A microwave oven has long ago become a part of our everyday life.
When it comes to warming up food or making some popcorn, it is second to none.
But modern microwave ovens have not only grills but also a convector also known as the convection microwave oven.
Let’s talk about what’s a convection microwave and the pros and cons of convection ovens…
What Is Convection Microwave Oven?
A convection microwave combines some of the features of two kitchen appliances – a microwave and a convection oven, seamlessly allowing you to bake and roast foods in addition to heating them.
Thanks to their versatility and small size, convection microwaves can be a good choice for small kitchens, apartments, and RVs.
A convection microwave oven is based on the principle of natural air movement, when the cold layer, gets heated, rises up, and the upper layer cools down, gets heavier, and lowers down.
This process is eternal…
What is the mode of forced convection in a microwave oven?
For that process, a microwave oven should contain a convector (fan) and a heating element.
The heating element is responsible for keeping warm, and the convector moves it around the device. The convector is often placed on the back wall.
As a result of air circulation, the temperature in a device can reach 200 ℃ degrees. When reaching the required temperature, the fan turns off, automatically.
If the temperature inside decreases, it turns on again.
Here are some key pros and cons of convection microwave oven
Advantages of Convection Microwave Oven (Pros):
1. They Cook Food Evenly
It is not uncommon for a traditional oven to be too hot in some areas and too cold in others.
This is not a problem with convection ovens.
There is a fan inside the oven that allows hot air to circulate throughout the oven so that the temperature is the same everywhere.
2. The Cooking Time Is Shorter
The fan in the oven makes it possible to cook food at lower temperatures.
Where you would normally cook at 350 degrees, you can cook at 300 degrees in a convection oven.
This will result in savings on your electricity bills.
3. You Can Cook More Than One Dish at a Time
If you are cooking a large meal, you may need to cook more than one dish in the oven.
This will make the cooking process very time-consuming.
When you put multiple dishes in a convection oven, the oven sees multiple dishes as one single item…
You can even stack dishes on top of each other, and the food will still cook at the correct temperature.
4. You Can Put the Dishes Anywhere
While cooking in a convection oven, you can place the dishes anywhere in the oven and there is no risk of burning anything.
The food will cook evenly at the right temperature.
Disadvantages of Convection Microwave Oven (Cons):
1. You Have to Adjust Recipes
When you read a recipe in a book, the instructions given in the book are based on the idea of cooking in a traditional oven.
When using a convection oven, you will need to adjust the recipes.
If you don’t adjust the recipe properly, you can end up with burned or overcooked food.
2. Your Dough Won’t Rise
The major complaint that many people who use convection have is that their cakes and bread don’t raise in the convection oven the way that they do when they are in the traditional oven.
If you like to bake, you should look for a convection oven whose fan can be turned on or off.
3. They Are More Fragile
A traditional oven has a heating element that does all the work.
A convection oven has both a heating element and a fan.
This makes it an extra part that might need repair at some point.
However, some of the good quality convection ovens can last for years without a problem.
In summary, the pros and cons of convection ovens are far much better if we compare them to standard microwaves and conventional ovens.
There are many different types of a microwave oven but this is the best one.
Overall, it is a worthy kitchen appliance, but you have to consider some of its factors.