Induction ovens have a lot in common with microwaves, in that they both let physics do your cooking for you. Microwave ovens excite the molecules of food with high-energy radiation to raise their temperature quickly. Induction ovens use a magnetic flux to heat up an electrically conductive pot a lot faster than a conventional oven can heat up with more primitive heating elements. The result is food that tastes like it was cooked in a traditional oven, but at speeds traditional ovens can't achieve. Leave it to electronics giant Panasonic to go with physics in one of their first ventures into oven territory.
The Panasonic Countertop Induction Oven throws in an infrared heating element to grill, bake, broil, reheat and toast. It comes not only with multiple cooking modes but with six preset menus to create what Panasonic claims are gourmet-quality meals. The price tag on this cooker is high, but nowhere near as high as the June Intelligent Oven. Of course, the Intelligent Oven has a built-in HD camera and on-board AI that can not only figure out what your meal is made out of but suggest ways to cook it. Panasonic hasn't gone quite that high-tech with their Induction Oven, but they claim that the unit will cook a one-pan meal of everything from chicken with vegetables to pizza and toasted bagels.
Amazon reviews for the Countertop Induction Oven are good, but only average out at four stars, which is where most of the users have placed their ratings. The most common complaint is that it takes a lot longer to make toast than a toaster does, but that's the price you pay for versatility -- the jack of multiple cooking methods isn't necessarily going to be the master of all of them. And while Panasonic's approach to a multi-cooking device is innovative, there are other units on the market that can handle a much wider variety of cooking styles. The Cuisinart Cook Central can do slow cooking, roasting, sauteing and steaming (though not toasting), while the Sunbeam Crock-Pot 5-in-1 can do all of that plus baking.
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Awesome! Love it!
It's absolutely amazing. It cooks so well and fast that you don't need any other cooking appliance in your house. If not for the size it could easily replace regular oven...
I have had it for about 2 weeks now. Everything I have cooked has turned out great! I did a lot of research before I bought this. Panasonic did a great job with this unit.
I was very lucky to receive this item for free to try. I am so happy that I did, because I love it! It is very easy to use and comes with easy to understand instructions.