LG ProBake Convection Ranges

LG ProBake Convection Ranges

Home appliance manufacturer LG Electronics is introducing  new cooking ranges that feature the company’s innovative ProBake Convection™ technology.

While convection cooking is not new to the home market, LG’s gas slide-in range with a rear element is an industry first. (BlueStar’s  PowR Oven in the Platinum Freestanding Range was the first rear burner in a pro-style range.) Continue reading “LG ProBake Convection Ranges”

Meet June

Meet June, the first oven with artificial intelligence.

June is a countertop oven, which looks like a more sophisticated version of your standard toaster, with a 5-inch touchscreen, Wi-Fi, a quad-core Nvidia Tegra K1 processor, a high-definition camera that’s protected behind insulated glass and a single stainless control dial that’s its only real physical button. The feet of the June oven are scales that weigh whatever’s inside the oven (or on top of it).

Intelligent Oven Technology | KitchAnn Style

Using smart technology, June identifies the type of food, weight and internal temperature, and then recommends the time and cooking temp suitable for your meal. All you have to do is select “OK.”

“This is going to go down in history as the first kitchen appliance which was artificially intelligent,” –Nikhil Bhogal, June co-founder

June Intelligent Oven Interior | KitchAnn Style

This tiny oven boasts 1,800 Watts of power and a roomy 1.0 cu. foot interior thanks to the control panel built into the insulated glass door.

June can cook a 12.5″ pizza or a small turkey with the carbon-fiber heating elements working with convection fans and a temperature probe.

The Connected Kitchen

It seems all new ovens these days have an app for your iPhone (sorry, android users) and June is no different.  June’s co-founder and CTO, Nikhil Bhogal is a former Apple Engineer. Other members of the June team have worked on the iPhone, the Apple Watch, GoPro cameras and Fitbit fitness trackers.

Nikhil Bhogal and Matt Van Horn, co-founder and CEO, are on the cutting edge of optical recognition technology. The June oven can currently recognize 15 foods by distinguishable micro-textures. While June can recognize the different between a pork chop and steak by recognizing fat patterns, it cannot yet identify different cuts of meat.

June Intelligent Oven Technology | KitchAnn Style

Coming Next Spring

The June team feels this new oven is a good fit with about 80% of the market that does not want to use a 5.0 cu. foot oven for a small meal or half a dozen cookies; however, the $1,495 price tag means it’s not for everyone.

Your June can be reserved with a $95 deposit. The company says the oven will cost $2,995 next year once it is widely available.

That being said, there’s the question of making an expensive appliance investment in an unknown company. Warranty information has not been released yet and if the June has a problem who do you call to fix it?

Even though June is a countertop appliances, it is a powerful 45 pound one and many homeowners may find they will need a dedicated 20 amp circuit to plug the June into.

I think a smart oven has to be treated like any other internet connected device and consumers need to know if patches and software updates will be available after they purchase their model. I’d hate to purchase a $3,000 oven and find out it can’t communicate with the newest iPhone.

Samsung's New Cooking Solutions

This Summer Samsung will start offering the T9000 FlexDuo Range NE58F9710SR with first ever 30″ multifunction oven.

Samsung’s FlexDuo technology will allow you to divide the oven into two compartments for cooking two dishes at once making meal time more efficient and more convenient than ever before.

You can choose between using the range’s full size  5.8 cu. ft. capacity oven for larger dishes like roasted turkeys, or you can use the Smart Divider to divide the oven into 2.4 cu. ft. and 3.3 cu. ft. top and bottom compartments for smaller items like dinner and a dessert.

 Samsung FlexDuo Range | KitchAnn Style

The Samsung NE597N0PBSR Induction Range  is the first-ever 30″ freestanding electric range to feature the FlexCook Zone and Samsung Boil Alert, as well as SteamQuick technology.

The Flexcook zone acts as a full-length bridge element, letting customers cook large pots and pans across one large induction element without having to worry about incomplete heat distribution. When the bridge element is not in use, it can be used as two separate 9-inch elements.

Samsung’s Boil Alert technology senses small vibrations as water begins to heat up. When the vibrations reach a certain level, the range provides less heat and also sounds a series of beeps.

SteamQuick technology is Samsung’s new cleaning innovation which requires less time, power and effort. 10 pounces of water is all that is needed to clean your oven in just 20 minutes.

The NE58F9710SR FlexDuo Range should be available for $2,399.99 MSRP and the  NE597N0PBSR Induction Range should be available for $1,999.99 MSRP.

Pair one of these ranges with Samsung’s ME179KFETSR OTR Speed Oven if you have limited space and need more convection cooking. This microwave is touted as having best-in-class LED lighting.  $649 MSRP.