The pandemic led many of us to discover the joy of cooking. It also made apparent the need to upgrade kitchen appliances—and ovens are a good place to start.
They’re more powerful than ever, with turbo-boosted heating elements and mighty convection systems. They’re also smarter. App-enabled ovens and ranges can help make your at-home meals easier, more convenient and even more precisely cooked.
Some features once exclusive to the top-end have become a bit more common, too. It’s easier to find ranges with energy-efficient induction elements, which use magnets to transfer energy instead of heating a pot or pan from the outside. They’re also a breeze to clean.
Here are our top picks for smart ovens on the market.
GE Profile Smart Oven
Like most GE appliances, this handsome induction range operates on the well-designed Smart HQ app. The Profile comes loaded with signature features—think “guided recipes” that automatically adjust oven settings, an in-oven camera with live streaming video and cooktop sensors that let you control the temperature of any induction-ready pan on your device or the range’s display. Chef-level touches include a built-in air fryer and a sous-vide-enabled cooktop.
The GE Profile (Model PHS93XYPFS) is available for $4,199.
JennAir 30-Inch Rise Dual-Fuel Professional-Style Range
Along with serious firepower from dual flames, this sleek, solid range lets you remotely preheat, check cooking status and personalize settings. The Rise also sends “real-time notifications” to your device—though hopefully nothing more serious than “your pizza’s done.” Through the app, you’ll also get precision readings of your food’s internal temperature as it cooks. Of course, you can also control the Rise with Alexa or Google Assistant voice commands. On the analog side, the Rise offers dual flames from precision-drilled brass burners; its griddle, infused with chrome, cleans up easily after cooking sessions.
The JennAir 30-Inch Rise Dual-Fuel Professional-Style Range is available for $5,699.
Wolf Transitional Induction Range
an induction surface, convection system and a self-cleaning oven with sleek design and smart technical features. The oven comes with 50 presets and 10 cooking modes, from broil to dehydrate; the rangetop’s Boost Mode delivers rapid heat for 40% faster boil times. Using the Sub-Zero’s app—named for Wolf’s parent company—you can preheat, choose cooking modes, set timers and get service help. The app also links all Sub-Zero, Wolf and Cove appliances on one screen.
The Wolf Transitional Induction Range (Model IR36550/S/T) is available for $11,500.
Miele HR 1622-3 I 30-Inch All Electric Range
Compact but powerful, Miele’s electric model comes with four induction zones on its black-on-black cooktop. The oven’s Moisture Plus feature helps minimize dried-out meats or desiccated doughs. And the MTouch control system is swipeable and easily personalized from a touchscreen. The Miele@Home app lets you monitor and control all enabled Miele appliances from one device. For the electric range, it comes with features like Miele’s wireless “precision probe” to test fish, meat and poultry from four test points—meaning you can toss that gunky meat thermometer.
The Miele HR 1622-3 I 30-inch AllElectric Range is available for $11,699.
Samsung Smart Slide-In Gas Range
Samsung’s SmartThings app lets you control this well-priced, feature-loaded range from anywhere. You might preheat the powerful convection oven. You could switch to AirFry mode for healthier cooking. The range is voice-enabled, too, so Siri or Alexa can become your sous-chef. The stovetop comes with a reversible cast-iron grill/griddle—perfect for that chicken-and-waffles breakfast. Bonus: At 22K BTU, Samsung claims this range boasts the most powerful burner in its class.
The Samsung Smart Slide-In Gas Range is available for $2,399.