In the past microwave was used to reheat frozen food, but now it can do multi-tasking and much more than reheating. Microwave ovens make a wide range of dishes and food at home. In this guide we will look at several factors to consider before buying the best microwave oven for your home based on your eating habits, family size and other good features.
Types of Microwave Ovens
Solo microwave oven:
This type of entry level models uses high frequency waves to heat food. These ovens are ideal for those looking for basic use such as reheat or defrost food. It is good for uniform reheating, defrosting and cooking ready-made food but it is not possible to grill or bake.
Grill microwave oven:
This type offers features like a solo microwave and in addition they provide a grill feature. It is best for grilled meat and soft vegetables. Unlike grilling food, users can toast or roast using this type of microwave.
Convection microwave oven:
This type uses a heating element and internal fans that circulate hot air to cook food. This is ideal for grilling and baking. This type is more expensive than other types.
The decision to choose the type is based on what you requirement you want to cook. Based on the requirement you can choose the right type of microwave oven from the below table:
|Milk, Tea, Coffee||Yes||Yes||Yes|
|Rice, Noodles, Pasta||Yes||Yes||Yes|
|Cakes & Breads||No||No||Yes|
Solo vs Grill vs Convection
|Solo microwave are entry level models.||Grill microwave have an internal grill and also provides features like solo microwave oven.||Convection microwave models use a fan and a heating element to cook and grill food evenly.|
|Ideal for re-heating, steaming vegetables.||Ideal to grill meat and vegetable.||Ideal to bake bread, roast meat and cook a variety of meals.|
Microwave oven capacity is measured in liters. When you buy a good microwave oven you need to know the capacity size suitable for your family size. See the table below to see how many people use the size of a microwave.
|Ideal Capacity||Family Size|
|15-20 Liters||Solo Microwave Oven best suited for a family of 2-4 members.|
|21-25 Liters||Grill Microwave Oven or Convection Microwave Oven best suitable for a family of2 to 4 Members|
|25-30 Liters||Solo Microwave Oven best suited for a family of 4-6 members.|
|32 Liters & above||Grill Microwave Oven or Convection Microwave Oven suited for a family of 4-6 members.|
Control panel types
There are three types of control panel available. Good control panel is good for hassle free usage.
- It is easy to use and long lasting.
- It can handle rough usage and uses mechanical presents to control functions.
- This panel adds design to your microwave.
- Touch-screen feature is easy to use and comes in high end models.
Tact Dial type
- This panel comes in low end model.
- It can handle rough usage and helps set the temperature and time easily.
The microwave works with a combination of electric and magnetic waves. These waves are generated by an electron tube called a magnetron inside the oven. Hence the main components of a magnetron microwave oven. The wave ranges from one meter to one Millimetre. This magnetron releases microwaves inside the oven compartment when you turn on the microwave. Microwaves have a unique property that causes water molecules in food to vibrate and produce heat.
Hazards and Safety
- Should only use microwave safe plastic utensils.
- Should not use metal substances or metal utensils inside the oven.
- Do not put baby milk bottles in the microwave oven.
- Should Use microwave oven gloves while baking as convection microwave oven. The microwave oven inside will be very hot during the baking process.
The price varies on oven type
- Solo microwave oven price ranges from Rs. 5000-7000.
- Grill microwave oven price ranges from Rs. 8000-10000.
- Convection microwave oven price ranges from Rs. 12000- 18000.
Convection Microwave Oven vs OTG
|Convection Microwave oven||OTG|
|Takes less time, cooks in minutes because of microwave.||Takes more time as it heats based on traditional heat waves.|
|Consumes high power||Consumes low power|
|Auto cook can be done||Auto cook canto be done.|
|Pre heat time at most 5 minutes||Pre heat time at most 15 minutes|
|Metal should not be used.||Metal can be used.|
|Cost high- starts from 9000 Rs.||Cost low- starts from 1500 Rs|
|Maximum capacity 32 liters||Maximum capacity 60 liters.|
|Very easy to configure recipes with LCD/LED display panels.||Difficult to use.|
Features to look at
Generally this child lock is facilitated with the help of code which act like a password to unlock.
Select the type of dish and weigh to automatically set the power and cooking time.
Unfreeze the food easily using the defrost function.
It helps your oven to set a temperature before cooking specific recipes.