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Convection microwave ovens

Last updated: 16 January 2013

Convection or 'combination' microwave ovens are multi-taskers of the cooking world. Our kitchen lab conducts comprehensive performance and ease of use tests on several leading-brand models. Our convection microwave buying guide explains their features, while how we test explains our rigour.

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Our expert kitchen lab test reveals:

  • which models cook the best over a wide range of tests including scones, pizza dough and more
  • which models have certain extra features
  • which models are easiest to use.

Our interactive comparison tool helps you filter results based on performance and ease of use scores. You can also choose to view discontinued models which may be available in the second-hand market. We also give you good and bad points for each model, and as well as running costs. And our Recommended list will help you see quickly which models come out on top.

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Cooking performance is made up of scores for defrosting, cooking, reheating, vegetable cooking, grilling, baking 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?

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Cooking scones
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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 cooking - pizza
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To test combination cooking (using convection, microwave and grill) we cook freshly made pizza.

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Microwave wattage (W)
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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 (standalone)
Quick boost start
Sensor cook and reheat

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  • Overall score (%)
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  • Cooking performance (%)
  • Ease of use (%)
  • Cooking broccoli (%)
  • Defrosting mince meat
  • Defrosting chicken
  • Reheating quiche
  • Grilling toast
  • Cooking scones
  • Combination cooking - pizza
  • Useable cavity dimensions (cm, WxHxD, measured)
  • Useable shelf (turntable) area (cm)
  • Volume (L, measured)
  • Annual standby cost ($, 26c/kWh)
  • Annual running costs ($, 26c/kWh)
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  • Status
  • Sensor cook and reheat
  • Auto cook
  • Auto reheat
  • Adjust time during cooking
  • Quick boost start
  • Number of power levels
  • Delayed start or pre-set cooking
  • Kitchen timer (standalone)
  • Multi-stage cooking
  • Child lock
  • Microwave wattage (W)
  • External dimensions (cm, WxHxD, measured)
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