Sharp Supersteam Oven AX1500JS
This new four-in-one oven from Sharp combines the advantages of microwave, steam, convection and supersteam cooking. As well as saving space in the kitchen, it also allows healthy meals to be cooked with minimal oil, and conveniently comes with 43 pre-programmed auto-cook menus.
Our home economist, Fiona Mair, tested the Supersteam and was impressed with the results. The microwave function defrosted a chicken well and continued to cook the chicken fairly well on supersteam convection mode. The supersteam mode heats steam up to 300°C before combining with the convection heating system. It performed well on convection-only, creating delicious scones. Steaming broccoli produced a slightly dull green colour; however, we got a perfect result in half the time when we used the microwave setting. When it came to reheating quiche using the microwave setting, our tester said the results were among the best she's ever come across for this test. The only disappointment is that there's no top element for grilling, which means no direct heat for browning, and it has a relatively small oven cavity.
The Supersteam is easy to use, with basic step-by-step instructions. It has two moulded shelves that make cleaning simple, and although it has no self-cleaning function, a 20-minute steam cycle makes it easier to clean any stubborn residues. The controls are so informative that you don't even need to consult the instruction manual often.
The Supersteam is good for small living areas, caravans or holiday apartments, or anywhere where there is no space for a separate microwave, oven and steamer - and combining all these functions into one appliance could justify its price tag. If you have a big family or do a lot of entertaining, this could be a good addition to your conventional oven.