Convection Microwave Oven Buying Guide

A convection microwave oven is basically a small microwave oven that circulates hot air using a small fan to cook food faster and that has one or two small trays that slide out and hold the food you plan to heat up. With convection microwave ovens, as compared to traditional microwave ovens, you can get more of a crispiness and real oven taste to the food you're cooking. You should do some research on the many options available when buying a convection microwave before making a decision.

A convection microwave oven can have touchpad controls.
  1. Choose the size of your convection microwave. You can generally choose from large models, which can be about 27 inches wide and 21 inches deep; medium sized models, which can be about 24 inches wide and 18 inches deep and smaller sized models, which are generally up to 20 inches wide and 12 inches deep.

  2. Research the cooking power of convection microwave ovens you're considering. The power generally corresponds with the size, and the higher the temperature can go, the faster your food can cook. The temperatures generally range from about 200 to about 450 degrees Fahreheit.

  3. Research control pad options. Convection microwave ovens can have either mechanical controls or touch pad controls. The mechanical option is usually a dial or knob, while touch pad controls offer accuracy with digital displays.

  4. See if the convection microwave ovens you're considering offer automatic defrost. This feature will help you defrost food faster.

  5. Look for the window view of the convection microwave ovens you're comparing. The window view helps you see the food as it cooks.

  6. Ask if there is a warranty available for the convection microwave oven you decide to buy. Better warranties will cover your appliance for upwards of five to 10 years; however, some only cover the product for one year.

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