Gallery View: Spotlight on connected smart, multifunction cookers

Units that support Bluetooth and Wi-Fi, and pair with smartphone apps are gaining steam.

February 05, 2018

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Units that support Bluetooth and Wi-Fi, and pair with smartphone apps are gaining steam.

Manufacturers of smart and multifunction cookers in China are rolling out Bluetooth- and Wi-Fi-enabled units that connect with smartphone apps to make cooking more convenient.

The majority of releases are capable of various cooking techniques, including baking, steaming, frying and steaming. Select units adjust temperature and duration automatically.

Among the standout models in the gallery is a smart rice cooker that suggests ingredients based on more than 3,000 recipes in its system. Another unit uses nano technology to eliminate excess starch and sugar from the rice to suit diabetic users.

The products below were selected by our China-based market analyst to represent the current trends in smart and multifunction cookers.

Nine preset modes

Hong King Group Ltd's QF-PC360303 model is a multifunction pressure cooker with nine preset modes, including stewing, roasting and slow cooking. It can also be used to make pudding, cake and yoghurt. The unit has a 24-hour preset timer and can be set to operate between 1 and 99 minutes. It comes with a ball-shaped plastic housing, nonstick inner pot and 4-digit LED display. Capacity is 4L while power is 800W. The electric pressure cooker weighs 3.82kg, and is available in white, red, yellow and gray. Price is $32.50 for a minimum order of 1,180 units.

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Gives cooking instructions

Via a paired app, the model IHFB02CM Wi-Fi-enabled smart rice cooker from Nanjing Youmi Electronics Technology Co. Ltd gives users cooking instructions based on the more than 3,000 recipes uploaded in its system. It can also match automatically a suitable cooking technique by scanning a QR code on a smartphone. The unit adopts electromagnetic induction heating technology, and incorporates 3D keep-warm and 24-hour preset timer functions. It comes with a drum-shaped plastic housing and a nonstick inner pot. Capacity options are 3 and 4L. The rice cooker is available in 300x251x200 and 334x282x230mm sizes, weighing 4.4 and 5.5kg, respectively. Whiteis the standard color. The unit is marketed under the in-house Xiaomi brand.

Microcomputer controls

The model SR-C50-A multifunction cooker from Ningbo Yangfar Industry Co. Ltd boasts microcomputer controls for 10 preset programs. It has a 24-hour timer, adjustable cooking time and temperature, and automatic keep-warm and overheat-protection features. The unit supports various cooking modes, including baking, barbecue, pasta, porridge and pizza. The multifunction cooker has a plastic shell, top handle and double-side nonstick-coated inner pot. It incorporates an IMD touch panel and a large digital LED display. Product dimensions are 430x315x295mm while weight is 3kg. Colors are customizable. For an MOQ of 1,000 sets, price ranges from $10 to $15.

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World's first nano diabetic rice cooker

The SH RC001 model from Shinning Industries Ltd is the world's first nano diabetic rice cooker that automatically reduces unhealthy starch and excess sugar during cooking. It also adopts in-house RCook technology that makes each grain fluffy and computer-controlled sensors for precise cooking at optimal temperatures. The unit has graphic user interface with track-ball navigation and a preset timer. It uses 304 stainless steel for the shell, and comes with a nonstick-coated inner pot and top handle. The rice cooker is packed in a gift box while a carton contains two units. The product goes for $306.60. MOQ is 500 units.

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Supports Android, iOS

Zhongshan Enaiter Electric Appliance Co. Ltd offers the EB-FD50F2-W1 model, a Wi-Fi- and Bluetooth-enabled rice cooker that pairs with Android and iOS devices. It features more than 20 fixed cooking modes, including stewing, frying, steaming and baking. The unit adopts 3D keep-warm technology and has a 24-hour preset timer. The smart cooker uses PP for the housing and comes with a nonstick inner pot. Product weight is 4.02kg. The unit is available in 4 and 5L versions, and meets CB, CCC, CE, EB, ETL and GS requirements. A set includes a measuring cup, steamer basket, serving spoon and user manual. Colors options are black, silver and white. MOQ is 500 units.

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Prepares Asian, Western dishes

The BZ01 model from Zhuhai Kuke Intelligent Technology Co. Ltd is a Wi-Fi-enabled automatic cooker that prepares Asian and Western dishes based on a built-in and updated list of recipes. It alerts users through an accompanying app when to add ingredients while cooking, and when to switch off the unit. Temperature and cooking time are also displayed through the app. The cooker prepares and reheats meals without using oil or emitting smoke. Cooking modes are frying, boiling, stewing, steaming and baking. Custom recipes are also allowed. The unit has an ABS frame, stainless steel pot cover, nonstick pan and protective baffle. It measures 280x390x230mm and weighs 6kg. Power is 1,650W. Colors are red, silver and gold.

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