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Countertop appliance makes healthy eating easier

Today, the emphasis on healthy living knows no bounds. Yet, while TV spots hawk the latest exercise machines, weight-loss programs, and miracle food supplements, kitchen appliances remain largely unchanged.

Most meals today are prepared using a stove, oven, or microwave. When will the space age "smart kitchen" seen on shows like on The Jetsons become a reality?

The Sharp AX-1100R comes close. This multi-purpose Steamwave combines the healthiest cooking methods (steam, grill, and microwave) into one versatile, energy-saving countertop appliance.

The unit generates pure steam without the aid of microwave energy, which maximizes the benefits of steaming, and does so without requiring an external water supply, thanks to a built-in removable water tank.

Eighteen pre-programmed menus make it possible to cook on two layers, allowing you to steam various food combinations simultaneously. You can also steam delicate foods without losing all the flavor.

The 1.0 cu. ft. capacity Steamwave also includes a 900W microwave and an 1100W electric grill. A total of 62 automatic settings ensures that you can enjoy a wide variety of healthy meals cooked in less than 25 minutes.

The Sharp AX-1100R Steamwave is extremely well-built, has a stainless steel interior, and sports a stylish red handle. The unit lists for $699, but is usually discounted $100 or more. For more information, visit

Keep your car clean-smelling with an ion generator

If you smoke, eat, drive in sweaty workout clothes, or transport pets in your car, it's difficult to keep the interior fresh-smelling and inviting.

Fortunately, the Sharp High-Density Plasmacluster Ion Generator works quietly to remove odors and pollutants, both airborne and those trapped in fabrics.

Sharp's Plasmacluster technology splits water molecules into positively and negatively charged ions, which spread throughout the vehicle, surrounding odor particles. The unit's washable filter traps dust, dirt and other particles, and a simple one-touch control selects one of two fan speeds for quiet operation.

The device produces an effect similar to being near a waterfall or venturing outside right after a thunderstorm. Sharp claims the unit's ion engine should last up to six years or a total of 19,000 hours without a decrease in performance.

Give you and your passengers a more pleasurable drive with the Sharp IG-BC2UB High Density Plasmacluster Ion Generator. The unit lists for $179.99. For more information, visit

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