When you think of essential kitchen appliances, there are a couple of pieces that come to mind: blenders, coffee makers, and, of course, the all-important microwave. A staple in most kitchens, microwaves may seem like a fairly basic device — after all, you just open the door, put food inside, and press a button, right? That all depends on the model you choose. The AmazonBasics microwave with EchoDot ($109.98, Amazon) takes that idea and puts it on its head with a whole slew of features you'd never expect.
This bundle, which consists of both the microwave and an EchoDot (a smart speaker that will respond to your voice when paired with appliances via a wireless Bluetooth connectivity), is the smart kitchen set you never knew you needed. The food warmer features a sleek, compact design complete with 10 power levels, a kitchen timer, a child lock, and Amazon Alexa (the voice that acts as your virtual assistant) connectivity via the EchoDot.
When both devices are used together, you'll have a microwave that works by voice control, meaning you'll only need to shout a command, such as, "Alexa, heat for 20 seconds," to get food your cooking. Created to help you get meals on the table faster, this set-up comes equipped with quick-cook voice presets and a simplified keypad, so Alexa can get to work as quickly as possible.
The reviews for this bundle are glowing, with many raving that the Alexa integration isn't just a gimmick, but a life-changing feature — especially for those with physical issues that make mobility difficult. One buyer shared, "My mother has macular degeneration disease. This microwave is perfect for her. Since it's voice-controlled with short, simple commands, she has no problems cooking the food. ... Prior to this type of microwave, she had many problems finding and pushing the correct buttons to prepare the food to the point that she wouldn't use the microwave. The voice activation has returned some autonomy for her!"
Wrote another, "My wife and I searched high and low for a small microwave that her elderly parents could use. She is completely blind and he is physically not able to use a keypad or a knob to set the microwave. This unit has given them back a bit of independence. [It] doesn't sound like much, but every little thing you can do without asking for help is an accomplishment!"
Whether you're an Amazon aficionado looking for a high-tech upgrade or someone in the market for an adaptive kitchen appliance, this Alexa-compatible microwave is one we can all get behind.
Where to buy: $109.98, Amazon
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