Top ways smart tech can save Thanksgiving dinner

Thanksgiving is approaching and, for many people, that means hosting the big event. While some may find hosting the holiday meal to be stressful and chaotic, you’re not worried. Because you’re a smart cookie, you know you can use tech and gadgets to streamline everything and have your kitchen run like a Gordon Ramsay-approved assembly line. If you need ideas on how to make things easier and more efficient, you’ve come to the right place. Here are the top ways smart tech can help you plan, organize, and execute the best Thanksgiving dinner.

Weber Genesis II 3-Burner Gas Grill

Weber Genesis II 3-Burner Gas Grill

Cook the perfect turkey and free-up the oven for your sides

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Bose SoundLink Flex

Bose SoundLink Flex

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amazon echo show 15 review large screen larger utilityAmazon Echo Show 15 Let your digital assistant help

Pros

  • Huge 15.6-inch screen
  • Widget functionality makes it easy to see tasks, smart home, and more at a glance
  • Different orientation options
  • Visual ID swaps between users

Cons

  • Lacks customization and personalization options
  • Software crashes without explanation

Before the Party Starts

A successful Thanksgiving starts with the planning. In the days and weeks before the big day, and as you’re going in and out of the fridge or cupboards, use your digital assistant like Google or Alexa to help you manage grocery lists and to-do lists. Just shout out things you need and by the time you get to the store, you’ve got a full shopping list that’s easily shared with other family members. The Amazon Echo Show 15 can be a family hub for you or you can pick up the new Echo Dot with Clock for a smaller footprint.

Think about next year

Didn’t plan ahead? Next year, invest in a fridge with a built-in camera (both Samsung and LG have models with this feature), so you can check your food supply while at the grocery store and save yourself a trip back.

Amazon Echo Show 15

Amazon Echo Show 15

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roborock s7 maxv ultra review 1Nick Mokey/Digital TrendsRoborock S7 Max V Ultra Don’t clean – get a robot!

Pros

  • Self-emptying, self-cleaning
  • Simple setup
  • Quiet
  • Great mopping performance
  • Decent obstacle avoidance

Cons

  • Lackluster pet hair pickup on carpet
  • Large dock

There’s no point in spending a lot of time cleaning when you can have your robot vacuum do it while you’re prepping food. Many of the new models can also act as mops. Take it from a frequent entertainer and robot vacuum expert: run the vacuum/mop the day before to do the heavy cleaning, then send it out the morning of as you begin the preparations. When the party is over, run it one last time before you go to bed. It won’t help with the dishes, but at least it will clean up all the table droppings.

Our pick is for the Roborock S7 Max V Ultra, which is a dual vacuum and mop that does a top-notch job.

Roborock S7 MaxV Ultra Robot Vacuum with Empty Wash Fill Dock

Roborock S7 Max V Ultra

Don’t clean – get a robot!

philips hue lightstrip outdoor review featPhilips Hue Lighting Color and ambiance – all from an app

Pros

  • 16 million colors with adjustable output to 900 lumens
  • Weatherproof operation in all conditions
  • Freestanding or screw-clip mounting options
  • Simple installation with extension kit available for longer runs
  • Support for Amazon Alexa and Google Assistant

Cons

  • Strips can’t be cut to size
  • Drab silicone cladding

There’s nothing like making a great first impression. Try using smart outdoor lights to keep the entrance bright and welcoming. Use the app that accompanies most smart lights to add color to make things pop. We’re big fans of Philips Hue smart lights, and their outdoor lights are durable even in the most frigid climates.

Use your Ring doorbell to answer the door and let your guests in without leaving the kitchen. You can even set the Ring doorbell to play a festive chime to set the stage before your guests enter. If you have a smart lock, you can even set a temporary passcode guests can use if your layout has the front door far from the kitchen.

Philips Hue White and Color Ambiance Outdoor Lightstrip

Philips Hue Lighting

Color and ambiance – all from an app

weber genesis smart grill reviewWeber Genesis II 3-Burner Gas Grill Cook the perfect turkey and free-up the oven for your sides

Pros

  • Nice design
  • Durable build
  • Easy to light
  • Smart technology built in
  • AC or Power bank option for smart module
  • Lots of storage
  • Extra burner is handy

Cons

  • Cost?
  • Learning curve with Weber app
  • Assembly takes a while

If you’re grilling your bird, think about using a smart thermometer like Weber iGrill or Weber Connect to keep tabs on the turkey. Weber’s remote options cover the bases nicely. You can also get a wireless smart thermometer like the TempSpike that will let you know when the turkey is cooked to perfection.

Weber Genesis II 3-Burner Gas Grill

Weber Genesis II 3-Burner Gas Grill

Cook the perfect turkey and free-up the oven for your sides

anova precision cooker nano an400 us00 reviewErika Rawes/Digital TrendsAnova Nano Sous Vide Cook your veggies like a pro

Pros

  • Compact size
  • Touchscreen display/controls on the device
  • Sleek design
  • Durable construction
  • App control

Cons

  • Lacks Wi-Fi connectivity
  • Clamp is small
  • Tends to sit too high on the pot, requiring higher water

Stovetop crowding and other factors can create havoc on even the best-planned meals. Use a sous vide cooker like Joule with its app to manage the veggies. You can even precook things like carrots and turnips, then just leave them in a vacuum-sealed food storage bag until ready for use. Before dinner, put them back in a hot water bath in a container set on a trivet away from the stove, so your veggies can return to the perfect temps while you use the stovetop for other more urgen

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