We all know what absolute life-savers microwaves are, right?
When life is hectic and time runs through our hands like sand, there’s nothing better than knowing that dinner will be ready in a matter of minutes – as soon as the microwave goes “ping!”.
But, actually, there is something better.
And that is knowing that your microwave is not only great at re-heating stuff, but can also broil, bake, and roast food. This is the magic (and beauty) of a microwave convection oven combo.
And if you now feel like you absolutely need one of those in your life, have a look at the following handy “best of” list!
Cuisinart CMW-200 Convection Microwave Oven with Grill
Cuisinart’s microwave convector oven is the ultimate combination of size, style and smarts. Its brushed stainless steel exterior and 1.2-cubic-foot stainless steel interior is looking as good on the inside as it is on the outside. Speaking of good: the device is super easy to clean and absorbs no odours.
The CMW-200 comes with 9 preset food options (popcorn, potato, beverage, reheat, fresh vegetable, frozen vegetable, roast chicken, cake and pizza), 8 cooking functions (microwave, convection, convection roast, convection fast bake, grill/combo, keep warm, defrost, memory), and allows for multi-stage cooking operations.
This advanced technology allows you to program your device to automatically switch functions. So you can, for example, defrost a casserole, heat it up in the microwave and grill it to melt cheese or top-brown the casserole
- Two Convenient defrost functions; defrost food by weight, or by time – for perfect results every time!
- Convection baking allows for much faster cooking times as well as more consistent heating for superior results. This convection microwave and grill can bake or roast with and without the microwave function.
- 1.2-cubic-foot capacity, 1000 watts
- Brushed stainless with embossed Cuisinart logo and dark tinted glass window
- Stainless steel interior absorbs no odors and is easy to sanitize, Rotating 12-Inch glass tray, Reversible grill rack
- Touchpad controls with LCD, Two convenient defrost functions to defrost food by weight or time, Convection bake or roast with and without microwave function
- Instruction and recipe book included, BPA Free
- Limited 3-year warranty
- Brushed stainless steel body
- Easy to clean
- 9 preset food option, 8 preset cooking functions
- Multi-stage cooking programming
- 1.000 watt
- 1.2 cubic foot capacity
Toshiba EC042A5C-SS Microwave Oven with Convection Function
The Toshiba EC042A5C-SS is a stainless steel appliance that combines microwave with traditional oven cooking. It cunningly combines both convection oven and microwave settings so you can bake, reheat, or cook meals using either or both functions for ultimate versatility.
It comes with automatic bake and roast functions that help you bake crispy fries, roast a whole chicken, or heat up a frozen pizza. On top of that, sensor reheating lets you optimally cook or reheat nine of the most popular food items with the touch of a button. And there are four auto functions for both bake and roast included for your convenience as well (auto bake includes: frozen pizza, muffins, dinner rolls, and frozen fries; auto roast has presets for beef, whole chicken, turkey breasts, and pork; each auto roast setting has weight adjustments).
- Stainless steel body
- For baking, reheating and cooking
- Automatic bake and roast settings
- Weight adjustments in auto-roast mode
- 1.000 watt
- 1.5 cubic foot capacity
Sharp R1874T Convection Microwave
Sharp’s over-the-range convection microwave oven comes with a roomy stainless steel body and is super simple to install. Its built-in exhaust system offers three convenient venting options (horizontal, vertical or ductless recirculation) for convenient range-top cooking.
The oven has an interactive cooking system and a help key for easy-to-follow cooking and programming instructions. This might come in super handy, seeing as the R1874T It is also equipped with a 4-way convection system that browns, bakes, broils, roasts and crisps.
- Stainless steel body
- Inbuilt exhaust system with 3 venting options
- Interactive cooking system
- Microwave & Convection functions: brown, bake, broil, roast, crisp
- 850 watt
- 1.1 cubic feet capacity
Emerson MWG9115SB Griller Microwave Oven with Touch Control
Emerson’s black metal microwave looks stylish and is a super helpful addition to your kitchen. With its 9 pre-programmed food setting it completely takes the guesswork out of cooking a whole array of popular foods (popcorn, potato, frozen pizza, frozen vegetables, beverage, dinner plate: chicken, beef, pork).
The device also comes with 11 microwave power levels and 1 pure grill option. And there’s a defrosting option that supports both weight- and time-adjustment.
The Emerson also has a removable glass turntable (for easy cleaning) and a child lock-out function for optimum safety.
- 1.2 cu ft of cooking space Metal front and black cabinet
- 11 microwave power levels 1 pure grill power level
- 99-minute, 99-second digital timer Time and weight defrost LED display with digital clock
- 9 pre-programmed recipes: Popcorn Potato Frozen pizza Frozen vegetable Beverage Dinner plate Meat/chicken Meat/beef Meat/pork
- Black metal case
- Child lock-out function
- 11 microwave & 1 grill power level
- 9 pre-programmed cooking recipes
- 1.1000 watt
- 1.2 cubic feet capacity
Samsung MG11H2020CT Countertop Grill Microwave Oven
Samsung’s MG11H2020CT comes with a stainless steel exterior and a ceramic enamel interior that are both easy to clean and maintain. All you have to do is wipe away grease or oil from the surfaces. In addition, ceramic enamel is more scratch- and stain-resistant than plastic or stainless steel.
The oven’s integrated controls provide easy access to all cook settings. There you can choose from 10 power levels or use the auto-cook presets to take the guesswork out of cooking everything from poultry to popcorn.
The Samsung is best suited for fixing pizza and other crispy foods. It combines traditional microwave heating technology with a grilling element and a ceramic plate. This allows you to prepare sandwiches, bacon, fish, and other foods that are improved by a crispy finish.
- Integrated controls provide easy access to cook settings. Choose from 10 power levels or use the auto-cook presets to take the guesswork out of cooking everything from poultry to popcorn.
- Ceramic Enamel Interior that is both scratch resistant and easy to clean. Cavity Interior – Ceramic Enamel
- 1.1 cu. ft. Capacity with 1000 W of Cooking Power and 10 power levels
- Auto Cook Options to handle any meal with the push of a button
- Grilling Element with Ceramic Plate, pemium Stainless Steel Design with LED display
- Power consumption 1600 Watts 14.5 Ampere, power source 120 Volts 60 Hertz
- Stainless steel body
- Scratch-resistant ceramic enamel interior
- Grilling element
- 10 power levels, auto-cook presets
- 1.600 watt
- 1.1 cubic foot capacity
Q: Why would I want a microwave and convection combo?
The easy answer: convenience.
It very simply saves space if you have two appliances rolled into one. (Think RV, think micro-home, think student flat, think big-city-high-rent-live-in-a-cupboard situations,…)
Now, we know that you might already have an oven that can be used for most of the convection oven amenities, but! But if you are anything like us, you simply don’t see the sense in heating up the oven just for crisping something you have just re-heated. Or you just don’t make enough food (in quantity) to actually need a whole full-sized oven for it (single-person home, anyone? And yes, we do love to have roast, anyway!).
Q: Can I use the convection function without ever using the microwave?
Yes, though we certainly wouldn’t recommend it.
There is a good reason why this is sold as a combination product. And that is, because both functions are meant to be used.
So if you are only in need of a convection oven, then we would rather suggest getting one of those instead (or getting rid of your old microwave – your choice).
Q: Does the exterior get hot when it’s used as an oven?
Typically it doesn’t.
If you go for a brand name and follow the instructions (venting requirements), heat shouldn’t be an issue at all.
Q: What do I need to consider before buying?
We would suggest having a good idea about how you want to use the appliance before actually buying. This means, considering which meals you love to eat and knowing if the oven can help you in preparing them. In other words: check if the microwave convection oven has the preparation methods you will need.
Another thing you might want to keep an eye out on is actual size. Dimensions tend to be similar, but you may want to check if the device really fits the space you want it to use in before purchase.
Other than that, it mostly comes down to your preferences in terms of looks, watts used, and interior capacity.