Is your kitchen smart?

I’m starting to think about replacing a 25 year old electric range with coil burners for something new, probably with a glass-top stove. I keep finding myself interested in the models that advertise WiFi connectivity… though I’m not sure how much use I’d get out of it!

For one thing, I can’t quite be certain there’s any control of the stove top via WiFi. The models I’ve looked at all seems to support only oven control over WiFi. Am I missing something? I kinda want to be able to look at an app to make sure none of the burners are on!

Anyone have a smart range or other smart appliances, and if so, how much use do you get out of the smart features?

I have no opinion about the WiFi connectivity, but you might want to consider an induction stove, to minimize the carbon footprint of your cooking.

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My kitchen is dumb. Generally, I’m not in a hurry to connect my appliances to the “Internet of Things”.

I suppose remote oven control would be good but would want stove top control as well. Your topic has led me to discover it’s possible to make dumb stoves (I realize this is not your application) smarter:

There’s still no remote control of the stove top but remote notifications may appeal to those with forgetful seniors (or others) in the household.

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Thanks @psteckler,

I had not even considered an induction stovetop, but now that I’ve looked into it I really like the idea. I don’t think the carbon offset will be truly significant given my age and the limited amount of cooking I do (especially once you factor in the new set of pots and pans I’ll need) but I really like the idea that the burners don’t get hot. I may even sacrifice the idea of WiFi connectivity to stay in budget.

I have a gas stove in my current rental apartment, which offends my sense of environmental responsibility.

I’m hoping to buy a place in Washington state, where electricity is often hydro, and an induction stove sounds like a good idea.

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They sell countertop induction burners if you wanted to dip your toes in before going all out, could test your existing cookware this way as well. (If a magnet will stick to the bottom of your cookware it should work). Only downside is they are half the power of the burners in a induction stove.

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I have a dumb induction range, about two years old. It works great with my cast iron pans. My favorite feature besides instant heat is that if the pan is off the range, the stove turns off. No internet required.

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You can test your current pans by placing a magnet on the bottom (underneath)!of each one. If the magnet sticks, it will work fine.

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The New York Times reviewed these countertop units and recommended this one:

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Yeah, the one I linked was the more basic model from that brand. That ones a bit more fancy. :+1: