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Last updated: 07 March 2024


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Convection microwaves, also known as combination ovens, combine electric and microwave ovens in a single convection model and are a worthwhile option if space and money are limited.

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.

Just looking for a regular microwave? Check out our microwave reviews.

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You can also see which features each convection microwave has – 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, and our Recommended list shows you at a glance which models topped our tests.

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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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    Volume measured (L)

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    We measure the internal volume of each model based on the useable cavity dimensions.

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      • Brand reliability score
      • Brand satisfaction score
      • Recommended
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      • Cooking performance score
      • Ease of use score
      • Visibility rating
      • 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 score
      • Annual standby cost (40c/kWh)
      • Annual running costs (40c/kWh)
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      • Shop Ethical rating
      • Warranty (years)
      • Built-in
      • Price
      • 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 (standalone)
      • Multi-stage cooking
      • Child lock
      • Microwave wattage (W)
      • Claimed external dimensions (cm, H x W x D)
      • Useable cavity dimensions (cm, H x W x D, measured)
      • Useable shelf (turntable) diameter (cm)
      • Volume measured (L)
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