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Last updated: 25 August 2017

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

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Our lab test results will tell you which convection microwaves:

  • are best at defrosting, reheating and cooking using the microwave functions
  • are best at roasting, grilling and baking using the convection and combination modes
  • are the easiest to use.

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.

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Volume measured (L)

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Cooking performance score

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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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Ease of use score

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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?

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High temperature baking score

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We bake scones to test the oven in convection mode, looking for even results and scones that are properly risen with good texture.

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Combination baking pizza

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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.

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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.

Features

Child lock

Kitchen timer (stand-alone)

Quick boost start

Sensor cook

Sensor reheat

Auto cook

Auto reheat

Adjust time during cooking

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  • Cooking performance score
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  • Cooking vegetables score
  • Defrosting mince meat score
  • Defrosting a whole chicken score
  • Reheating score
  • Grilling score
  • High temperature baking score
  • Combination roasting score
  • Combination baking pizza
  • Annual standby cost (30c/kWh)
  • Annual running costs (30c/kWh)
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  • Sensor cook
  • Sensor reheat
  • Auto cook
  • Auto reheat
  • Adjust time during cooking
  • Quick boost start
  • Inverter technology
  • Number of power levels
  • Delayed start or pre-set cooking
  • Kitchen timer (stand-alone)
  • Multi-stage cooking
  • Child lock
  • Microwave wattage (W)
  • Claimed external dimensions (cm, HxWxD)
  • Useable cavity dimensions measured (cm, HxWxD)
  • Useable shelf (turntable) diameter (cm)
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