Cooking with a Crock-Pot couldn’t be easier, or could it? With the introduction of Belkin’s WeMo-enabled Crock-Pot, you can now prepare dinner without even being home! OK, not quite, but this could certainly free up some time you would otherwise need to spend in the kitchen.
At first glance, it looks like any other Crock-Pot you may have used, until you notice the Wi-Fi indicator on the front panel. Setup on the network is easy. Just download the free WeMo app and once it finds the Crock-Pot a few more taps connect it to your network.
Being that there are only three settings on the Crock-Pot itself (High, Low, Warm) the app gives you very basic control. In addition to the temperature settings, there is also a timer. When the time is up it automatically turns to the Warm setting and awaits further input.
This worked well for us. We had it on High for five hours. We were curious what would happen when the time was up. Would it adjust the temperature? Would it alert us? It was quite exciting to get an alert on my iPhone that the time was up and that the heat had been adjusted to Warm. We then reset the timer for three hours on Low and went on with our day. When we got home our dinner was ready to eat.
Although our test worked out, there were some bugs. For one, the second timer failed to alert us when it was up. That could be critical, so I’d set a second timer just to be sure. Another shortcoming is that it lacks advanced settings. For example, it would be much better to simply program the Crock-Pot to cook on High for a set length of time and then have it automatically switch to Low for another set time. Maybe that’ll come in a future update. But, as it is, it does work and could be very helpful in your kitchen.
Belkin’s WeMo-enabled Crock-Pot is a welcome addition to the 21st century kitchen. Although it won’t do all the cooking for you, it will help out and may just give you the freedom to get something else done. It’s available for $129 at Amazon.
The Good: Easy to use. Easy setup.
The Bad: Needs more programmable settings.