The name of the Sharp Healsio Oven comes from healthy oven, adapted to healthy-o with a bit of a Japanese pronunciation. The oven uses superheated steam to cook foods, melting away fats and reducing salts in your food without losing the vitamins that other cooking methods often remove from food. Meats cooked in the Healsio are exceptionally juicy and retain the flavors and textures lost in more traditional ovens. The oven can grill, bake, reheat, and defrost.
The Healsio has an appearance similar to a microwave oven, although a bit larger. It can fit comfortably on a counter top. When it goes on sale in the U.S., the Healsio will be available in silver and red, as well as black.
The steam oven's features include an automatic menu with ready-to-use preprogrammed recipes as well as easy-to-program controls, a jog shuttle control, an interior light, and 1.4 kilowatt power. It also comes with a separate cookbook containing 50 health-aware and easy-to-prepare recipes. The superheated steam system is a patented technology developed by Sharp.
While the Healsio is slated to be available in the U.S. as the AX-700 Superheated Steam Oven sometime later this year, it is already on sale in Japan.