Though she had encouraged me to buy one, my wife was not happy when she came home to find our new June Oven taking up countertop space. It was big, bulky and why did we need a fourth (counting the microwave) oven in the kitchen?
And then she tried leftover pizza re-heated in the June and all was immediately forgiven. Now the June is an integral part of our everyday cooking.
If you’ve wanted a smart oven, but have been reluctant because of the size, the perceived usage and most importantly the cost, then this Black Friday may bring you the excuse you’ve needed to finally buy one. Three of the big countertop, connected smart ovens go on sale this Black Friday, here’s what they are offering.
The smart oven that cooks with light has a “VIP Pre-Black Friday Sale” going on right now, offering the Brava starter set for $845 (down from $1,095). It includes the oven, temperature sensor (which is dumb to list as an add-on because you definitely need it) a metal tray, a glass tray, and two year membership of its Brava Plus recipes and programmed cook functionalities.
I tested the Brava and it works well, but the small cooking cavity means it’s probably best for couples (or singles!) and not larger families. The good news though, is that Brava just got acquired by Middleby, a publicly traded company this week, and will continue as its own brand. So you don’t have to worry about the company going under and leaving you with a bricked oven.
Tovala has always been the least expensive option of the three main smart oven startups, and it’s also the only one (for now) that does steam cooking. Spoon Founder Mike Wolf liked the second-gen Tovala, and since he tried it both versions now have expanded scan-to-cook functionality so you can scan barcodes on products and the machine takes care of the rest.
For Black Friday, Tovala is dropping the price of the oven to $99 (retails at full price for $299), if you order a minimum of 6 of the Tovala meal deliveries. The company says the deal will run through next Friday and quantities are limited. If you miss that deal, Tovala will be on sale on Cyber Monday for $199.
As noted above, I have a June Oven and use it all the time. The company is currently offering a deal on its second-gen oven that even beats the introductory price I bought it at. Technically, this doesn’t seem to be a specific Black Friday deal, but you can get a June Oven standard package (which, honestly is the basic stuff you actually need to use it) for $499, down from $699. Guess those tariffs weren’t that big a deal after all?
If you are feeling adventurous and can wait till Cyber Monday, you can pre-order the just-announced Weber SmokeFire connected grill that’s powered by the June OS.
Any of these are a worthy addition to your kitchen counter and worth the space you dedicate to them. And with these reduced prices, now is the best time to grab one.