The Ultimate Guide to get Convection Microwave

Convection ovens often referred to as combination ovens. This multi-taskers of the cooking world are a benefit for those not having a lot of space in the kitchen. These ovens are portable for a studio apartment, caravan or holiday home, or for a place where you cannot keep the full-sized oven.

They can be a pro to full kitchens if you think you can use more than one oven while cooking up a feast.

In this buying guide, you would be learning everything you need to know before purchasing a convection microwave. You can read some of the Kitchenguyd reviews to get more information on it.

Pros and Cons of Convection Microwave

Let us first start with advantages and disadvantages of convection microwave.

Pros

• Convection microwave ovens are available with two appliances combined together into one. You can easily use it as a microwave, as an oven or in a combined form.
• These ovens can be very suitable, effective and fast, mainly for cooking foods such as pastries, roasts and pizza that needs high-temperature.
• It preheats very quickly, with oven temperatures up to 240°C.
• Probably the best one that can reheat quickly and also great for crisping pastry, melting and browning cheese toasts, and browning au gratins.
• Also convenient for the small family, they can cater for a roast or a large pizza. Some of the models are even available with two shelf positions for multiple shelf cooking.
• Convection microwaves are way more affordable than an oven so can be considered as a source of saving energy costs.

Cons

• Their smaller chambers as compared to an oven allow you to cook only one kind of food at a time.
• You need to clean the open chamber after every use because the grease or any baked on residue will be baked on with the next use and then it becomes difficult to remove. The convection ones also show the microwave cooking time as it cooks the residue as well as the considered food.
• Because most of the models have stainless steel interiors, it becomes difficult to clean. If you cook fatty foods in the convection oven that will splash onto the walls, which makes it even more difficult to remove.
• Since there is no bottom element, thus, only limited to browning and crisping of foods that need base cooking like pastry, pies and pizza. Some of the models are available with a crisp plate that is useful in browning and crisping the bottom of the food, but still, they cannot produce quality results like an oven with bottom element.

Installation

Built-in Models

• Every built-in model must have a trim kit and be installed by a professional.
• They can be unified within a kitchen to streamline with other unified appliances. Usually, they are installed in a 60mm wide chamber and sit flush with neighboring cupboard elements.
• Try not to have a rear wall behind the oven because this will lessen the air flow and stops ventilation and air intake outlets.
• Are suitable for smaller kitchens because they save on bench space.

Freestanding/ Benchtop

• These kinds of models can only be installed free-standing as you cannot place it in a cabinet.
• Should be kept on a stable flat surface so that it doesn’t make much noise and vibration.
• You should place them where heat and steam are generated like next to a conventional oven.
• Try to not to keep heavy items on the unit.
• Remember not to cover or block any of the vents at the back of the units, because this is where the hot air escapes, so doing so can result in overheating and malfunctioning.

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