This futuristic-looking cooking device promises shorter cooking times and smaller electricity bills

They say two heads are better than one, so it might make some sense that combining two cooking methods might help cut down on your reluctance to eat healthy.

Many health and fitness experts explain that healthy living really starts in the kitchen, implying that carefully prepared healthy meals are the gateway to that goal that eludes so many. Not everyone, however, is keen on cooking the food themselves for many reasons, and one of the biggest excuses is the lack of time involved in preparing and cooking healthy meals. While you still have to undergo the process of preparing the ingredients you’ll need, this rather hefty cooking device promises you won’t have to wait too long for things to cook, which, in turn, helps reduce power consumption.

Designer: On2Cook

The idea behind On2Cook sounds so simple that you’d probably be left wondering why no one has thought of it before. It basically combines two of the most common methods of cooking, namely stove or induction stove and microwave, to cut down on the time that food needs to cook. It offers the best of both worlds with almost no drawbacks, or at least that’s the premise.

Conventional flame or induction cooking cooks the food from the bottom and outside, which leads to the familiar brown color that stove-cooked foods have. The microwave part, on the other hand, cooks from the top and starts from the inside, yielding in a more evenly cooked and often moist dish. This “Combination Cooking” technology also manages to retain the juices and nutrients better than either cooking method in isolation.

On2Cook says that the device is able to cut down cooking times by 50% to 70%, depending on what is being cooked. In addition to halving the waiting time, this also implies that you will use less electricity while cooking. Of course, that doesn’t mean that the device itself won’t consume more power in the long run.

One important design detail is that the On2Cook is a rather large device, and you’ll definitely have to make room for it in your kitchen, alongside the stove and the microwave, which you are unlikely to throw away. The idea, of course, is to have a single cooking device to replace those two, but its design may make certain dishes unsuitable for it. Unsurprisingly, there is an app that will suggest meals and dishes that are a perfect fit for the On2Cook, though there might be a bit of data sharing with the company involved to make this AI-powered system smarter over time.