“Hang on, I’m updating the firmware on my Crock-Pot(R)”

Those were words I never expected to pass my lips, but they did during the setup of the new Belkin WeMo-enabled Crock-Pot Smart Slow Cooker (US$ 129.99).

Crock-Pot® Smart Slow Cooker

This kitchen area home appliance is one of a duo from Crock-Pot and Mr. Coffee that are attacking the market, supplying a way to control your slow-moving oven or your coffeemaker from your iPhone. The 2 devices were first teased to everyone at CES 2014 in January, and the Crock-Pot is the very first to make it to market.

As this device does not really suit our normal review groups, I assumed I would certainly test it the most effective way I know how– making drew pork sandwiches. This includes tossing pork loin, cut onions, and tangy barbecue sauce into a slow cooker to be prepared for hours over low warmth, ultimately producing tasty and tender pulled pork that’s served up on a bun with a party of cole slaw.

What makes the Smart Slow Stove different from your run-of-the-mill “dumb” slow oven? Belkin WeMo connection. I’ve gone over various other WeMo items on TUAW for several years, and have a bunch of enjoyable automating lights, followers, even an outside fountain with switches and motion detectors. While food safety good sense needs you to virtually beginning preparing your food in the Crock-Pot as soon as it’s placed into the huge (6 quart) stoneware recipe, the suggestion behind this product is that you can establish the temperature level and food timer from your iPhone. If you’re visiting straggle getting residence to finish food preparation, you can effortlessly reduce the temperature from another location or change the Crock-Pot to its “cozy” setup.

Belkin has actually made establishing up the Crock-Pot a wind. Given that I already have other WeMo devices, I currently had the free app on my iPhone. I plugged in the Crock-Pot, and immediately the Wi-Fi sign started blinking red to indicate that it prepared to be established. Opening up Setups >) Wi-Fi on my iPhone, I linked to the Crock-Pot’s Wi-Fi network, and once I discovered the gadget in the WeMo app, it was prepared to obtain my Wi-Fi network information.

As soon as that was full, the Wi-Fi symbol turned eco-friendly, and the tool was on my residence network. Practically right away I was notified of an update to the Crock-Pot’s firmware, which was mounted with a touch.

Early today I filled up the Crock-Pot with the necessary components to make my juicy and delicious drew pork sandwiches, then pulled out my iPhone to establish the temperature and food preparation time. Note that you can by hand set the temperature by just tapping a button on the Crock-Pot, yet because I really wanted to set a timer I utilized the app rather.

As you could view in the slideshow accompanying this article, the controls inform you exactly how long the dish has actually been cooking, when it’s expected to be done, and what temperature the Crock-Pot is currently at. You can change the temperature and even turn the gadget right off if you anticipate to be home quickly.

Naturally this is a first-generation device, yet I would certainly love to see a future version that would certainly include refrigeration to keeping ingredients chilly up until a later starting time, a web cam to check out the cooking meals, and a means to remotely provide the substances a rouse every once in a while. As it is, I like the reality that if I’m away from my home for a while and can’t make it residence on schedule, I can tweak the temperature level of the Crock-Pot or even shut it down.


The world of linked devices keepings increasing, now with the addition of a common kitchen area device to the long list of gadgets that could be from another location controlled, monitored or programmed from your iPhone. Crock-Pot and Belkin have actually collaborated to instruct an aged classic brand-new techniques with the Crock-Pot Smart Slow Oven, and for a first-of-its-kind item, they have actually done a great job.

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