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CNET reviews: 4 devices cooked up for the kitchen

The Bonavita Immersion Dripper makes rich coffee and

The Bonavita Immersion Dripper makes rich coffee and is easy to clean. Photo Credit: CBS Interactive

Cooking and technology go together roast beef and mashed potatoes. What chef doesn’t like working with the latest time-saving gadget? Fortunately, there are all sorts of new gizmos for people whose relationship with food comes in all forms. Here are four saucy new devices for the cook and the kitchen.

The following CNET staff contributed to this story: senior editors Brian Bennett and Laura K. Cucullu, senior associate editor Ry Crist and associate editor Ashlee Clark Thompson. For more reviews of personal technology products, visit cnet.com

Amazon Dash Wand

CNET rating

(out of 5) 4 stars (excellent)

THE GOOD The handheld device is easy to set up and to use. Dash Wand works with Alexa to help you find recipes, convert cups to ounces, buy and reorder essentials, find nearby restaurants and more.

THE BAD With the Dash Wand, Alexa can’t stream music, schedule reminders or set kitchen timers. She also wasn’t able to add more than one item to our shopping cart at a time.

THE COST $20

BOTTOM LINE This dirt-cheap Alexa device pays for itself if you already shop on Amazon.

Bonavita Immersion Dripper

CNET rating

(out of 5) 3.5 stars (very good)

THE GOOD It makes rich, intensely delicious cups of coffee. It’s one single unit that’s easy to clean by hand and is dishwasher-safe, and its filter cone is constructed from porcelain.

THE BAD It takes practice to use this coffee maker properly. For the best results you’ll need to use it with a quality coffee grinder, accurate scale and electric kettle with variable temperature settings. It’s more expensive than other single-cup pour-over brewers.

THE COST $30.84 to $39.99

BOTTOM LINE This isn’t the same old coffee grind.

KitchenAid Pro Line Series Blender

CNET rating

(out of 5) 3.5 stars (very good)

THE GOOD The blender has plenty of power to chop and mix solid food into smoothies, soups, sauces, butters and batters. It’s constructed from sturdy metal, plastic and silicone parts. It has just a few components that are a snap to clean. It features two speeds to pulse its blades.

THE BAD It’s expensive and comes with only a few automatic blending modes.

THE COST $399.99

BOTTOM LINE It’s a powerful machine, but for the best results, you’ll have to make regular use of its tamper.

iGuardStove Intelligent

CNET rating

(out of 5) 3.5 stars (very good)

THE GOOD This device automatically shuts off your stove if you step away for too long, which could help keep kitchens safe for families, kids and older adults. And built-in Wi-Fi lets the iGuardStove send you email alerts if five or more auto shut-offs happen within 24 hours.

THE BAD It’s expensive, and a few features didn’t make it to the launch date, including a mobile app.

THE COST $545

BOTTOM LINE This is a good product if you are concerned about yourself or a loved one leaving a stove unattended.

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