SPLURGE Miele Steam Oven
A device inside distributes pressurized steam, which helps food retain nutritional value and cuts cooking time so almost anything is done in less than 20 minutes (from $1,950; 800-463-0260 or www.steamoven.com).
STEAL Black & Decker Flavor Scenter Steamer
You can fill its reservoir with water, wine or broth (plus herbs and spices). The timer prevents overcooking; the rice cooker yields fluffy grains ($30; 800-231-9786 or www.blackanddeckerappliances.com).