We spent 30 hours exploring the June’s capabilities—from air frying to dehydrating—but even with its snazzy touchscreen interface and internal camera, it doesn’t cook better than our top-pick toaster oven, the Cuisinart TOB-260N1, which costs a third of the price. Nor does the June make cooking any easier. Although it works fine as a regular convection oven, the smart programs (meant for automatically preparing basic ingredients like bacon or potatoes) are lacking in quantity and quality. Programs are sometimes frustrating to find in its category-based menu system and often finicky to use: You can increase the cook time only in increments of three or five minutes (depending on the ingredient). The June app can access many more recipes if you pay a subscription fee, but many of the offerings we tried were unappealing, confusingly presented, or poorly tested. You can update the oven’s software via Wi-Fi, so it has the potential to add and update programs and new features over time. If and when those upgrades come, we’ll revisit our evaluation, but the June Oven has a long way to go before it lives up to its exorbitant price.
A smart countertop oven that could be smarter
The June Oven fails to cook better than a regular toaster oven, and it falls short on its promise to make cooking easier.
May be out of stock
*At the time of publishing, the price was $700.
Source: NY Times – Wirecutter