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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.
Our expert kitchen lab test reveals:
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.
List of brands we tested in this review.
This is the manufacturer's recommended retail price.
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We recommend convection microwave ovens that score at least 80% overall.
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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).
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.
To test combination cooking (using convection, microwave and grill) we cook freshly made pizza.
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.
A Discontinued model cannot be found in retailers or online and is no longer manufactured. You may still find these models on second hand websites or in second hand dealers.
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.
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.
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