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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 compared here to give you a better understanding of the features and capabilities of both types of microwave ovens.

Convection Microwaves

Conventional Microwaves

Air Circulation

Fan circulates hot air to cook and bake foodsUses a singular heat component to cook foods

Cooking Capabilities

Quicker cook time for browner, crispier foodsCannot brown or crisp foods like an oven can


Bakes food and retains more flavorSingular heat source steams food and loses flavor


More expensiveLess expensive

Convection Microwaves

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.

Conventional Microwaves

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.