(Pocket-lint) - Like washing machines and dishwashers, ovens have seen huge tech developments over the last few years. In the past, ensuring you got the perfect roast chicken would have been very much down to you. These days, most ovens will do it all for you except put your dish in and take it out.
The best smart cookers come with numerous features, from sensing the weight of a joint of meat and adjusting the settings accordingly, to offering multiple cooking options across all types of food from pizza to cakes. Some smart cookers even offer touchscreen doors and built-in cameras, while others allow you to simultaneously cook at two different temperatures.
Here are some of the best smart ovens available to make cooking easier.
Best smart ovens you can buy today
The Hoover Vision oven has a touchscreen door that allows you to adjust settings nice and easily. It is a multifunctional model, delivering a range of cooking options from starters to desserts and it offers a pyrolytic function too.
What's perhaps most exciting about this oven, however, is it has a built-in HD camera inside that lets you check on that roast chicken without having to open the door. It also connects to the Hoover Wizard app where you can watch recipe videos, save favourites and watch your food cook at the same time.
Amazon Smart Oven
You didn't think we would forget Amazon's entry into the world of smart cooking, did you?
The company's Smart Oven is a great example of how a countertop device can really change how you cook, delivering a microwave, convection oven, food warmer and air fryer in one package.
It has 30 presets, voice control - of course, through Alexa - and links with Announcements for when your food is ready.
Even smarter, the scan-to-cook feature will let you, well, scan foods in the Alexa app and see them cook automatically.
Plus, if you do want a bit more control over the cook, the built-in temperature probe provides it.
Bosch Serie 8 HRG6769S6B
The Bosch Serie 8 HRG6769S6B has a good-sized capacity, along with multifunctional programmes, taking some of the guesswork out of cooking. A 4D hot air system uses a rotating fan to circulate heat on every shelf and there is a pyrolytic function too, meaning cleaning is a breeze.
This Bosch oven also has Wi-Fi so it will connect to the Bosch Home Connect app, allowing you to control some functions through your smartphone or tablet.
Tovala Gen 2 Smart Steam Oven
Tovala's second stab at the smart oven gives users five different cooking modes - steaming, baking, broiling, reheating and toasting - to help deliver the perfect cook every time.
To provide even more control, there's also the ability to link things up to your smartphone, where you can set the cooking mode, check on progress and receive a notification when it's all done.
Like Amazon's smart oven, you even get the choice to scan the barcode on certain foods and watch the device automatically configure the setting.
Samsung Chef Collection NV73J9770RS
The Samsung Chef Collection NV73J9770RS oven is a multifunctional oven like most others on this list and it also comes with a pyrolytic cleaning function, reducing food residue to ash, requiring just a wipe rather than a scrub.
This model also uses Gourmet Vapour Technology to add moisture to your meals, and it connects to Wi-Fi too, delivering some functionality through your smartphone or tablet.
Cosori Smart 12-in-1 Oven
If your aim is to try and eliminate every conceivable kitchen gadget and replace them with just one, Cosori's 12-in-1 smart oven gets you most of the way there.
With this on your kitchen counter, you have the option to preheat, air fry, bake, roast, broil and keep warm, as well modes for dehydrating, slow cooking, defrosting and fermenting.
As it requires a particular cook, and because it's arguably the most important thing you'll be putting in the oven, there's also a specific pizza setting.
As an added bonus, you can also control your cook via the VeSync App, as well as Google Assistant or Alexa.
Siemens IQ 700
The Siemens IQ 700 is a multifunctional oven, with numerous programmes from pizza to roasting joints. It has a rotating fan to cook evenly over four shelves, like the Bosch option a little further up this list.
This Siemens oven is Wi-Fi connected and it also comes with an self-cleaning function that burns food residue to ash to wipe away, like the pyrolytic functionality on many of the ovens mentioned in this feature. There is also a plate warming function.
Neff Slide and Hide B47CR32N0B
This Neff Slide and Hide oven is a multifunctional oven with various programmes, but it also offers CircoTherm Technology to circulate hot air evenly across every shelf without flavour transfer.
It isn't Wi-Fi connected like some others on this list, but this Neff oven has the Slide and Hide door that tucks away beneath the oven so it doesn't get in the way when putting things in and out of the oven.
Ninja is well-renowned for providing handy kitchen gadgets, but its DT251 might be one of its most versatile, giving you tons of ways to fine-tune your cook.
Users are able to choose between air frying, air roasting, baking, whole roasting, broiling, toasting, dehydrating and reheating, as well as special options for bagels and pizza.
And, while there's no place here for app control, users are able to gain a bit more insight into their cook through the integrated smart thermometer.
Smeg Classic SF6390XE
The Smeg Classic SF6390XE is a multifunctional oven offering various cooking options, from roasts to bread, and it also has a grease-proof enamel coating on the inside to prevent food stains from sticking.
It has a decent capacity, even if not as large as some others on this list and it also has an electronic programmable timer that you can set to turn off when your food is ready.
If you just want a simple countertop oven with plenty of smart cooking modes, this Breville pick is absolutely one to consider.
You won't get the smart assistant integration or app control, but you do get ample control over your cook with 10 pre-set cooking functions, including baking, roasting, broiling and slow cooking. There are also special modes for bagels, pizzas and cookies, too.
With Breville's own smart heating system - Element iQ - the oven is also able to distribute stable temperatures where you want them.
Samsung Prezio Dual Cook NV70F5787LB
The Samsung Prezio Dual Cook oven has a couple of clever features on board, including catalytic over liners to absorb grease and smooth telescopic runners on the shelves to make them glide easier.
The smartest feature is the Dual Cook functionality though. This oven has a special removable shelf to create two oven spaces in one, each with its own temperature. It means you can simultaneously cook a roast chicken at 180-degrees in one section and chocolate pudding at 160-degrees in the other section, for example.
Hoover Vogue HOAZ7173IN
This multifunctional oven from Hoover has a generous capacity, whilst also offering a grease-proof enamel interior so cleaning is nice and simple with a quick wipe of a cloth.
The Hoover Vogue HOAZ7173IN is significantly cheaper than the other Hoover model on this list, and while it doesn't offer the built-in camera, it does connect to the Hoover Wizard app, allowing you some control through your smartphone and tablet.