Brava’s smart oven uses a combination of sensors and intelligence to ensure your food gets cooked correctly every time, and it’s internet-connected so it can not only get updated with new recipes and features but also let you control it with your phone. At $1,095, plus a $10/month subscription, however, you might be stuck eating nothing but ramen.
Wrapped in spotless aluminum (until you splash some grease on it), the Brava oven is as sleek a countertop appliance as you could ask for, but a few co-workers wondered why I was setting up a 3D printer in the staff kitchen.
Most of the top of the Brava is covered with a heat-resistant silicone mat, useful for resting hot dishes. Toward the front is a 5-inch color touch screen, through which you can control the oven, look up recipes and watch instructional videos. It’s somewhat small, but it works. To the right is a large circular button you press to start the oven. The button is ringed with an LED, which changes color depending on its status.
The door opens and closes with a nice amount of force, but the one thing that I wish the Brava had? A window in the door. Yes, you can use both its small touch screen and your smartphone to see what’s going on inside, but I miss the ability to actually look through the front and see my steak cooking.
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Measuring 17.3 x 16.4 x 11.3 inches, the Brava is a bit larger than your typical toaster oven but takes up less space than the June (19.6 x 19 x 12.75). However, this means the inside of the Brava is smaller, too, which made it more difficult to fit anything larger than a chicken inside.
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How the Brava works
Unlike traditional ovens, which use either gas or electricity to heat the air, Brava’s smart oven uses infrared elements that can mimic various cooking methods. For example, the elements will tune to a specific frequency for searing, another for roasting and another for baking. Each of these elements can be independently controlled, letting you cook different items in the oven at the same time. Brava claims that its technology can also cook things faster than a conventional oven.
It will switch between these modes based on a host of sensors inside the oven, which look at various things — the air temperature, the temperature inside what you’re cooking and even the particles coming off the food.
The Brava also has a camera inside the oven that measures the doneness of whatever you’re cooking. You can also see what the camera is seeing through the Brava’s screen as well as on its mobile app (Android and iOS).
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