Taking the $995 Brava Countertop Smart Oven For a Spin — The Kitchen Gadget Test Show

Taking the $995 Brava Countertop Smart Oven For a Spin — The Kitchen Gadget Test Show

August 14, 2019 100 By William Morgan


– Okay party people, we’re back.
We are testing the counter
top smart oven and honestly
this is one of the things
that I have been wanting
to test for awhile.
(upbeat music)
The counter top smart
oven has so many different
technologies that they
use that we tested before
in other gadgets, but it’s all in one.
Okay the first recipe is
going to be one of the recipes
that are built into the computer.
It’s pork chops with some cauliflower.
And just to go through
the basic way of how this
oven cooks, so each zone
corresponds to a different heating
element in the oven.
You can see there’s
zone one, two and three.
It goes in one tray and it
cooks all at the same time,
but it’s at different temperatures.
So it’s controlled.
Everything will come out cooked perfectly.
So with this recipe you
go to cook and from here
it says step one, two three and four.
There’s tips and then there’s
exact mirror images of
like what it should like on the tray.
It really kind of dummy proofs
the whole process, right?
Okay so it says zone
one add the pork chops.
Add the pork to zone one.
And we’ll season the other side.
And then it says zone two and three
you’re doing the cauliflowers.
So add it to zone two and three.
So basically it’ll cook
everything at the same time.
So it says to connect the
temp sensor to the oven.
So this comes with a little sensor.
You connect it to where it’s
supposed to be, like that.
Then you’re going to pick the
temperature of the doneness
of the meat.
So you can either go pink or well done.
So meat is in.
Probe is in.
Door closes, and then
it gives you an overview
of what you just did.
So thickness of the meat, temp sensors
connected, doneness, pink.
So on the app on the
phone, it’s really cool
because it knows how long
your meat has been cooking
for, and then you can go and
see the same exact screen
that’s here on your phone.
It’s says the Brava Oven it’s
connected and you click on it
and the same exact screen that’s
here is now on your phone.
And now I can go to the
other side of the room,
go watch TV and then see my
food cook at the same time.
I can already see the pork searing
and it’s like bubbling inside.
I can also hear it, and it’s
only been like two minutes.
So by the time you’ve pre-heated
your oven which also takes
like 10 minutes to preheat
we don’t need all that.
Hence you get dinner in 11 to 18 minutes
and that’s a huge time variable,
but that’s because the probe is monitoring
the temperature of the meat.
If the pork is cooking
faster then it’s making
the cauliflower temp hotter,
so it cooks at the same time.
So it’s adjusting the
temperature accordingly.
Oh look pork chops cooking
faster than expected,
so it knows that the pork
is cooking so much faster
and getting a lot hotter
than it should be.
It says we’re done.
(dinging)
So the pork chops are done.
I’m just going to take it out.
Don’t judge me guys.
I would have liked the pork
chops to have more sear,
number one.
Number two, the cauliflowers
did not reach a color
that I would have liked.
I think they should be more
roasted, but is it cooked?
Cooked nicely.
It’s just missing the color,
but I think it’s cooked nicely.
Now the pork chops as you
can see it’s not seared,
if anything it’s like boiled.
A ton of juices, but let’s
see how well it’s cooked.
It’s cooked pretty decent.
It’s pink.
We said pink not well done.
I’m really missing that
like crust, and that sort of
like seared beautiful flavor.
That’s definitely missing.
It’s just seems like a
boiled piece of pork chop.
I’m really disappointed.
We tested the different zones.
Now we’re just going to try
to max heat and sear a steak,
and then still try to get
the perfect steak at 125.
There is a sear function, that’s
what we’re going to click.
We’ll click all three zones.
And you can do like zone two, three,
or just one or whatever you like.
We’re going to go with all
three zones, and then you can
choose to sear just the
top or the bottom or top
and bottom, which is what we’re
going to do for our steak.
Set the time as well.
In this case we’ll just
do it at three minutes
and then check it.
And then it shows you where to place …
Where to place your tray,
which is in the top.
So as you can see here the
probe reads it’s at 58 degrees
now and it’s timed.
And you can also watch
your steak being seared.
All right.
Woo okay I’m not wowed
because it’s not seared on this side.
(sizzling)
It is extremely hot though.
But it’s beautifully seared on one side,
just not seared on both.
Tiny disappointed, but I’m at
least happy that it’s seared,
at least one side, right?
And I know for a fact that
this is exactly 125 degrees
which is perfect.
So now checking on the temp of the steak,
which should be at 125 degrees.
Yeah that’s good, but
I must say throughout
the steak it’s not even.
So the part that was touching
the tray was a lot more cooked
than the other side, right?
So there’s a little bit of
unevenness throughout the steak.
A better job than a regular oven,
but obviously you can do
it a lot better on a pan,
but it is cooked mid-rare.
So, I’m not terribly mad about it.
It’s cooked nicely.
It’s mid-rare.
But it’s uneven throughout the steak.
So if we’re talking about perfection here,
obviously don’t cook a
steak in any type of oven.
Just do it the right way.
As for ease, yeah it was very easy to do.
And I’m sure with fiddling
around with it you can achieve
a better product, but I
think in the end too much …
I mean it’s supposed to be smart oven then
it’s like too much work.
Honestly, don’t cook a
steak in a smart oven.
The purpose of the cookie
test is obviously to see even
distribution of heat inside
the smart oven, right?
And with baking there is
a pre-heating so you can’t
just put it in.
But that makes sense because
you’re trying to get even
heat throughout the whole oven, right?
While that’s pre-heating
we’ll just place our cookies
on the tray.
We’ll bake the cookies
for 10 to 12 minutes.
It’s done pre-heating,
which was actually like
very, very fast though.
So I must give it that.
This is like a miniature
Easy Bake Oven, honestly.
Okay we’re going to start with 10 minutes.
First of all it’s at least six cookies,
which is not enough for me.
And for around $1,000
this gadget better do
some impressive (bleep).
All right.
Cookies are baked.
Cookies are out.
We’re going to check if all
the bottoms are evenly cooked.
They look fine, it’s just I
think my only complaint if I had
to complain about it is that it only baked
six cookies at a time.
Whereas if you’re baking in the oven,
you can bake a dozen,
like two dozen at a time.
The edges are crispy.
So I think that this oven is
one of those things where right
now I was super stoked about
this product, it’s just that it
fell so short in the actual results.
That’s what kitchen gadgets are for.
It’s supposed to make your life better,
yet the food better too.
Sorry smart oven you just did
not live up to my expectation,
especially for the price
tag of around $1,000.
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