Countertop Cooking: A Guide to Smart Kitchen Gadgets

Quarantine has led to an increase in home cooking, and if you’re looking to flex your culinary muscles, we have some conveniently sized and incredibly clever kitchen gadgets to help.

Instant Pot Smart Wi-Fi

The current darling of home chefs everywhere, the impossibly versatile Instant Pot allows owners to make myriad meals, from simple favorites to more high-end culinary fare. And the Instant Pot Smart Wi-Fi makes the cooking process even easier. The device’s Wi-FI connectivity enables users to control all of the multicooker’s major functions, from cooking and scheduling to adjusting and monitoring, remotely via their preferred mobile device.

The accompanying Instant Pot app will send notifications at important cooking stages, including when the dish is done, and features hundreds of pre-programmed recipes, making preparing supper as simple as swiping a button.

The six quart multicooker is currently available for $129.


Mellow is the perfect device for anyone who has been tempted to try sous-vide cooking, but was too intimidated to stick their toe in the water. A countertop contraption that looks something like a Brita cooler, or possibly a modern fish tank, Mellow employs the sous-vide style of cooking that is a hallmark of high-end dining establishments around the world. An exacting method of food preparation, sous-vide requires surrounding sealed food with water and creating bubbles (via increased temperatures) to facilitate water circulation and controlled heat.

Mellow makes it about as easy as possible, however. Users place that day’s menu items in Mellow’s self-sealing bags and submerge them in the tank. Using the accompanying app, chefs set the doneness and finish time they want for their dish. Mellow handles the rest, chilling the food to preserve it until it’s time to start cooking, then slowly preparing the dish to meet your programmed end time. Yes, finally, you can get a head start on dinner at 8 in the morning.

Mellow is available for $149.

Cosori Smart 5.8-Quart Air Fryer

A contender for the multicooker’s crown as Most On-Trend kitchen item, air fryers enable users to easily prepare all manner of foods-including classically calorie-heavy items-quickly and with decidedly less fat. And the Smart Air Fryer from Cosori is even more effortless, allowing users to select presets, schedule cook times, and monitor on-going fryings all from their smartphone.

Corsi’s VeSync app also serves as an invaluable cooking companion, with an endless supply of recipes to search and bookmark, and an entire archive of your air fryer cook history so you can easily refer back to favorites.

The Cosori Smart 5.8-Quart Air Fryer is available for $119.

Revolution Cooking Smart Toaster

This brilliant bread-browning gadget not only toasts items in a fraction of the time of conventional toasters, but it does so with exacting precision. Revolution owners have at their disposal five food options (breads, bagels, English muffins, waffles, toaster pastries), three toasting modes (fresh, frozen, reheat) and an impressive seven browning levels.

And Revolution pairs all that toasting science with some serious style too. The two-slice Smart Toaster features a sleek, modern design along with touchscreen display controls that alert the user when their bread is ready.

The Revolution Cooking Smart Toaster is available for $299.

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