Amid the ongoing Coronavirus-induced lockdown, many of us have honed our cooking skills, even turning into quarantine chefs, given the ample time we have to experiment with new dishes. While ordering takeout is convenient, in the long run, it isn’t the best option for your health or wallet. You can, however, continue your cooking streak even post the lockdown by making the process simpler and faster with smart kitchen appliances.
With these, you can use the power of the internet to reduce the work that goes into preparing a meal. You can use a smartphone app to remotely access your home appliance. Or, you can ask Alexa or Google Assistant to assist you in cooking scrumptious meals. Below are six connected appliances that will turn your kitchen into a smart kitchen.
Smart Cookers, as the name suggests, are meant to make cooking elaborate meals hassle-free. Nutri-Pot from Wonderchef is one such appliance that is described as a ‘personal kitchen robot’. The cooker boasts of multiple modes and 18 preset functions to cook anything from dal/rice to mutton curries.
But a dedicated smartphone app and compatibility with Amazon’s Alexa is what makes it truly smart. The app not only offers multiple recipes, but also lets users programme when to begin cooking. You can also ask Alexa to give you step-by-step recipes crafted by Chef Sanjeev Kapoor.
It is no longer enough for refrigerators to keep your food items fresh. Enter smart refrigerators. Samsung’s range of Family Hub refrigerators let you plan meals, manage lists and schedules, and also stream music or videos. All this can be done on a screen right on the fridge.
You can add additional capabilities by installing apps for viewing online recipes, ordering food, scrolling through photos, listening to music and even booking an Uber. Other brands like LG offer smart refrigerators with built-in sensors. They will sense when you are in front of the fridge and automatically open the door.
These days chimneys are a must in all kitchens to ensure proper ventilation. This is especially necessary since Indian cuisines tend to generate a lot of smoke. While it is easy to find a chimney that fits your budget and space, it is rare to find one that is smart. Hindware’s Optimus iPro is one such smart chimney that comes with a smartphone app.
The app lets you control the chimney from anywhere, and also book a servicing appointment. It also sends out regular alerts to remind you to clean the chimney.
One gadget that is fast becoming a part of many modern kitchens is a smart display. These are small screens with a large speaker at the back, and built-in Alexa or Google Assistant. Choices include the Google Nest Hub or the Lenovo Smart Display among others.
The Mi Smart Water Purifier from Xiaomi is one such example. Apart from featuring a state-of-the-art purifying process, it also comes with a dedicated smartphone app. The app shows real-time data on the quality of your drinking water, and also alerts you when it is time to replace the filters.
A cup of coffee in the morning can be the difference between a good or bad start to a day. But in our hectic lives, there is little to no time to go through a long process of making a fine cuppa. While there are a bunch of coffee makers in the market to help you out, a smart coffee maker is even more hassle-free.
Take the Nescafe É Smart Coffee Maker for example, which is not only ultra-portable but also smart. It looks like a travel mug, which sits on a docking station. Using a Bluetooth-connected phone app you can programme what kind of coffee you want. The smart maker can brew hot or cold coffee.