Sharp has announced the new Steamwave AX-1100, a 3-in-1 steam oven with a combination of steamer, grill and microwave. The Steamwave follows the success of Sharp’s Superheated Steam Oven and is one of the first multiple ovens to introduce steam and grill to a microwave unit. Given that many households these days are centered around becoming more health conscious, the idea of having easy access to a steamer and grill will most likely prove popular.

The Steamwave AX-1100 has been designed to create pure steam without the use of microwave energy, retaining vitamins and nutrients within the food.

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The 27 liter stainless steel oven includes 15 programmed automatic steaming settings, three steam-thawing and a high or low option for steaming temperatures, in addition to automatic grilling options.

Key features are a built-in removable water tank, so there is no need for an external water supply, 860-watt steam generator, 900-watt microwave and 1050-watt infrared grill. The infrared grill, uses infrared rays to heat the food directly from the outside in, resembling conventional cooking methods, however it is approximately 40 percent faster than a traditional grill. With two levels of cooking space it comes with two steam trays, a grill rack and a glass tray.

Launched at IFA 2010, the Steamwave AX-1100 will be available in two color variants, silver or red and will be available for purchase from late October priced at 549 euros.

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