GE Appliances is launching a countertop microwave. From the GE Appliances Kitchen app, owners can use a smartphone to scan barcodes on food packaging that will automatically send exact instructions for cooking times and power levels to the microwave oven – ensuring a perfectly heated pizza pocket, bubbly burrito or melty mac-and-cheese.
The average microwave has 10 power levels, but many consumers never change the preset, defrost or power settings. With the scan-to-cook feature, consumers can take full advantage of the microwave’s capabilities by letting the machine optimize the settings and do the heavy lifting.
The new stainless steel GE Smart Countertop Microwave comes with more than 3,000 meal items preprogrammed, including frozen, refrigerated and shelf-stable goods, and will be updated with additional items over time.
“GE Appliances’ research shows consumers don’t use the full capabilities of their microwaves and stick to a few buttons and Time Cook,” says Shawn Stover, vice president of GE Appliances’ SmartHome Solutions team. “With our new GE microwave scan-to-cook technology, your son or daughter can head off to college and cook food with the help of their phone instead of relying on mom.”
In addition to the scan-to-cook technology, the microwave is compatible with Amazon Alexa. This means owners can speak directly to Alexa to control cook settings from any Alexa-enabled device to achieve the ultimate in kitchen convenience.
Hands covered in flour? Just say, “Alexa, add 30 seconds to the microwave.”
See oatmeal boiling over from across the room? “Alexa, stop the microwave!”
“We’re excited to work with GE Appliances to continue extending the convenience of Alexa to the kitchen,” said Christian Taubman, director, Smart Home Devices at Amazon. “We think customers will love the simplicity of hands-free voice control whether popping popcorn or preparing the perfect meal.”
GE Appliances and Amazon are teaming up to create a great deal that will suit your back-to-school needs, providing smart home convenience that is easy on your wallet and perfectly sized for dorm-style meals.
This microwave is bundled with an Amazon Echo Dot and sold at a special low price of US$154.98 for a limited time. The MSRP for the microwave is US$139.00.