Kitchen gadgets: 10 best smart tech buys for 2021
Give your kitchen an intelligence upgrade by investing in the latest gadgets and smart tech.
The latest appliances and accessories for the kitchen all have one thing in common – smart features and integrated tech designed to make your life easier. We’ve picked 10 of the best kitchen gadgets for 2021 to upgrade your cooking space.
Amazon’s all-new Echo Show 10 is a complete reimagination of Alexa with a 10 inch screen and adaptive HD display that moves as you do, perfect for following recipes or keeping up with your favourite shows while you cook. It also lets you securely access a live feed from another Echo Show device or the Alexa app so you can remotely zoom in or pan to see the whole room
With De’Longhi’s PrimaDonna ECAM610.75.MB connected bean-to-cup coffee machine, you can make your favourite brew using your smartphone as well as customise and save recipes via the Coffee Link app. It also comes with a descaling programme for easy cleaning, makes two cups at the same time and saves settings for next time.
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Beko’s UV cleaning cabinet uses UV light technology to clean things like packaged goods from supermarkets, baby bottles, plastic bags… even keys, phones and wallets in a 20-40 minute cycle with no damage to the objects. It has a touch display, it’s portable and eliminates more than 99% of bacteria and viruses. Could this gadget be a staple in the post-Covid-19 home?
The Bosch American side-by-side KAD92HBFP fridge freezer features Home Connect with a camera inside so you can see what you’ve run out of, reducing food waste. Available at Benchmarx Kitchens, it also comes with remote monitoring and control with Wi-Fi connectivity as well as an illuminated water and ice dispenser and VitaFresh plus to keep ingredients fresher for longer.
Say goodbye to dry, overcooked or undercooked meat and fish with Meater+ gadget, the wireless smart thermometer perfect for Sunday roasts and summer BBQs. Simply connect it to your smartphone or tablet and it will provide estimated cooking times, monitor the meat or fish while it’s cooking and send an alert when it’s ready.
Quooker’s Flex is a 100˚C boiling water and mixer tap in one, which comes in a sleek black finish and has a flexible pull-out hose, ideal for rinsing vegetables and washing-up. Combine it with the Quooker CUBE and it will also dispense chilled sparkling and filtered water, too.
VIVOscreen connected ovens from Smeg are part of a new smart cooking range that includes the SFP6606WTPNR pyrolytic model in black, which can save up to 64 personal recipes and comes with 100 automatic recipes, Multi Step, Rapid Pre-Heating and Instant Go functions, all of which can be controlled from the SmegConnect app.
A simplehuman sensor bin with voice and motion control means no touching and no germs, perfect for a hygienic home. The dual compartment design opens automatically when you say ‘open can’, then closes on its own. You can also command it to ‘stay open’ while cooking and it won’t close until you tell it to. It also has a motion sensor that works with a wave of the hand and is great for rubbish and recyclables in one.
Smart light switches from Retrotouch use built-in Wi-Fi to control your lighting and are Alexa and Google Home enabled. Turn lights on remotely for security, avoid touching switches for a germ-free solution and tell them to turn on the kitchen lights when you have your hands full.
Control your laundry via an app using Whirlpool’s 6th SENSE Live® Supreme Care FSCR 12441 washing machine. Change or set the programme, start or stop the appliance and check the progress of your wash, all from your smartphone. It also comes with an Eco-Monitor, which selects the most efficient cycle for the least amount of water and energy.