June released new cook programs for its smart oven over the weekend that include cooking two different items at the same time.
The new “combo” programs arrived on the June on February 1 and include automated cooking of salmon and asparagus, sausage and broccoli, broccoli and cauliflower, nuggets and french fries, and tenders and french fries.
Previously, automated cook programs were just for single items, so you could cook tenders or french fries, but not both at the same time. According to a promotional email from June, the salmon and asparagus program be done with both in 15 minutes.
I have a June, but haven’t had the chance to try out the new combo cook programs yet. I’m curious to see how it works given that June only has the six heating elements, and doesn’t have something like Markov’s directional microwaving tech to steer heat in a particular direction. Additionally, the on-screen instructions for salmon and asparagus doesn’t provide any specific guidelines like putting the fish in one part of the pan and the asparagus in another.
The move seems to be a play by June to be more like the Brava (recently acquired by Middleby), or even the Suvie, both of which feature the ability to cook more than one thing at the same time. The looping movie on the June homepage now features someone cooking salmon and asparagus at the same time, so the new functionality is definitely something the company is pushing. At $499, the June isn’t cheap, but it’s way less expensive than the Brava and the Suvie, each of which are around $1,000.
Now we’ll have to see if June’s combo cooking provides the right combination of features to help separate it from the rest of the smart oven pack.