KitchenAid, a home appliance company founded in 1919, announced on Monday (Jan. 7) that it is releasing the brand’s first connected oven, the KitchenAid Smart Oven+.
The oven won a CES Innovation Award in the Smart Home Product category, and the company plans to release it soon. The company said it has the same founding principles as its popular mixer, and has three oven-powered attachments — to grill, bake and steam in the same appliance.
Also, the oven will work with Yummly, an app that provides recipe recommendations based on personal preferences.
“Our vision for connected KitchenAid® products is to give makers the tools to expand their abilities in the kitchen and unlock new cooking possibilities,” said Christy Hoskins, senior brand manager for KitchenAid. “We were inspired by the KitchenAid Stand Mixer — we wanted to create an appliance that would have the same versatility and multi-functionality, just as the stand mixer's culinary center has done for 100 years. The Smart Oven+ is the realization of that vision.”
The oven comes in three models: single, double and combination. The grill attachment reduces the traditional aspects of outdoor grilling, like smoke and flare-ups. The steamer add-on is for precise cooking of vegetables and pasta, and the oven even has a baking stone attachment that the company says preheats in half the time of a conventional, non-attached stone.
The idea, the company said, is to provide customers with options that can give them more “creativity and control” over what and how they cook.
One of the most impressive features is the LCD touch display, which is 4.5 inches and full color. It works with mobile devices and lets users control settings and view food from the device, with the KitchenAid app. It also works with Amazon Alexa or Google Assistant, and people can control the oven settings with basic voice commands.