Panasonic's New Kitchen Gadgets Share the Stage
Panasonic brings your kitchen countertop into the 21st century.
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In addition to TVs and cameras, Panasonic brought some small appliances to CES 2015—and some of them look to be just as innovative as the rest of the tech on the show floor.
For instance, there's a new microwave oven that uses what Panasonic calls Cyclonic-Wave technology, a bread maker with a setting for gluten-free bread, and a slow juicer.
Panasonic claims that the Cyclonic-Wave microwave radiates energy in a circular pattern for better coverage, meaning food will be cooked more evenly. Supposedly this technology will keep food from suffering common pitfalls like burnt edges, undercooked centers, or uneven defrosting.
Cyclonic-Wave technology will be available on two models: the 2.2 cubic-foot NN-SE985S and the 1.6 cubic-foot NN-785S. both can be installed in either built-in or countertop configurations, and both feature 1250 watts of power and 20 cooking presets. They'll go on sale this fall.
The SD-YR2500 automatic bread maker has a special setting for gluten-free dough, which tends to require a shorter rise than conventional dough. It's also got an ambient temperature sensor that allows it to automatically adjust for hotter or colder kitchen temperatures. It will be available in September.
Finally, Panasonic's first slow juicer—the MJ-L500—has a 150W DC motor and a stainless steel juicing screw. Slow juicing—which grinds food, rather than chopping it up—has gained in popularity as a way to maximize flavor and nutrient benefits. The MJ-L500 can also process harder foods, like ginger root, and frozen fruits and vegetables.
The bread maker and slow juicer are all part of a "Healthy Cooking" line of appliances, that also includes high-powered and immersion blenders.