I Tested the Tesla of Smart Ovens — And It’s as Impressive as It Sounds (Plus, It’s on Sale for Prime Day!)

I Tested the Tesla of Smart Ovens — And It’s as Impressive as It Sounds (Plus, It’s on Sale for Prime Day!)

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Like many children of the late 90s and early aughts, my Easy-Bake oven was my life. A child of the new millennia, I was instantly enamored by this piece of tech that allowed me to take cooking into my own tiny hands and create sweet treats in minutes. So, you could imagine my delight when I came across a device some 20 years later that seemed to improve upon this idea across the board by allowing you anything (breakfast, lunch, dinner, or dessert) with the touch of a button. I’m talking about the Brava Smart Oven. Like most smart ovens, the Brava was designed to make cooking fun, easier, and faster. But does it live up to the hype? How hard is it to use? And most importantly, is it worth the $1000+ price tag? After months of testing and dozens of recipes made, dear reader, I’m happy to say this device is the real deal. The best part? It’s on sale during Prime Day, which ends tonight!

So what makes this smart oven different from the rest of the smart ovens on the market today? One word: light — as in it cooks with light. No, seriously. I’ll be the first to admit that when I first heard this, I cocked my head like a confused puppy. Let me break it down: using a combination of both infrared and visible light (courtesy of the device’s six halogen lamps), the Brava cooks with light, heating up in seconds and cooking anything you throw at it in record time. Able to work as an oven, toaster oven, slow cooker, steamer, air fryer, dehydrator, frying pan, sous vide, and grill, it’s designed to be the ultimate easy-to-use all-in-one device thanks to its intuitive touch screen controls and a library bank of recipes that is constantly being updated with new and exciting dishes (don’t worry, you’re not beholden to these recipes; you can customize them and add your own, too!)

To say I was excited to put this sleek, Jetsons-eqsue device to the test would be an understatement — I checked my package room with bated breath waiting for it to arrive and unpacked it with glee. There are a bunch of things that attracted me to the Brava Oven, with one of the main things being its versatility. As someone still building out their kitchen setup, my appliance collection was pretty sparse, so finding a device that could combine all these functions into one not only seemed cost-efficient but small-space friendly (a must for my studio apartment). Now for the fun part: the cooking.

A couple of days after receiving it, I dedicated a day to cooking solely with my Brava. Alongside the oven, I got the sheet pan, a glass pan, and an egg pan so I figured I’d start with something simple for breakfast to get familiar with the device: eggs and toast. After placing the bread and egg on their respective pans, I tapped the “egg sandwich” recipe, chose my desired egg hardness level, and let it do its thing. Not even five minutes later, I had a perfectly fried egg and crisp toast ready to be plated — minus the fuss.

While doing my research on the Brava, I found the most magical promise of this device to be that thanks to its Pure Light Cooking technology, it could cook multiple foods at the same time at different temperatures, each to perfection. This meant I wouldn’t have to worry about adjusting the temperature or pulling out extra pots and pans to cook an entire meal. It seemed impossible, so for my next test, I decided to go all in with something I personally find to be the trickiest to cook: salmon.

Attempting to recreate an image I saw on the company’s site, I put together a meal consisting of two pieces of salmon, green beans, and fingerling potatoes. Following the machine’s preset recipe instructions (but jazzing it up with some of my own spices), I placed each item on its own part of the sheet (each pan comes divided into three sections) and crossed my fingers. To my utter shock, it worked perfectly. The salmon? Tender and flaky. The green beans? Crunchy and delicious. The potatoes? Crisp on the outside, soft on the inside. I was flabbergasted.

The last test was dessert: chocolate chip cookies. While I could always crank up my conventional oven to cook up a batch of cookies, I was really interested in trying it out in the Brava for two reasons: to make a smaller batch and to prevent heating up my apartment on a hot summer night. After putting together my mother’s secret recipe (sorry, can’t share it), I placed them in the Brava, put it in Bake mode (where you manually set the time and temperature like a regular oven), and waited for my cookies — oat milk in hand. They came out at about the same time as they normally would in a regular oven and were exactly how I like them, crisp and chewy. Yep, I was sold.

Now you’re probably saying to yourself, “Sarah, why would I need this oven when I have a perfectly good oven in my kitchen?” to which I would say two things: time and space. For me, time is precious and while I do love a big cooking extravaganza, there are days when I want to do anything but spend hours in the kitchen cooking, monitoring my meal, and cleaning up. With the Brava, cooking on crazy days is less laborious and, for the most part, foolproof (I’ll never make better salmon than my Brava does). It also provides me with the opportunity to save so much space by not having to invest in extra kitchen appliances for my home, which honestly would’ve been just as expensive of an investment. Having a true all-in-one appliance is a game-changer.

Sarah M. Vazquez

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Sarah writes about all things shopping for Apartment Therapy, The Kitchn, and Cubby helping you find the best deals and the best products for you and your home. A Brooklyn-born Jersey Girl, she loves a good playlist, a good bagel, and her family (but not necessarily in that order).

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Walmart Is Offering Prime Day-Level Prices on Vacuums, Mattresses, and Popular Kitchen Brands

Walmart Is Offering Prime Day-Level Prices on Vacuums, Mattresses, and Popular Kitchen Brands

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If you didn’t check off all the boxes on your spring cleaning to-do list, there’s still time to give your space a new look! There are lots of mid-summer sales going on right now, including Amazon Prime Day and Wayfair’s Warehouse Clearout. However, those aren’t the only big retailers with major ongoing sales. Currently, Walmart is offering rollbacks, or temporary price reductions, on tons of popular household products, including items from some of our favorite brands like Shark, Bissell, Serta, and more. Enjoy the sunshine and summer fridays by treating yourself and your home to new furniture or tools. After all, these low prices are just temporary!

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Editorial Intern, Kitchn Commerce Team

Phoebe is the Editorial Intern for the Kitchn Commerce team. You can usually find her crafting a charcuterie board or making the most out of her tiny apartment kitchen. She is a student at Vanderbilt and is based out of Nashville and New York.

The Editor-Tested Weighted Comforter That Keeps You Cool Year-Round (And It’s On Sale!)

The Editor-Tested Weighted Comforter That Keeps You Cool Year-Round (And It’s On Sale!)

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These days, technology is making our homes more and more efficient, and I’m not just talking about smart doorbells or Amazon’s Echo Dot. Bedding brands are increasingly coming up with ingenious ways to ensure full nights of rest with innovations such as fabric made of anti-sweat bamboo viscose and quizzes to create the perfect pillow for you. Another major step forward has come in the form of weighted blankets. Merely adding some weight on top of your body during sleep has been shown to reduce anxiety and help relieve insomnia.

If that sounds enticing to you, you’ll be even more impressed by the Baloo weighted comforter specifically. Now through July 4, you can get 15 percent off all Baloo weighted bedding by entering SUMMER15 at checkout. Not only does their comforter come in two different weights for the full/queen size (15 lbs. and 20 lbs.), but you can also take a quiz to determine which weight is better for you. Additionally, the comforter keeps sleepers cool all year long, even in hot temperatures thanks, in part, to its 100% cotton fabrication. No synthetics here! “I cannot sleep without weight on me but also overheat super easily, especially in the humid Chicago summers,” one happy customer shared. “If I didn’t have this comforter, I don’t think I would ever sleep!”

Another element that adds to this bedding essential’s cooling nature is its interior, which is weighted with environmentally friendly glass microbeads. But get this: The beads only fill the center of the comforter, which ensures a more comfortable sleep. Before we featured this item in our Best Comforters list, AT’s home projects editor Megan Baker tested it, herself. “… Megan loved the even distribution of this comforter’s weight, which helped her fall asleep in mere minutes,” shared contributor Grace Cooper. “She also appreciated that the comforter had loops on all sides, which made applying her duvet cover a breeze.” Talk about a seamless experience.

The comforter also has a quilted pattern that helps keep the microbeads in place to avoid bunching. Per Baloo’s website, it “molds to your body like a gentle hug.” “I was cautiously optimistic upon purchase; I’ve tried many weighted blankets over the years but have always found them to be either too hot or with not enough drape to envelope the body,” one reviewer reflected. “This comforter solves both of those problems.” If you’re worried about caring for this bed covering because of its glass microbead filling, not to worry — it’s machine washable.

For some, 20 lbs. might sound daunting. Heck, even 15 lbs sounds like a lot. If you’re hesitant to give Baloo’s comforter a go, the brand also offers a similar blanket ranging in weight from 9 to 25 lbs. But we think you’ll enjoy the comforter after giving it a solid try.

This Oversize Blanket Is Surprisingly Breathable and Perfect for Hot Sleepers Like Me (Bonus: It’s on Sale!)

This Oversize Blanket Is Surprisingly Breathable and Perfect for Hot Sleepers Like Me (Bonus: It’s on Sale!)

Britt Franklin

Assistant Shopping Editor

Britt is a stargazer and sunrise-chaser with a collection of magic erasers, and a fascination with the fantastic. A storyteller at heart, she finds inspiration in all the small things, and can likely be found singing show tunes, catching up on K-dramas, or going on adventures to satiate her natural-born wanderlust. (Sometimes even all at the same time.)

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Lovesac’s Customizable (and Replaceable!) Storage ‘Sactionals’ Are Perfect for Small Spaces and a Breeze to Move — They’re 25% Off Right Now

Lovesac’s Customizable (and Replaceable!) Storage ‘Sactionals’ Are Perfect for Small Spaces and a Breeze to Move — They’re 25% Off Right Now

If you spend a lot of time at home, life is much more relaxing when you have comfy furniture that makes lounging around feel like a reward. As great as it is to take advantage of these warm and sunny days, the sun can be draining, and you’ll want somewhere shady and cozy to recharge. My family has always made it a priority to furnish our homes with cozy den and patio furniture because we spend the most time there, and Lovesac has been one of our favorites for years, both indoors and outdoors. I’ve spent literal hours sinking into multiple Sacs at once (We have three!) while binging Netflix or unintentionally drifting into an afternoon nap. With small children at home, a perk of the covers is that they can be removed and machine-washed, stress-free. I can’t tell you the number of times my nieces have spilled juice and smushed snacks into the sofa cushions, and the stains have washed out every single time to make the couch look as good as new!

Lovesac also makes giant cloud-like chairs and modular sofas, called Sactionals, that have an array of durable and customizable covers, sizes, and styles; including wedge seats for a curved sofa, rolled arms, and storage seats for blankets, fitness gear, toys, and small items that would otherwise clutter the room. Over 250 mix-and-matchable covers are available (along with free swatches) in a variety of fabrics such as leather, velvet, and convertible 2-in-1 reversible styles. With so many to choose from, you’re sure to find a cover that’s pet-friendly, child-friendly, or one that suits your tastes in general. Most importantly, they fit snugly around the furniture so you aren’t fussing over a poor fit. You can also select accessories and add-ons to further elevate the Sactional, such as a power hub to conveniently charge devices and a Guest Rest Bedding Kit that transforms the sofa into a temporary bed. As a result, it’s a stylish piece of furniture that adapts to your lifestyle as you need it to and not the other way around.

If you’ve been considering furniture from Lovesac, no matter how long, consider this your sign to take the leap! You can easily find a Sactional that literally fits your space, regardless of size, since they’re wonderfully small-space friendly and can be separated and rearranged in a snap. An added bonus is their “Designed for Life” Philosophy: Lovesac Sactionals are made to be the last sofa you’ll ever have to buy. As part of that philosophy, you can replace covers, cushions, pillows, and entire sections as needed so you don’t have to buy a whole new couch if it gets damaged or if you need to make adjustments to accommodate a new space after moving.

Right now, Lovesac is having a HUGE July 4th Sale on their versatile Sactionals, knocking 20 percent off the price. Additionally, if you go for the standard fill, you can get an extra five percent off, meaning you’ll save up to 25 percent off in total! That includes outdoor Sactionals and StealthTech if you opt for it, which is essentially sound and wireless charging embedded right into the sofa. Along with the Sactional sale, you can also get 30 percent off select Sac bundles through July 17. But wait, there’s more: Mark your calendar for July 1-4 because Lovesac is having a flash sale in which you’ll get 25 percent off Sactionals and 20 percent off everything else. Even with a big sale, furniture shopping can be stressful, and to ease that pressure, Lovesac also offers free shipping and a 60-Day Home Trial.

If you’re ready to see Lovesac for yourself, check out some of my favorite picks below and visit the website to build the Sactional of your dreams.

Get this look: Start with the 4 Seat + 4 Sides Sactional as your base. From there, add and attach two seats plus one additional side, and then rotate as needed.

Get this look: Begin with the 2 Seats + 4 Sides Sactional, and customize it to your liking. Separate from the sofa, add two seats without backs to create the ottoman. For the chairs, add two more separate seats and add a back to each.

3 Seats + 5 Sides Sactional and 2 Seats + 4 Sides Loveseat with 2 Ottomans, $7,586.25 (normally $8,925)

Get this look: The good news is you don’t have to fully assemble two Sactionals on your own. Simply choose the 2 Seats + 4 Sides Sactional and add another seat without sides, then do the same with the 3 Seats + 5 Sides Sactional. You could also add two ottomans to one Sactional and none to the other. Either way, the price will be the same, and that’s couldn’t be more convenient!

Get this look: Begin with the 3 Seats + 4 Sides Sactional as your base, pull it apart to swap out the right side arm with a Deep Side and add two more seats. Rotate the corner seat so its long side faces the left side of the Sactional, and then attach another seat with sides and a seat without sides at the end. The demo of your Sactional will look like it’s missing a pillow in the corner, but don’t worry, all Lovesac seats come with one so you can arrange them to your liking. For the ottoman, add two storage seats without sides. The MovieSac Squattoman Bundle is shown here with Dove Channeled Phur covers.

Britt Franklin

Assistant Shopping Editor

Britt is a stargazer and sunrise-chaser with a collection of magic erasers, and a fascination with the fantastic. A storyteller at heart, she finds inspiration in all the small things, and can likely be found singing show tunes, catching up on K-dramas, or going on adventures to satiate her natural-born wanderlust. (Sometimes even all at the same time.)

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