Earlier this week, Molly-Mae Hague took to TikTok to share a baking video of her daughter’s birthday cake, but something else in the video caught everyone’s attention – Molly-Mae’s smart oven that opens on its own. And people lost their minds. Us included.
Needless to say this is one of the best ovens we’ve seen in a while. To say that we were intrigued would be an understatement. This is why we just had to track it down and find out how it opens on its own. And we’re happy to report that we succeeded!
The influencer’s self-opening, hands-free oven is right on trend with the smart home trends, and even smart kitchen appliances which are gaining in popularity as people slowly get used to the idea of connecting their entire homes to create one smart home ecosystem.
Molly-Mae Hague’s smart oven
Molly-Mae’s smart oven is the Miele H 7464 BPX in obsidian black selling for £2,829 no less. But given the innovative features and the fact that it’s Molly-Mae we’re talking about, the high price tag is not all that surprising. Similarly, her very chic Smeg bean-to-cup coffee machine she showed off on Instagram a few months ago was quite the investment.
But what we want to know is how this oven opens all on its own.
‘This oven is part of the Miele ArtLine range of handless cooking appliances,’ starts Sophie Lane, product training manager at Miele GB. ‘With a single touch on the control panel, the oven will softly open hands free. You can also use your voice to open the oven for you! It can also be connected to Amazon Alexa or a Google Home device via WiFi - great for those times when you have a tray in hand ready to go in the oven, but have forgotten to open the door.’
That also made us wonder whether it closes on its own as well, even though Molly-Mae is seen closing it manually in the TikTok video.
‘The oven does need to be manually closed. This is for safety reasons to make sure no hands or arms are in the oven when closing,’ Sophie adds.
But the hands-free design in itself is something we’re very into as it makes for a sleek, minimalist finish – and we know that’s exactly the vibe Molly-Mae loves to go for.
‘Going handless certainly helps to create a seamless appearance and is a great choice for those who want a minimalist kitchen,’ says Matt Ayres, appliance expert at RDO Kitchens & Appliances, who also highlights another smart feature. ‘Another very handy feature for anyone prone to burning food is that this oven uses TasteControl technology to prevent overcooking, where it will automatically open the oven door to let out the heat and retain the desired taste and texture.’
Does this mean that future kitchen trends will be all about smart ovens and other kitchen appliances? Perhaps.
‘Smart ovens and other high-tech kitchen appliances have undoubtedly been gaining in popularity in recent years,’ Matt explains. ‘Features like the ability to preheat your oven ahead of time with voice or app control or in-app monitoring of the cooking process via wireless food probes are increasingly sought out by consumers, but more important are serviceability and efficiency.’
He concludes, ‘The integration of smart features in the appliance space is still relatively new but as smart tech integration becomes more commonplace in the home, we expect to see increased appreciation of the benefits it can provide, sitting alongside the traditional purchase factors of quality, price, efficiency and performance.’
And if you're after some similar alternatives to Molly-Mae's Miele oven, here are some of our favourites:
Also equipped with an automatically opening door at the press of a button, this handless design uses AI Pro Cooking, which lets you see inside the oven and control it remotely. The built-in artificial intelligence recognises ingredients and suggests recipes and cooking time and setting accordingly.
While this oven design does come with a handle and doesn't close on its own, it has other very cool features. For starters, it comes with a self-cleaning function so the days of oven scrubbing are over. And it can also be controlled via voice commands or an app on your phone so that you can control your cooking and baking remotely.
If you're looking for a smart oven on a budget then this Haier model might just be it. Selling for a much more affordable price of £349, this oven can too be connected to your phone so that you can control it wherever in the house you are.
The future is looking very smart indeed.
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Sara Hesikova has been Ideal Home’s News Writer since July 2023, bringing the Ideal Home’s readership breaking news stories from the world of home and interiors. Graduating from London College of Fashion with a bachelor’s degree in fashion journalism in 2016, she got her start in niche fashion and lifestyle magazines like Glass and Alvar as a writer and editor before making the leap into interiors. She feels the two are intrinsically connected - if someone puts an effort into what they wear, they most likely also care about what they surround themselves with.
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