Smart devices are becoming more and more commonplace in modern homes. While you may be familiar with virtual assistants like Amazon Alexa and Google Assistant, did you know you can trade in your traditional kitchen appliances for smart alternatives? Let’s take a closer look at some of the best smart ovens for 2019, what options are available, and why you might consider adding one to your kitchen.
How many times have you put something in the oven and forgotten about it? You only remember when you start smelling smoke, and by then your dinner is ruined or your cookies are charcoal. If you’re nodding your head, then you already know why you need a smart oven.
Smart ovens are Wi-Fi capable, which means you can sync it with your phone, monitor internal temperatures, change the cooking temperature, and preheat or shut off the oven remotely. You can connect to apps like Yummly to pull recipes and control temperatures and cooking times without lifting a finger. There are even smart ovens with multiple compartments so you can cook two different things at varying temperatures at the same time.
With a smart oven in your kitchen, you may never burn a meal again.
Best on the Market
Now that you know why you need a smart oven, let’s take a look at the best options on the market to help make that decision a little bit easier.
 Whirlpool 6.4-Cubic-Foot Smart Combination Wall Oven With Touch Screen
This particular smart oven got its 15 minutes of fame at 2019’s CES, where it earned a prominent place in the KB Home ProjeKt smart house. This prototype home features more than 400 smart devices and could be the foundation for the connected home of the future.
You can sync this Whirlpool 6.4-Cubic-Foot Smart Combination Wall Oven With Touch Screen to your phone or your virtual assistant so you can preheat, adjust or shut it off with voice commands. Unlike traditional ovens, you don’t need any harsh chemicals to clean this appliance—all you need is 1 1/4 cups of water and the cleaning cycle, and your oven will be spotless.
 Hoover Vision
There’s nothing more satisfying than watching a cake rise or your cookies bake, but you can’t do that without opening your oven and losing all that hard-earned heat—unless you’ve got a Hoover Vision in your kitchen.
This oven has an HD camera you can access via the Hoover Wizard app, so you can watch your food cooking in real time. Adjust your settings with the app or with the touch screen built into the oven’s door.
 Samsung Chef Collection NV73J9770RS
Samsung is known for its tech-savvy devices, and this oven is no exception. In addition to smart controls through your smartphone, this oven uses a trademarked Gourmet Vapor Technology.
When cooking with the Samsung Chef Collection NV73J9770RS, your food is surrounded by vapor to transfer heat while keeping it moist and succulent. It even has 80 preset recipes so you’ll never have to guess at the right temperature for your perfect meal ever again.
 Miele Discovery H2265B
If you’re concerned about energy efficiency in your smart oven, you’ve come to the right place. The Miele Discovery H2265B model has an A+ energy-efficiency rating, in addition to multiple operating modes and programmable cooking settings. It is also much more precise when it comes to maintaining temperature—within 1 degree, instead of 10 as with most traditional ovens.
This simple design is much more affordable than many of the other smart ovens on this list, so if you want to take the first steps in creating a smart kitchen, this can help you do it without breaking the bank.
 Bosch Series 8 HRG676956B
Cook without guesswork when you have the Bosch Series 8 HRG676956B smart oven in your kitchen. It’s lined with pyrolytic panels that automatically turn leftover food particles into ash during the cleaning cycle. This Wi-Fi capable appliance can sync with your Bosch Home Connect app so you can control some of the device’s functions from your smartphone.
This model, as well as some of the other Bosch Series 8 appliances, also feature steam functions to keep your food moist while it’s cooking.
Should You Buy a Smart Oven?
Now that you’ve had a look at some of the many smart ovens on the market, should you invest in one? That’s up to you, but if you’re concerned about energy efficiency or preventing burned dinners, adding a smart oven to your kitchen can kill two birds with one stone.
This technology is still relatively new, but if this year’s CES is any indication, we’ll be seeing more of these devices in the coming years. We’re still a long way from living in a holistically smart home, but the market is heading in the right direction. It might not be too long before our smart ovens can cook entire meals for us.
Kayla Matthews is a technology journalist and productivity blogger. She is a senior writer for MakeUseOf and the owner and editor of her tech productivity blog, Productivity Bytes. You can read more by Kayla at Inc.com, VentureBeat, DMN, and more.