Induction cooktops and convection ovens are trending higher, and
microwave drawers are
outpacing freestanding or built-in microwaves. Steam ovens still
represent a small segment
of the market, but are also trending higher.
- Sharp is main manufacturer we have seen in the
pursuit of clean lines, microwave drawers are quickly outpacing free-standing
or built-in microwaves.
- Clears valuable countertop space or allows you
to have a nice hood above your stove, which provides much better air escape
than the built in vent on a MW
- Consideration - likely will need to modify your cabinets to make space and support the
products like a Jenn-Air induction downdraft cooktop that stands just 3mm high
above the countertop or the powerful connected wall oven with the V2™ vertical
dual-fan convection system, Jenn-Air continues to lead in these emerging
the induction cooktop technology has been around for many years, only recently
has it really taken off. And why not? Induction cooktops offer so many
advantages with almost no downside,” write the experts at
induction cooktop always stays cool to the touch – not heating up your kitchen
and providing an extra layer of safety that nothing else offers.
are as good as or better than gas cooktops in their ability to offer precise
and immediate control of temperature and to maintain a low heat level for
hours. As for speed, you can go from cold to boiling water in a saucepan in
about 90 seconds.
are extremely energy efficient and the smooth surface is a breeze to clean with
most brands having no knobs or buttons.”
around for centuries as far back as ancient china where cooks
would place reed or bamboo baskets over water-filled hot woks.
- In recent decades, restaurants have used
steam cooking to cook food quickly and keep it warm until serving time.
Currently, restaurants now use steam and water baths to cook foods using the
“sous vide” method to a precise temperature. Several residential appliance
brands produce steam ovens so you can now have access to this technology in
- Specifically, there has been a huge
introduction of steam products into the affordable luxury market under the
Bosch and Jenn-Air names in the last few years. Steam is now available at lower
prices than ever before and is available in bigger sizes as well. Miele and
Wolf make the largest 24’’ steam ovens in the industry (which can be outfitted
with a trim kit to measure 30”). Although many brands still make steam (only)
ovens, steam convection ovens are more popular for the added versatility.
does it work?
When the oven is turned on, the oven heat
turns water into steam. Many steam ovens have a removable reservoir that needs
to be refilled when you use the oven; some high-end models are connected to a
water line. The oven has a valve to release pressure of the steam similar to a
pressure cooker or a tea kettle. Steaming works well for delicate foods such as
custards and croissants. Many people also use steam to cook vegetables, fish,
meats, and add moisture back into leftovers.What
makes it great?
recent years, appliance manufacturers have moved to steam ovens. Steam ovens
have the same steaming capability, but are not built into your countertops.
Some models are convertible to a regular oven as well so they have both
steaming and browning capability. Some steam ovens are designed to sit on your
countertops like a microwave but many of the higher end models are built into
your cabinets like a wall oven.What is all the hype about?
cooking is faster than a convection oven when it comes to cooking vegetables,
small cuts of meat and fish. If you dislike when leftovers come out dry and
flavorless from the microwave. Steam ovens solve this problem. Steam restores the lost moisture
into your meals so that they taste as good as they did when they
were first cooked. Steam ovens also have the capability to reach high
temperatures when on the convection setting.
Healthiest Cooking Technology
Steam cooking is the healthiest form of
cooking. Today there is an enormous cultural emphasis on living a healthy
lifestyle. Your overall health largely depends on how your food is prepared.
Steam cooking retains more nutrients, vitamins and minerals than other forms of
cooking so that your produce looks and tastes better, and is healthier.
Steamed vegetables are moist rather than
oily or mushy. My least favorite way to eat produce is when it is pan fried
with butter or oil; I might as well have ordered French fries. With a steam
cooking product I eat more healthy produce than I otherwise would because steam
cooking is so easy and is not dependent on oils.Versatility
A great benefit to having a steam oven is
that it can accommodate a greater food capacity than a countertop steamer.
Steam ovens can be stove-sized or the size of a microwave. It can cook a wide variety
of items. You can cook, bake, roast, grill, steam, defrost, and warm leftovers
making these ovens some of the most versatile appliances in the industry.
Although many people would be reluctant to do this, manufacturers claim that
you could theoretically cook fish on one rack and muffins on another rack and
your muffins will not taste like fish. For busy chefs who like to cook many
dishes simultaneously, steam technology is projected to eliminate flavor
transfer. The majority of steam ovens have very good temperature and humidity
control as well.Cleanability
Everyone dislikes cleaning, especially
cooking products. Steam ovens are the easiest appliances to clean because of the built in steam
which helps lift food splatter from the oven surface. After you
are finished cooking you should be able to wipe down the inside of the oven and
any spills should come off relatively easily.Wicked
Good Steam Ovens
These companies produce high quality
appliances that last for several years; steam technology is now an emerging
trend within the affordable luxury brands.
Bosch Benchmark HSLP451UC
Bosch is one of our
favorite affordable luxury brands due to a strong service history. Their
Benchmark series products are their premium line. I really like this steam oven
for the price point.
Thermador is one of
the most popular appliance. One of the benefits of choosing the Thermador steam
convection oven is with qualifying Thermador cooking products and refrigeration
the purchase of a steam oven will land you a free top-of-the-line Thermador
dishwasher. Thermador also makes a 48’’ Dual-fuel range with a built in
steam-convection oven also.
3. Wolf M-Series CSO30TM/S/TH -
$4,219Wolf makes the
largest steam oven in the industry right now. This steam oven also factors into
the “Dream Kitchen Rebate” for qualifying Wolf/Sub Zero kitchens which makes it
a popular choice.