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Top Of The Best Convection Ovens Reviewed In 2018Last Updated January 1, 2019
№1 – DeLonghi EO241150M Livenza Stainless Steel Digital Convection Oven
№2 – DeLonghi EO241250M Livenza Digital Stainless Steel Countertop Convection Oven
№3 – Breville BOV845BSS Smart Oven Pro Convection Toaster Oven with Element IQ, 1800 W, Stainless Steel
Here’s everything you need to know about buying an oven…
First, let’s get a few vocab terms out of the way to make sure we’re on the same page:
You should also answer a few questions before you start to shop for an oven or range:
What type of home cook are you? Do you take your cues from Top Chef challenges, or are you a frozen pizza type of cook? Do you love baking pastries, or do you stick with the stovetop? Be realistic about the features you need and will use in an oven or range to keep yourself from wasting money on upgrades you’ll never use.
What type of appliance does your kitchen accommodate? Do you have a built-in wall oven and separate cooktop, or do you only have space for a range? Stick with a product that will fit into your current setup, unless you’re ready for a big renovation to accompany your new appliance purchase.
What type of power hookup do you have? Check to see if you have a gas line or just an electric outlet.
What’s your budget? Some ranges can cost as much as a year’s salary (I’m serious). With that said, set a budget so that shiny stainless steel finishes and touchpad controls don’t blind you to the reality of what you can afford. Fortunately, our testing has shown us that you can find a good appliances at any price point. Here’s a broad view of what to expect in different price categories:
The heat output from electric cooktops is measured in watts. Output varies from stove to stove and burner to burner, but the output generally falls somewhere between 1,200 watts for low heat on a small burner and 3,800 BTUs for high heat on a large burner, though we’ve seen outliers on both ends of the spectrum. There are different types of electric cooktops from which you can select:
Smoothtop (glass-ceramic cooktop): These cooktops are made of smooth glass-ceramic with heating units under the surface. A built-in sensor lets you know when a burner is still hot. This is important with smooth electric cooking surfaces because the burner doesn’t always turn red if the heat is low. Keep in mind that this type of cooktop is prone to scratches, and not all cookware is safe to use on the surface (the appliance’s manual will let you know what’s safe to use).
Electric coil: These burners convert the electricity that runs into the coil into heat. These cooktops contain thermostat sensors that notify you when a burner is on, but not necessarily whether it is still hot. Electric coil stoves are notorious for uneven cooking because of uneven distribution of the coil. In short, it is hard to keep the coil perfectly level, which can make all of the food in the pan slide to one side. In addition, electric coil stoves are slow to heat and slow to cool. But ranges with this type of cooktop are cheaper than comparable models.
Some ranges use two types of power: gas for the cooktop, and electric in the oven. These dual fuel ranges are a good compromise for folks who want the direct heat of a gas burner but the even cooking of an electric oven. However, these hybrids cost more than traditional one-power-source ranges.
These ranges don’t have a back panel and are meant to fit in flush with the surrounding countertops. countertops. Slide-in ranges are often more expensive than freestanding models because of the mechanics that go into putting all the controls up front.
Drop-in ranges are similar to slide-in models — they sit flush with the surrounding countertops and all the controls are located at the front of the unit. But this type of range looks like you dropped it between two cabinets because of a strip of cabinetry you place beneath the appliance.
Convection fans are built into the back of oven walls. They circulate the heat in the oven so hot air is more evenly dispersed, which means your food will bake more evenly. You’d want convection fans if you’re baking food like cookies on more than one oven rack at the same time. Midpriced ovens will have at least one convection fan. Some ovens have what’s called “true” or “European” convection, which means there’s a heating element that surrounds the fan that warms the air as the fan blows. Read more about the science of convection here.
Temperature probes plug into the wall of your oven, and you use them to monitor the internal temperature of meat as it cooks. The temperature displays on the control panel of your oven, so you don’t have to open the door to see if your dish is done.
The exterior of the cabinet will be made of stainless or painted steel and will be bolted or welded onto a steel frame. Bolted units are typically more economical and may be easier to ship, while welded units bring a higher price tag but are stronger, more durable, and should last longer. The galvanized steel used on some models will be dipped in zinc to inhibit the growth of rust, but this type of metal scratches more easily than stainless steel does. The zinc provides a single layer of protection that will wear away over time and when it’s scratched may rust. Stainless steel’s protection, on the other hand, goes all the way through to prevent rust, no matter how deeply it’s scratched.
The three interior options are aluminized steel, porcelain, and stainless steel, with aluminized steel interiors generally being the most common and most economical. Steel adds strength to the workability of aluminum to create a strong interior that will hold up better than its porcelain counterpart.
The slickness of porcelain interiors helps reduce the buildup of bacteria and food, and also makes the interiors of these units easier to wipe down. But, the porcelain can crack or wear out over time, which can mean costly repair bills.
Stainless steel interiors are overall more durable than porcelain, but it does have a higher initial price point. Stainless steel will be durable and stain- and corrosion-resistant. Its smooth surface is also easy to wipe clean.
No matter what interior material you opt for, we always recommend units with coved corners, which are rounded, rather than angular. They eliminate the most common places spills can collect and harbor bacterial growth. Additionally, coved corners help maximize airflow, further improving heat consistency and speed.
Doors undergo a ton of use and abuse in the kitchen. There are some options available to make your oven’s doors stand the test of time.
Tempered glass doors and solid doors each have strengths and weaknesses. Tempered glass doors allow viewing of the contents without opening the doors, allowing the user to check the product without letting heat out of the unit. Besides protecting your baked goods, that also helps keep ambient heat to a minimum.
Solid doors may offer more heat retention and durability. They also tend to be less expensive to purchase; however, you may find that repeated opening of the door simply to see how dishes are coming along may cost more in the long run through added utility bills.
You might also look into units that have triple-hinged doors for additional durability. In order to keep your operators happy, you really should consider choosing a model that has dependent doors so that opening both doors just requires one hand. In the case of independent doors, they offer the ability to open only one door at a time, reducing heat loss when adding, removing, or checking products. But, it’s essentially impossible to open them with one hand.
Oven Fan Options
One of the more important options when choosing a convection oven is how you need the fan to function. Depending on the needs of your kitchen, you may need to be able to disable the fan for certain recipes. For example, cake and soufflé batters may not hold up to the force of the fan, which could ruin these dishes.
You may want a fan that gives you more than one speed setting, so you can cook delicate items under a low fan and more sturdy items with the fan on high. Getting an even bake when the fan is on low may require the user to turn the pan during the cook time, but there are some models that will turn the pans for you. These are typically used by bakers, that need to be able to cook with the fan at low speed while still getting consistency.
Temperature and Time Regulators
It’s important to remember that a commercial convection oven will cook foods more quickly than conventional ovens. To compensate for that, some models have a feature that automatically adjusts the time of your recipes. For instance, if the recipe calls for something to bake for two hours, you would enter two hours into the unit’s computer, and the unit will automatically set the time that would be necessary with the quick cooking of the convection oven.
A core probe will offer the most precise indication of when recipes have reached the appropriate temperature.
Many units will have highly technical controls with programming capabilities. They have options that will allow you to program times and automatically rotate shelves. These units are ideal for creating consistency for restaurants with unskilled labor or high turnover rates. However, they may have a slightly wider body to allow room for the computerized control systems.
Manual controls, on the other hand, give the user more flexibility for individualized cooking. They’re great for and even preferred by more experienced chefs who want precise control over every setting. However, they may be a little more difficult for inexperienced cooks to get the hang of.
A few manufacturers offer a mechanism that can be programmed to automatically turn racks for you, which allows for limited user involvement while still producing the even results you’re looking for. Some also have designs that will offer your guests the ability to watch your products bake, if you’re interested in showcasing the baking process.
Cook and Hold
Many units will offer a cook and hold feature that will switch the oven to holding mode to keep the food at the desired serving temperature without continuing to cook it. Typically these models will have an alarm that will notify the operator when the food is ready.
Steaming and Dehydrating
To create artisan crusts on bread, and to keep items like turkey and beef moist while baking, some units feature a steam option. Ovens that have this capability will need to have easy access to a water connection, and you may want to opt for a water filter or softener to limit scale from harming your oven. On the other side, dry convection ovens are ideal for dehydrating meat, vegetables, and fruit as well. Of course, both types will provide the consistency and speed that are the hallmarks of this type of cooking equipment.
Gas or Electric Power
There are benefits and drawbacks to both gas and electric models. You’ll need an electrical outlet, regardless of the model you choose, as the fan and controls will run off electricity.
Your ability to choose a natural gas unit will depend mainly on whether the utility is even offered in your area. An LP model is a good choice if you have room to store a tank. Electricity is generally available everywhere, but the cost may be prohibitive. Check with the U.S. Energy Information Administration to see what the rates are for each power option in your state. Gas will generally heat the unit more quickly, while electric models tend to be more flexible in terms of installation and often provide more even temperatures.
Hamilton Beach 31197
Let’s move on to the third of the best countertop convection ovens called Hamilton Beach 3119Countertop Oven. Rather than the look, the writer could say that this one puts capacity to be one of its top priorities. Why not? It is said that this oven is enough for 12” pizza to fit in.
Hamilton Beach 31103A
How about other Hamilton Beach model? Yes, the fourth model with the best quality like the other models in this article is Hamilton Beach 31103A Countertop Oven. This best countertop convection oven is made just as big as the previous model, spacious enough for two 12” pizzas to fit in.
Being able to look through the oven’s door to see how cooked the food seems to be a little factor, but it’s actually important. The reason for this is obvious.
Opening the oven’s door while cooking not only wastes labor but also can cause harmful effects on your face and eyes due to hot air escaping from the oven. A transparent door is, of course, much safer and more convenient.
This is a common factor that most buyers miss or skip when buying the best convection oven. I agree that it’s just a minor consideration; however, having the insight observation as looking into the oven is always better than seeing the dark only.
2.cu. ft. of internal space. Despite the difference in dimensions, this unit provides a great amount of space internally. one of the few here with over cu. ft. of space.
Smart Sensor: Let the machine cook what you want to perfection.
Trim kit included with the unit.
Another from Whirlpool, this time a microwave for the countertop. As a countertop unit, this oven takes less space than the GE unit above. So for those of you looking for a good quality microwave with great space efficiency, then this will take the cake. This unit comes in options of black, white and stainless steel. As you can tell, however, the front of the unit is not steel, but a plastic screen. This screen, unlike the metal around it, is far more prone to grime and is a shame it covers the front. *A trim kit is available for this unit but is sold separately.
Why you want Higher Wattage
Unlike conventional electronic standards where low wattage and high efficiency is king, microwaves are different. This is because wattage determines the heating power and time of the oven. The higher the wattage, the faster the oven heats up the food. If the wattage is low, then the microwave will take longer to heat up your food. As such, it is always preferred to get a high powered oven to lower the wait time.
Convection Microwave Oven
Different from your conventional unit, these convection ovens boast not only microwave capabilities but convection capabilities. What does this mean? Well, a convection oven has a fan and venting system, which can be turned on in order to move the heat inside the oven around. This movement of hot air helps heat the food up faster and more evenly, making for a more efficient oven. Also, unlike conventional ovens which often have hot spots which are places where heat is more concentrated, convection ovens do not.
Convection Ovens have ventilation inside, helping with the heating process.
As one could imagine, The Convection settings make your Microwave into a sort of true mini oven, capable of handling some baking and toasting. In a sense, the unit is no longer just a microwave, but an all in one oven unit. As a real mini oven, this unit is better suited for food with lower water quantities, or thick pieces of meat which would be ruined in a conventional microwave unit.
In Cabinet Options
Another option that seems forgotten by many when shopping. While in cabinet microwaves still require dedicated space like regular countertop units, if you value countertop space more than cabinet space this side option is something worth considering. These can work with convection ovens but will require venting. As such, it is advised to get an over the range convection unit instead.
Over the Range Microwave Oven
Not everyone likes the space hogging that Microwaves are known for. After all, some can be as wide as your real oven, so having them on your countertop is not always an ideal place. Thankfully, for those of you who want to conserve space in your kitchen, the Over the Range Microwave Oven is your best bet. Not only does it get to hang above your oven range, saving precious countertop space for toasters, blenders and such, but it can replace your venting fan as well. Therefore, an over the range microwave unit is, in a way, two essential things in one compact unit.
Over the Range units, unlike the countertop units, do not require space around it for venting heat. Instead, most require a vent duct in order to cool down after heating food up. A few however also come with hidden vents on the oven unit for those of you without a venting duct. Some also have automated systems to regulate the temperature inside and outside the microwave oven. Convenient, right?
Carbon Filters & Maintenance *Please note: Not all microwaves will come with a filter pre-installed. you may need to purchase one along with the unit. Make sure that the filter fits your unit as well, as there may be differences in size
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A standard microwave which can also work like a convection oven but with quicker cooking times. It can heat, roast, brown and crisp food allowing you to use it the same way you would your standard oven. Yes, that does also mean you can cook a roast dinner in it (if you get a big enough size).
The power of a microwave is measured in watts. The more watts a microwave has, the faster it can cook.
Gas or electric
The convection ovens come in both gas and electric models. The electric models utilize the electricity in heating and circulating the hot air in the oven. On the other hand, the gas model works with both gas and electricity. They will use the gas in heating the oven and electricity in circulating the air. Though the gas model seems to be larger, they are more powerful than the electric models. Nevertheless, the electric models are smaller and more practical for individuals with smaller apartments.
The convection ovens are available in various sizes that fit any kitchen. Before deciding on the best model, make sure that it will fit on your kitchen countertop. Besides, you should also look at the interior space. Though this will depend on personal preference, a great oven should be spacious enough to hold at least six slices of bread or a 12-inch pizza.
Cuisinart TOB-260NChef’s Convection Toaster Oven
Although this oven from Cuisinart is a bit more expensive compared to other ovens, you will still get exactly what you need in a high-quality convection oven. If you’re looking for something that can accommodate large portions, then you’re getting the right thing.
You have a large power output in this model too, with up to 1pre-programmed functions along with speed convection. There are timers in this model as well which allow you to cook meals care-free. The interior is spacious as it can fit pizzas up to 1inches in diameter.
Hamilton Beach 31103A Countertop Oven With Convection And Rotisserie
This countertop convection oven features a lot of versality as it gives you a revolving rotisserie feature. The meat will turn as you cook it which removes any excess moisture loss, great if you don’t want your meals to end up dry.
It is quite large for pizzas as well, fitting up to two 12-inch pizzas, but you can also fit a 5-pound chicken in it which is remarkable. This oven comes with two cooking racks as well as two baking pans and a broiler rack.
Tips in Using your Convection Oven
To make the most out of your convection oven and to achieve the best outcomes all the time, below are some of the most important things to keep in mind:
Below is a short video that shows more tips on how to use a convection oven:
For sheer simplicity, a microwave-only option will heat up, defrost, steam and reheat food. Use it for ready meals, soup or vegetables – the options are endlessly convenient.
Acting more as a mini oven, this option uses a microwave, grill, convection oven and often a steam function. This could offer a solution to smaller kitchens with not much space for appliances, or simply just to provide more convenience.
Microwave with grill
These models demonstrate all the features of a standard microwave oven, but with the added convenience of a grill. This is ideal for grilling fish and meat, or simply crisping and browning the outside of your food. Also a great 2-inoption for if you need to save on space.
Size and power
Capacities vary from about 17L to over 32L. If you’re after a family-size microwave consider at least a 27L size. This will have a larger turntable and more interior height so you can cook more than one dish – or fit the Sunday roast in.
Microwave power is measured in watts, and can range from 800W to 1100W. The higher the wattage, the quicker your food will cook.
Features to consider
Microwaves vary considerably in price, but this is not just dependent on their power or size. Consider what type of cooking you do, and how you store your food: if you use your freezer a lot, then a good defrosting feature may be important. Other features can include settings for jacket potatoes or pizza.
Consider buying microwave-safe trays, dishes or steamers – even an egg poacher – to give you more cooking versatility.
The microwave considers the actual weight of the food, and works out the time needed to cook the food safely.
Uses random pulses of microwave energy to reduce the usual defrosting time even more.
Hints and tips
Never use any metal containers or objects – even twist-ties, as they have metal in them. If in doubt, consult the manufacturer’s directions
Leave any covered food vented when cooking it, so the steam can escape
When cooking large amounts, stir the food halfway through the cooking time: this will help to reduce any possible ‘cold spots’
Leave the food to stand for minutes once it’s cooked, as the heat will continue to spread through the food
Be careful when taking food out: although the container may not be that hot, the food inside will be
Don’t press Start on your microwave when it’s empty, as the microwaves will bounce off the interior walls and could cause damage.
You can’t use microwave ovens for sterilising baby bottles or other food utensils.
MC17F808KDT Over-The-Range Convection Microwave
The Samsung MC17F808KDT Convection Microwave is an example of an over-the-range microwave which combines everything you need into one powerful appliance. Its design enables it to work as a toaster, a microwave, a boiler and a convection oven as the same time. It has a powerful 1750 Watts of convection cooking power, 900 Watts Grill power and 950 Watts microwave power. Among the features you’re expected to experience include LED cooktop lighting, a Ceramic Enamel interior, 11cooking presets, intuitive glass controls and a SLIM FRY technology which cook healthy foods without using oil. With a stainless steel outer finish and a large turntable, this unit has a weight of 7pounds and dimensions of 17.6×29.9×16.inches.
These models are usually sleek and integrated with the surrounding cabinets or walls. Some countertop models have an option to become built-in.
Just like with other kitchen appliances, you first need to decide about where you will place your new convection microwave in your kitchen. Obviously, countertop models need space on a countertop. Typically, a countertop model would be around 20 inches wide and 20 inches deep.
Generally speaking, in microwaves wattage equals power and indicates the speed of cooking. Larger microwaves will typically have higher wattage. Microwaves with less than 700 watts of power can be slow and do not always cook the food evenly.
Preparation length and time calculator
If your convection microwave has this feature, all you have to do is enter the type of food, its condition (frozen, cold, etc) and weight. The microwave will then choose cooking mode and time on its own and prepare the food without having you do any of the calculations.
Start timer allows you to identify when you want the microwave to start cooking the food. You can program the appliance to start cooking before you wake up in the morning or before you come back home from work so that the food is ready when you are and you don’t have to wait for your food.
Cuisinart CMW-200 is a 1.cubic foot, 1000-watt convection microwave oven. Its color is stainless steel. The appliance comes with a grill feature and a reversible grill rack.
Cuisinart CMW-200 has LCD touchpad controls, defrost options that defrost by weight or time and convection bake and roast functions that can be used together or separately from the microwave function.
This convection microwave has a multi-stage cooking feature that can automatically switch between cooking modes during food preparation for better and faster results.
Cuisinart CMW-200 has preset options. They are popcorn, roast chicken, beverage, reheat, frozen vegetable, fresh vegetable, potato, pizza, cake.
Cuisinart CMW-200 also has cooking modes. These modes are microwave, convection mode, convection roast, grill/combo, keep warm, convection fast make, defrost, pre-set memory mode.
The grill rack inside of the oven is round. There are height options.
External dimensions are 20.inches wide, 18.inches deep, 12.inches tall. Internal dimensions are 1inches wide, 1inches deep, inches tall.
The weight of the unit is 40.lbs. It comes with a limited 3-year warranty.
GE PVM9179SFSS is a convection microwave oven with 1.cubic feet of capacity, 1000 Watts of power, power levels, sensor cooking controls and fast bake option. The option uses the heating element and the microwave to create baked goods up to 25% faster compared to conventional ovens.
This microwave is very sturdy and solid. The dial takes some time to get used to, but works very well. The button that adds 30 seconds of cooking time is located in the top right corner of the dial pad, which is very convenient.
GE PVM9179SFSS heats foods much quicker than 850 Watt microwaves.
What makes it different from other microwaves is that it allows you to use the timer and the microwave at the same time. This is a feature that many other microwaves do not have.
Its stainless steel interior is very easy to clean and maintain. This GE model is one of best convection microwave models on the market now.
Sharp R-187is an over-the-range convection microwave. This microwave can bake, roast, grill and warm up the food. It has sensor cook settings, 1cooking power levels, programmable stages, 1.cubic foot of space and 850 Watts of power. The color of this microwave is white.
It has a 7-digit 2-color interactive display and a smart and easy setting function.
Whirlpool WMH76719CS is an over-the-range convection microwave with 1.cubic feet of interior space for a variety of snacks and meals and 1000 Watts of power for great cooking results. It has a child-lock and a number of various one-touch settings.
This convection microwave comes with Whirlpool TimeSavor Plus True Convection System. The system uses a fan and a third heating element to roast foods 34% faster while at the same time using 15% less energy compared to conventional ovens. It is one best rated convection microwave for home use. You can cook rice, vegetables, and fish in this microwave.
SteamClean option uses steam to quickly loosen up leftover particles. You won’t need any chemicals or cleaners to keep this microwave neat and tidy. A damp wipe is all you need.
The door is single-piece, has a built-in hidden vent and a control console for easier access, sleeker style, and more efficient cleaning.
4-speed auto-adapt fan removes unwanted odors. A hidden vent optimizes ventilation and odor removal.
Whirlpool WMH76719CS has a clock display, a cooking light, and a timer.
The microwave has a removable filter that traps impure particles and keeps your home clean.
Whirlpool WMH76719CS has a 1-year warranty for parts and labor.
The unit weighs 7lbs and is 17.1inches high, 30 inches wide and 18.inches deep.
Microwave For Warming Up Foods
A microwave is typically used to warm up foods, and it doesn’t use airflow to cook items evenly. It has a singular heat source, which ends up steaming your food instead of cooking it. This can lead to loss of flavor and limp food.
A microwave can’t brown or crisp the surface of foods the way a convection oven can. Plus, microwaves are usually less expensive than convection ovens.
You also can’t prepare traditional baked goods in a microwave. Although it’s possible to find recipes for cakes and muffins that you can make in a microwave, the recipes tend to be altered, and you most likely won’t achieve consistent, high-quality results.
It takes about 20 minutes to cook a pound of meat in a regular oven. A convection oven can cook a pound of meat in closer to minutes.
As mentioned above, you can use top of the oven to reheat your dish. Some countertop convection ovens even have hot plate electric cooker on the top, so much time could be saved with this kind of oven.
First of all thanks for reading my article to the end! I hope you find my reviews listed here useful and that it allows you to make a proper comparison of what is best to fit your needs and budget. Don’t be afraid to try more than one product if your first pick doesn’t do the trick.
Most important, have fun and choose your Convection Ovens wisely! Good luck!
So, TOP3 of Convection Ovens
- №1 — DeLonghi EO241150M Livenza Stainless Steel Digital Convection Oven
- №2 — DeLonghi EO241250M Livenza Digital Stainless Steel Countertop Convection Oven
- №3 — Breville BOV845BSS Smart Oven Pro Convection Toaster Oven with Element IQ, 1800 W, Stainless Steel