What is the Tasty One Top?
Calling itself the most versatile appliance in your kitchen, the Tasty One Top is a smart induction cooktop that aims to make cooking a more streamlined experience with features designed to take the guesswork out of preparing your favorite recipes.
Specifically, the product is designed from the ground up to work with the Tasty iOS app (they mention that an Android OS version is in the works) in order to sync information that will help you prepare your dish to perfection.
The One Top is brought to you by BuzzFeed Product Labs, the social news juggernaut’s consumer product-focused initiative, in collaboration with GE Appliance’s FirstBuild. It features a hexagonal design (“Because Instagram,” as the company puts it) and works with all compatible pots and pans. Pro tip: To see if yours will work, stick a magnet to the bottom and see if it holds easily. If it does, you’re good to go.
This is because the One Top relies on a cooking method called induction cooking, which uses electromagnetic fields to heat the pot or pan you are cooking with directly, instead of the cooktop itself.
The device combines this functionality with a precision thermometer that they say will allow you to have greater control over the way you prepare your meals than ever before.
The device isn’t a one-trick pony, however; the makers of the One Top claim that it can handle a variety of different cooking styles, including pan, deep, and stir-fry, as well as slow cooking and even sous vide. That last one is made possible by the device’s ability to hold liquid temperature to within one degree of accuracy.
So clearly, there’s a lot of appeal here for those looking to break into cooking more at home, especially for those who feel a bit intimidated and overwhelmed by the learning curve often associated with getting great results in the kitchen. With that said, let’s take a closer look at what it’s actually like to use the product below.
How the Tasty One Top Works
The real value from the Tasty One Top seems to come in when it’s used alongside the Tasty mobile app–though it doesn’t have to be. Still, the app features some interesting conveniences that seem as though they may genuinely change the way you cook your food.
For instance, let’s say you’ve browsed the Tasty app’s impressive collection of over 1,700 recipes, and you’ve settled on a fantastic-looking steak with sautéed vegetable dish. With a few clicks, you can connect the One Top to your phone via Bluetooth, select the thickness and desired level of doneness for your meat, and boom; the One Top will automatically heat itself to the optimal temperature, alerting you when it’s ready to rock.
Meanwhile, the app’s innovative “Step-By-Step” mode will guide you through the process of adding the necessary ingredients in, all the while intelligently alerting you to things like “Add in the vegetables” and “Flip the steak now” when it’s time to do so.
Finally, using the included internal thermometer, the app will let you know when your meal is cooked to perfection, due to its ability to monitor both the temperature of the meat and that of the pan you are using itself.
The Tasty One Top certainly seems as though the device has potential to help you hone your prowess while learning the art of cooking, but a few additional features included within the device and its companion app make it an even more compelling offer.
For instance, when you’ve decided on what’s for dinner, the app has an “Export Ingredient List” feature that allows you to easily transfer the list to your Notes app, email, or just about anywhere else for convenient shopping.
Don’t feel like using a Tasty recipe? No problem; the One Top can be operated manually using the capacitive-touch buttons on the front of the device’s engineered crystal glass surface.
Tasty One Top Pricing, Availability and Return Policy
As of this writing, the Tasty One Top was available for pre-order exclusively through its main website. The device was listed at $149.00 when we looked, and included free shipping with a stated delivery of November 2017.
Your credit card will be charged upon checkout. The company also offers a deluxe option including a four-piece Premium Induction Cookware set for $184.00. In either case, the device itself is available in either a blue or black variant.
As for the return policy on the One Top, the FAQ section lists that all orders are covered by a 60-day satisfaction guarantee. If you are returning due to a fault in the product itself, the company will foot the shipping bills, but if you simply find that the One Top isn’t for you, you’ll be required to pay any fees incurred to get it back to them.
Tasty One Top vs. Other Smart Cooking Devices
The Tasty One Top may look like a completely unique device at first glance, but as usual for innovative products, there are other options to consider elsewhere online. A simple Google search for “smart induction cooktop” reveals several different products, including the Paragon Smart Cooking System and the Hestan Cue Smart Induction Burner.
Amongst these competitors, the One Top stands out for a few specific reasons. For one, though the Hestan Cue does come with its own smart recipe app, it simply can’t come close to the Tasty app’s variety and brand recognition in terms of the recipes that are provided.
Also, the Cue only allows the use of their own first-party cookware, whereas the One Top (as well as the Paragon) can be used with any induction-compatible pots and pans.
Finally, perhaps the most significant selling point of Tasty’s offering is its attractive asking price relative to the competition. Both the Hestan Cue and the Paragon go for $300 and $400, respectively, making the One Top feel like a steal in comparison, especially when framed against the 1,700 recipes included in the mobile app (with more being added daily).
In general, if you are searching for the best induction-style cooktop for your needs, ask yourself the following leading questions in order to help you settle on the right product:
- How skilled are you in the kitchen? The Tasty One Top seems to be ideal specifically for those who are still relatively new or inexperienced with cooking at home, though the device can certainly be used by anyone. Meanwhile, the Hestan Cue seems to be targeted towards a more experienced professional, with less of a focus on “done-for-you” features.
- Do you love the recipes found on Tasty’s social media platforms and app? If you already cook and enjoy these recipes as it stands, it makes sense that getting a product that’s specifically designed to prepare them to perfection would be a worthy investment to make.
- How much space do you have to work with? We can see the Tasty One Top being ideal for those who live in tight quarters, as its one-size-fits-all construction allows you to cook dishes to perfection–even when there’s no stovetop to be found.
The Bottom Line: Will the Tasty One Top Really Make It Easy to Cook All Your Favorite Recipes?
Based on everything that we’ve learned about the Tasty One Top, we can certainly see how it might be just what those who are new in the kitchen need to build their confidence and learn to become more comfortable cooking in general.
The convenient shopping features and step-by-step cooking instructions provide by the companion app compliment the automated features of the device itself particularly well when used together, and it’s clear that this is how the manufacturer intended the product to be used.
We can still see users enjoying the device without using the app, but much of its inherent appeal is lost when you reduce it to “just” an induction cooking surface.
Overall, as consumers ourselves, we’re optimistic and excited about the Tasty One Top. We haven’t tested the device for ourselves, and we’ll need to wait until the initial reviews are in before we truly pass judgement, but based entirely on what we’ve learned so far, we can’t wait to see more from BuzzFeed Product Labs and FirstBuild.
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