Combining electric and microwave ovens in a single convection model makes sense if space and money are limited. Convection microwaves, also known as combination ovens, combine electric and microwave ovens in a single convection model. Our convection microwave buying guide explains their features while how we test explains how we get our scores.
If it's just a regular microwave you're after (that doesn't act as an oven as well) take a look at our microwave reviews.
Our lab test results will tell you which convection microwaves:
You can also see what features they come with – such as auto reheat, sensor cooking and child lock – and how much each model will cost to run.
Our interactive comparison tool helps you find out which brands perform best and are the most efficient. Our recommended list will help you see quickly which models come out on top.
List of brands we tested in this review.
This is the manufacturer's recommended retail price.
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We recommend convection microwaves that score at least 80% overall.
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Cooking performance is made up of scores for defrosting, cooking, reheating, grilling, baking, roasting and using combination mode (convection, microwave and grill).
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We check that controls are intuitive, easy to operate and the instructions easy to follow. We also check the effectiveness of the light and whether the viewing window is large enough and easy to see through. The interior and exterior are assessed for cleaning – do the surfaces wipe clean easily and are there small holes and seams that can accumulate dirt?
We bake scones to test the oven in convection mode, looking for even results and scones that are properly risen with good texture.
We cook a freshly prepared pizza at a very high temperature for a short period on a combination of convection and microwave. This assesses the ability to crisp and brown the base and evenly cook the toppings.
Higher wattage helps to cook food faster. All models use more power in convection mode, with typical convection mode output 1400-1500W. Some models use up to 2300W.
A Similar model is identical in most aspects except for a few. This means that a majority of its test results are identical so you can reasonably expect to get the same results from the model we tested, but for those aspects which aren't identical, we'll note these as "Not Tested" in the Compare tables.
A Tested model refers to a model that is still current and available in the Australian market. You should be able to order this model through your local retailer, or find it online.
These models can't be found in retailers or online or are no longer manufactured. You may still find these models on second hand websites, or in second hand dealers. Test methods may change over time, so criteria which can't be directly compared will contain an N/A.
An Identical model is exactly that. Performance characteristics will be identical and the only difference will be something trivial such as colour, which won't have an impact on performance.
These are models we haven't yet tested but that are available.