Introducing Cinder...

The world's first precision countertop electric grill.

Now anyone can cook perfect steak, every time.

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Perfect steak from your phone.

Steak is cooked when it reaches a specific temperature. Say you want a medium rare strip steak. Cinder cooks the entire steak to precisely 130°F before cranking up the heat for a quick sear to perfectly brown the outside. The result is flavorful and juicy meat, every single time...

This Jetsons-style fantasy just became a reality.
— Huffington Post

But it's not just for steak.

Cinder has a bunch of other tricks up its sleeve.  From the humble grilled cheese sandwich, to pan-seared scallops, or butternut squash, Cinder will transform your cooking.

Cinder's precise control opens up a world of new cooking techniques. Caramelize apples, roll ‘tamago’ for delicious egg sushi, or make brunch amazing by wrapping hash-browns in cheese crisps.

How it works

Cinder is packed with features that make it one of the most powerful tools in any chef’s kitchen.

Custom-engineered cooking plate - We’ve embedded the heating elements into Cinder’s griddle to perfectly distribute heat across the entire cooking surface and to give you astonishingly precise temperature control. Temperature sensors are mounted to the underside of  the cooking surfaces for incredible accuracy.

Professional-grade control system - Like any great chef, Cinder keeps an eye on the burner. Our code and electronics continuously monitor the cooking temperature and can adjust it over a hundred times per second when necessary to keep your food cooking at precisely the right temperature.

Cinder completely eliminates the smoke and messy oil splatter that traditional stovetop searing will leave you with
— Kenji Lopez-Alt, Serious Eats

Multi-purpose cooking chamber - Cinder’s enclosed cooking area makes  high-precision, low temperature cooking a breeze. At high temperatures, it saves energy and helps keep your kitchen cleaner by preventing  messy oil splatter.

What people are saying

...sensors and software algorithms that mimic the mind of a brilliant chef.
— Wired
The perfect kitchen appliance for aspiring chefs.
— Gizmodo
As I take my first bites, savoring the juicy texture and rich flavor, I start to think about eating this way all the time.
— VentureBeat
It might be the last grill you ever need.

Frequently Asked Questions

+What is the cooking method?

Cinder is an electric contact grill. Two metal cooking surfaces contact and heat the top and bottom of the food. The air in the cooking chamber will heat up and warm the sides of the food, which are also cooked by radiant heat from the cooking surface.

+I already know how to cook, why do I need Cinder?

Some of our earliest beta users are professional chefs. They love their Cinders. Just like a sous-chef, Cinder frees you up to do more. You tell it what you want and Cinder takes care of it so you don't need to hover over the stove. If you use low temperature cooking, the sensitivity to time decreases drastically, making it easier to match multiple dishes together.

+When will Cinder ship?

Our first units will ship in the summer of 2016. From there, we’ll continue to ship Cinders in the order that pre-orders were received. Preorder yours today to reserve your spot. (Note that we will start with US orders due to additional requirements to ship overseas.)

+Will it fit in my kitchen?

Cinder was designed to fit comfortably on your kitchen counter. It will fit underneath a standard 18" high cabinet.. When closed, Cinder is about 13" wide, 17" deep, and 7" high. When open, the depth is 22", and we recommend a few more inches clear in front for a workspace. The highest point reached when opening is 18".

+When will my preorder be charged to my credit card?

Your card will be charged when you place your pre-order.. We offer a no-charge, no questions asked money back guarantee policy anytime before your Cinder ships and a have 60-day return policy after you get your Cinder.

+Do I have to pay sales tax/VAT?

We collect the applicable taxes at the time of purchase. You will see any taxes in the shopping cart and have the option to confirm the total amount before checking out. In the US, you will be charged sales tax if your shipping address is in California.

+I want to cook a specific food, will it work ?

Cinder works best on foods that are mostly flat, without bones, up to 2.5" thick. You can also use Cinder open, like a stovetop pan or griddle.

+Can I try before I buy?

We frequently demonstrate Cinder at events and conferences. The best way to find out when you can meet Cinder is to sign up for our mailing list.

+Is this like sous vide?

Sous vide, like Cinder, is a precision cooking technique. Cinder is different than sous vide because it’s capable of both low and high temperature cooking. Unlike sous vide, Cinder can perfectly cook both the inside and outside of a steak. Precision high temperature opens up new techniques, as well.

+I have another question.

We’d love to hear from you! Please drop us a line at: [email protected]

About us


We are a group of foodies and engineers on a mission to help people cook better food, more often. It all  started when Eric's parents gave him Modernist Cuisine as a graduation gift. He was inspired by the amazing quality of food from modern cooking techniques, but was frustrated that making the most delicious, interesting food required a professional kitchen or a research laboratory.  There had to be a better, more accessible way. After several years of prototyping, the Cinder Sensing Cooker was born. Based in Silicon Valley, Cinder is a graduate of Y Combinator and has raised over $1.5 million in venture capital.

Reserve yours today

Preorder now for only $189 + tax & shipping.

(That’s more than 35% off MSRP!)



Shipping late summer 2016.