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The microwave oven is one of the most commonly used appliances in the kitchen because its versatility is hard to beat. When reheating last night's dinner, the convenience of a microwave is unmatched. If you're heating a cup of water for your morning tea, there's no easier method... read more

Microwaves

Types of Microwaves

Countertop vs. Over-the-Range Microwave

Countertop vs. Over-the-Range Microwaves

Whether you're a college student, living on your own for the first time or a practiced homeowner, everyone can appreciate the ease and speed of a microwave oven. The most frequently purchased microwaves are countertop and over-the-range models. The debate of countertop vs. over-the-range microwaves offers benefits and drawbacks for both designs. Much of the decision is completely dependent on personal preferences as well as the size and configuration of your kitchen.

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Convection vs. Conventional Microwaves

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.

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What is a Convection Microwave?

What is a Convection Microwave?

A convection microwave combines the size and speed of a standard microwave oven with the thorough cooking ability of a convection oven. A convection microwave uses an interior fan to circulate heated air throughout the oven, so your food bakes and browns evenly as though it is in a full-size convection oven. Convection microwave combinations use fan-only convection heating, meaning a single fan circulates air throughout the microwave. Convection microwave combination models can be used as a convection oven, standard microwave or a combination of both.

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What is a Microwave Drawer?

What is a Microwave Drawer?

A microwave drawer installs right into your existing cabinetry to create a seamless kitchen flow that is functional and stylish. This is a high-end way to cook your food quickly without sacrificing valuable counter space.

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Microwave Features

What is Inverter Technology?

A microwave with inverter technology relies on inverters as the main power supply instead of magnetic coils or transformers. In microwaves which utilize coils or transformers, if you select 50% power, the microwave will actually use 100% power and switch on and off throughout the cook time to average out to 50%. Inverter technology operates steadily at 50% power throughout the cook time, so energy is distributed consistently and foods are cooked more evenly. Consistent heat distribution also allows you to defrost foods without cooking the edges. Inverter technology is only available to the Panasonic and GE brands.

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What is Inverter Technology?

What is Sensory Reheat on a Microwave?

Sensory reheat is a frequent task button on a microwave that measures the amount of steam emitted from food. The internal sensors detect how long and at what power the item needs to be cooked. It takes a few moments during cook time for the sensors to detect the amount of steam inside of the microwave; then the time is adjusted automatically to count down and stop when the food is warmed. Sensory reheat works with any food item, but if your leftovers are particularly dry, the sensors can detect steam with more precision if you add a little bit of water to whatever you're reheating.

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What is Sensory Reheat on a Microwave?

What are Frequent Task Buttons?

Frequent task buttons allow you to cook common microwavable foods, like pizza and hot beverages, without having to choose time and power levels. Frequent task buttons are located on the front control panel where you'd enter your desired cook time. These task buttons are already programmed to do things like auto defrost your frozen foods and pop popcorn; a push of a button signals the microwave that popcorn, for example, should be cooked at 100% power for two minutes and twenty seconds.

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What are Frequent Task Buttons?

What is the Sones Rating?

The sones rating applies to any appliance with an exhaust fan and is a measurement of how sound is perceived by the listener. The lower the sones rating, the quieter the appliance. One sone is equivalent to the quiet humming of a refrigerator, whereas a 4-sone rating would interfere with conversation among a group of people standing close by.

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Cooking with your Microwave

How to Bake a Potato in the Microwave

How to Bake a Potato in the Microwave

Baked potatoes are a delicious dinnertime treat that are usually prepared only on certain occasions, largely because potatoes take so long to bake. If you love baked potatoes and you're looking for a shortcut in the kitchen, try microwaving your potatoes and enjoy an equally satisfying taste.

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Make Bacon in Microwave

How to Microwave Bacon

Bacon is a savory side for any breakfast, from eggs over easy and crispy hash browns to mouth-watering fluffy cinnamon rolls with creamy icing. If splattering grease and time-intensive cleanup has you opting out of this morning delight, try cooking your bacon in the microwave.

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