Sharp AX-1200K SuperSteam Multi-Purpose Oven, Black
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- Oven for microwave cooking, traditional steaming, or convection cooking
- SuperSteam Convection option combines steam and convection heat; reheat and defrost
- 1.1-cubic-foot capacity; control panel with LCD display; auto cooking categories
- Includes 2 baking trays, 2 nonstick racks, a steam basket, guide, and cookbook
- Measures 20-1/4 by 21-3/4 by 17-1/4 inches; 1-year limited warranty
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Equipped with state-of-the-art technology, this all-in-one microwave oven allows for making healthier choices when cooking at home. The versatile appliance can be used for microwave cooking, traditional steaming, or as a convection oven with temperatures ranging from 100 to 450 degrees F for baking or roasting. It also provides a SuperSteam Convection option, which combines two types of cooking--superheated steam and convection heat--in order to brown and crisp while retaining moisture and natural flavors. The oven provides a spacious 1.1-cubic-foot interior, which measures 13-3/8 by 14-1/8 by 10-1/8 inches, and its user-friendly control panel with an LCD display ensures simple operation. Choose from a range of automatic cooking categories: in Microwave mode, it offers six Sensor Cook settings, reheat, and popcorn; in Steam mode it offers vegetables, fish/seafood, and poached eggs; and in SuperSteam/Convection mode, choose from balanced meals, poultry, meats, fish, vegetables, pizza, and convenience foods.
The unit also provides reheat and defrost options, 11 variable power levels, a 24-hour clock, and sleep mode, as well as a pull-down door, an interior oven light, sound on/off, demonstration mode, a child lock, and a steam-clean cycle. Accessories include two porcelain-enamel baking trays, two nonstick racks (high and low), one steam basket, and a Touch Guide, as well as a SuperSteam Cookbook full of healthy recipes, cooking tips, and nutritional information. Sharp's RK-12S30 Kit (sold separately) allows the appliance to be built into a 30-inch wall oven cabinet, perfect when coordinating with other Sharp Insight and Insight Pro appliances like a lower microwave drawer or warming drawer. If built-in options are not possible, it can also be placed on the countertop or a cart. The UL-listed multi-purpose oven measures 20-1/4 by 21-3/4 by 17-1/4 inches and carries a one-year limited warranty.
From the Manufacturer
|Today, more and more people aspire to a healthy lifestyle, a lifestyle that includes healthy eating and healthy food preparation. Sharp's new multi-purpose oven offers a unique combination of the healthiest ways to cook, all in one versatile appliance: SuperSteam convection, steam, convection, and microwave. One of the best ways to eat healthy is to take control of what you eat by cooking more meals at home. That means starting with wholesome, fresh, flavorful ingredients and using cooking methods that don't require the addition of large amounts of extra fat or sauces, and that result in fewer calories. With Sharp's SuperSteam Oven you won't have to compromise on taste or appearance. It can help you change the way you eat by changing the way you cook!|
The SuperSteam Oven's Many Facets
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Top Customer Reviews
Very nice looking. Good build quality
Steam function seems to work quite well
Convection oven works well
Microwave works well
Have cooked several items that we will probably make regularly in this oven (veggies, poached egggs, appetizers)
Expensive. I thought this was pricy at $599. The original price of $1000 is ridiculous
Old - This oven was brand new out of the box, but it was built in 2009. Its probably not made anymore
Do you really need steam? We steam a lot of stuff in an old rice cooker or a steam basket on the stove. I think we'll use this oven for 90% of those chores, but like any other "fad" item in cooking these days your lifestyle may find you leaving this item unused
Recommendations. I like this oven so far, but have not decided if we'll keep it. Sharp also makes something called a "Steamwave Microwave" which appears to be a bit smaller, and much cheaper (under $200). Not sure if it really compares to this oven. I suggest you read all the reviews on this oven here on Amazon and decide for yourself if it fits your lifestyle. This might be a great all-in-one for a small kitchen.
I've had this item for less than a week, but I'd like to put down some thoughts for those still considering purchasing one. I have a lot of cooking gizmos. None of which comes close to being used as much as my fuzzy logic rice cooker. Time will tell how this oven stacks up.
We are replacing our built in Oven/Microwave at home with a double oven. So we needed a microwave. The first thought was to put one over the stove top, but I don't like that arrangement very much and besides I want to put in a "real" exhaust range hood that actually has enough umph (900 CFM or better) to pull out steam and smells. So we figured we'd get counter top microwave since we had plenty of counter space. While we were shopping for double ovens, several of the high end appliance dealers in town here were trying to sell us on a steam oven, which is "all the rage in Europe" and has replaced microwaves for most people over there. Of course, they were trying to sell a $3500 Wolf brand steam oven. But of course, they did manage to put a bug in my head about cooking with steam. Long story short, I saw this Sharp AX-1200K which combined microwave, convection oven and steam. The ratings were pretty good, and the price didn't seem too outrageous ($599). So I decided to get one and give it a go thinking I have 30 days to make my mind up only having to pay shipping if we decide to return it.
We got the oven on Tuesday. Its pretty massive (like one other reviewer said, it looks much larger than the dimensions would indicate (and there is an exhaust vent on the top right side that blows out towards the front to be considered. Also, if you are putting this on a counter top and the power outlet is directly behind where you want the oven, keep in mind the plug is pretty big, and forces you to move the oven out from the wall eating up another 3 or 4 inches of counter depth. I solved this with a short, flat plugged extension cord. The door opens downward, which I don't find to be a problem at all. The construction seems pretty solid (I thought I read some comments about "cheap plastic" that I don't understand, unless they are talking about the plastic drip tray that mounts under the front).
I read that operation was "a bit complicated". This is partially true. Its not as simple as a microwave where you can punch one or two buttons and nuke a hot dog. But the controls are not that bad. You can find them on line at sharpusa.com if you want a look. There are a lot of pans and trays included. You need to read the instructions to understand how they are used (the steam output is on the upper portion of the oven, so if you are steaming something you need to position the food correctly. There is also the drip tray, which is a long, soft black plastic device that comes in two pieces (top and bottom) that gets clipped together and inserted into the bottom front of the oven. The instructions are a bit vague on how this goes together, but once you figure it out its pretty obvious. There is also this mysterious soft grey piece of plastic included. It took a few minutes to realize that this is the "descaling" attachment. The picture in the manual does not really make this obvious. Make sure you don't throw this thing out.
Set up was easy. Plug it in, fill the reservoir, set the controls. We didnt have any veggies to steam, but we did have some chop meat for burgers. So I make two quarter pound burgers and put them in the over per the directions (again, pan configuration was a bit confusing at first) and set it to convection steam on auto. The timer went to about 25 minutes and I hit start. It took about 35 minutes to get the burgers medium well. They were slightly browned, and quite moist. Not bad. But of course I'd usually throw them on the grill or in a fry pan and have them just as moist and cooked in less than half the time.
We've also steamed veggies which were quite good. We've been eating poached eggs the last couple of days which are good too. It takes about 8 min.
Finally, I looked up a receipe for Thai steamed dumplings (wonton wrappers, pork, onions, garlic,mushrooms). These came our very nice in the steam function.
Have not used the microwave all that much. Heat up some chicken nuggets, warm my coffee, boiled water in a pyrex bowl just to see how long it took. Remember, there is no turntable in this oven and also it is rated at 700 watts. Normal countertop microwaves are rated around 1200 watts. This may or may not be a deal buster for some people. So far, I don't see it as an issue (like I said, it heats up chicken nuggets, hot dogs, and liquids just fine).
So anyway, so far so good. Not sure if we're going to keep it yet, but I 'll do an update after we have more time on it.
I recommend just purchasing the black colored version since it can be purchased for much less. It has a stainless handle so will match your stainless appliances (your glass on your oven is black anyway if you have stainless appliances). If you use the built in kit, it will look better with the black as opposed to the stainless. I bought the built in kit, but didn't end up using it as it didn't work out in my kitchen remodel, but I did end up having a nice place to put it between my full size refrigerator and full size freezer.
The door opens down so you will not want to put it too high up. Ours is positioned so that the top is at about counter level and we usually pull up a chair to go through the menus (so that we don't have to lean over to look at it). It is probably best positioned so that it sits on a countertop if that works in your kitchen,. That way it is easy to see the display and to open.
Last week, we even purchased a second SuperSteam for our vacation house.
We loved ours so much but couldn't find them in the US so ended up importing one for my parents and brought mine with me when we moved back from Japan last year. It was disheartening when my Sharp Healsio AX-HC3 recently gave out after 6+ years of heavy use and a year of using a step down transformer to work on US voltage. When looking online for a fix I came across the AX-1200k, which isn't marketed under the Healsio brand. It's too bad this isn't more popular in the US but I can see how a $1000+ price tag can turn a lot of people away, especially when most US households already have an oven (something many Japanese kitchens lack). I personally feel people should get rid of their microwaves and upgrade to this.
We can't say we've had our new one for long and there seem to be reports of blown fuses after a year (easy fix) but I'm excited to start cooking in it again. We used to cook proper turkeys in it every Thanksgiving in Tokyo.