A combi microwave (combination) is the next step up from a grill microwave, offering the inclusion of a regular convection fan oven. Essentially a combi microwave enables you to carry out all basic microwave tasks, together with grilling, baking and all other facilities that a regular kitchen oven provides you with.
How does a combination microwave work?
A combi microwave works in a similar manner to a traditional oven – a fan circulates hot air within the confines of the microwave body, thus heating up and cooking the food. Unlike a solo microwave, when in oven mode, a combi can brown, crisp, roast and bake, similar to a larger kitchen oven. It will also have the added bonus of using less electricity than a regular oven, due to the volume of air being heated being smaller.
What can you cook with a combi microwave?
Essentially you can cook anything that you can cook in a regular oven or grill, but with the added bonus of the microwave facility.
The advantages of a combi microwave oven
- Enables you to bake and roast foods as well as provide a brown and crisp finish.
- Provides a great deal of versatility from within a small appliance – essentially it’s a do it all cooking machine.
- Ideal for those without access or room for a regular convection kitchen oven.
- Much easier to clean than a regular oven – both smaller and more accessible.
- Cheaper to operate than a larger convection oven.
- Often come with preset programs, as well as a handy timer, enabling precise cooking.
- Also includes a grill mode.
The disadvantages of a combi microwave oven
- Costs more than traditional microwave ovens, as well as grill models.
- The inside can get very hot – and so care is needed when operating the microwave when in oven mode.
If your budget will stretch to it, then it is well worth investing the extra money in a combi microwave – modern brands tend to be very reliable, and will offer years of service. For the sake of paying another £60, you will receive a very versatile kitchen appliance, which if you are a regular convection oven user, will save you money from your power bill, as well as being easier to clean.
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