If you’re building a new home or renovating your kitchen, there will be a new way to make your home a little smarter starting next month. Samsung is releasing a new line of built-in connected appliances for the home, with smart ovens and cooktops coming first. Until now, we’ve only seen Samsung smart appliances — most notably the Family Hub refrigerator — available as free-standing appliances that don’t require any special installation.
Samsung will have single, double, and, yes, even triple built-in ovens available. The double oven has two compartments that can be used to cook separate dishes at separate temperatures. The triple oven only has two compartments, but uses a trick Samsung calls Flex Duo technology to heat the two sides of one compartment unevenly, allowing for three dishes to be cooked simultaneously. Pretty cool if it works, although part of the advantage of having separate compartments is to make sure the one dish isn’t affected by the aroma of the other.
On top of those ovens, a range of cooktops are available. Samsung will have gas, electric, and induction options ready for the launch of the new line of appliances, all of which can be matched to the oven. The induction cooktop has a neat feature that simulates the appearance of gas flames to help get a visual of how hot the burner is. They’ll also have a range hood that uses a metal baffle filter to take in airborne grease, preventing whatever you’re frying from stinking up the place. All of those will be available in 30″ and 36″ models.
So, where does the connected part come in? In lots of practical ways. To that effect, all of the appliances have Wi-Fi connectivity, so they can be controlled using an app or as part of Samsung’s SmartThings smart home system. The appliances can be turned on or off and cooking temperature can be adjusted remotely. One pretty neat feature is Bluetooth connectivity on the range hood, which lets it sync to the cooktop so it can turn on automatically when it detects that someone is cooking.
Samsung went the modern, minimalist route with design. The entire line is available in stainless steel, with either a silver or black finish. When the new line of appliances launches next month, the ovens will sell for between $2,200 and $4,000. The cooktops will be between $1,100 and $2,500, while the range hood will be between $1,100 and $1,300.