This Smart Oven Has 5 Different Cooking Modes and Helps Cut Down on Prep Time

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In the past year, I've enjoyed spending a lot more time in the kitchen. While I wouldn't define myself as an expert cook, I've definitely been giving it my best effort. I do love cooking on my stovetop, but there's some days when I'm just looking for an easy alternative. I don't have a microwave and I recently decided I wanted to invest in a toaster oven as a quick and simple option. I ended up giving the Tovala Smart Oven ($299) a try, and it's so much better than a toaster oven.

This smart device is actually more of a steam oven, but it has five different modes you can use. It steams, bakes, broils, reheats, and yes, it also toasts. I ended up going for this choice, because why not get all the extra features? Plus, one thing that stood out to me is that it's popular for its Scan-to-Cook technology. The Tovala brand goes beyond just producing ovens, it also offers food subscription options that are delivered right to your door. Each week you can choose your favorite meals, and when they arrive all you have to do is store them in the fridge. Then, when you're ready to cook, simply scan their QR codes on the machine's handy scanning system and they cook right away. The prep time is around one minute, as the food comes in the containers they'll be cooked in and the oven is programmed to automatically pick the heat and time settings.

It also works for popular microwaveable and toaster meals that include everything from Trader Joe's frozen meals to Eggo waffles.

I'm not one for gimmicky gadgets, and this is far from that. Every single meal was delicious and easy. I think the best thing about this device though is that not only does it work on scanning its own meals, but it also works for popular microwaveable and toaster meals that include everything from Trader Joe's frozen meals to Eggo Waffles. That's right, all of those barcodes can easily be scanned on this device and it'll automatically cook for you. Plus, it connects to your smartphone, so you can track a meal in the oven or even browse more recipes. On top of all that, you can use it to cook whatever you want, and yes, toast your toast.

If you're in the market for a new kitchen gadget this new year, this one is definitely worth a try. It helps eliminate the need for a microwave and toaster, but it also helps you save on prep time. Keep reading to shop the oven and check out some of the delicious meals it can make.

Tovala Smart Oven

Tovala Smart Oven

This is the Tovala Smart Oven ($299) in the exact model that I have, and it's available on Amazon.

Enjoy a Steak Dinner

The brand's meals include chimichurri steak, roasted chicken satay, and barbecue pork tacos.

There's Seafood Options Too

If you're more into seafood, or even a vegetarian, there's plenty of delicious options for you too.

Explore More on the App

In addition to having already-prepped meals, you can also browse other recipes for more homemade meals on Tovala's cool app.