Voice control with Alexa
Rotating tray for even cooking
No broil or toast functions
No baking racks
No recipes in the app
We purchased the Amazon Smart Oven so our reviewer could put it to the test in her kitchen. Keep reading for our full product review.
We’ll admit it: We love using Alexa to control devices in the home, so we were curious how well the Amazon Smart Oven would perform. We bought frozen foods to test the scan-to-cook feature, and we stocked up on other foods to test its baking and roasting prowess. Many meals later, we have the answers.
Setup Process: Simple
Like any appliance that’s going to have parts in contact with food, we washed those parts before we used them. On first use, the oven exuded that usual new-hot-appliance odor, but it burned off by the time we used it a few times.
When the oven is paired with a nearby Alexa device (an Echo Dot comes included with your purchase of the oven), that one will respond when the Alexa button is pushed on the oven’s control panel, and there’s no need to use the wake word. We also let the Alexa app search for the oven so we could control it through the app and by voice from compatible devices.
While the manual was useful for basic oven operation, we downloaded an up-to-date list of scan-to-cook foods and a list of voice commands from the Amazon website. It’s not intuitive to find those lists, so it’s wise to bookmark amazon.com/help/smartoven.
Design: Big dark box
The oven is a large rectangular black box with silver-colored trim on the front across the top and bottom, a stainless steel handle on the right side of the door, and a control panel on the right side of the oven. When the interior light is off, the glass door is dark and reflective. It’s not unattractive, but it’s plain.
Given that this is a smart oven, we were surprised the control panel required pushing the buttons rather than being touch-sensitive.
Performance: Good microwave; okay for baking
After using this oven, we came to think of it primarily as a microwave oven, with extra features added in. As a microwave, it performed well, heating our frozen foods and leftovers and warming our drinks efficiently.
There are currently three brands of frozen products in the scan-to-cook list. The manual said cooking programs for those products were customized for this oven, and we confirmed that the oven didn’t follow package directions. For example, when we cooked rice and beans, the package instructions required stirring halfway through cooking, but the oven didn’t pause, beep, or otherwise request a stir.
When we used this as a standard countertop oven, we had some quibbles. The lack of any racks made it less efficient for baking and roasting. There is no broil function, even though the heating element is on the top of the oven, and there is no toasting program either, which is something we expect in a countertop oven. We found it annoying that when we opened the oven to check cooking progress, the oven didn’t resume automatically when we closed the door.
When we used this as a standard countertop oven, we had some quibbles.
The oven came with one short and one tall round rack, along with a round pan. All of the instructions in the manual suggest using the included round pan on top of one of the racks for everything except microwaving. The pan was too small for a standard frozen pizza, so we used one of our own pans on top of the rack to bake ours. Using the oven’s frozen pizza baking option, which is based on the weight of the pizza, the top over-browned a bit, but came short of burning.
While a 9 x 13-inch pan fits inside the oven, it would be bashing into the oven’s interior since the turntable is always on unless the temperature probe is plugged in. We stopped the spinning by plugging the probe in when we baked a cake in a 9 x 13-inch pan, but an off button for the turntable would have been better. The cake baked unevenly, with the front left corner browning much faster.
The shorter rack is for baking and roasting, while the taller rack is for air frying. When we baked apple turnovers on the included pan, the spinning came in handy since they browned evenly.
When we cooked wings using the air frying function, they cooked well, but we felt that the function was more like convection roasting than air frying, particularly when we air fried in the pan. The short rack could be used as an air frying rack inside the pan, but the spaces between the wires are rather wide. We used the rack when we air fried some steak fries, and they slid around during cooking, with some falling through the rack. They cooked well enough, but we weren’t wowed.
When we cooked wings using the air frying function, they cooked well, but we felt that the function was more like convection roasting than air frying.
The voice control works well—if you can remember all of the commands. It can also announce when food is done on your Alexa devices.
Features: Scan, voice, and app
There are three smart features with this oven: scan-to-cook, voice control through an Alexa device, and control from the Alexa app.
The scan-to-cook feature allows the oven to cook frozen foods without reading the instructions for time and temperature. We were a little surprised that our pot pie only offered microwave cooking since we prefer the results when we bake them. We tried the oven’s suggested microwave cooking and cooked a second one in the oven using the package instructions and confirmed that while the microwave cooking was faster, oven baking was better.
Most of the scan-to-cook items use the microwave for cooking or defrosting frozen foods, but there were also baked items like pizza, lasagna, and waffles, while tater puffs and fish sticks used the air fry setting.
Using voice commands usually requires that the oven door has been opened and closed recently, so it’s not possible to start preheating the oven while lounging on the couch. There is, however, a remote start option that can be set in advance and stays in effect for 24 hours as long as the oven door isn’t used during that time. This allows the oven to be heated remotely, but it doesn’t allow microwaving.
The list of cooking commands is fairly long, but sometimes oddly specific. For instance, there is a command to microwave baked potato soup, but no command to microwave tomato or chicken soup. There is, however, a more generic command to microwave soup or stock without specifying what type.
The cooking commands require a measurement, which might be the number of items, a volume, or a weight. Since there’s no command to heat water for tea, we used the command to reheat coffee. We had our choice of saying “reheat 12 ounces of coffee” or saying “reheat coffee” and waiting for the prompt for the volume.
Some of the measures were logical, but the “bake pizza” command required us to give a weight, as did the popcorn command. While packaged popcorn has a weight on the bag, when we’re microwaving our own popcorn we’re more likely to measure than weigh the kernels. Chicken thighs require a weight rather than piece count, while French fries require cups, and fish sticks require the number of pieces.
When we wanted to bake a potato, we were surprised there was a command to microwave a potato, but no command for baking. Halfway through microwaving—which the oven set for 10 minutes—it beeped and asked us to turn the potato over, and then we had to press the start button to finish.
The scan-to-cook feature allows the oven to cook frozen foods without reading the instructions for time and temperature.
The roast option let us choose a small variety of foods from beets to zucchini, but roast beef was inexplicably missing from the options. We could choose whole chicken or a pork loin, though. While it’s possible to manually set up a beef roast to be cooked in the oven, it seemed like an odd omission.
During cooking, we could ask Alexa when the food would be done. We could pause or cancel the cook by voice, and we could also resume it.
The last smart function is control of the oven through the Alexa app. We were a little surprised the oven didn’t have its own app, which would have been easier to access. To get to the oven’s control in the Alexa app, we had to open that app, choose devices, choose cooking, then choose the smart oven. The only option at that point is to scan to cook, which only works if the oven’s door has recently been opened and closed. It took us a while to remember to put the food in the oven, close the door, then scan the package. We tended to want to scan the package first.
The oven pushed notifications through to Alexa devices and the app, so it let us know that food needed to be flipped or when it was done. During cooking, the app showed us the time as it counted down, along with the oven and probe temperatures. The only control option, however, was to cancel the cooking—we couldn’t adjust the temperature or cooking time.
When we turned notifications on, all of our Alexa devices announced when the oven was preheated or the food was done. We would have preferred to choose which devices would announce.
Cleaning: No harsh cleaners
The instructions say the oven should be wiped clean inside with a damp cloth. We expect that cleaners will eventually be needed aside from plain water, but there are no recommendations in the manual aside from warning against harsh cleaners, metal scouring pads, or scraping the oven door. There are no instructions for cleaning the removable parts, but in a chat with Amazon, we found that the glass turntable plate is dishwasher safe, but all other parts should be hand washed.
Compared to other microwave/convection combo ovens, this is on the upper end of the price scale, but still in the same range as other quality ovens. The fact that it also incorporates smart features makes the price reasonable.
Amazon Smart Oven vs. June Oven plus Gourmet Package
While the Amazon Smart Oven we tested has a microwave function, the June Oven plus Gourmet Package that we tested does not. The June Oven does, however, have the ability to toast and broil, and the Gourmet Package adds three baskets for air frying and drying. It also has a rack that can be placed in three different positions, an internal camera, and an app with recipes that can control the oven. If someone is searching for a countertop oven, we recommend the June. If the microwave function is required and baking is less important, the Amazon oven can do the job.
- Product Name Smart Oven
- Product Brand Amazon
- MPN EB544N
- Price $249.99
- Weight 44.75 lbs.
- Product Dimensions 21.73 x 21.38 x 12.83 in.
- Capacity 1.5 cu. ft.
- Material Stainless steel interior, glass door, black coated steel exterior
- What's Included Glass turntable plate with support ring, tall and short racks, air fry pan, temperature probe
- Warranty 1 year