Whirlpool has announced that some of its Wi-Fi connected smart ovens will get an air fry mode to mimic the crisp reheating properties of one of the internet’s favorite kitchen gadgets, all via an update. software.
The functionality will be available on its Smart Slide-in gas and electric ranges and smart single, double and combination wall ovens via what Whirlpool calls an “instant live upgrade”. Ovens also have the option of connecting to Whirlpool’s Yummly Smart Thermometer, which will allow you to start preheating the oven from some of the recipes in the app.
The company says you will be able to purchase a hot air frying basket to put in your oven, from “early 2022”. And it looks like more features are in the works – its press release says “its smart devices are getting improved connected upgrades over time,” referring to the air fry mode as the “beginning.” .
Whirlpool did not respond to The edgeThe question of how the air fry mode would be different from the convection setting that many of its smart ovens have, as air fryers are usually just smaller convection ovens.
GE Appliances, one of Whirlpool’s competitors, also recently added an air fry mode to some of its smart ovens, as well as a Turkey mode. While some customers – myself included – haven’t found smart devices particularly appealing (the lack of longevity often found in the IoT space can be hard to swallow for such expensive purchases), the promise of new features being rolled out via a software update is a pretty decent selling point.