Modern kitchen appliances are being updated at lightning speed. Every year there’s a new kitchen utility which seems promising and innovative. Convection microwaves are one of these new hybrid devices.
They combine the powers of a good microwave and a convection oven. These microwaves are not just for heating food, they are also great for crisping, browning, and traditional cooking. They can potentially replace multiple kitchen appliances, being a superb multi-purpose device.
This article will cover the key differences between convection microwaves and toaster ovens, as well as the strengths and weaknesses of both devices, and help you make a choice between the two.
Everyone knows what a microwave is. In fact, most households in the Western world have at least one. It emits waves which circulate around food and, upon contact, they entice the water molecules in it. Furthermore, this process produces heat which helps cooking or heating up the food.
Convection microwaves combine the power of microwaves with the technology used in convection ovens. Besides the radiant heating source which produces heat, these microwaves also have fans which create airflow within the oven.
This way, the food gets an equal distribution of heat on both the outside and the inside, which is great for baking and roasting. The flavor and texture of food cooked in a convection microwave are amazing and it is usually much better than the food that comes out of a regular microwave.
For example, roast chicken is tender and juicy on the inside, while crisp and crunchy on the outside. Convection microwaves have the right amount of cooking speed and heat distribution for cooking pastries, cookies, roast meat, etc. which would be impossible in a regular microwave.
Using a regular microwave would burn these foods and cook them unequally.
Toaster ovens are much like convection microwaves. There aren’t typical, and they aren’t as popular as their classic counterparts. A toaster oven uses a broiler for heating food in a way similar to a regular oven.
They are much smaller than regular ovens or even microwaves. This means that you can fit them pretty much anywhere where there is access to a power outlet. Toaster ovens are great for both heating and cooking food.
You can achieve perfectly browned meat or even make crunchy pastries in this oven. They are not as hot as microwaves, and they take more time to heat up. Still, the end result is deliciously crispy and crunchy food, the same as using a convection microwave.
Another similarity is the size. Although their size varies from model to model, neither convection microwaves nor toaster ovens can hold a lot of food.
The environment in toaster ovens is dry and hot, which will give food a perfect crust so it won’t feel like eating rubber. Additionally, you can caramelize food in them. Heat management in toaster ovens is excellent; you can warm up food and cook without fear of burning or getting cold.
All the metal ware that goes into regular ovens can also be placed in toaster ovens. Usually, they have a light build, which means you can move them around wherever you choose. Convection microwaves are a lot bulkier than these ovens.
However, toaster ovens aren’t as good as microwaves when it comes to defrosting food. The cooking times are also much longer than with convection microwaves. Since they take a long time to heat up, they are not exactly efficient users of energy.
Cleaning a toaster oven is a bit of a chore since it takes longer to cool down, which can also be a safety hazard. The heat escapes the toaster and makes the surrounding area very hot. It is best to stay away from them while they are on and use potholders or a towel if you have to open or touch them.
Taking everything that was mentioned into consideration, you might say that convection microwaves can actually replace toaster ovens. Regular microwaves, on the other hand, are no match for them. They don’t have the ability to roast food or bake pastries like toaster ovens.
In the end, the choice boils down to personal preference. Some people prefer microwaves, while others prefer toaster ovens. Both have a similar purpose; however, toaster ovens can’t come close to microwaves in terms of heating or defrosting food.
Before you reach a decision, consider your budget and cooking needs, as well as the space available in your kitchen for these appliances.