First off, before you even head off to the store or pull out the plastic it's important to set a limit on how much you want to spend on a microwave convection oven. Microwave ovens range from the low end $300 dollar model to the ultra deluxe microwave convection oven at $500+
Next you should understand how you will use your microwave convection oven. Will you just defrost foods and make frozen TV dinners? Or will you make casseroles and 'real' food? Knowing how you will use the microwave convection oven will allow you to choose the proper features and not waste money on features you won't use.
Once you know how much you want to spend you should choose a microwave convection oven with the most power in that price range. Keep in mind that most recipes are written for microwave convection ovens at the 800 watt power level. Microwave convection ovens range from 600 to over 1300 watts, with the more powerful ones able to cook faster.
A microwave convection oven is able to actually brown foods, that's the convection part. So real cooking is very possible in a microwave convection oven. Choose one with sensor cooking and programmable timers if you will actually cook in the microwave convection oven as opposed to just defrosting food.
Microwave convection ovens come in many sizes, get one appropriate for the number of people you will cook for. Use the following table to decide on the best size to get.
1 person 0.5 - 0.8 cubic feet 2 people 0.9 - 1.3 cubic feet 3 people 1.4 - 1.6 cubic feet 4 people 1.8 - 2.0 cubic feet
Also, if you will cook, make sure the size of microwave convection oven you are considering can hold the cookware you intend to use.
If you have children, make sure the microwave convection oven has a safety lock
For easy cleaning, choose microwave convection ovens that have a removable turntables.
Finally, only get a microwave convection oven with the features you intend to use, it makes no sense to pay for options you will never use.
To find the best microwave convection ovens make sure to read reviews from review sites like Consumer Reports or even on Amazon. Real user reviews of microwave convection ovens can lead you to finding the best one for your needs.
Things You Will Need
- Knowledge of how you'll cook in a Microwave convection oven
- Know your budget!
- Make sure to choose a microwave convection oven with the features and size you need