It feels like with every passing month, we get closer and closer to living like the Jetsons. Technology keeps getting smarter and more interesting, and as a result, even the most basic things we use on a day-to-day basis have become pretty advanced. It was just a few years ago that voice assistants like Amazon Alexa and Google Assistant weren’t common things to have in your home, and now apps and voice assistants can control everything from your lightbulbs to your refrigerator. Now you can talk to your microwave and control your blender from your phone, and it’s not weird. (Okay, it’s a little weird.) Even your beloved Instant Pot is—or at least can be—smarter than you think.
Smart WiFi Instant Pot
It’s everyone’s favorite small kitchen appliance, totally upgraded. Not only can it do everything a standard Instant Pot can do (remember: it’s already a pressure cooker, slow cooker, rice cooker, steamer, yogurt maker, cake maker, and warmer in one, and you can sauté in it, too!), this WiFi-enabled version connects to an app and is Alexa-enabled.
Smart 12-Cup Coffee Maker
Because mornings are so much better when you can say “Alexa, brew me some coffee,” before you even roll out of bed. No need to download any special apps to control this smart coffee maker, either. Just use the Alexa app or talk to your Echo device (or, you know, use it like an old school coffee maker.)
Otto Automatic Hand Soap Dispenser
No need to touch the soap bottle ever again: Just put your hand under the sensor and this handy gadget dispenses the soap for you. It may not require an internet connection, but it will prevent bacteria from spreading all over your kitchen.
WiFi Sous Vide Precision Cooker
Up your sous vide cooking game with this precision cooker from Anova, which is designed to help you slow-cook anything to perfection thanks to the accompanying app.
Smart Kitchen Thermometer
This kitchen thermometer can track two temperatures at once on your smartphone via an app, so it’s a great option for holidays like Thanksgiving, when cooking multiple things at the same time can be a little tricky.