Panasonic debuts countertop induction oven

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Panasonic is bringing induction cooking to the countertop.

The company unveiled its Countertop Induction Oven at the International Home & Housewares Show and says the model is the world’s first such appliance. Panasonic says the appliance uses induction and double-infrared heating technologies to cook food.

The appliance includes a dishwasher-safe induction plate, as well as preset cooking options to bake, broil and grill, and adjustable temperature control.

Induction cooking transfers energy to pans, plates and pots more effectively than is typical, and it allows for faster cooking and no preheating, Panasonic says. The cooking method typically has been used only in cooktops and ranges.

Induction cooking also typically costs a lot more than do other methods of cooking. According to reports, Panasonic’s Countertop Induction Oven will cost about $600 when it goes on sale in October 2016. That would make it twice the price of our premium Best Buy selection among microwave ovens.