A Convection microwave defines efficiency. Combining the functions of a standard microwave and a convection oven, this resourceful union saves you the space, money and hassle of owning these two separately. A convection microwave can be found in many configurations including countertop, over the range and built-in models. However, countertop convection microwaves are preferred and available in abundance as compared to other variants. This article includes a comprehensive collection of convection microwaves in all configurations.
If you already comprehend the benefits of owning one and are out to find the best convection microwave for your kitchen, we’ll make sure that this is the only review you need!
|Product||Category||Capacity||Air Fryer||Heating Levels||Warranty||Price|
|1. Toshiba EC042A5C-BS Convection Microwave Oven||Best Overall||1.5 cu. ft.||10||1 Year|
|2. Amazon Smart Convection Microwave Oven||Voice Controlled||1.5 cu. ft.||10||1 Year|
|3. Farberware Convection Microwave Oven||Best Budget||1.0 cu. ft.||5||1 Year|
|4. Sharp Convection Microwave Oven||Premium Pick||1.5 cu. ft.||10||1 Year|
|5. Panasonic HomeCHEF Convection Microwave||Most Features||1.2 cu. ft.||7||1 Year|
- Stainless steel interior
- Removable 13.6 inches turntable
- Vapor sensing feature enables the oven to adjust cooking time and temperature
- User-friendly dial control lets you add or reduce cooking time
- Various pre-set recipes save you time and effort
- 1-year limited warranty
- Needs some clearance besides already being quite heavily built.
First things first, this convection microwave has a fairly large cooking cavity; 1.5 cu. ft. to be precise. To put that into context, we’ve had no problems fitting in a whole chicken for roasting. This provision in particular gives the EC042A5C an upper edge over my formerly favourite CMW-200 from Cuisinart. Also, besides having ample cooking space, the combination microwave/convection has a pretty acceptable footprint making it ideal for most countertops.
Another thoughtful feature that I’d like to highlight is the stainless-steel interior. The mess that we created in the first attempt only needed a couple of wipes to clean it off of the cavity. Also, the simple keypad layout makes it a very user-friendly model. Overall, an easy-to-use, easy-to-clean model that I reckon should be ideal for most kitchens for daily usage.
Coming to our preparations, the roast felt nothing different than out of a traditional oven. The heating element at the top aided with the convection fan in the rear replicates oven-like results to say the least. This microwave, I believe takes it away right here.
Besides keeping the interiors juicy and moist while making the outside nice and crisp, the roast was also ready in record time. While most models only claim to have coupled the functions of a regular microwave and a traditional oven; this one has actually done it. I am totally impressed and I guess I’m having a personal upgrade.
The only flaw that I noticed during my initial assessment is that sides of the microwave heated too much. Upon some research, I came to know about the compulsory clearance distances to be maintained around and above the microwave for it to work optimally; which we weren’t following in our tests. You need to provide at least 3 inches of free space to the sides and behind of the convection microwave and 12 inches above it. This is another reason as to why this model is especially meant to be a countertop microwave rather than an over-the-counter or under-counter one.
To summarize, the Toshiba EC042A5C is a value-for-money dual-usage convection microwave that can be effectively used to microwave, reheat, roast, grill or bake edibles by employing the two cooking modes individually or simultaneously.
- Pleasing to look at; adds aesthetic value to your kitchen
- Voice control makes it a rather convenient-to-use device
- Multi-purpose; can be used as an air fryer and a food warmer beside microwave and convection oven
- The scan-to-cook feature enables you to cook select packaged items with no instructions
- Temperature, humidity sensors and detachable probe add to the precision of cooking
- Can be installed in countertop or built-in configuration
- 1-year warranty (can be extended by 1,2 or 3 years)
- The air fry mode takes longer to cook than dedicated air fryers
- Has a learning curve in regard to the voice control commands
- For a small oven, takes longer than expected to pre-heat
Amidst musty and passable convection microwave variants that demand quite a lot of complicated programming to work; Amazon has recently introduced a “smart” microwave convection oven that’s indeed ahead of its time. Priced moderately higher than our other top picks, the Amazon smart oven can be conveniently controlled with voice commands making it significantly easier to operate; of course, only when you’ve got a hang of the specific commands that Alexa responds to.
Additionally, the smart oven displays great versatility in cooking modes. Overtly marketed as a 4-in-1 appliance, the Amazon smart oven can be used a standard microwave, a convection oven, a food warmer and an air fryer. Although that’s commendable functionality for a single appliance, the air fry mode can’t be compared to the performance of a standalone air fryer.
It is however fairly decent at air frying except for the fact that it takes a bit longer and you need to use a high rack above the turntable for effectively cooking all sides of the food. This might in turn compromise the amount of food cooked per batch.
Besides a pleasingly elegant construction and augmented cooking controls, the appliance also has a couple of handy features that further fortify the “smart” tag of the oven. The Amazon smart oven can be used in conjunction with the Alexa app to precisely cook certain packaged foods with zero external instructions through the scan-to-cook tech. Also, add-ons like the internal temperature and humidity sensors along with a detachable temperature probe ensure that your cooking instructions are precisely followed and your favorite foods turn out just the way you like them.
The probe is to be plugged in only during the convection, air fry and warming modes. The microwave mode requires the probe to be detached or it ceases to operate.
Unlike some models, this one doesn’t necessarily belong to the countertop. It can be very well installed as a built-in convection microwave where you have it sitting seamless with the lines of your cabinetry. You have the option of choosing out of a 27-inch and 30-inch trim kit corresponding to the width of your cabinets, if you prefer a built-in look. It could be a great addition to your kitchen if you have the space and corresponding cooking requirements.
- Beautiful outer appearance
- Includes a healthy air fry option that enables you to enjoy fried recipes without the guilt
- The grill/convection combination mode crisps the outside of dishes while keeping the insides moist
- 12.4-Inch turntable makes for an adequately spacious surface for large dinner plates
- Low temp control button allows you to slow cook, dehydrate fruits and keep your food warm
- The microwave is backed by a 1-year manufacturer’s warranty
- At 1.0 cu. ft., this is not the largest microwave on this list
Looking for a seamless black convection microwave that’s got more than just looks to offer? Hunt no further! This newly introduced countertop convection microwave from Farberware comes in as a boon for people that like their purchases to be at par dollar-for-dollar.
With power outputs of 1000, 1150 and 1800 watts for microwave, air fry and grill/convection modes, this compact gizmo offers great competence and flexibility to your cooking fantasies. The air fry mode mentioned earlier deserves a dedicated mention here. If you were contemplating of a dedicated air fryer for healthy recipes, why not have that feature included in your microwave itself! Sounds like a “must-have” to me.
Besides, you get the convenience of employing the grill mode individually to brown/crisp your recipes or in combination with the convection mode to keep them juicy from within and crusty on the outside. Indeed a one-stop appliance for all dainty cooks and chefs that want their recipes to come out unblemished.
Another stand-out feature that comes in handy often is the “low temp control” button. It can be used to slow-cook recipes, dehydrate fruits and keep warm your preparations after they’re done without overcooking. Above all, Farberware covers this microwave against all malfunctions with an all-inclusive warranty period of 1-year.
- White finish may match some kitchen decors better than dark appliances
- 10 power levels
- Large 14.1 Inch turntable accommodates oversized dinner plates
- Can also be installed as a built-in microwave
- 1-year warranty (parts & labor included)
- Customers have complained about the convection feature being ineffective
White colored appliances go well with your kitchen decor? We’ve found a perfect countertop microwave that’ll do more than just blending with your kitchen. The SMC1585BW from Sharp has a capacity of 1.5 cu. ft., enough to whip out large servings of baked, roasted, browned and combination cooked meals. The cavity has a large 14.1″ ceramic turntable that easily handles the largest of dinner plates. This Microwave now also comes in Stainless Steel and Matte black color.
The built of this convection microwave form Sharp is pretty sturdy and complements the beautiful matte white finish. The front door has an appropriately large peeking window that’s scratch resistant. A1 standards with regard to looks and robust construction.
Regular microwave controls including auto defrost, reheat, beverage and popcorn settings are all 10 on 10 with respect to time and efficiency. The convection feature too ranks right up to the mark. We’ve found no evenness in all baking and roasting tests. In fact, we found it to give out the most consistent results among our top choices. The only reason why we didn’t place it a bit higher is because it took a while longer than the others.
The comparatively slower cooking can be explained by a lower power rating of 900 watts. Although the microwave isn’t significantly slow at preparing large meals, it certainly loses an edge over more powerful variants.
We reckon, you may consider buying this model if you’re looking for a combination of sleek appearance, thorough cooking in all modes and augmented cooking controls giving you a lot of cooking flexibility.
Apart from this minor con, ‘fast and effective’ would be the best phrase to summarize its performance.
Regarding the cooking controls, the microwave is flooded with handy buttons. The control panel on the right has essential functions like the ‘add 30 seconds’, ‘auto & time defrost’, ‘child lock’, ‘convection roast’ and ‘keep warm’. I would’ve liked the control panel to have backlit buttons to make up for the dark grey background. This wouldn’t be a problem if your kitchen has adequate lighting. At par with our top picks in terms of features I’d say.
- Commendable 4-in-1 functionality for a countertop appliance
- Large 14.2” diameter glass turntable
- Comes with complementary accessories including an air fryer basket, wire rack and enamel tray
- Sensor aided cooking
- 20 Pre-set auto menus
- Convection, broiler, air fry functions can be combined for customised cooking
- Rather expensive than other options
Thanks to the growing popularity of multi-purpose convection microwaves, more brands have recently come up with their contributions and we have more options to choose from as compared to about a year ago. The NN-CD87KS from Panasonic is one such state-of-the-art convection microwave that we just can’t admire enough.
The 4-in-1 compact microwave features an air fryer setting besides convection bake, broil and Inverter cooking. You could use these settings individually or in combination to come up with your own custom blend of cooking techniques. In essence, this means that there is virtually no horizon to what you can do with this little gizmo.
Despite having a tight footprint of 22” x 17”, the microwave convection oven combo has a spacious cooking capacity of 1.2 cu. ft. This is what we think makes it an apt fit for any countertop. The cavity features a 14.2” glass turntable and can take in fairly large dinner plates for reheating. Besides, the same compact cavity on your countertop could be your air fryer and oven simultaneously. The appliance comes with an air fryer basket, a rack and an enamel tray to complement these modes.
In terms of functionality, there’s indeed very little to criticise. Design wise, too, the microwave takes the cake. The Panasonic HomeCHEF has a subtle design and built that is assured to blend really well with any kitchen décor. The interior is easily cleaned and hence is friendly for novice bakers. Additionally, it features a safety lock to keep children interfering with the microwave. Or, you could choose to install the unit built-in with a compatible trim kit available.
- Sleek modern appearance
- Can be installed as a built-in or countertop microwave
- 13.5-inch glass turntable inside the 1.5 Cu. ft. cooking cavity gives enough space for large plates
- 10 power levels up to 1000 watts
- 1-year warranty including parts and labor
- Buttons are not back lit and the grey background further makes them poorly visible under low light
Have a thing for Spotless stainless steel modern appliances, have a look at this neat countertop convection microwave from General Electric. The grey colored front panel adds a beautiful contrast to the stainless steel exterior. Top-rated for looks in our list without a doubt!
With a built-in sensor that automatically adjusts cooking time and power for optimal microwave and convection cooking results, this one also happens to be among the smarter picks on our list. Also, this GE microwave is approved for built-in installation, which means you get a perfectly fitting trim kit if you choose to install it as a built-in microwave.
Coming to the functional specifications, the microwave has a large 1.5 cubic feet capacity, at par with our first pick. Generous enough to fit in a whole chicken for convection roasting. The cooking cavity further houses a 13.5 inches glass recessed turntable to facilitate even cooking by means of uniform rotation. The microwave also comes with two removable pedestal racks to account for consistent baking results.
Rated at a 1000 watts with a stainless interior, the microwave exceeded our expectations as far as cooking speed is concerned. Additionally, the baked and roasted recipes we tried came out just right, given we followed the instructions precisely. Only thing to point out from our tests is, you need to use one of the two racks while baking on the convection setting to get uniformly baked cakes and rolls.
We had however expected it to work just as good when the baking tray is kept on the turntable, which is not the case.
Apart from this minor con, ‘fast and effective’ would be the best phrase to summarize its performance.
Regarding the cooking controls, the microwave is flooded with handy buttons. The control panel on the right has essential functions like the ‘add 30 seconds’, ‘auto & time defrost’, ‘child lock’, ‘convection roast’ and ‘keep warm’. I would’ve liked the control panel to have backlit buttons to make up for the dark grey background. However, this wouldn’t be a problem if your kitchen has adequate lighting. At par with our top picks in terms of features I’d say.
Another problem that I’ve noticed with GE appliances that are listed online is, they’re never described well and are costlier than other options. This lack of detailed description further adds to the confusion and subsequent remorse when the product doesn’t meet expectations. This explains their poor ratings on most online retail platforms. In this case, the added installation & control options justify the higher cost. If you’re set on these features’ I can assure you that this GE microwave is a decent pick that’s backed by a 1-year manufacturer’s warranty. Performance and functionality wise, this microwave from GE rivals our best picks in the convection microwave category.
- Sufficient cooking capacity of 1.2 cu.ft.
- 12-inch turntable provides adequate surface for big preparations
- Humidity sensors enable the oven to intellectually adjust cooking time
- Quick and easy cleaning inside out
- Round cooking cavity with no hard edges makes for easier cleaning
- Child lock feature ensures safety of young children
- Convection fans can’t circulate heat to the bottom of the cavity
- You need to ship the appliance to the company’s address to claim the warranty
Having used this model for over a year now, I consider myself fairly familiar with the good and bad of this convection microwave form Cuisinart. The prime reason why I bought it in the first place was the fact that it seemed go very naturally with my kitchen décor scheme and it had a 3-year limited warranty. Also, the claims were promising and seemed to meet my cooking requirements.
I can still vouch for the fact that the microwave’s exterior looks great and complements my kitchen décor but the performance unfortunately does not match up to our top pick; the Toshiba EC042A5C. What I want to indicate in particular is the impaired convection mode. I’d rather say, the convection mode is not the best feature associated with this one.
The unit works fine in the microwave mode and often times in the convection aided microwave cooking. But the convection mode alone does not reach up to expectations.
I’ve tried to bake cakes and roast chicken while individually employing the convection feature, each time I could make out that the dishes were unevenly cooked. Not to the extent that I had to throw them away, rather up to a noticeable degree.
The heat does not simply reach the bottom of the cavity as efficiently as it should. To eliminate this, you need to use the rack that comes within the package every time you’re using the convection mode in order to elevate the food so that the heat surrounds all the sides of your dish.
Another considerable con is the tedious warranty-claiming procedure. Cuisinart does cover anomalies under its 3-year limited warranty but you need to ship the appliance to their address at your expense.
Other aspects of this convection microwave are pretty good. The cavity has appropriate lighting, one-touch buttons make for an easy user interface and there’s a 12-inch removable glass turntable. All in all, a decent pick for this price range.
Sharp R1874T is a sleek Over-the-Range Microwave for the adventurous. This one from Sharp might just prove to be the perfect replacement for the worn out microwave in your home or your RV. Users all over the internet have been loving it owing to the compatibility it offers to their kitchens and/or motorhomes.
The microwave features a stainless-steel interior and is adequately illuminated for better visibility. It has an interactive touchpad on the right end of the front panel which makes for an easy user interface.
The cooking capacity is however not the best aspect of this oven. With a 1.1 cu.ft. of interior capacity, it’s not the roomiest over-the-range oven on this list. But, hey! Unless you’re planning it to use it in your kitchen with a family of over five to six, you got no worries. For a couple of people that are on a quest to quench their wanderlust, its more than enough!
Besides, this over range microwave from sharp includes a convection fan for even heating. If the convection feature matters to you, this is only one in an over-the-range configuration that has it. Regarding the exhaust mechanism, the microwave has a 240 CFM venting fan that can be set to recirculate the air in the kitchen or to vent outside by adjusting the exhaust flaps. For context, a 240 CFM venting fan is enough for a range with 3-4 burners.
As desirable, the bottom surface of this over stove microwave has cooktop lights with 2 brightness settings besides the “off” setting.
- Power convection feature leads to 20% faster cooking than regular convection models
- Ceramic enamel interior makes for easy cleaning
- Efficient exhaust mechanism ensures elimination of excess humidity inside the cavity
- Unique door style for a countertop microwave
- SlimFry feature lets you prepare fried food without actually deep frying them
- 1-year and 10-year warranties on product and magnetron
- Requires 20 cm of clearance above and 10 cm on either sides
Not denying the fact that convection cooking is already a faster option than standard microwaves, but this one from Samsung is a notch better. With the power convection technology, you can cook 20% faster than regular convection microwaves. Isn’t this the perfect pick for you if you always find yourself rushing?
Despite being a countertop microwave, the doors of this microwave open like a built-in wall oven. So, if you’re scouring the internet for some unique looking options, this one must be difficult to resist. These unique characteristics don’t take a bit away from the desirable features. You can toast, crisp and brown your favorite foods without worrying about them drying on the inside. The fan installed at the side of the microwave cavity ensures uniform circulation of hot air.
Another eye-catching feature is the ceramic enamel interior. If you don’t already know what that implies, I’ll tell you. This provision reduces the job of cleaning the microwave oven’s interior to effortless wipes. Besides the power convection feature, the power grill function assures that your preparations stay crisp on the outside yet juicy from within.
The only aspect you need to be consciously aware about, is the prescribed clearance requirements. The units needs 20 cm of free space on the top and 10 cm on both the sides to work optimally. If these instructions aren’t followed, the microwave’s exterior gets too hot. So, that’s another reason as to why I think this one is meant to be used as a countertop microwave exclusively.
Got a tight budget but still don’t want to miss out on the convection feature? I got you! This budget convection microwave from Daewoo is arguably one of the most affordable models out there. Despite being priced fairly low, the microwave doesn’t skimp on handy features. For context, it includes microwave, grill and convection features that can be used separately or in combination to help you concoct all your cooking fantasies.
The user interface in this one is a combination of buttons and a knob. Touch controls would have been better, but you only get so much on a restricted budget. Also, the claimed 900 watt power output might feel a bit low if you’re getting this one as a replacement for your old microwave. However, people that intend to use it occasionally or for small preparations, you don’t get to see a convection microwave priced at $100 everyday.
Buying Guide - Convection Microwaves
What is a Convection Microwave?
A convection microwave oven essentially uses a fan to aid uniform heat distribution throughout the cooking cavity unlike a standard microwave. Consequently, a convection microwave cooks food more evenly inside-out. This feature enables convection microwave ovens to eliminate cold spots/temperature variances. So, a convection microwave inherently becomes a better choice for tasks like baking, browning, roasting and dehydrating.
How is a Convection Microwave better than a Standard Microwave?
1. Cooks faster
The inbuilt fan forces a steady flow of hot air over your food rather than merely creating a hot ambience around it. This leads to faster cooking in a convection mode.
3. No hot spots
Standard microwaves can have uneven temperature distribution inside the cooking cavity. Convection fans on the other hand eliminate such differences and ensure uniform heat distribution.
4. Roasts better
Most convection microwaves are equipped with an exhaust mechanism. This feature eliminates excess humidity inside the cooking cavity and hence creates a dry cooking space inside the cavity. This in turn leads to better browning of meat that’s still juicy on the inside.
So, if your current microwave deprives you of any of the above mentioned benefits, it’s about time you experience them with our top picks. We’ve listed our top 10 best Convection Microwave that are worth every penny they’re available for.
Factors to Consider Before Buying A Convection Microwave
As evident from our selections, most convection microwaves come with a countertop configuration. Meaning, they’re invariably supposed to be kept over the counter. It is hence very important for you to learn the overall size and clearance requirements of the microwave that you set your eyes on. A standard 1.5 cu. ft. countertop convection microwave would be around 22” wide with a minimum of 3” clearance requirement on either side.
What this essentially translates to, is that you need to have at least 28” to 30” of counter space to spare if you’re looking to add a brand-new standard convection microwave on your countertop. Of course, there are smaller variants with a rather compact footprint. But then, with a smaller model, you’d also have to compromise on the cooking capacity.
To counter this dilemma, most people that are limited on counter space, opt for a built-in approved model or an over-the-range convection microwave altogether.
The power rating given to a convection microwave or any other variant for that matter (in watts), directly corelates to its performance. An aptly rated convection microwave would have thorough and even heat generation and distribution unlike weaker models. As a rule of thumb, you should be aiming to secure a model that has a power rating of at least 900 watts. Anything over 1000 w would be ideal if quick heating, uniform roasting and baking are what you’re getting the appliance for.
Aesthetics, if not the most, are one of the most important factors while you’re trying to add a new appliance to your newly designed kitchen. The effort that goes behind designing a kitchen with a specific theme in mind can all go futile if you introduce blocky appliances that don’t match with the décor. It is hence, advisable to ponder over the design and external finish of the microwave before you finalize a model to bring home.
As a general rule, stainless-steel finish often goes well with all kind of kitchen schemes. While black stainless and spotless black finishes are apt for certain kitchen decors. The only time where you can use some leeway here, is when you’re installing the convection microwave as a built-in model.
4. Ease of Use
Controls are rightly another deciding factor for many when shopping for a countertop microwave. While there are preferences to style or mode of user interface, an interactive display with sensitive touch inputs are arguably the most widely accepted and the convenient style of controls on a microwave. There’s an almost equivalent trend for knob-style and sensor touch controls at this moment with a slight inclination towards the latter.
Out of the ordinary, some advanced convection microwaves have started to introduce voice control into the design of the appliance. For instance, the Amazon Smart Oven was one model compatible with voice commands. Although a bit costlier, these bring in a whole new dimension of kitchen convenience in modern kitchens.
5. Extra Features
Considering the fact that a convection microwave is an assembly that combines the functions of a standard microwave and a traditional oven; it’s already feature-packed. But, you can lookout for additional features that further elevate the functionality of your microwave. For instance, there models that come with dedicated broil elements, sensor cooking modes and accessories for roasting and baking.
Further, you may find a function labelled as ‘combination cooking’ that allows you to simultaneously use the microwave and convection oven modes. It would also be wise to check if these modes can be use individually too.
All electrical appliances come with a warranty to ensure that the product is covered against manufacturing defects. Convection microwaves too have warranties, the duration of which varies with brands. Most manufacturers provide a 1-year (parts & labor) warranty while the electric components may have extended warranties of up to 10 years.
A convection microwave oven is one out of the very few appliances that single-handedly sweeps all the efforts involved in cooking. The device is a life-saver for people that hardly find time for cooking due to their busy lifestyles. With numerous smart features and time-saving shortcuts, cooking healthy meals isn’t even a task now.
If you’re running low on budget, we have also made a list of best Microwave Oven under $100.
However, if you decide to get your hands on this masterpiece, there are abundant variants in the market. Some worthy of the price range while others overpriced. You need a reliable guide to get you through the confusion and we have tried our best to do that! All the above mentions have been thoroughly examined for their performance, cost-effectiveness and customers feedback. Rest assured for their quality and durability. We hope this article helped you in making the right choice.