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 compared here to give you a better understanding of the features and capabilities of both types of microwave ovens.
|Fan circulates hot air to cook and bake foods||Uses a singular heat component to cook foods|
|Quicker cook time for browner, crispier foods||Cannot brown or crisp foods like an oven can|
|Bakes food and retains more flavor||Singular heat source steams food and loses flavor|
|More expensive||Less expensive|
Advantages of convection microwaves
- Oven Baking – Enjoy the brown and crispy results 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 more quickly, they also can burn more quickly.
Advantages of conventional microwaves
- More Dishware Options – A conventional microwave accommodates more dishware options, such as plastic cookware, than 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.