The three Finest Microwave Convection Ovens – Bustle
If the Popcorn and 30 Seconds buttons on your microwave are the only ones performing an action, you are not alone. As convenient as they are, microwaves are known to heat foods inconsistently. No wonder so many of us don’t cook with them. The best microwave convection ovens, on the other hand, prepare food that is good enough to serve dinner guests. Think crispy potatoes, bronzed chicken, and cookies. (Really!) It is important, however, that you do your research when purchasing a microwave convection oven. Here are a few things to keep in mind.
Convection ovens circulate super-hot air with a fan, resulting in cooked and crispy food. This, combined with the speed of microwave cooking, is known as combination cooking, and it creates food that is cooked and browned quickly but evenly.
For the greatest versatility, look for an oven that allows you to manually use each function individually or together. Pre-programmed settings are designed to take the guesswork out of cooking common foods. So make sure they match what you actually want to prepare.
Depending on the design of your kitchen, you can choose between countertop and over-the-range ovens. The latter tend to be a bit larger and more expensive, but can free up valuable space. Be sure to read the fine print when shopping, as some manufacturers claim to offer microwave convection features but they are actually convection toaster ovens. (I’ve covered you here.)
The best convection microwave ovens are game changers for meals, and the tips above will make you rethink microwave cooking.
The best overall: Toshiba EC042A5C-BS microwave oven with convection function
At first glance, this Toshiba microwave convection oven looks like a normal microwave. But thanks to intelligent technology, it’s much more than that. The simplified control panel allows you to seamlessly choose between using the microwave or convection oven functions alone or together for combined cooking. This gives moist, yet crispy results when cooking food that you would normally cook in a standard oven – but much faster. With a 1.5 cubic foot capacity and a 13.6 inch turntable, you won’t have a problem preparing larger recipes in your own microwave and ovenproof dish. The Toshiba has four settings for automatic baking and four automatic roasting settings for frequently prepared foods such as frozen pizza, rolls and chicken breast. When used as a microwave, a moisture sensor automatically adjusts the temperature and time to precisely cook the food. In contrast to normal microwaves, which switch off after use, you can use the keep warm function to cook food and keep it at serving temperature. Another bonus is that the buzzer can be turned off if you want to cook something early in the morning without disturbing anyone.
The best value: Daewoo KOC-9Q4DS convection microwave oven
Similar to the Toshiba, but with slightly less cooking capacity and fewer programs, this Daewoo convection microwave is great value for money at just $ 130. It offers three types of cooking – microwave, grill, and convection – each can be used individually or in combination for versatile cooking. One of the most unique features of the Daewoo is the honeycomb design of the interior walls, whose reflective properties increase cooking performance by up to 15%. When using the grill or convection functions, an included rack elevates the food to ensure the heat hits every surface of your recipe (in other words, no more moist pizza crusts). For easy cooking, the Daewoo offers five automatically set programs for preparing pork, beef, chicken, fish or vegetables. If you tend to cook foods that are greasy or have a tendency to splatter, the built-in steam cleaning function is great for cleaning up dirt particles that may stick inside the oven.
The best over-the-range model: Sharp R1874T 850W over-the-range convection microwave
Despite the higher price of this Sharp microwave convection oven, it is considerably cheaper than many other models in the range. And when you consider the many possible uses, it pays off if you virtually swap your microwave and standard oven. The extensive control panel may take some getting used to (follow your operating instructions) and offers great versatility when cooking. The microwave function has eight preset sensor cooking settings, including Reheat, popcorn and thaw. When using the Sharp as a convection oven, you can choose between 12 pre-installed settings and the option to use it for grilling, roasting or baking. Although outwardly larger and heavier than a traditional microwave convection oven, the conservative internal capacity is 1.1 cubic feet. However, you have the option of deactivating the turntable. This means you can cook with many of your own ovenproof baking pans, including rectangular casseroles that would otherwise not fit when turned. The Sharp comes with two racks for cooking and has a keep warm function to store food until you’re ready to serve your guests.
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