What is the Tasty One Top?

By Tyler Cooper
HighYa Staff Published on: Nov 5, 2017

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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8 Consumer Reviews for Tasty One Top

Average Consumer Rating: 1.9
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5 star: 1 4 star: 1 3 star: 0 2 star: 0 1 star:  6
Bottom Line: 25% would recommend it to a friend
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  • 1 out 1 people found this review helpful

    Don't waste your time or money

    • Texas,
    • Jan 12, 2018
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    Like many other people, I was extremely excited when I ordered the Tasty One Top. However, after months of waiting, I was extremely disappointed when the product arrived. Like others said, there are only 20 recipes to choose from that work with the one top, and they are all very basic like grilled chicken breast, steak, and salmon (most of the things which are pretty basic to cook with a simple thermometer and stove top). After digging for more instructions inside the app, I was able to find some misleading FAQs stating that "One Top-friendly" recipes were available in the app, which I couldn't find any of, even after I searched for the specific "One-Top friendly" recipe pictured in the FAQ. Apparently, I could use this with non-One Top recipes, but essentially I would just be cooking with a thermometer.

    SO disappointing, and I think many other people will be returning the product as well. Save yourself the frustration and just buy a $10 food thermometer until they figure this out!

    Bottom Line: No, I would not recommend this to a friend

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  • Excellent on manual mode

    I ordered the set ($184), and everything was received as expected. It works great! Good heat distribution and easy to operate.

    I enjoy cooking, so I'm not much into "app" cooking; I do my own sautés, etc., thus, no opinion on the app, since I haven't used it.

    The pot is a good size, and I enjoy making hot chocolate with it!

    Bottom Line: Yes, I would recommend this to a friend

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  • 1 out 2 people found this review helpful

    No Android app?

    • New Hampshire,
    • Jan 9, 2018
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    I pre-ordered the Tasty One Top and have received it. Now I have found out that the Android version is "forthcoming." I'm a staunch Android user and disappointed that this fact was not emphasized. Does anyone know how long it will be before the Android version is available?

    Bottom Line: No, I would not recommend this to a friend

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  • 1 out 1 people found this review helpful

    Very disappointing.

    I was so excited to get this but have been very let down and disappointed.

    As another reviewer mentioned, there are only 20 recipes available.

    Secondly, I ordered the cookware set and after only ONE use, the non-stick coating is flaking off of one of the pans, rendering it completely useless.

    Also, I used the large pot to make hard boiled eggs, but after 20 minutes the water still hadn’t come to a boil. I had to finish the eggs on my regular stove top.

    I would return the whole thing or complain, but there is no customer service number listed.

    Bottom Line: No, I would not recommend this to a friend

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  • 1 out 1 people found this review helpful

    Disappointed in lack of recipes

    • Houston, TX,
    • Jan 7, 2018
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    I received the Tasty One Top as a much anticipated Christmas present. I agree with the reviewer that mentioned we were promised access to over 1700 recipes (presumably all of Tasty's recipes, or at least a large number of them), and only approximately 20 work fully with the device. There are a handful of others that are labeled "One Top Friendly" and work partially with it, but it is a very small handful, and I am unable to count how many because you can't use that tag as metadata to search in the app (even though you can search on other similar tags - e.g. "Under 30 minutes"). Sadly I have not found one thing I was wanting to cook and had the ingredients for, that I was able to cook thus far. I haven't seen any new recipes added yet either (trust me, I've been looking).

    Bottom Line: No, I would not recommend this to a friend

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  • 3 out 4 people found this review helpful

    Works just as easily as I was expecting

    • Jan 2, 2018
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    I would be giving this a 5/5 rating, but unfortunately, as of 12/29/17, there is no Android App. Once I get that, it will be a 5/5 for sure.

    Other than that, this thing is amazing. Easy for someone cooking for one or two most.

    Bottom Line: Yes, I would recommend this to a friend

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  • 7 out 12 people found this review helpful

    Misleading

    I bought a Tasty One as a family Christmas gift because I love Tasty recipes and was thrilled with the idea that this device would help us more easily prepare meals. I read that we’d have access to 1700 recipes.

    In reality, once we got it set up and synched, we found there are only 20 recipes available to work with the Tasty One! Only 20! I looked up the Q&A, and it said it would be adding recipes daily, but how long is that going to take? We spent almost $200 for this for only 20 recipes?! I am more than disappointed and I feel that I got ripped off.

    Bottom Line: No, I would not recommend this to a friend

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  • 5 out 25 people found this review helpful

    Paid for, have not received cooktop

    I purchased in November, and it is two days before Christmas, and the cooktop is nowhere to be seen. I have emailed to complain and was told I would receive a tracking number soon. Again, two days before Christmas, no tracking number and no cooktop. I received the cookware, but without the cooktop they are worthless.

    Again, two days before Christmas and my son will not have his gift to open on Christmas morning!

    I will never buy from this company again and will be complaining to the BBB, Yelp, and on Facebook!

    Bottom Line: No, I would not recommend this to a friend

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    • Dec 27, 2017

      Kelsey

      Your review has nothing to do with the appliance and its ability to do what it is supposed to do. If you had done your research and read, you would have known that the One Top is on a preorder with a waiting list and that once you are off the waiting list, you are put in a queue and then notified when your one top is being shipped. A lot of people ordered the same time as you and have not received it yet. Please make your review about the actual product next time and not about your lack of not knowing the full picture.

    • Dec 29, 2017

      Joe

      Well, mine came relatively quickly and works great.

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