Convection microwaves are a class of microwaves on its own. They have become highly sought after in recent times because of the advantages they have over standard microwaves. In simple terms, a convection microwave does the work of both a microwave oven and a convection oven to cook food evenly and thoroughly. This not only saves valuable kitchen space but also allows you to quickly reheat food without the “soggy” feel of a traditional microwave.
We’re about to review six of the best convection microwave ovens that caught our attention recently. The selection process wasn’t too tedious given that we had our own selection criteria.
Here are our top picks for the overall best convection microwave, budget-friendly, and the high-end premium choice.
As usual, the first unit we’ll take a look at is the overall best convection microwave oven
Toshiba wowed us with their products when we reviewed some of the best small microwaves. This time around, we selected another of their product as the overall best convection microwave. We shared our thoughts about the unit in the paragraphs below.
The Toshiba convection microwave is quite a brilliant masterpiece for the kitchen.
From afar, it looks like a replica of the small Toshiba EM925A5A-BS Microwave Oven but on close observation, there are a few glaring differences. The unit is available in two color options; black stainless and stainless steel.
Both colors blend flawlessly with any kitchen irrespective of the kitchen’s interior decor. We tested the black stainless variant in a white kitchen and it sat nicely on the countertop.
This convection microwave effectively combines the best of both worlds to bring to you the freshest dishes.
It packs a ton of features under its hood. The unit measures just 21.8″ x 19.2″ x 13″ (WDH) and comes with a 13.6″ turntable. We love the large-sized turntable – you’ll love it too.
The features you’ll find on this Toshiba convection microwave include sensor cooking function, an auto menu for quick cooking, reheating function, one-touch start buttons, etc. The auto menu is located just above the keypad buttons on the right side of the unit.
Available presets are the auto bake, favorite, warm hold, auto defrost, time defrost, sensor cook, auto roast, popcorn, and sensor reheat. There are also three buttons that help you switch modes between convection oven, microwave or a combination of both.
We love the numeric keypad. It’s responsive and can be used to increase the temperature of the unit. There are 10 power levels on this unit and the unit requires just 1250W of power to work.
Internally, there’s a grill rack for use when you select convection mode. An LED light brightly illuminates the interior of the unit when the door is opened.
As for opening the door, it’s a breeze and doesn’t shift the microwave. Besides, you can easily open the door of the unit with gloves on.
We selected the Panasonic Convection Microwave as our premium choice. With a large interior capacity, exceptional wattage, and sleek design, Panasonic have outdone themselves.
Honestly, we feel this Panasonic convection microwave is fairly-priced, given its impressive capabilities and breathtaking design. When it comes to everything you could want in a microwave – stylish design, intelligent automatic cooking, and authentic & nutritious results – Panasonic comes in clutch.
The unit has a stainless steel interior and exterior. It measures 22″ x 20″ x 11″ (WDH) and has a 15″ turntable inside. The internal capacity is pegged at 1.6 cubic feet.
As usual, you’ll find the control panel on the right side of the unit. Here, you’ll see a plethora of options and menus that make cooking with the microwave easy.
To the top right corner sits the display screen and directly below it are the auto cook buttons such as popcorn, coffee / milk, frozen food, sensor cook, turbo defrost, and quick 30 second options etc.
If you’re used to microwaves with numeric keypads, you won’t like the absence of numeric keypad on this unit. However, the dial is smooth and easy to use. In just a few minutes, you’d have learned how to use it to achieve your cooking goals.
Overall, as the premium choice, you get a lot bang for your buck with this one.
Tight on a budget but still, want to get a convection microwave for your kitchen? Don’t worry, we found one you’d really like – it’s the Farberware convection microwave. There’s little you can put into a microwave with 0.9 cu. ft. of internal space, but that’s what you get for such a low price.
The unit comes in a black stainless steel finishing and has an enamel and ceramic interior. It does look glossy but would have been better if Samsung added some chrome accents here and there.
Farberware equipped this unit with 1000W of power as well as chrome accents. We noticed that a handle is chrome finished as well, excellent for a budget choice.
The interior is fairly large although we think Farberware could have done more. As expected, there are a plethora of features to make your cooking easier.
Some of the features present include a multi-stage cooking option. The multi-stage cooking option is aimed at attracting people who need to defrost as well as heat up their dishes.
In addition to the multi-stage mode, there is a sensor cooking function as well as the auto cook options. Similarly to the Toshiba EC042A5C-SS Microwave, we reviewed above, this Farberware convection microwave has separate buttons for selecting the desired cooking modes.
The beeps on this unit are audible enough but cannot get on your nerves as we saw in some microwaves we’ve tested so far.
The Frigidaire convection microwave is a lifesaver in many ways. For homeowners with less space on their kitchen’s countertop, there couldn’t be microwave better than this one – a combination of a microwave and a convection oven. The unit looks simple and is easy to use.
While it costs more than our best overall microwave, it has all the bells to make up for it.
We appreciate the fact that the unit can sit nicely over the range and save us some space on our already cluttered countertop. The unit measures 30″ x 16″ x 15″ (WDH) and it is available only in stainless steel variant.
We love how the unit blended nicely with the white background of the kitchen it was placed in. There is plenty of space internally as the unit has a capacity of 1.7 cu. ft..
It is also worthy to note that the unit has a power requirement of 1000W. The lower power is not ideal. Nonetheless, the power is more than sufficient enough to be used for a plethora of activities.
As a space saving feature, you will find the control buttons for this microwave on the bottom of the unit. A plethora of buttons abound, each providing you with the necessary functions for making your dish.
Some of the auto cooking menu available on the unit include defrost, sensor reheat, sensor popcorn, melt / soften, and beverage, etc.
We weren’t surprised to find the hood vent function on this unit. Apparently, the manufacturers included it because of its price tag. So if you want to do some hood vent fan after cooking on your cooktop, this unit is up to the task.
Furthermore, there is a veggies setting which we found very useful for rapidly and conveniently defrosting frozen veggies you may get from your local supermarket.
Now that you’ve decided to buy a convection microwave, we want to share with you a handful of tips that’ll help you make the right choice. We’ll start with costs.
The cost of a convection microwave can hinder you from making the right purchase. It will interest you to know that some convection microwave models are overpriced because of the brand name they bear. They certainly, cannot compete favorably with the lower priced models. If you are not looking for a commercial grade convection microwave ovens, please go for a moderately priced unit.
If you will place this unit on the countertop, there should be ample space right around it. Convection ovens have spacing requirements that must be met if you want the product to last long. Please ensure that there’s ample space at the back of the unit – most of them have their vents here. Blocking the air vents can cause the unit to overheat and, in turn, lead to malfunction.
Furthermore, if you have a cluttered countertop but there’s space for the unit on the range, then you should buy a range convection microwave. Small kitchen owners will definitely benefit from it. Remember to take the spacing requirements of the unit into consideration. Have a professional come over and do the installation if you find it confusing.
There should be easy to use controls for your unit. Generally, most of the models available on the market are easy to use. However, during the course of our review, we came across some models that made us refer to the product manual several times.
You should get a unit that blends seamlessly with your kitchen’s interior decoration. Opt for models in stainless steel or black stainless colors over other colors.
The highest internal capacity we’ve seen so far is 1.5 cu. ft. while the lowest is 1.1 cu. ft. If you don’t have large cooking plates – and cooking needs – you should get the 1.1 cu. ft. models and vice versa.
In terms of wattage, a unit with around 850W will do fine. However, we saw low priced models with 1000W of power, in addition to the 10 power levels that they offer.
We made mention of some important features a microwave should have in this review of the best small microwave ovens. In addition to the features mentioned in that article, we’d also like to include these ones?
Broil Function: If you intend to broil with your convection microwave, please keep an eye out for units with the broil function. You’ll definitely love it.
Separate Modes: This refers to separate operation modes. Given the fact that a convection microwave is a combination of two appliances, they should have a button that allows you to select which machine you want to use, as well as a button to select both the microwave and convection feature at the same time. In essence, you’ll have 3 buttons; one for microwave, one for convection, and one combined.
So far, we’ve been able to review the best convection microwaves on the market. And we shared a few tips to guide you in making your final purchase.
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Colin is a passionate chef by trade and a kitchen nerd on the side. Growing up in the kitchen, Colin has always had a passion for learning the absolute best way to cook a dish. He quickly realized most kitchens have duplicate cookware and small appliances and had to decide which ones were going to be the “keepers” – causing him to take a closer look at all his products.
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