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Convection vs. Conventional Microwaves

Convection and conventional microwaves are vastly different in their capabilities. A convection microwave operates more like an oven: it has the ability to preheat and bake foods like cookies and casseroles. A conventional microwave doesn't utilize airflow and can only warm meals. Both options are cross-examined to give you a better understanding of the features and capabilities of both types of microwave ovens.

  Convection Conventional
Air Circulation Fan circulates hot air to cook and bake foods Uses a singular heat component to cook foods
Cooking Capabilities Quicker cook time for browner, crispier foods Cannot brown or crisp foods like an oven can
Flavor Bakes food and retains more flavor Singular heat source steams food and loses flavor
Cost More expensive Less expensive

Advantages of convection microwaves

  • Oven Baking – Enjoy the brown and crispy outcome you'd get using a convection oven right in your microwave.
  • Preheat – Unlike standard conventional microwaves, convection microwaves can be preheated.

Limitations of convection microwaves

  • Costly – Because you're essentially enjoying two appliances in one, convection microwave ovens tend to be more expensive than the conventional alternative.
  • Burn Factor – You need to monitor foods more closely because while they cook and bake quicker, they also can burn quicker.


Advantages of conventional microwaves

  • More Dishware Options – There are more dishware options, notably plastic, that you can use in a conventional microwave than in a convection microwave.
  • Cost Friendly – The most popular choice for microwave purchases, conventional microwave ovens are more affordable.

Limitations of conventional microwaves

  • Reheats Poorly Conventional microwaves don't reheat food well, leaving meals warm, but often soggy and lacking crispness.
  • No Oven Capabilities – You can't preheat a conventional microwave to do any baking.

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