Microwave ovens are overrated. Oh, sure, they can do some things really well, but for other tasks, they fall quite short. Personally, I like an appliance that is capable of doing more than softening butter and popping popcorn. (OK, I know that's an understatement, but bear with me.) Considering how manufacturers love to integrate several appliances into one (usually with toasters, it would seem), it should come as no surprise that the ubiquitous microwave oven is finally starting to diversify.
The Kalorik Steam Microwave Oven w/Real Convection certainly isn't the first combination appliance based upon quick-and-easy cooking, but it sure does add some nice features. Combining a steamer, convection oven and microwave into one handy device, Kalorik may have hit the combination jackpot. No longer must microwaved veggies turn out bland, soggy, and lifeless. The integrated water tray allows for no-hassle healthy steaming. Additionally, a powerful 1,500W convection feature is set in motion via a mounted rear fan, which allows for heat circulation beyond what a normal microwave is capable of.
The microwave is now capable of much more than its predecessors. For somebody who has become weary of nuked food ruining meals, this is certainly a welcome trend. The addition of a steamer function is especially nice, and should help to change people's perceptions about healthy food coming out of a microwave. Oh, and for us popcorn people out there--I'm sure it will still make a bag of popcorn just fine.