Here, the Top 20 Smart Kitchen Appliances Worth Checking Out

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Many of today's hardest working kitchen appliances are now equipped with Bluetooth technology and can seamlessly connect to smart phones and tablets, taking convenience, control, and multitasking to the next level. Think motion and voice-activation and the ability to automate and control cooking times from afar. These smart devices also store information about your personal preferences, such as how well-done you like your food and how many ounces of water you regularly add to your water bottle. And the best part: You don't need to be a gadget guru to take advantage of everything these smart appliances have to offer.

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Although smart kitchen appliances tend to cost more than their non-smart counterparts, many of them (like refrigerators, dishwashers, and washing machines) can save you money in the long run when you factor in energy and water usage. Additionally, they offer state-of-the-art flexibility. Refrigerators can change cooling systems, allowing them to function as either freezers or refrigerators, and smart ovens can pull double duty as air fryers or slow cookers. Plus, if you're into more of a futuristic look, smart appliances take the cake.

Despite the promise of streamlining everyday culinary tasks, smart kitchen appliances are not without flaws. For example, if they break, they're generally more costly to repair. There are potential privacy and security risks and the more data they collect, the more there is to lose. Plus, functionality is dependent on a reliable Internet connection and, of course, there's often a learning curve associated with figuring out how to work all of the bells and whistles.

From big ticket buys like refrigerators and dishwashers to countertop models like coffee makers and microwaves, smart kitchen appliances maximize efficiency and free up precious time. Read on to discover which 20 smart kitchen appliances you should consider investing in.

1. TOKIT Smart Mini Rice Cooker, $159.25

Not just another pretty face, this app-controlled pint-sized rice cooker makes up to six bowls of fluffy rice and comes in four appealing pastel hues. An electric plate maintains a steady temperature.

2. Meater PLUS with Bluetooth Repeater, $99

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This wireless meat thermometer takes meal planing to the next level by accurately estimating how long it will take for food to cook and rest. Plus, it also allows you the freedom to monitor your meat from a distance with the Bluetooth on your phone or tablet.

3. GE Smart Countertop Microwave Oven with Scan-to-Cook Technology, $144

This next gen microwave takes the guess work out of cooking times thanks to a unique feature that lets you scan the barcode on packaged foods with your smart phone or tablet. It will automatically determine the correct temperature and cooking time, and it can be controlled remotely through Alexa, Google Assistant, or the GE app.

4. LG Signature Smart WiFi Enabled InstaView Door-in-Door Counter-Depth Refrigerator, $7,999

Equipped with a speaker and microphone, this refrigerator analyzes usage patterns and can increase ice making and cooling based on peak usage. The tinted glass panel lightens with two knocks so you can peak inside without opening the doors — preserving freshness and energy. And, if that wasn't enough, the doors open on command, which will come in handy when your hands are full.

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5. Kohler Sensate Voice-Activated Kitchen Faucet, $950

Kohler's Sensate faucet is both voice-activated and motion triggered, allowing you to turn it on with the wave of a hand or by command. It dispenses specified amounts of water and works with the Kohler Konnect app so you can monitor water flow and be notified of unusual usage. Sure, it isn't technically an appliance, but if you're looking to add convenience to your cook space, adding a smart faucet is a step in the right direction.

6. Anova Precision Cooker, $199

Master perfectly tender protein and make it look easy with a state of the art precision cooker. It cooks food sous vide (that's French for under vaccum) — meaning it's been vacuum sealed (sold separately, see below) in individual packets and then placed in a temperature controlled water bath for restaurant quality precision.

7. NutriChef Vacuum Sealer, $53.99

Vacuum sealing food locks in freshness before you freeze it and creates uniformity to keep your freezer looking organized. And bonus: It's also a prerequisite for those popular precision cookers. This version has two sealing options — a dry indication for solid food and moist for food that will be poached, simmered, or steamed sous vide.

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8. Instant Pot Smart Wifi Multi-Use Pressure Cooker, $149.99

It's hard to improve upon perfection, but Instant Pot outdid itself with an upgraded smart version of its crowd pleasing pressure cooker. WiFi connectivity enables smartphone pairing for remote monitoring, and the mobile app delivers more than 1,000 preprogrammed recipes for no-brainer cooking ideas. It also has a delay start function so you can prepare meals in advance. Dinner is served!

9. Nespresso by De'Longhi Espresso Maker, $379

Coffee is serious business and the technology in this smart coffee maker is picture-perfect proof. It lets you personalize your cup of joe, easily reorder and manage capsule stock, alter cup size settings, schedule a brew time, and even brew remotely all in one handsome machine.

10. Amazon Smart Oven Plus Echo Dot, $249.99

Gone are the days when microwaves were simply used to reheat food. Paired with an Echo Dot, Amazon's multifunctional smart microwave is also a convection oven, food warmer, and air fryer all in one. And to top it off, it also comes with with Alexa, naturally.

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11. Etekcity Smart Food Nutrition Scale, $29.99

Fortify good eating habits with a smart-enabled scale. This one syncs with fitness apps and automatically inputs data like calories, vitamins, and minerals with Fitbit and Apple health.

12. VOBAGA Coffee Mug Warmer, $23.97

Savor your morning cup of joe (and keep it warm) all day with a mug and warming disc set. This particular set is equipped with automatic shut-off and comes in several mood boosting colors.

13. Revolution Cooking InstaGLO R180 Toaster Hi-Speed 2-Slice Dual Touchscreen Toaster, $299.99

Whether you prefer your carbs barely toasted or with a hint of char, this smart toaster (the first on the market) will deliver every time. A touchscreen allows you to select the desired darkness based on pictures and alerts you when it's finished.

14. Cafe 24-inch Top Control Smart Built-in Tall Tub Dishwasher, $1,519

With a smart dishwasher like this one, you never have to worry about being stranded with a dishwasher full of dirty dishes and no soap. This efficient machines allows you to operate ​and​ reorder detergent right from your smartphone.

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15. COSORI Smart WiFi Air Fryer, $119.99

Air fryers are all the rage and for good reason — they impart a desired crispy texture to veggies and protein that previously could only be obtained by using an abundance of oil. This one has 13 cooking functions, is virtual assistant-operated, and WiFi-enabled so you can control it with your voice or mobile device.

16. Samsung Flex Duo Front Control Slide-in Electric Range with Smart Dial, $2,519.99

Simplify cooking with a WiFi connecting and voice-enabled oven that allows you to reheat, monitor, and adjust cook time and temperature with help from one of several virtual assistants, including Alexa and Google. Use the full stove, or split it into two separate smaller ovens for maximum efficiency — this one intuitively learns based on your cooking preferences.

17. Thermomix TM6, $1,499

You'll pay a premium for some smart technology like this multifunctional, one-pot wonder that basically allows you to do it all, including blend, ferment, sous-vide, cook rice, boil water, and slow cook. ​Women's Health​ magazine voted the Thermomix® TM6™ the best all-in-one, time-saving kitchen appliance in their Healthy Cooking Awards.

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18. GE Profile 30-inch Smart Appliance 600 CFM Convertible Under Cabinet with WiFi, $1,079.10

The GE Kitchen Hub is a 30-inch, two-in-one touchscreen and ventilation system that serves as a connected hub for your kitchen and home, enabling you to control all of your GE appliances from this giant tablet. Two cameras allow you to video chat while you cook, access recipes, music, movies and social media through voice-command capabilities via Google Assistant.

19. Uncommon Goods Automatic Pan Stirrer with Timer, $25

Love the taste of slowly cooked sauces and French style eggs, but don't have the time (or patience) to stand next to your stove constantly stirring them? This battery-operated automated pan stirrer takes "hands free" to the next level and operates on a timer so it can do the busy work for you.

20. FirstBuild Store Opal Countertop Nugget Ice Maker, $1,200

If you want ice (and lots of it) on demand, this powerful countertop ice maker is the appliance for you. It doesn't require a water hook-up and produces up to 24 pounds of ice per day — not to mention, it senses when the bin is full, so it won't overfill. And, it's also Bluetooth equipped, so you can arrange your ice making schedule right from your phone using the free FirstBuild app.

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Jaclyn Schatzow is a freelance writer living in Santa Monica, CA