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How to Buy the Best Countertop Microwave Convection Oven

By Edited Nov 19, 2013 0 1

General Electric Microwave Ovens
In today's instant gratification world owning a countertop convection microwave oven is a must. A countertop convection microwave oven allows you to make a good, tasty, home cooked meal in no time flat. There are so many companies making countertop convection microwave ovens today that choosing the right model can be difficult, continue reading to find out how to find the best countertop convection microwave oven to fit your needs perfectly without breaking the bank.

Set your budget on a countertop convection microwave oven

It's important, before you head off to the store, or even log into your favorite online site to set your budget. A countertop convection microwave oven can cost as much as $500 or more, depending on the features so set your budget first.  let your budget decide what features you can get, not the other way around.

How will you use the countertop convection microwave oven

Panasonic Microwave Ovens
Understand how you intend to use the countertop convection microwave oven. Will you just defrost stuff, cook TV dinners, or actually cook real food in it. Knowing how you intend to use it will allow you to choose the most important features and also the overall power rating you need.

How much power should the countertop convection microwave oven have?

They vary in power from 600 watts all the way up to 1300 watts and more. The more power the countertop convection microwave oven has, the faster it'll cook. Keep in mind that most recipes are written based on an 1000 wattt model.

How large should the countertop convection microwave oven be?

Stainless Steel Microwave Ovens
Choose the size based on how much food you'll need to cook at one time.
  • 1 person - 0.5 to 0.8 cubic feet
  • 2 people - 0.9 to 1.3 cubic feet
  • 3 people - 1.4 to 1.6 cubic feet
  • 4 people - 1.8 to 2.0 cubic feet

Based on the above you should be able to pick out the best size countertop convection microwave oven to fit your needs.

Another size consideration is if you already own microwave safe cookware, make sure the microwave you are considering can hold the cookware.

Another consideration, since the oven will actually get hot when in convection mode is you can't place it directly against the wall since this is usually where the heating element is, you'll need to back off a few inches.

What does convection mean when it comes to a countertop convection microwave oven?

This is the best part. Convection means the oven actually circulates hot air and can actually brown/cook  food. So food cooks two ways, through microwave (defrosting) and through hot air (cooking). Food tastes great and cooks ridiculously fast when done in a countertop convection microwave oven.

Any other features I should look for in a good convection microwave oven?

Here are some other features available. Don't spend extra money on features you don't or won't use.

  • For easy cleanup choose a stainless steel microwave oven, however, for safety with kids around a plastic outer body will keep cool when cooking food.
  • Make sure the convection microwave oven has a turntable for even cooking
  • If kids will use it make sure it has an auto off feature

Here's an example of a top notch countertop convection microwave oven on Amazon.

How much does a good countertop convection microwave oven cost?

Sharp Microwave Ovens
Well, that will depend on the size, power and features of the convection microwave oven, not too mention if it's on sale or not. You can increase your savings by getting a rebate through ebates.  I suggest reading microwave oven reviews on sites such as ConsumerReports or ConsumerSearch. These sites feature microwave oven reviews written by unbiased users just like yourself and often times have the lowest prices listed right in the microwave oven reviews. You will, of course, find many useful links right here on this page too.


Jul 15, 2009 9:35am
The first model pictured is not even a countertop model, but an over-the-range model. The article does not point out that countertop convection models over 1.5 cu. ft. capacity have become virtually non-existent recently; you must either forget about the convection feature, settle for 1.5 or below, or spring for one of the handful of larger over-the-range CC models. On the Internet, many plain microwaves are misidentified as convection, and many over-the-range models are misidentified as countertop. Double-check the model facts before purchasing, or you may get burned.
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