing certain products and even cooking seafood.

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Alexa turns personal chef with oven control

Alexa turns personal chef with oven control

Alexa's tentacles continue to spread through the connected home, with Amazon's voice-controlled assistant now adding cooking capabilities. While you won't be able to ask Alexa for cookies and have a tray of piping-hot chocolate chip emerge from the nearest Echo smart speaker, it will allow manufacturers to bake the the assistant into their upcoming microwaves. Meanwhile, Amazon itself has invested in one smart oven startup.

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Ember Ceramic Smart Mug Review: IoT for your coffee

Ember Ceramic Smart Mug Review: IoT for your coffee

My coffee mug needed a firmware update. Not the usual start to my caffeine-fueled day, no, but a side-effect of Ember's ceramic mug, an app-controlled kitchen addition to the Internet of Things. It's betting on the idea that there are tea and coffee lovers willing to spend eighty bucks on a mug that keeps their addiction-of-choice at just the right temperature.

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Jim Beam smart decanter answers questions and pours whiskey

Jim Beam smart decanter answers questions and pours whiskey

Jim Beam has just unveiled its own Internet of Things device for people who really love bourbon. Called JIM, this smart decanter is able to pour you a glass whenever you ask, as well as answer some questions you may have, assuming they're related to whiskey. The device was launched for pre-order ahead of shipments, but if you're hoping to get one before Christmas, don't get your hopes up.

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