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What is a Smart Oven?

By Misty Amber Brighton
Updated May 16, 2024
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A smart oven is an appliance that is similar in appearance to a microwave or toaster oven. It may be made of stainless steel or aluminum, and typically has a glass window and a control panel on the front. It is designed to sit on a countertop or small table. This oven is often equipped with technology designed to remember cooking times, cook food evenly, and prevent items from burning.

The metal body of a smart oven is usually left unpainted. The glass door of this oven may be tinted black or gray in color. The knobs and digital temperature displays are normally on the right side of the oven. There may be a handle on the top or side of the door, which either pulls down or to the side, so a person can place food into the machine.

The inside of this electric oven usually has a wire rack to place baking pans on. This rack may sometimes be adjusted up or down by moving it into grooves located on either side of the unit's interior. This could benefit a user by allowing her to place larger baking pans inside the appliance.

A smart oven may be equipped with a scanning device which can read the bar codes of many food products. This scanner can then program the oven to the correct temperature and set the right amount of time for the item to cook. This can facilitate proper cooking and ensure that a dish is does not burn.

There are usually heating elements on the top, bottom, and sides of a smart oven. These usually heat to the exact same temperature. This can help reduce the amount of energy needed to bake and help food to cook faster and more evenly.

Although these types of ovens are not as fast as a typical microwave, they can usually cook food faster than a traditional oven. This can be because they do not need as much time to heat up. Some models claim to speed the cooking process up by as much as 30%, compared to regular home ovens.

These types of ovens can be expensive to purchase. They are, however, normally very durable pieces of kitchen equipment that can last for several years. They can also save homeowners money on their energy bills and reduce the amount of food wasted due to improper cooking. For these reasons, a smart oven can be a wise investment for many people.

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Discussion Comments
By gravois — On Oct 03, 2011

How much does a smart oven cost? I like the idea of the bar code reader but it sounds like its just a normal toaster over otherwise. If it costs way more than a toaster over than its probably not worth it. I know how to read the directions on the side of the box.

By backdraft — On Oct 02, 2011

Wow. I have never heard of a smart over before but this sounds like a great invention. I am always screwing stuff up when I bake it. Not just cookies and cakes but french fries, frozen pizzas and jalapeno poppers. I don't know why I am so bad at it but it just never turns out right.

If I had something like this I could just scan the bar code and everything would be set up for me. There would be no way to screw it up. I might just talk to my husband about getting a smart over tonight.

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