TYPES OF MICROWAVE
Shopping for a microwave can be overwhelming. While some promise to have enough features for you to cook a roast dinner, others are simpler with only a microwave function. If you’re looking to learn more about your options, you’re in the right place.
Solo microwaves offer the most basic cooking functions. They microwave your food using radio waves, heating it up quickly and evenly. But, a solo model doesn’t offer grilling or convection cooking.
If you feel you wouldn’t benefit from these added functions, a standard solo microwave is the best option for you. There are plenty of choices available, and they usually have defrost functions too. Lots of solo models are listed by retailers as microwave ovens. Surprisingly, the phrase ‘microwave oven’ doesn’t necessarily mean it has an oven function.
A microwave with a grill is the same as a solo model, but with the addition of a grill. This gives you the option to brown and crisp food, either separately or after microwaving (with multi-stage cooking). But they are often less powerful than conventional grills, so your food may dry out. Metal racks are usually included to raise your food up to the grilling elements, which are located in the roof of the microwave.
There are two different types of grills – quartz and radiant. Quartz grills heat up in seconds and are available on high-end microwaves. They are often combined with a turntable for even results. Radiant grills tend to be a little more powerful but take around five minutes to heat up.
Surprisingly, the phrase ‘microwave oven’ doesn’t necessarily mean it has an oven function.
A combi microwave provides three different functions. It can act as a grill, microwave, or convection oven, for more variety of use. Combis are a great solution if you find yourself running out of oven space regularly, or if you want to save energy when cooking a meal for one or two people.
Convection cooking uses a fan to circulate hot air evenly around the appliance. You may be able to combine this with the microwave function, for faster but still perfectly crisp results. Often, they’ll look more like a small oven, with a drop-down door and adjustable horizontal wire racks.
Built-in microwaves are designed to free up workspace by seamlessly fitting in alongside your kitchen units.
Some high-end combi microwaves also feature a steam function, providing 4-in-1 cooking functions. Steam is a healthy and delicious cooking method, which helps to maintain the vitamin levels in your food.
A built-in microwave is sometimes referred to as integrated. These models are designed to free up your workspace by seamlessly fitting into your kitchen units. They’re available in any of the types above, but are most commonly combi or steam designs.