kitchen gadgets

Weber’s new gas smart grills put the perfect steak an app-tap away

Weber’s new gas smart grills put the perfect steak an app-tap away

Weber is baking smart grilling tech into its gas grill models, expanding the Weber Connect system which allows cooks to remotely monitor and control how their meal is progressing. The new models - which see the connectivity added to Weber's popular Genesis and Spirit lines - tap the June smart oven technology which the companies first collaborated on, and which Weber subsequently brought in-house this year when it acquired June.

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Weber buys June to bring smart oven tech in-house

Weber buys June to bring smart oven tech in-house

Weber has acquired June, with the grilling icon eating up the smart oven startup that it previously collaborated with. The deal - terms of which have not been disclosed - will see June continue to offer its connected multi-purpose ovens, which boast convection, air fryer, grill, broiling, and slow cooking from one device, among other talents.

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Samsung reveals smarter Family Hub fridge and a robo-vac that thinks it’s a guard dog

Samsung reveals smarter Family Hub fridge and a robo-vac that thinks it’s a guard dog

Samsung's big Galaxy S21 launch may be coming later this week, but it's home appliances which are getting their moment in the spotlight today. Fresh for CES 2021 are updates in the kitchen, the laundry room, and roving the floors in the shape of a new, smarter robotic vacuum cleaner.

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LG InstaView refrigerators get voice-controlled doors for 2021

LG InstaView refrigerators get voice-controlled doors for 2021

The list of kitchen appliances you can talk to (and reasonably expect some sort of response) gets longer, with LG's newest - and fanciest - refrigerators adding voice-controlled door opening among other features. The revamped LG InstaView Door-in-Door range will make its debut at the fully-virtual CES 2021 in just a couple of weeks time, aiming to make restocking the fridge a little easier when your arms are full.

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Espro Bloom Review – A faster pour over coffee maker

Espro Bloom Review – A faster pour over coffee maker

For those getting started with coffee, pour over is arguably the easiest route. You can get a cheap plastic cone for a few dollars, filter papers are similarly inexpensive, and then all you need is coffee and a way of boiling water. It's not to say you can't go deeper down the rabbit hole and make things more complex, but in terms of taking beans and making a brew from them it's one of the most straightforward.

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Xbox Series X Fridge (and mini-fridge) made semi-real

Xbox Series X Fridge (and mini-fridge) made semi-real

The Xbox Series X Fridge is a full-sized refrigerator that looks like an Xbox Series X. Revealed just a few days ago as a meme made into a real product, the full-sized fridge was produced in a run of three, one of which was part of a contest. Now there's interest enough in a mini-fridge that also looks like an Xbox Series X, interest enough for an actual product you'll be able to purchase from Microsoft.

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The creators of the Instant Pot made a 2-in-1 coffee machine

The creators of the Instant Pot made a 2-in-1 coffee machine

Your Instant Pot is getting some caffeinated company in the kitchen, with a new appliance focusing on pod coffee hoping to earn a spot on the countertop. The Instant Pod doesn't use its own type of coffee pods, but instead promises compatibility with both K-Cup and Nespresso capsules.

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Anova Precision Oven aims to make steam combi cooking affordable

Anova Precision Oven aims to make steam combi cooking affordable

Anova may be best known for its home sous-vide devices, but the company has a new countertop combi oven that aims to make steam cooking mass-market. The Anova Precision Oven looks at first glance like a microwave but, thanks to a water tank on the side and a bevy of temperature probes, it actually cooks in a very different way.

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Mellow sous-vide owners get unwelcome subscription surprise

Mellow sous-vide owners get unwelcome subscription surprise

Another connected home device is giving owners an unpleasant surprise, with the Mellow sous-vide springing a paid subscription on owners if they want to continue getting access to all the features. Launched in 2014 on Kickstarter, Mellow combined what was still at the time a rare cooking technique with an easy-to-use refrigerated water bath and a recipes app with auto-calculating timers.

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La Marzocco’s espresso machines now have an app

La Marzocco’s espresso machines now have an app

High-end espresso machine maker La Marzocco is bringing its latest home coffee equipment into the IoT world, launching a new app that can remotely connect and control two of its most popular models. The La Marzocco Linea Mini - announced back in 2015 as the most affordable in the range - and the GS3 are each getting a wireless upgrade.

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CookingPal Julia smart cooking system will almost do everything for you

CookingPal Julia smart cooking system will almost do everything for you

Smart devices are invading the kitchen. It started with a tablet that would let you follow step-by-step cooking videos and then reached refrigerators that could see what they store inside. Now CookingPal is taking kitchen intelligence to the next level with Julia, an intelligent autonomous cooking system that will not only suggest meals for you but will almost do all the cooking too. Presuming you have all the ingredients ready, of course.

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Whirlpool’s new Smart Thermometer works with Yummly app

Whirlpool’s new Smart Thermometer works with Yummly app

Whirlpool has launched a new Yummly-branded Smart Thermometer that'll hit the market in coming weeks. With this device, and as you likely anticipate, users can monitor the temperature of their foods in a way that traditional dumb thermometers can't. The Smart Thermometer supports Whirlpool's Yummly mobile app and works with the user's smartphone to deliver food alerts.

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