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Panasonic adds induction to countertop cookerThe Panasonic Countertop Induction Oven uses an induction surface and infrared broiler to cook complete meals in less than 20 minutes. The company announced the creation of the appliance Saturday at the International Home and Housewares Show in Chicago.
[MUSIC] I'm here at the International Home and Houseware Show in Chicago at the Panasonic booth where they've just unveiled the Countertop Induction Oven. Now this is a pretty Pretty cool toaster oven sized appliance that uses induction heat on the bottom and infrared heat on top to cook complete meals in 20 minutes or less. Now the countertop induction oven has a really cool interior plate. That has different zones for cooking. So, it gets hotter in the middle, but cooler on the outside. So you can have a nice roast chicken for dinner, with some roasted vegetables. Now what was on display today was a prototype. But Panasonic expects to release this product sometime in the fall of this year. For somewhere around 600 dollars. This product has a lot of promise for replacing microwaves and toast ovens. Especially using a type of energy that's very efficient and a lot safer than traditional electric or gas cookers.