5 smart gadgets for winning in the kitchen

You've got your smart speaker, smartphone, smartwatch, now welcome to the world of smart kitchen gadgets, which use their tiny little digital brains to make your life easier. Here are our top five.

Smart coffee machine

Making a coffee is just a short list of small tasks that stand between you and your caffeine hit, but it doesn't need to be like this. This ladies and gents is the Smart Coffee machine. Not only can it make your coffee on demand – via a phone app or by ordering it from Amazon Alexa – it can also detect when you come home and dutifully get straight to work producing a welcoming doze of the dark stuff. Of course, you can just press a button, but only amateurs do that. The price of this cleverness? About £200.

Smart microwave

Bored of reading cooking instructions? Dull as f**K, aren't they... But also kinda important if you don't want to die from food poisoning. Thankfully, help is at hand, the GE Smart Microwave Oven means you can now be lazy, and live. This microwave has a function called scan-to-cook – that's right, all you have to do is scan the barcode on the packaging of your next meal and the GE machine will do the rest. You can even operate it remotely via the app. Problems? Well, there is *some* food that doesn't come in packaging. And, at around £150, this is far from the cheapest microwave on sale.

Hestan Cue Smart Pan Frier

The Heston (no, not that one) Cue Smart Pan Frier takes all of the skill out of cooking – so it's perfect if eating, not cooking food is your, erm, poison. Hestan Cue's app has more than 500 recipes with step-by-step guides on how to make them. The clever bit is the smart pan, which monitors temperature and can adjust the hob accordingly so that your dinner always turns out perfect. As pans go, it's £400 price tag is not cheap but worth considering if you want perfect food with little effort.

Perfect Drink Scale

The Perfect Drink Scale does exactly what it says on the tin – it's an app with 400 cocktail recipes, hooked up to wireless scales that measure your ingredients, all you need to do is keep pouring until you hear the 'ding'. Gone heavy on the spirits? Nothing to worry about, the Perfect Drink Scale can adjust the recipe to compensate. How much to make yourself the life and soul of the party? Around £200.

Tefal Cook4Me Connect

The Tefal Cook4Me connect is a pressure cooker with a colour screen that has 50 recipes and built-in, along with instructions on how to make these culinary delights. Ease of use is the name of the game so each recipe has a maximum of six ingredients and the pressure cooker element means that none take longer than 30 minutes to cook. Meanwhile, a (up to) 15-hour timer means you can have a piping hot meal ready when you get back from work. At £250, it's not cheap for a pressure cooker but proper ovens with similar features will cost you four times as much.

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