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Features microwave, grill, convection, and air-fry modes along with 9 presets. Includes a Teflon pan for the grill and air-fry modes. The grill mode can be used alone or with the microwave function.
The air fryer is just okay and doesn't work as well as a separate air fryer.
Compact 1-cubic-foot capacity for countertop use. Convection mode with rack crisps food. Included crisper pan allows for air fry cooking. Upper broiler element for searing. Touch-button control panel with digital display. Offers 1050 watts.
The air fry mode is a little disappointing compared to dedicated air fryers.
Roomy 1.6-cubic-foot capacity. Offers 1,000 watts of power. Includes air fryer mode with special rack and combination microwave-convection cooking. Has an inverter for even cooking. Easy-to-use dial control.
The glass door can be too dark for some to see cooking progress.
It cooks casseroles and air fries certain cuts of meat in ways a normal microwave cannot. The over-the-oven unit evenly distributes heat throughout. Sensor controls make everything you cook heat to perfection. There are removable racks.
There's a learning curve, don't overcook things treating it like a normal microwave.
There are roast, bake, and broil convection settings. Sensors help with more precise heating. You can combine cooking methods. A 13" ceramic turntable keeps things cooking evenly. Great for small families and people who live alone.
This option doesn't have any racks. Less power than others on our list.
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Since hitting countertops in the late 1960s, the microwave oven has become a staple of the kitchen. Its speed of cooking and ease of use is unrivaled, but it does have its limitations. The microwave can’t brown food, it’s no good for baking, and it’s tricky at best for cooking from scratch. Often, the microwave is relegated to the reheat setting.
However, convection microwave ovens give the appliance a whole new repertoire. With this additional cooking mode, you can toast, brown, roast, bake, and broil your food, making it truly multifunctional.
Most convection microwaves can be used as a regular microwave or as a combination microwave/convection oven. Usually, the appliance also has the option to be used as a convection oven alone, but check that this is the case, especially at lower prices.
Convection microwave ovens tend to be larger than conventional microwaves, so make sure the appliance fits your space — they can take up quite a bit of room on a counter. You can also get built-in models, just as with regular microwaves. In this case, make sure the appliance is designed as such and any vents are not blocked.
Much like conventional microwaves, wattage varies, usually from 700 watts to 1500 watts. The higher the wattage, the faster the food will cook. Expect to pay more for high-power models. It is important to note that lower wattage appliances may not cook as evenly. It’s useful to have adjustable wattage output settings for more versatile cooking.
These handy buttons make cooking a no-brainer. Some appliances come with as many as 10 presets for such things as vegetables, roasts, keeping warm, browning, and reheating, as well as specialized settings for popcorn and pizza.
Ideally, the grill feature will brown and crisp food on the outside without overcooking it. This setting can often be used in combination with the microwave — no more reheating pizza and having it get soggy. Usually, a grill rack is included, which is a useful feature.
Unlike traditional microwave ovens, the convection microwave can be warmed up for baking and roasting.
The trendy air fryer is a healthier way to cook and crisp fries, chicken, and more — save on having one more appliance in the kitchen by looking for a model that includes this feature.
Usually removable for cooking larger items, racks can save on time and energy by letting you cook more items at once. They also help with airflow in convection mode.
Found on higher-end models, this will automatically add or subtract cooking time so everything is cooked thoroughly without being overdone.
Convection microwaves are more expensive than standard ones.
Expect to pay from $150 for a good basic model and up to $250 for one with more features.
Higher-end, name-brand models run about $450.
Built-in models can top $1,500, as do makes like Viking and Bosch.
Safety first — convection microwaves have vents that must not be blocked and they need to be grounded by using a three-prong plug.
Elevate foods with a rack when using the convection setting. That way the air can circulate under the pan.
Convection microwaves are a great choice when you want a multifunctioning appliance in a small space such as an RV or camper.
A. As you know, you can’t use metal or foil in a microwave, but it’s fine to use both in a convection oven when the convection microwave is on the convection-only setting. You can’t use metal when the microwave or combo setting is in operation.
A. You can follow the same directions, but the temperature may need to be adjusted, generally with a 25° reduction in heat. The cooking time may be quicker, too. Many appliances come with a cookbook and individualized reference guide with suggested accommodations.
A. Yes. Unlike a conventional microwave, the convection part of the oven means you can warm it up to a set temperature.
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