Are Steam Ovens worth it?
I'm trying to compliment my 36" gas oven with a smaller electric oven in my kitchen remodel. One option is to get a steam oven, which came onto my radar after reading "Modernist Cuisine" and their proclamation that combi steam ovens are the most useful kitchen appliance ever invented, and their expectation that humidity controls will become commonplace on home ovens.
Only they haven't. There are expensive steam ovens from high end vendors like Viking, Gaggenau, and Meile. A couple of countertop versions from Cuisinart and Electrolux. And there isn't really all the much discussion on them, if they are really so useful. A few folks here and elsewhere, mostly talking about bread making.
I understand the value of humidity control, but before I invest several thousand dollars for a built in steam oven, I want to make sure they are really really that good. There are other ovens offering "steam assist" (presumably a less automated or accurate system). Or I can just stick with water pans and spray bottles and get a combination microwave / convection oven instead and get the microwave off my countertop.