Hate them or love them microwave are an integral part of everyday life and almost everyone has had to use one when spending hours and hours to cook was just not an option. Besides all the myths and misinformation that has lead some people to believe that by microwaving it food loses its nutrients, there is the undeniable fact that microwaving produces uneven heating of the food. You can, of course, nuke it to the point where it is boiling hot so that even the coldest parts are still going to be hot, but then it tends to lose a lot of flavor, simply because it is over cooked, and even by using that technique, you still cannot cook a meal in a way that it is nice and crisp on the outside and soft and juicy on the inside. That is unless you use a convection microwave that marries the speed of a microwave with the browning and crisping capabilities of a convection oven. The problem is that there are not that many convection microwaves to choose from, but even so, we believe we have put together a pretty impressive lineup for you. Make sure to also scroll down past the list itself to find our in depth reviews of each product.
1. Samsung Over-The-Range Convection Microwave
If you are in a rush and just want to get to the punch line faster, let us just say that we could have written this entire article just about the Samsung Over-The-Range Convection Microwave and it would have not been a wasted effort. It basically checks everything you would expect to find on a high quality convection microwave. First of all, it is big, at 1.7 cubic feet it is actually the biggest oven we are going to feature here. It is also quite powerful at 950W for the microwave, 1750W for the convection part and a 900W grill. You may be thinking to yourself that you have seen microwaves that go as high up as 1200W, but you forget that this is a convection microwave so it does not really need all that extra power. And, yes, it does both microwave and convection cook at the same time so you really do save a lot of cooking time and the food does come out tasting great, not at all as is if was cooked in a regular microwave oven. It comes in a scratch resistant ceramic interior that is easy to clean and an LED light to save up on power consumption while you are using the oven.
2. GE Profile Stainless Steel Countertop Convection Microwave
Our second entry on this list is really just a brand name choice because many people question the abilities of a smartphone company to produce high quality microwaves, even though Samsung does have its fingers in a lot of pies. So, if you want a more traditional brand name, the GE Profile Stainless Steel Countertop Convection Microwave might be the best choice for you. It has a 1.5 cubic feet interior, and a somewhat higher price tag than the Samsung, but its microwave power does go up to 1000W. In all honesty, if we disregard the Samsung, the GE is a very impressive and extremely easy to use convection oven, and it is definitely worth the money.
3. Cuisinart Convection Microwave Oven with Grill
Finally, as part of our top 3 best convection microwave choices, we have a Cuisinart that is smaller than anything we have looked at so far, but also a whole lot cheaper with very little cutting of corners when it comes to the quality of manufacture. We are talking about a small, 1.2 cubic feet microwave oven with a maximum output of 1000W, so, given the necessary smaller portion being used, it is an even faster cooking system than the other 2 we have been focusing on so far. There is also the fact that it has a touchpad control panel and a grill function, so you really get a complete system, that can handle everything a regular oven would, but at a much faster pace.
4. Sharp 900-Watt Convection Microwave
There are 2 more ovens that, although not quite good enough to warrant a spot in our top 3 best convection microwave choices, do need to be featured here. We need to talk about the Sharp 900-Watt Convection Microwave because it is a relatively big, 1.5 cubic feet microwave, with a 900W power rating, and a somewhat reasonable price tag. But the thing that really makes it stand out from the rest and why we believe some of our readers may want to go ahead and buy it, is because it has the coolest, back to black design we have seen so far. It may not be the biggest or the most powerful but it is close enough to make no difference and, if the design of your kitchen is of importance to you, then you will want to go with the Sharp every time.
5. Kenmore Elite Countertop Microwave with Convection
The last product we are going to talk about is the Kenmore Elite Countertop Microwave. On paper it really ticks off all the check boxes: a relatively low price, a huge 1.5 cubic feet interior and a power rating of 1000W. In terms of design, it has a black and brushed aluminum interior that really looks the part and would be a nice addition to any kitchen. However, when inspected closely the manufacturing quality does not seem to come close to the other microwave ovens we have featured here and we have read many reviews that talked about various glitches that the Kenmore microwave oven seems to develop. Ours worked perfectly right out of the box, but, considering the small imperfections in the way it was put together, we could really see how other users might have had problems with it. Still, you may be just a lucky as we were and yours may work perfectly, so, if your kitchen design requires a brushed aluminum look, and you do want a microwave oven with convection function, than the Kenmore is your best choice considering the alternatives on the market.