16 Smart Home Devices and Gadgets Your Kitchen Could Use in 2022
We're suckers for cool gadgets and tools, especially when it comes to the kitchen. There's something about having these genius products that just makes us feel like we have an extra hand when we need it. As time goes one, more and more innovative and useful items are coming out — it's hard to keep up. We made it easy to navigate the best of the best by rounding up our favorite devices of 2022.
Whether you're looking for a stylish kettle that heats up water fast and efficiently, a food processor that turns your scraps into fertilizer, or just a cool coffee machine, we have no doubt there's something in this selection that will make your life a little bit easier, and dare we even say more enjoyable. We're particularly loving the stylish blender — it looks so sleek. Keep reading to shop our top picks and see which ones you want to snatch up.
Best Kettle: Fellow Stagg EKG Electric Kettle
If you're still boiling water on a stovetop, then we think it's time for a serious upgrade. Look no further than the Fellow Stagg EKG Electric Kettle ($159-$189), a customer favorite. The kettle has a digital gauge that can heat up water to your ideal temperature and hold it at that temp for up to an hour. Plus, it looks stylish and comes in several colors — what else can you ask for?
Best Blender: Beast Blender
You've likely seen the Beast Blender ($155) on your Instagram feed, and there's no denying that it's seriously stylish, but it also works like a charm. It can process food and make amazing smoothies, all while looking minimal and sleek on your countertop. Plus, its easy twist-on design can easily be removed and you can add a travel top to it to take your creation on the go.
Best Mini Garden: Click & Grow Smart Garden 3 Self Watering Indoor Garden
The Click & Grow Smart Garden 3 Self Watering Indoor Garden ($140) is ideal for anyone who wants to grow their own produce but doesn't have a yard. It comes with various pods so you can grow everything from herbs to produce. The self-watering planter is a great family treat that everyone can enjoy trying, or it's perfect for a small apartment.
Best Food Recycler: Vitamix Food Cycler FC-50
If you're trying to reduce your household waste, then the Vitamix Food Cycler FC-50 ($400) is a great investment. From apple cores to banana peels and even chicken bones, it breaks down old food scraps and turns them into fertilizer. It's easy to throw stuff in while you're cooking, and you'll have far less smelly trash.
Best Kitchen Assistant Device: Echo Show 8 HD Smart Display With Alexa
The Echo Show 8 HD Smart Display With Alexa ($110) is like the personal assistant you always wished you had. Just place it in a convenient part of your kitchen, and it'll help you follow along with recipes, take video calls, and even use Alexa. All these handy tools will allow you to cook and use this device hands-free.
Best Meal-Prep Helper: KitchenAid 3.5-Cup Food Chopper
Meal prepping is always a little easier when you have an extra hand, even if it's a gadget. We love this KitchenAid 3.5-Cup Food Chopper ($55) because it's useful and stylish, of course. We especially love that you can even choose it in your favorite color.
Best Smart Mop: iRobot Braava Jet 240 Robot Mop
If you're a fan of the iRobot vacuum, then you'll want to give this iRobot Braava Jet 240 Robot Mop ($149, originally $199) a try. It will clean your floors when you're not around, so you have nothing to worry about later, or even when you're done cooking. It will program when and what areas to clean, and your floors will always look and feel spick and span.
Best Espresso Machine: Williams Sonoma Cafe Affetto Automatic Espresso Machine & Frother
If one of your New Year's resolutions is to make your own coffee at home, then invest in a gadget you'll love to use. We love the Williams Sonoma Cafe Affetto Automatic Espresso Machine & Frother ($730). Not only does it make amazing espressos with your choice of beans and has a handy and easy-to-use frother, but it also looks stylish on display. What's not to love?
Best Rice Maker: GreenLife Go Grains Electric Rice Cooker
Make rice without even having to think about it with the GreenLife Go Grains Electric Rice Cooker ($60). Simply fill it up and press start, and your dinner will be ready in no time. It comes with four different settings to make white rice, brown rice, quinoa, and steel-cut oats. The best part? The smart technology can automatically adjust things to perfectly cook them all. The inner bowl has a ceramic nonstick coating and is even dishwasher-friendly.
Best Sparkling-Water Machine: Aarke Carbonator 3 Sparkling Water Maker
Save on buying cans and bottles and get your very own sparkling-water machine. The Aarke Carbonator 3 Sparkling Water Maker ($249-$279) looks like it's from the future, and you'll barely notice it on your countertop. You can have your water plain, or add a splash of flavor to it. It comes in four stylish finishes, so you can get one that works in your kitchen.
Best Knife Sharpener: Chef's Choice 15 Trizor XV EdgeSelect Electric Knife Sharpener
A true home chef knows that sharp knives are important to meal prepping, which is why the Chef's Choice 15 Trizor XV EdgeSelect Electric Knife Sharpener ($170) is a smart investment. It can sharpen anything from a chef's knife to a pocket knife. The three-stage sharpener is made to give you a longer-lasting 15-degree edge, and it does the math for you.
Best Smart Toaster: Balmuda The Toaster Oven
The Balmuda The Toaster Oven ($300) isn't just a chic countertop addition, it's also smart. The steamer toaster works by adding water, and it can perfectly bake just about anything, from bread to frozen foods to cookies. Customers rave that adding that little bit of moisture to cooking makes their food taste that much better.
Best Milk Frother: Zwilling Enfinigy Milk Frother
Treat yourself to the Zwilling Enfinigy Milk Frother ($100, originally $135), and you can make your own coffee creations. The smart addition is great for a coffee-lover or someone who doesn't want a large machine. Its minimalist design won't take up too much room on your countertop.
Best Coffee Grinder: Zwilling Customizable Coffee Grinder
If you're an espresso- or drip coffee-lover, make grinding your beans easy. We love this Zwilling Customizable Coffee Grinder ($140) because it looks stylish and does the job quickly. It has 140 adjustment options, so you can turn the dial to make your grounds the exact way that you like them.
Best Food Storage Solution: Zwilling Fresh & Save Vacuum Sealer Food Storage System
You can store foods easier, and they'll last much longer, with the Zwilling Fresh & Save Vacuum Sealer Food Storage System ($15-$99). The small device can vacuum seal bags and bowls in just seconds. The brand boosts that this helps food last five times longer, and it saves room in the fridge. The device itself is mini and easy to store, and all the containers are dishwasher-friendly.