For some home cooks, it would be much easier to make meals with just a little help. LG announced today that two of their new kitchen appliances now come with cooking instructions, recipe automation and even shopping help built-in.
LG’s InstaView dual-oven gas-slide-in range and over-the-range microwave oven connect to the LG ThinQ Recipe app, which allows owners to find recipes and prepare thousands of step-by-step recipes with guidance from their appliances.
Going one step further, the LG devices will also have built-in shopping features that will order groceries from Walmart or Amazon Fresh so you can execute these recipes flawlessly with all the right ingredients. Plus, a feature called Scan-to-Cook lets users scan the UPC barcode from selected ready meals to automatically set the temperature and cooking time directly on the appliance.
When it comes to range, there is also hot air cooking, an air-free setting, and what LG calls Air Sous Vide, which allows for more temperature precision. The series also has two separate ovens, which allow you to prepare two different dishes at two different temperatures. Upstairs is LG’s UltraHeat Power Burner technology, which LG claims increases the power of the stove, providing faster cooking.
To prevent heat from escaping when you want to look in and see how things are going, you can knock twice on the door and the interior will light up, a novelty called the LG InstaView. It will be interesting to see if customers find this feature appealing, as pressing a button to turn on the light never seemed like a real hassle to repair.
On the microwave side, of course, the LG Over-the-Range microwave will ruin your food, but it also adds steaming properties, making it just a little more versatile. Steam ovens are nothing new, but having steam and microwave technology in one unit is a space saver to be safe.
Anyone who has ever had an “OTR” microwave knows that they are often not the best at effectively removing cooking odors, smoke or steam, as they often do not extend far enough above the average area to draw from the front ones. burners. LG says it has solved the annoying problem with its Slide-out ExtendaVent, which pulls over the front of the series to clean the air more efficiently. (As someone who just bought a rather inefficient but brand new OTR, I would love to see this in action and find out if it would really make a difference.)
There are no prices or release dates for these new devices yet as they are officially launched as part of CES 2022.