Want a way to cook without losing all the vitamins and nutrients from food? Or a quicker and healthier way to cook overall? Well, look no further as a Steam Oven can do just that. Cooking with Steam Ovens has been a preferred method of cooking vegetables and certain meat selections for years. The Steam Oven can either be a countertop appliance or built into your kitchen. At roughly the same size as a microwave, it’s not going to take up much room.
What kind of Oven is for me?
Looking for a new built-in oven? Woah there! Don’t rush into a rash purchase, take a moment to breathe and have a think about the options out there for cooking your food.
When you’re spending hours cooking a fancy meal, be it for your family, your latest squeeze or just yourself, you want it to taste great so choosing the right built-in oven is vital!
The first fuel on our radar is electricity. Electric built-in ovens are the most popular ones out there, but if you don’t mind jumping on the bandwagon, they’re a good choice.
Electric built-in ovens use clean energy and can be very accurately set using the built-in technology, so you can take advantage of all the nifty pre-set programs installed by the manufacturer. Although nobody ever actually does that, do they? That’d require reading the manual.
Conventional electric ovens, and by conventional we mean old, have their hot bits either at the top and bottom or on the sides. They’re hotter at the top too, because as GCSE science taught us, heat rises! Those ovens though, are less effective than their more impressive cousin; the fan oven.
These culinary behemoths have a heating element around the fan, so they can cook your Michelin starred masterpieces faster and at a lower temperature than their conventional relative.
If you’ve got a phobia of electricity (hey, it could happen) then don’t fret, just get yourself a built-in gas oven! Surprisingly, these built-in ovens are run on natural gas and work in a similar way to the conventional electric oven.
Had problems with dry-as-a-bone roasts? Then a gas oven could be the answer you’ve been searching for; the burning gas creates a moist atmosphere, which stops your prospective banquet from going dry while it cooks. You can even get your hands on fan-assisted gas ovens!
So there you have it; if you’re looking for a built-in oven then there’s a choice out there for you.
The bastion of student cooking: the microwave oven. We’ve touched on the roots of this previously, but now we’re going to take a closer look at just how this savior of the single man developed. Strap yourself in, it’s a thrilling ride.
The technology itself, based on high-frequency electric fields, was first mooted back in the early 1930s, however, in those ancient times, its use in the culinary domain had never been considered.
In fact, the early microwave oven was concerned more with something called dielectric materials. No, I’ve no clue what they are either, but I’m pretty confident they’re not edible.
By 1945, Raytheon, with whom Spencer was associated, filed a US patent for the microwave cooking process, and shortly afterward the very first microwave oven was installed in a Boston restaurant.
Hardly the most glamorous of debuts for the future of speedy cooking, but it clearly didn’t do the microwave oven any harm as it was soon to spark a culinary revolution.
Without warning, the microwave oven market exploded. Not literally, as that would have been catastrophic. By the 1960s there were a large number of different companies manufacturing microwave ovens, and technology had improved to such an extent that prices were dropping through the floor in comparison to the early models.
That trend has continued, and current estimates suggest that over 90% of households in America own a microwave oven. Some lucky people even own more than one.
So there you have it, the history of microwave ovens! Hopefully, that hasn’t fried your brain.
We’ve looked at the timeline and the evolution of ovens already, but what’s to come in the future for our favorite versatile appliance? That’s what we’re going to focus on today.
It’s inevitable that as technology progresses, we’re going to move away from the traditional gas and electric ovens towards a new means of cooking.
But what is that going to be? Well, Electrolux has thrown their hat onto the hob, with their concept design for an oven that cooks food using lasers. That’s right, lasers.
It’s open for a start, with no door. The chef directs the three built-in lasers onto the central grill, on which sits the food they want to cook.
It might sound like terrifying, but there’s no chance of you lasering off your arms; the lasers are completely harmless!
The Electrolux laser oven is quite a long way off yet (it’s only in the concept stage), but there are some new designs a little closer on the horizon, most notably the Intelligent Oven.
It won’t be winning university challenge any time soon, but it’s a heck of a lot smarter than your current oven that’s for sure! These ovens can be controlled remotely, either using your computer or your mobile, so you can start making your tea before you even leave work.
How will you get it out of the fridge and actually into the oven though? Well, you won’t have to. The intelligent oven can turn from a fridge into an oven in an instant. Oh, and they’ve thrown a big LCD touch screen in there for good measure.
Aside from the lasers, there’s nothing much lined up except refinements to the current electric and gas ovens that we’re accustomed to. You can be sure though, that as soon as we hear something new, you’ll be the first to know!
How to choose the best microwave oven
It can be a little see things in a blur, have a look all those black or white boxes look almost, and not sure this is the one for you. In fact, you only need to check these three criteria to select the most suitable for your microwave oven:
- Standard microwave oven-good for heating / cooking the food ready, defrosting and maybe that cup Coffee warm.
- Convection microwave oven – non-standard function, the grill and cook like a toaster food!
- Compact microwave – less than 1 cubic feet. Suitable for singles, couples or college student work.
- Midsize microwave – 1 to 2 cubic feet. Very happy for the standard family.
- Full-size microwave – 2 cubic feet and above. For those who have a large family.
- countertop microwave – on the kitchen counter. This is the most common style, come in all sizes but if you lack counter space you might not want this.
- over-the-range microwave – mounted on the wall cabinet, hanging on your stove. This is a great little kitchen of the family because it can save space. A midsize or full-size furnace is available.
- Built-in microwave – integrated into your closet or wall. This will save some counter space, but usually only in the full-size furnace large family.
What to look for when purchasing a Microwave Oven, and Microwave Oven Reviews
Microwave Ovens are incredibly useful kitchen appliances. Often, they are the only kitchen appliance that college students bring to their dorm rooms, and break rooms just aren’t complete without one.
The microwave oven, more commonly known as the microwave, is a common household item. A microwave is a great tool for fast, easy meals, quickly reheats food, and efficiently provides us with a meal without dishes or cooking. Grocery stores have prepackaged food designed specifically for microwaves.
How do Microwave Ovens Technically Work?
Microwaves are designed to rapidly reheat previously cooked foods, quickly cook other foods, and even efficiently heat ingredients for cooking, like melting butter for baking.
This is accomplished by using electromagnetic radiation in the microwave spectrum. Once the food has been exposed to electromagnetic radiation, the food itself has a chemical reaction that creates thermal energy.
What does this mean for us? A more uniform temperature throughout the cooked food, which means less scalding hot outside and frozen centers. Additionally, because of the way food is cooked in a microwave, food has a very low chance of browning or burning.
Do you need a Microwave?
Microwaves are such a common item, and such a convenient way to cook, many people would consider it a necessity. If you would like your food reheated quickly without waiting for the oven to preheat, or if you would like to cook something without using pots, pans, and extra dishes to cook them, then the microwave for you.
On the other hand, if you don’t cook very often, and frequently eat out, a microwave is perfect for heating up leftovers. It’s also a great tool for those that are not culinary-inclined because every grocery store offers food specifically for being cooked in the microwave.
The best part about a microwave is that nearly anything can be cooked in one. From frozen vegetables to ramen noodles to pre-made dinners, the microwave oven will reheat everything, much quicker and more efficient than the stovetop or the typical convection oven.
Purchasing a Microwave Oven
A standard countertop microwave is a rectangle-shaped appliance that fits on top of the kitchen counter. It has a heating chamber with a door to place your food into, and a keypad on one side.
It comes with a multitude of features and extras, but the most basic microwave will have power settings and timers.
The three types of Microwaves: Countertop, Over the Range, and Built-In
Countertop microwaves are the most common. They sit (you guessed it) on top of the kitchen counter, and have range hoods for ventilation. Because Countertop Microwaves are built to sit on top of a counter, they are the easiest to install–you only need a common power outlet and some kitchen space. Countertop Microwaves are typically the most affordable style of a microwave.
Built-In microwaves are built to be installed flush with the rest of the kitchen. These microwaves are designed to blend into cabinetry and the base of kitchen islands.
Built-Ins have a polished, sleek front, but do not typically have finished sides, because they are built for installation. These microwaves come with range hoods, so they are better than OTRs in that sense, and they keep counters clear, but they are the most expensive option, and mandatory electrician installation only adds to the cost.
Turntables vs. Trays
For a microwave to function correctly, the food must always be moving. Without a turntable, the food does not cook as uniformly. However, some microwaves have trays that gently move back and forth, great for larger portions of food.
Microwaves without turntables or trays are still around, but we recommend finding something with that moves for the best, most consistent reheating capabilities.
Features to Choose From
All three types of microwaves have hundreds of features to choose from, but when purchasing a microwave oven, it’s important to think about your needs and wants.
Do you have a grill or an oven? Is there a reason you would want grilling or browning features in your microwave? When you cook, what type of food do you typically cook? What are your culinary abilities? Are you a frozen dinner and popcorn kind of person, a baker, or a gourmet chef?
Features We Recommend
Turntables: As stated before, for the most consistent, uniform cook, food must be moving in the microwave. We highly recommend a microwave with a turntable; while turntables are the norm for microwaves, a microwave with a turntable will give you the best results.
Sensors: Many, if not most, microwaves have sensors that measure the amount of steam coming off of the food being cooked, and can assess whether or not the food is overcooked or undercooked. For those of you looking for a microwave oven as a primary means of cooking, a sensor is a great feature that will ensure you never bite into something still frozen or burnt.
Shortcut Settings: Do you eat popcorn frequently? Are you a pizza fanatic? Often microwaves have shortcut buttons featured with preset settings that have optimized settings for certain popular foods, such as pizza reheat and popcorn. These shortcuts make life easier for those who use them.
One Minute or Thirty Second Key: The One minute or thirty-second key adds on extra time to an existing timer while the microwave is on. This feature is universally a great feature that we highly recommend having.
When it comes to cooking your oven is vital, but it isn’t the be-all and end-all of your culinary adventures because there are oven accessories to consider too.
All the top manufacturers who focus on ovens have their own line of accessories, each designed to make your kitchen environment that little bit more hospitable, and your cooking experience more efficient and authentic.
The term oven accessories may seem quite vague, and that’s because it is, which is why we’re now going to take a closer look at just a few of the different oven accessories out there for you to buy.
For those of you who value your Italian cuisine, there’s the Baumatic Pizza Stone. Don’t try chomping into this mineral delight because you’ll smash your teeth to bits; it’s designed to give your home-made pizzas that stone-baked Mediterranean authenticity straight out of the oven.
Gone are the days when your pizza falls to bits on a baking tray, or dribbles melting cheese all over the bottom of your oven; now you can enjoy your favorite dish like it should be enjoyed.
Alongside the pizza stone, there’s the Smeg Pizza Shovel. Just name makes it sound heavy duty; it’s perfect for transferring your mozzarella marvel from the pizza stone to the plate with minimal mess.
For those not into pizza though, the humble baking tray will suffice. But why settle for second best, when you could be enjoying non-stick nirvana with the Neff Non-stick enameled baking tray.
You won’t have to worry about your favorite dishes cementing themselves to the tray in the oven because the Neff non-stick enameled baking tray is specially designed to make sure your food slides straight off without any hassle.
You can even combine it with the Neff Small Grill Pan Set, which will bring BBQ style cooking from the outdoors inside, to the comfort of your kitchen. Whatever you need, there’ll be some oven accessories to suit you.
Combo Microwave Oven
Kitchens can never survive without ovens. It is one essential part of the kitchen that helps you prepare delightful meals for your family.
With so many ovens available, it is with utmost importance that you choose the right one that can serve your needs, just like combination microwave ovens.
You can say that having a combination microwave oven in the kitchen is comparable to having an all-in-one super appliance.
If you have a standard microwave oven, you can definitely attest that your oven is not something super since the only thing you know it can pretty well do is to reheat your food. However, with a combination microwave oven, you can do much more.
By the name itself, a combination microwave oven is a cornucopia of different functions. It has steam, convection, as well as combination cooking.
If you haven’t tried to bake a cake in your microwave before, now you can easily do it. In fact, you don’t even need to attach any additional appliance to do this.
Convenience is one thing that these great combination microwave ovens are known for. Aside from the fact that they can accommodate different kitchen processes when it comes to meal preparation, they are fairly easy to use and you don’t need to be a rocket scientist to understand how each function works.
Most of them would work with just a touch of a button, so there is no need to worry with regards to using them.
These ovens automatically adjust to the type of food you are trying to cook. To put it succinctly, the various heating modes of these ovens make them a very friendly kitchen companion.
You also don’t have to watch very closely whether the temperature is just right for the type of cooking that you are trying to do since it does the adjustment automatically.
So if you are cooking a vegetable or some other foodstuffs, you will definitely feel that you can no longer ask for another kitchen companion since the foods were cooked just right – simply perfect for your discriminating taste.
If you look at the combination microwave oven closely, you can say that it is a combination of conventional microwave and a convection oven.
This powerful tandem enables this appliance to provide solutions to your cooking needs. Now, you would have a wonderful time in the kitchen, since you no longer need to do separate tasks and use different appliances. Practically everything you need is found in one powerful and versatile combination microwave oven.
Is money a bit tight at the minute? Whether it is or it isn’t, you still need to eat – it’s a pretty vital part of most people’s lives. That’s why this week we’re going to take a look at Hotpoint Ovens.
Hotpoint Ovens combine top drawer performance with bottom drawer price tags, to deliver great value kitchen solutions for those needing to cook on a budget.
As long as you stick to the essentials on your weekly trip to Sainsbury’s you won’t have to worry about your oven breaking the bank; your Hotpoint Oven will come to the rescue.
That’s not to say a Hotpoint Oven is the cheap option – their brilliant culinary performance means they’re ideal for absolutely anyone.
On top of performance, Hotpoint Ovens look stunning too; their stylish curves and simplistic designs belie the great value price tag. Hotpoint has been a staple appliance in British homes for decades, so you can be confident that when you lay your hands on a Hotpoint oven you’re going to be getting the reliability that comes from years of experience.
As per usual, we have a favorite Hotpoint oven; one that stands out from the crowd and combines all the best features of Hotpoint. The oven in question is the Hotpoint 60cm Electric Built-In Single Oven; one of Hotpoint’s cheapest and most stylish offerings.
In its classy black chassis, this Hotpoint Oven will look great in any kitchen, modern or traditional; you won’t have to worry about where to place it, it’ll look good anywhere.
It’s got a large oven capacity too, so you can cater to all your prospective dinner guests with consummate ease.
There’s no need to worry about the environment either – this Hotpoint oven comes with a B class energy rating, saving you both money and power in comparison with similarly priced units from other manufacturers. If you’re looking for quality cooking on a budget then a Hotpoint Oven is for you.
The Advantages of Having Built-In Microwave Ovens
Most built-in microwave ovens are large, and can easily re-heat meals, or be used to cook large frozen dinners. For a busy household, this is a great benefit. Naturally, the counter space you gain is always helpful too.
Most economies priced standalone microwaves cannot accommodate cooking large dinners. Another wonderful advantage of built-in microwave ovens over the standalone is they are usually at eye level, so there is no bending down to use it.
The built-in also offers an attractive and streamlined design to your kitchen. In addition, since the built-in is higher than the standalone, young children are less likely to try and use it and become hurt.
However, there are under the counter built-in microwave ovens that do not streamline the cooking process. They have simply installed this way to free up counter space. This type is not as popular as the built-in that accompany stoves.
Tips for Purchasing Built-In Microwave Ovens
As mentioned, the built-in microwave oven is typically more expensive than the stand-alone. However, the performance and the quality of the built-in is superior to countertop microwaves.
Further, since the built-in is right in the stove unit, it makes for efficient meal preparation, whereas the countertop microwave could be at the other end of the counter.
So not only do the built-in microwave ovens free up counter space, up to 3 feet of space but also save time when cooking. These days, most households are pressed for time, so this is a great benefit of the built-in.
To buy an oven with a built-in microwave you can visit your favorite appliance store, or home improvement center. Of course, you can also make your purchase online.
Look for sales and free shipping offers. You can also check the price comparison websites for the best deals. If you buy your stove via the Internet, make sure the vendor offers installation, otherwise, you will have to call your local appliance store for help.
In the end, the microwave oven has almost become a necessity of modern living. The old standby standalone microwave oven, while convenient can take up to 3 feet of valuable countertop space.
Built-in microwave ovens are indeed more expensive than their standalone counterpart but offer many benefits that justify the extra cost. In most kitchens, any free countertop space is prime space.
With a built-in, you definitely gain more space. Most built-in microwave ovens are at eye level, making it convenient to check on the meal with no bending down.
In addition, with the oven, stove, and microwave all within arm’s reach, your meal preparation becomes more efficient. Since most households are busy, anything that saves time is a welcome benefit.
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There are lots of well-known brands out there on the microwave oven market, brands like Sharp, Panasonic, Bosch, Whirlpool, GE, Maytag, LG, and the list can go on; you need to know which brand and model comes with the size and features you look for in your microwave oven.
Also, you may be looking for a special microwave and oven combo or maybe a portable microwave, you need to know which brands make the best of each.
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Microwave Oven Reviews
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|Sharp Microwave Ovens|
The are several popular Sharp microwave ovens to choose from.
|GE Microwave Ovens|
There is a wide selection among GE microwave ovens. Of all the manufacturers, GE offers the most different microwave oven models that we could find.
|Panasonic microwave ovens|
When shopping for a new microwave, you should consider Panasonic microwave ovens.
|LG Microwave Ovens|
You might consider LG microwave ovens if you’re in the market for a new microwave.
|Cheap Microwave Ovens|
We define cheap microwave ovens as between $50-$60. These are sometimes considered to be a small microwave or a mini microwave.
|Convection Microwave Oven|
A convection microwave oven is basically 2 ovens combined into one (a microwave oven and a convection oven). You get the speed of a microwave but can also crisp and brown food.
Sharp Microwave Ovens
Sharp Carousel Microwave – Model R230K
One of the most popular Sharp microwave ovens is the R230K. (Also known as R230KK for the black model, or R230KW for the white model.)
|Size||0.8 cubic feet|
There are 11 preset power levels. The default setting is 100% power. Press the power level button once to lower the power to 90%, again for 80% and so on. (Being able to choose the power level is useful if you need to, for example, prepare meat that needs a longer/slower cook time.)
The front panel has dedicated a button for POPCORN. Touch POPCORN pad once to pop a regular size (3.5 oz) bag. (You hit the button again to adjust for smaller sized bags.)
The defrost function makes it easier to defrost ground meat, steaks, chops, and poultry because it automatically sets the cooking time and power level. You input how much the frozen meat weighs by hitting the defrost pad repeatedly. (Every time you hit the button, it increases the weight by a half-pound. For example, you hit the DEFROST pad 4 times for 2 pounds.)
There are also shortcut buttons for MELT, SOFTEN, and WARM. These functions are used for (for example) warming milk, melting butter, or softening ice cream. These are useful buttons because it’s pretty tricky to try figuring out the power level and cook time yourself. Without this function, chances are you’d end up with a puddle of ice cream when all you were trying to do was make it soft enough to scoop.
PRE-PROGRAMMED REHEAT AND COOK BUTTONS
The REHEAT and COOK functions automatically set the correct time and power level for the following food types. They are printed on the front panel of the microwave so you don’t have to commit them to memory:
- Baked Potatoes
- Fresh Vegetables
- Frozen Vegetables
- Frozen Entrees
- Dinner Plate
- Fresh Rolls/Muffins
MULTIPLE SEQUENCE COOKING
This microwave also offers Multiple Sequence Cooking. You can program the oven for up to 3 automatic cooking sequences. You use this when cooking directions say to start on one power level and then change to a different power level. (For example: cook for 5 minutes at 100% power and then 15 minutes at 60% power)
The MINUTE PLUS function allows you to cook for 1 minute at 100% power by pressing the MINUTE PLUS button once. (Keep pressing repeatedly to keep extending the time)
CHILD LOCK function
On this Sharp microwave oven model, you touch a combination of 3 buttons and hold them down for 3 seconds. This will prevent the microwave from being used until you unlock it.
There’s also a setting to mute the sounds the microwave makes. (This is good for anyone who’s driven crazy by repeated microwave beeping noises.)
Sharp company information
Sharp is a Japanese electronics manufacturer. In addition to Sharp microwave ovens, this company also makes LCD TVs, Blu-ray players, air conditioners, solar energy products, printers, fax machines, among other products.
GE Microwave Ovens
There is a wide selection among GE microwave ovens. Of all the manufacturers, GE has the most different microwave oven models that we could find. GE offers countertop microwaves, over the range microwaves, and built-in microwaves.
GE Microwave Product Lines
There are 4 basic GE home appliance product lines which differ from each other mainly in style and look. (These sub-brands encompass more than just microwaves; they can also include other types of appliances as well.) They are:
|GE PROFILE||This product line is designed with the intention of giving a “sleek, cosmopolitan, modern look”|
|GE CAFE||These appliances are meant to give the “look and feel of a modern stainless steel restaurant kitchen.”|
|GE MONOGRAM||This is GE’s high-end luxury line, meant to appeal to the “discriminating consumer.” No surprise, it also tends to be the most expensive.|
|GE||This is GE’s standard line.|
The term “Spacemaker” applies to various GE appliances, including microwaves, washer/dryers, refrigerators, dishwashers, etc. These appliances are designed to (obviously) save space, for example, by being built into a cabinet or wall.
This also includes microwaves installed over the cooking range. There are Spacemaker appliances among the various look/style product lines. For example, there can be a:
- GE Spacemaker Microwave Oven, or a
- GE Profile Spacemaker Microwave Oven, or a
- GE Profile Microwave Oven, or a
- GE Cafe Spacemaker Microwave Oven, etc. etc.
(Note: on the GE website we couldn’t find a GE Monogram appliance designated as “Spacemaker”.)
GE Microwave Oven Features
Here are some features to look for among the various GE microwave ovens:
- Dual distribution technology. This kind of oven circulates microwaves from the top AND sides of the oven for even heating or defrosting. These are sometimes referred to as “dual stirrers.”
- Convection oven feature. Microwave/convection oven has the ability to bake or roast food from 225 degrees Fahrenheit up to 450 degrees.
- Microwave sensor technology. This uses sensors which detect moisture levels inside the microwave and then set the time and power levels accordingly. (For example, to prevent vegetables from getting too mushy.)
- Grilling features. This includes heating elements inside the microwave that will allow you to grill burgers or chicken breasts for example.
- Top browning feature. This uses a heating element in the top of the microwave cavity in order to reheat foods and also keep them crispy and brown on the top.
GE Company information
GE is a major American corporation that provides a wide range of products and services including not only appliances but also aircraft engines, power generation, medical imaging, media content, industrial products, etc.
Panasonic microwave ovens
Panasonic microwave ovens – model NNSD377
|Capacity||0.8 cubic feet|
One feature that sets this model apart from other Panasonic microwave ovens is the pop-out dial. Many other microwaves have individual buttons for the numbers 1 through 9. Instead of number buttons, this particular microwave has a dial that you turn in order to select cook time and serving weight.
FRONT PANEL BUTTONS
There is a button on the front panel of this microwave for each of the following functions:
|AUTO REHEAT (1-4 servings)|
|AUTO COOK (1-8)|
Press the POPCORN button until the desired bag size appears on the display. This Panasonic microwave oven has presets for 3 different sizes of popcorn bags. For example, you Press once for 3.5 oz bag OR press twice for 3.0 oz bag OR press 3 times for 1.75 oz bag. (If your popcorn bag isn’t any of these sizes, you can adjust for MORE time or LESS time by hitting the TIMER/MORE or CLOCK/fewer buttons.)
AUTO REHEAT (1-4 servings)
This function is used to reheat food that is already cooked. It automatically selects the time and power settings based on the number of servings you enter. For example, in order to reheat 2 servings of casserole, you press the AUTO REHEAT button twice and then press START.
AUTO COOK FEATURE
Press Auto Cook until the menu number (1 through 8) appears on the display. These numbers refer to a pre-set list of specific types of foods. You’ll need to open the microwave door to access the chart that lists the preset choices:
- Breakfast sausage
- Fresh vegetables
- Frozen vegetables
- Frozen Entrees
After selecting the type of food, you use the pop-out dial to set the amount of food (number of servings, weight, # cups, etc.)
You can choose from 10 different power levels (as is the case with many Panasonic microwave ovens). The default power setting is always 10 (HIGH), and you press the button repeatedly to set for lower power. There aren’t preset levels for softening butter or ice cream, so you’ll have to figure out power level and time on your own. If you’re the type of highly organized person who keeps instruction manuals handy, the manual contains a chart of suggested power/cook times.
It’s possible to cook in “stages”. This means you can program the microwave to cook at one power level for a certain amount of time, then automatically switch to a lower power level for another period of time. You can set a maximum of 5 different stages.
This is a handy little button that allows you to set or add cooking time in 1-minute increments. (Some, but not all, Panasonic microwave ovens have a “quick minute” button.) Example: Press QUICK MIN 3 times, then start. The microwave will cook for 3 minutes, with power level pre-set at 10.
To use this function, you press the AUTO DEFROST button, then rotate the pop-out dial to select the weight of the meat you want to defrost. Cook time and level are purely determined by weight. Its sort of a “one size fits all” approach and doesn’t adjust for the type of meat (chicken/fish/beef).
You can use the front panel timer as a kitchen timer, for 90 minutes. Press TIMER/MORE and turn the pop-out dial to set the desired amount of time.
You can set this Panasonic microwave to count down a certain amount of “stand time”. You program the microwave to cook for a certain amount of time, then the microwave will stop heating the food and the timer will count down, signaling when the standing time is finished.
This Panasonic microwave allows you to set a “delay start”. You set the desired amount of delay time (up to 90 minutes) before the oven will start. We’re not convinced it’s terribly useful just to delay only up to 90 minutes, but of course, it depends on your individual needs.
In order to activate the child lock function, you press the START button 3 times. When “child” appears in the display window, you know that the function is in effect. To cancel, you press the STOP/RESET button 3 times. (Note: this function prevents the microwave from being operated, but it does NOT lock the door.)
LG Microwave Ovens
LG microwave ovens – model LRM2060
|Capacity||2.0 cubic feet|
This LG microwave oven has a sensor that measures the humidity inside the oven as your food is cooking. That way you don’t have to guess how much time or what power level to choose. The oven will automatically adjust the amount of time and power level necessary to heat your food without overdoing or underdoing it. There are 4 sensor touch buttons on this model, which are: COOK, REHEAT, POPCORN, and HOT WATER.
The shape of the inside of the oven is round, which makes it easier to clean because there are no corners for food particles to collect in.
OPTIONAL TRIM KIT
Although this LG microwave oven can sit on your countertop, you can also use the trim kit to make it look like it’s been built-in.
FRONT PANEL BUTTONS
Here are the buttons of interest on the front panel:
|SENSOR TOUCH: COOK / REHEAT / POPCORN / HOT WATER|
|KIDS MEAL: HOT DOG / BABY FOOD / OATMEAL / SOUP|
|MORE / LESS|
|MELT / SOFTEN|
There are 3 preset defrost level settings, and the options are MEAT, POULTRY, FISH. (Yes, it’s a little odd — since when aren’t poultry and fish considered meat?) After you select the kind of meat, you enter the weight and touch start. The display will prompt you to TURN FOOD OVER in the middle of the cycle.
This feature is pretty handy — it allows you to defrost 1 pound of frozen ground beef with the touch of 1 button. It will prompt you to TURN FOOD OVER in the middle of the cycle.
SENSOR TOUCH: COOK
This function allows you to cook specific categories of food without having to enter the cooking time or power level yourself. The preset categories are:
- Fresh Vegetable
- Frozen Vegetable
SENSOR TOUCH: REHEAT
This feature will let you reheat specific types of foods that have already been cooked (translation: leftovers). The preset options for this LG microwave oven are:
- Dinner plate
- Frozen Roll/Muffin
- Fresh Roll/Muffin
SENSOR TOUCH: HOT WATER
This one’s pretty straightforward — just put your cup of water in the microwave, hit the HOT WATER button and the oven will start automatically, then stop when the water is hot.
SENSOR TOUCH: POPCORN
The way this function is set up, you can only use a bag of pre-packaged microwave popcorn that’s 50-100 grams. You can’t adjust to different sizes of bags. In the manual, it says that if the popcorn bag size isn’t known, then you shouldn’t use this feature.
There are 4 kids-meal buttons on the front panel: HOT DOG, BABY FOOD, OATMEAL, and SOUP. It will prompt you to enter the amount of food. For hot dogs, it allows you to enter 2ea or 4 ea. For baby food, oatmeal, and soup your choices are 4oz, 8oz, or 16oz.
The oven will use lower power to melt specific kinds of foods. You hit the MELT button, and then enter the code for one of 4 categories of food:
- Cheese (more specifically: processed cheese food)
This function uses lower power to soften specific kinds of foods. You press the SOFTEN button, then enter the code for one of 4 kinds of food:
- Ice cream
- Cream cheese
- Frozen juice
If you’ve entered a time for your food to cook, you can press the MORE or fewer buttons to adjust the time while the food is already cooking. You press MORE to add 10 seconds to the cooking time. Press LESS to subtract 10 seconds of cooking time.
This is a time-saving button which allows you to quickly set and start the oven. For example, if you press EZ-ON, it will start the oven cooking automatically for 30 seconds. To add cooking time, press EZ-ON more times.
If you press this pad, the display will show information about the feature you’re trying to use.
Microwaves are no longer just for heating up last night’s leftovers. Those who are energy-efficiency minded now even use the microwave as the main cooking appliance and not just for frozen TV dinners either. Here are the types of microwaves you’ll find on the market:
From whiteware to stainless steel, countertop models come in compact, midsize, and large sizes.
Size: Compact models are as small as 18 inches wide, 13.5 inches deep, and 11 inches high. Midsize models average 17 inches wide, 20.5 inches high, and 12 inches deep. Large models average 24 inches wide, 14 inches high, and 18.5 inches deep.
Capacity: Can range from 1.1 cubic feet (small) to more 2 cubic feet (large)
Who it’s best for: The budget shopper who has plenty of counter space
These models mount underneath a cabinet or counter or above a stove range. Often these models are paired with an appliance set.
Price: $200-$1,100; up to $2,000 with convection
Size: Same as countertop models
Capacity: Ranges in capacity up to 2 cubic feet
Who it’s best for: The style-conscious shopper who is short on counter space
Over the range
These models provide ventilation for your stove range and also save on counter space. They are often paired with an appliance set for a consistent look and feel for the whole kitchen.
Size: 17 inches high; 30 inches wide; 15.5 inches deep
Capacity: Ranges up to 2 cubic feet
Who it’s best for: Homeowners who want a stove hood and microwave combo
The convection models are advanced versions of the standard microwave. They cook quicker than a regular microwave–a convection oven has internal fans that circulate air, thereby cooking food quicker and more evenly. You can even use these models for roasting a bird, baking, or browning. However, they are often more expensive.
Size: 15 inches high; 24.5 inches wide; 19 inches deep
Capacity: Ranges up to 2 cubic feet
Who it’s best for: The home chef who wants time-saving shortcuts
A new option is the microwave drawer. It’s also built-in, but it is at an easy-to-reach height. Drawer microwaves can also keep food warm up to 30 minutes if you don’t pull it out and serve right away.
Size: 17 inches high; 24 to 30 inches wide; 15.5 inches deep
Capacity: Up to 2 cubic feet
Who it’s best for: Homeowners who want a more modern, built-in appliance
Using both microwave and light technology, speed cook microwaves cook food in traditional methods but faster–four to eight times faster, according to some manufacturers. Speedcookers not only a microwave but also bake, broil, brown, roast, and grill quickly with no preheating.
For example, a speed cook microwave cooks a whole chicken in 20 minutes versus a conventional oven time of 120 minutes in most cases. Or a frozen pizza can take 5.5 minutes versus 23 minutes. Most advanced models are also convection and warming oven and can be built-in. They are also more energy-efficient than conventional ovens.
Size: 19 to 21 inches high; 25 to 29 inches wide; 15.5 to 21 inches deep
Capacity: Most allow turntable rotation of a 9×13 casserole dish
Who it’s best for Time-pressed cooks who still want that home-cooked feeling.
Cheap Microwave Ovens
We define cheap microwave ovens as between $50-$60, which will vary depending on where you get them. Big-box retailers like Walmart, Target, and Home Depot usually have a handful of models in this range.
If you find a new microwave for less than $50 then you’ve found a real bargain.
If you’re brave enough to buy a used microwave then you can always try eBay or Craigslist. It’s possible to get microwaves for less than $50 this way, but you’re rolling the dice about what shape it’s in and how long the unit will last.
The interior of this kind of model is usually 0.6 – 0.8 cubic feet. Some people refer to units this small as mini microwaves. They are great for a dorm room or small studio apartment.
The wattage will usually range between 600-800 watts. Some low-end models feature rotary dials instead of electronic keypads. Also, you may have less than 10 power levels to choose from on this kind of model.
One exception we found is an Oster microwave — model OGB61101, which is bigger and has higher wattage (see table below.)
Not every manufacturer produces microwaves in this price range. At the time of this writing, we were able to find new $50-$60 models from Emerson, Magic Chef, Sharp, GE, Kenmore, and Oster.
We could only find countertop microwaves in this price range (as opposed to over the range or built-in microwaves). Here are some cheap microwave ovens that we found:
|Type||Model #||Wattage||Interior size|
|Kenmore microwave||69079||700 Watt||0.7 cubic feet|
|GE microwave||JES0738DP||700 Watt||0.7 cubic feet|
|Sharp microwave||R230K||800 Watt||0.8 cubic feet|
|Magic Chef Microwave||MCM770W||700 Watt||0.7 cubic feet|
|Emerson microwave||MW8784SB||700 Watt||0.7 cubic feet|
|Oster microwave||OGB61101||1000 Watt||1.1 cubic feet|
Convection Microwave Oven
A convection microwave oven is basically 2 ovens combined into one (a microwave oven and a convection oven). You get the advantage of quick microwave cooking, but also the ability to give your food a crispy, brown texture.
If you’ve ever microwaved a piece of pizza and been disappointed that it came out hot and soggy, then this might be the oven for you.
In a convection oven, a fan circulates hot air around your food to cook it more evenly. For example, if you are cooking the meat then it will brown the outside of the meat and seal the juices inside. (In a regular oven you run the risk of drying out the meat.)
Another advantage of a combo oven is that it can save you space in your kitchen. Instead of buying 2 separate ovens, you only need one.
And you can prepare all kinds of foods you wouldn’t be able to (successfully) in a regular microwave, like baking cakes, cookies, and bread.
Here are 2 popular models:
|Type||Model #||Watts, cubic feet||Features highlights|
|GE Profile Countertop Convection Microwave Oven||PEB1590DM||1000 Watts, 1.5 cubic feet|
|Sharp Grill 2 Convection oven||R820||900 Watts, 0.9 cubic feet||35 preset cooking options in all. High-tech sounding preset functions like:|
- Countertop Microwave
- Over the Range Microwave
- Convection Microwave
A microwave oven is one of the most common appliances in the modern kitchen nowadays. They can be found at a variety of prices, ranging from $90 to more than $750.
There are different aspects to bear in mind when choosing the best microwave oven for your own household:
Size: You need to consider where exactly you will be placing your microwave oven; the size of your appliance will definitely depend on its location.
Will you be installing it in a cabinet or just placing it on the countertop?
Bigger ovens have some extra functions but are of course pricier than smaller ones.
Power: The more powerful the oven, the faster it will heat up your food. Basic ovens offer you between 400/500 watts and can be used to defrost and reheat small portions. Power settings can be really varied: some ovens offer you just one power level, whereas more modern ones can have as many as 100 different possibilities.
Floor space: You will need to look for a bigger or a smaller microwave oven according to the amount of food you will be planning to cook. The inside of the oven is generally measured in cubic feet –the biggest ones in the market are around 1.6 cubic feet.
Regular oven or microwave convection ones? The latter can be used for multiple functions, such as crisping food, baking or roasting. They are of course pricier.
Controls: Older microwave ovens have mechanical controls, which include a timer dial and an on/off switch. More modern appliances come with a touchpad control –remember to look for an easy to program one. Some models allow you to cook your food easily by just pressing a specific button.
Automatic defrost: Some people find this feature very convenient; however, any microwave in the market can be used to defrost food.
Warranty: In general warranties cover your microwave oven for up to one year. Make sure to read yours carefully.
Safety and care: These appliances are quite safe and easy to use. Just make sure not to stand too close to it while you are heating your food. Follow the manual’s instructions to learn how to take care of your device.
Find the best microwave for you. Read our microwave oven reviews on units from Panasonic, Sharp, GE, LG, and more.
Consumers have more options than ever and it can get overwhelming to make the right choice, whether you’re looking for a huge over the range microwave oven for your state-of-the-art kitchen, or a small microwave oven for your dorm room.
Here are a few things to ask yourself as you shop:
Size of Microwave Oven
How much space is there in your kitchen to put the microwave? How big are the dishes you need to fit inside? Do you need to heat more than one dinner plate at once?
|0.9 Cubic Feet or smaller||Small microwave||Some people also use the term compact microwave or mini microwave. (Sharp makes a model called the Half Pint microwave.) This type is best for a dorm room or small apartment, and it’s fine for making microwave popcorn or reheating leftovers. You might not be able to fit a large dinner plate inside, however, and your venti Starbucks coffee cup might be too tall.|
|1.0 Cubic Feet to 1.5 Cubic Feet||Mid-size microwave||Many families can get along just fine with a microwave this size.|
|1.6 Cubic Feet +||Full-size microwave||Some models come with elevated racks that allow you to reheat multiple dinner plates at the same time. You’ll need a large unit if you’re planning to use big casserole dishes or defrost large items like a Thanksgiving turkey.|
Countertop, Over the range, Or Built-in Microwave Oven
Do you want to use kitchen counter space for your microwave, or would you rather save the space and install an over the range microwave oven?
Would you rather have a built-in model instead? Another option is the microwave drawer, which is built into a lower cabinet and slides out like (you guessed it) a drawer.
Do you have the time and energy to deal with the installation? Can you figure out how to install it yourself or can you afford to pay someone else to do it?
How much money are you willing to spend? You can get a cheap microwave oven for as little as $50, but don’t expect it to last for years.
Many families will do just fine with a $100 – $150 microwave. But you can spend much more than that depending on which bells and whistles you need, and there are plenty of models that sell north of $900. In our microwave oven reviews, you’ll find that paying more doesn’t necessarily mean you’re getting a better unit.
How much power do you need? Microwave power is measured in Watts. Simply put, the higher the wattage, the less time it takes to cook your food.
|FAST||700 – 800 Watts|
|FASTER||850 – 1000 Watts|
|FASTEST||1050 – 1300 Watts +|
VARIABLE POWER LEVELS
Some microwaves allow you to cook food at varying power levels. (This is separate and apart from Wattage.) For example, you would be able to set the microwave to cook food at 100% power or 90% power or 80%, etc.
This is useful because always cooking at 100% power may cook the food faster, but the food might need more frequent rotating, stirring, or turning over. When using a lower power setting, it will take longer to cook the food but it’ll cook more evenly and need less stirring or rotating.
MICROWAVE/CONVECTION OVEN COMBINATIONS
Do you need a microwave that can also function as a convection oven? In a convection oven, a fan circulates hot air around your food to cook it more evenly. You’ll want this function if you want your food to be crispy and brown.
If you don’t have a lot of room in your kitchen, this is a good way to save space since you only need one oven instead of two separate ones.
STYLE AND COLOR
What style and color will go with your kitchen? You’re a better judge than any microwave oven reviewer.
Microwaves are commonly available in black, white, bisque (off-white) and stainless steel. In general, you’ll pay a premium for stainless steel, but it does look more upscale. (Fingerprints show up more clearly on stainless steel models, so you might opt for brushed steel instead.)
There are a handful of manufacturers that also offer other colors like red, blue, etc. but these are less common.
A built-in turntable will help make sure food is cooked evenly all the way through. Nobody likes cold spots in the middle of their food. Nasty!
Do you need to defrost frozen food? Melt butter? Soften ice cream? Pop popcorn?
It’s possible to do any of these things without preprogrammed functions, but it’s also a pain to figure out on your own exactly how much power and cook time you need in each case. Many microwaves provide dedicated buttons on the front panel for these kinds of functions so that you don’t have to guess.
Some microwaves have sensors that detect the amount of moisture inside the oven and use that information to automatically set the power and cook time. This also helps eliminate some of the guesswork.
Are there small children in your house? Some microwaves have a feature where you can disable the buttons on the front panel temporarily so that mischievous little hands can’t operate the microwave. In general, this usually means you are “locking” the keypad as opposed to preventing the actual door of the microwave from being opened.
Facts And Myths About Microwaves
Microwave ovens tips whether you own a microwave oven or not, chances are you’ve thought about the possibility that its use could be harmful to you and the people in your household.
You might have heard statements from neighbors and friends saying that microwaved food poses serious health risks, not to mention the ones caused by electromagnetic wave emissions issuing from the device. And then there are others who attest to the fact that these are pure myths or old wives’ tales.
It’s difficult to come up with a final supposition due to the mixed opinions about the safety of microwaves. In this article, we make an attempt to separate them in order for you to better decide if it’s wise to have a microwave oven lying around in your kitchen.
Microwave Food Is Cooked From The Inside Out Myth
Contrary to popular belief, microwave ovens don’t cook food from the inside out. Microwave ovens heat the food starting from the surface. This, in turn, excites the water molecules, which facilitates the heat transfer inside the food.
If you have tried cooking a big chunk of meat using a microwave before, you might have noticed that the full effect of the cooking can reach a depth of about one inch inward.
Boiling Water In A Microwave Causes Explosions: Fact
Boiling water in a microwave can elicit an explosion if left alone for too long. This is because the bubbles are suppressed in the heating process, thereby causing the water to reach past its boiling point. If water is disturbed, it will release the suppressed heat and in turn, cause the water to erupt.
To prevent this from happening, boil water at the minimum time. Placing a conductor such as clean wood can also prevent eruptions.
Microwaves Emit Harmful Radiation: Myth (in most instances)
The radiation that comes from microwave ovens is non-ionizing, making it much safer than ionizing radiations being emitted by X-Ray machines, nuclear radioactive decay, and ultraviolet light.
The FDA also monitors every microwave that is sent out for production, making sure that the levels of radiation are far below the scale where it can be considered harmful.
The federal standard also ensures that each machine has an auto-interlocking device that halts radiation emission every time the door of the microwave is opened.
It’s also comforting to know that there’s a considerable decrease of microwave energy when we move away from the machine. Just to be on the safe side, you can keep a wide berth from the machine when it’s operating.
Microwaves Cause Food To Lose Its Nutrients: Fact
Cooking, in general, can cause food to lose some of its nutrients, so it’s wrong to assume that microwaves alone are causing this.
In fact, the number of nutrients that are lost can be reduced significantly when cooked by microwave, since the time of heating is much shorter than regular cooking. And there’s also a contention that it might even help preserve the nutrients.
The choice to use microwaves or not is entirely up to you. While we have downplayed its harmful effects, it is also important to consider its possible hazards.
Tips In Choosing Your Microwave Oven
When you go to the store to shop for your microwave, there is this great chance that you will come across different brands, sizes, and kinds.
Of course, there are too many companies that manufacture it. Therefore, it is your own call to choose the best quality. The market will definitely present you with various options but then again, it is up to you to decide.
So, what are the things you should consider when buying the microwave? Here are the following tips you can keep in mind for your guide.
The function of the microwave. There are two basic functions that you should take note of—the standard or convection. The standard microwave works best in heating food and those ready to cook meals.
On the other hand, the convection microwave allows you to grill, heat, and cook since it is a combination of the features of a microwave oven and a convection oven.
Size matters. Depending on your needs and of course, the space available, you can choose between the compact and built-in microwaves. The compact one is also known as counter-top or portable and is used for reheating the cooked food and for light cooking.
Meanwhile, the built-in type is mounted into the cabinetry and is more expensive because it allows you to cook and grill. Most of this kind needs an exhaust fan.
It’s capacity. Depending on your purpose, choose the appropriate capacity of your microwave. If you prefer cooking large meals, then, you should buy a larger one.
The power consumption and its efficiency. The one with high wattage basically cooks a lot faster. Therefore, check the power consumption that is specified in the labels. When it comes to efficiency, you should get to know the amount of energy that is wasted when cooking.
Choose the one with a turntable. With a turntable attached to it, you can be sure that the food you are heating or cooking gets even exposure to all the heating waves that the device emits.
Check out the controls. Because you want things to be fast, check out the keypad control options that the microwave has. Auto functions are easier to use. Also, see if there are other additional functionalities that will work all at the mere touch of a button.
See the design. It also matters that you consider the design and if it will suit the makeup of your kitchen. For the built-in ones, be sure that it will stay in fashion with the space and design of your kitchen. A microwave should never be out of place.
Your budget. Time and again, financial constraints are the greatest factors to look into. Find a microwave oven that comes perfect for your available budget.
Don’t overspend when you know there is no extra cash. But then, you should never compromise quality and efficiency.
These are the top tips that can guide you as you shop for your microwave oven. Hence, be wise!
Are Microwaves Safe?
One of the essential kitchen devices is the microwave oven. It has been used by many people for decades and has given convenient times and applications especially to individuals who don’t have much time in preparing meals or cooking foods.
When it comes to disadvantage, people know that it is not best to come or stand near microwaves as they are not safe because of heat.
But only a few are aware that microwaves can not only be safe because of heat but because of how they can turn the food into once done.
Several studies conducted for the past years showed that foods heated or cooked in microwaves turn up molecules into danger while carcinogens are also produced in the process.
This study left many wonders whether it is safe to use a microwave or not. As there are stacks and stacks of microwaves in the market, you would think that there is no issue at all in using them.
Unfortunately, you cannot also be certain that it is safe to use particularly because of the studies surfacing lately. Whether those studies are true or not, it is logical to think that some methods of microwave cooking are indeed dangerous.
For one, when we think of microwave, we think of the quick-cooking method, faster than when we cook over a fire.
The time used to microwave food is basically so short that it is hard to believe that the supposed bacteria present in foods can be killed in such a shortened time.
The foods, therefore, cannot be considered healthy. Another point to be considered is the method of reheating leftovers.
Many people use plastic wraps or aluminum foil to protect the food from microwave radiation and from spills inside the appliance. Other people use plasticware with a lid to reheat the food.
These wares, plastic wraps, and foils are known to emit dangerous chemicals, especially when exposed in heat, therefore, also exposing the food in the same chemicals and the people to dangers of diseases.
Also, the chemical reactions that are produced inside the microwave when radiation is emitted can form carcinogens, which are chemicals known as one of the causes of human cancer.
Logically thinking, it may not indeed be impossible that the fears of danger in using microwave appliances have basis especially when you would think of the methods that were basically been doing by the people.
The dangerous side effects that can be posed into humans consuming foods that are cooked, heated, or prepared via microwaves can be alarming.
Having sufficient knowledge on everything about using microwaves is therefore essential before you rely entirely on this kitchen appliance when preparing your meals.
It will never hurt if you can gain more information about those studies concerning the facts about microwaves and the effects of using them. After all, it is the health and welfare of you and your loved ones which are being at stake here.
Health is wealth, as the cliché goes. Would you trade it for the convenience of cooking when you can clearly avoid the risks?
But along this fear, it is good to know that advanced technology is now offering microwave appliances that address such issues. In the market today, you will find high-end microwave ovens that are reported safe to use and keep the nutrients of the food while heating.
Now, if you want to save your health, it would be much wiser to deal with shopping microwaves a lot more vigilantly.
Keeping Kids Safe From Microwaves
I consider the microwave oven one of the best inventions in the 20th century. For a few decades now, microwaves have been regular fixtures in American kitchens.
After all, the microwave oven is far more efficient than conventional cooking machines, and that makes it more advantageous now that people are always in a hurry.
Operating a microwave oven is easy as pie (no pun intended); even small kids won’t have a difficult time doing it themselves.
Hence, parents should be aware of the proper usage of microwaves, as well as the red signals that lead to accidents, in order to keep their kids safe from the possible hazards.
Keep Baby’s Milk Away From Microwaves
A study in Minnesota confirmed the risks that are involved in cooking baby’s milk in microwaves. Firstly, the microwaves issuing from a microwave oven can pass through containers, and that includes baby bottles. After cooking, the container may still feel cool to the touch, and this can hoodwink us into thinking that the milk inside is of the same temperature.
It doesn’t take a rocket scientist to predict the outcome if a baby were to make a grab for that seemingly cool baby bottle. And lastly, the milk can lose some of its nutrients and protective properties when cooked inside a microwave, not to mention the BPE that can be released once the container is heated.
Avoid Superheating Liquids
Water is considered superheated once it goes past its boiling point but without the bubbles that are usually associated with boiling. This usually happens when boiling water in a microwave oven. Since the steam cannot be released outside the container, surface tension in the liquid builds up.
If water got disturbed through moving, the superheated water could burst and cause scalding to children in close proximity with it.
You can avoid this from occurring by placing any small wooden implement in the water before the actual boiling. The best advice probably is to set a time limit that does not exceed more than 2 minutes when boiling water.
Stay Away From Microwave Radiations
The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) monitors each and every microwave oven that is being sent out for commercial use to ensure that the amount of radiation they emit is far below the level that is known to harm people.
The limit is 5 mill watts of radiation per square centimeter at a distance of approximately 2 inches from the oven’s surface. Also, there’s a significant drop in the amount of radiation when moving away even by a very short distance.
However, it always pays to be safe. A microwave oven might have defects that are not easily discernible. Always make sure that the door seal and oven cavity is free from dirt or any cloying substances.
Checking for any physical damages to the inner surfaces where the door and the door seals meet are also suggested to make sure that there’s no gap where radiation can pass through.
And finally, never allow your children to be in close proximity to the oven when it is operating. And finally, don’t allow small children to operate the microwaves especially if you’re using a countertop.
Saving the Environment Through Microwaves
Being eco-friendly seems to be the “in” thing in the last 5-10 years. While it is difficult to determine the extent to which the whole human population is destroying the planet, each of us can contribute in our own small ways.
Which brings us to the topic of microwaves.
Despite some raised concerns about the dangers of microwaves, more and more people are getting convinced about its benefits to the environment.
What I like about this concept is the fact that we don’t have to sacrifice efficiency in cooking to create an impact, however small it may be, to the tenets of green living.
Using microwaves can save us a lot of time, and that is always a plus when we consider the fast-paced world that we’re living in.
According to the Department of Energy, cooking only takes up to 3% of a household’s energy consumption. Energy consumption by lighting or for entertainment purposes takes the bulk of how much energy we use.
But if you can chop down a little from the total amount of our home’s energy consumption, why not do it anyway? After all, microwave ovens are much more efficient than conventional ovens, not to mention more fun to use.
Let’s make some comparisons between cooking devices, and perhaps we could throw on the table a little math as well. By rule of thumb, 60% of conventional ovens are powered by electricity, not gas.
Now consider the fact that microwave ovens are far more efficient than conventional ovens. If we throw into the equation the 3000 wattages generated by conventional ovens as opposed to 600 watts to 1650 watts by microwave ovens, you can pretty much discern the discrepancy of energy saved when using the latter.
Taking into account the efficiency of a microwave oven compared to a convection oven in terms of cooking food only makes the result more exponential.
Hence, a University in Bristol came up with the exact figures after doing an experiment, coming up with a conclusion that microwaves save 30% energy over conventional ovens.
The energy saved through the use of microwaves is even more evident when cooking in small portions. One experiment in Sweden, for example, has found out that cooking through conventional ovens used 9.5 more energy as that generated by microwaves after cooking a small but same amount of potatoes in the two kitchen devices under the same conditions.
So if you’re cooking big meals – a roast turkey or a big chunk of potatoes, for example – it’s perfectly alright to use a traditional method of cooking, especially if the food is not fit for microwaves.
There is a slew of other advantages in using microwaves. For one, microwaves don’t generate as much indoor pollution as traditional methods of cooking do. Also, microwaves don’t emit hot steam that causes the room temperature to go down, alleviating the need for air conditioning and ventilation fixtures.
So you see, there are many reasons to have a microwave oven in your kitchen. Microwaves not only benefit the environment, but they also improve the quality of our lives.
Safety Tips In Using A Microwave Oven
Clearly, every household now keeps a microwave oven. Why is it so? Well, the main reason is that cooking can be very fast with the use of this appliance.
In a matter of minutes, you can already enjoy a very delicious and hot meal. If you are running late, you can simply push on the automatic function keypads and your food can be reheated in a matter of minutes.
When cooking without oil, anything is also possible. All of these are done because of this high technology innovation.
Have you ever imagined your life without a microwave? Surely, that would somehow bring inconvenience especially if you have been so used to finishing things fast and easy.
Nevertheless, as you employ this appliance in your home, it is best to know of the safety tips on how to use it. You see, accidents happen when you least expect them.
Yet, there are ways on how you can save yourself from the dangers of scalds, burns, as well as exploding food inside.
Below is the list of things to remember when cooking. Thus, read on to find out the safety tips in handling your device confidently.
Read the user’s manual before operating this kitchen device. Check out if what you have bought complies with all of the FDA emission limits. Also, look at the interior and see if there are leaks, bents, and other defects that may cause you harm.
Never use it when empty. You never know what may happen afterward.
Keep out of children’s reach. Instruct them not to operate the microwave on their own especially if they are still too young to do so.
Heating liquid or water should be done with precaution as overheating can cause the water to explode and give you serious burns and scalds.
Do not overheat foods. The keypad designates the recommended temperature for certain foods.
Cooking inside the microwave must be properly observed. It is best to ensure that you use covered containers so that the splattering of food over the microwave’s interior surface will be avoided. When those containers with cling film are used, better poke some vent holes in it with the use of a knife to let out the hot steam.
Safely uncover the cooked food. Start opening the cling film or lid from the side. Follow a direction that sides away from your face. Be sure to keep your face and your hands away from the steam or any hot liquid so you will not suffer from a painful burn.
The exploding of food inside the microwave can be avoided by means of pricking it with the use of a fork. This is effective to be able to dense the food items that have skins like tomatoes, potatoes, sausages, egg yolks, and the likes.
It is always best to utilize “microwave safe” containers. Avoid using those with metal bits. Never place metal or foil inside the microwave.
To sum things up, the microwave can do wonders in cooking and can surely be of great help in your household. These safety tips should be borne in mind so accidents will be avoided under any circumstance.
The History of Ovens – The Burning Truth
Microwaves weren’t always found in the common household. They were first invented by Percy Spencer after World War II and used radar technology. The microwave oven wasn’t designed for household use until Tappan acquired the licensing 1955 by Tappan, but their microwaves were still too expensive for a common household to afford.
In 1967, the Amara Corporation introduced the new microwave oven, with a countertop design, and that’s when microwaves began to grow in popularity.
Ask yourself, what’s the one thing you’d like to learn about? I’m going to assume the first thing that popped into your head was the history of the humble oven. So that’s what I’m going to give you. If you’re sitting comfortably, then we’ll begin.
The concept of the oven has been around for tens and maybe even hundreds of thousands of years, basically since those very first cavemen decided they liked their steak well done, as opposed to raw.
The first ovens went hand in hand with the newly discovered and rather nifty control of fire, and shortly afterward simple masonry constructions (holes, to you and me) started being used to hold the wood and the flames – the very first ovens.
Obviously different cultures had different oven designs, but their rudimentary nature means that few survive to this day. Disappointing, eh? Jumping forward in time a few thousand years though, to around 3200BC we begin to see evidence of the oven becoming more commonplace; the clever people of the Indus Valley had ovens in every single one of their mud-brick houses.
Obviously, these weren’t fancy electric ovens; we’re not quite up to that stage yet, bear with me. The Ancient Greeks took ovens to the next level through their love of bread (they invented over 70 different types apparently) and many different styles of the oven came into use, each with its own special purpose or function.
Jumping forward in time even further in our oven-shaped time machine, we reach the late middle-ages, around which time cast-iron ovens began to be produced en masse. Slightly closer to the oven we now call our own, but not quite there.
It wasn’t until 1826 that the gas oven reared its blue-flamed little head; patented by British inventor James Sharp, it became the first successful gas oven to appear on the market.
By the end of the First World War, gas ovens could be found in millions of homes across the globe! They were soon to be challenged though, by the increasing popularity of the electric oven. These sparkly little beauties had been around for a while, but it wasn’t until the 1930s that they began competing on the same scale as gas. It was a heated battle. Quite literally.
During their tussle for domination, a futuristic (at the time, not really anymore) competitor crept up the inside; the Microwave Oven. This was discovered by accident when a peckish scientist noticed that during some radar tests his chocolate bar had melted.
After a bit more research, the Microwave oven was born. Fun Fact: It’s now estimated that over 90% of households in the US have a microwave. The fun’s over, for now, we’re up to the present, but next time we’re going to look at what the future has in store for the humble oven.
Consumer reviews are a valuable resource when making any purchase, and a microwave oven is no exception. Microwave oven reviews written by real people can offer information that you can’t find anywhere else.
People who have actually used a product can tell you honestly what the pros and cons are and help you find the best microwave oven for you. However, reading microwave oven reviews should not be the starting point of your decision process unless you plan on dedicating a great deal of unnecessary time to your quest.
It’s better to spend a few minutes now thinking about what you’re looking for in a microwave oven. There is a lot to consider when deciding which microwave oven is best for you.
Type, size, features, and price are all important. We suggest you first use these criteria to narrow your search. Don’t waste your time reading countless microwave oven reviews for models that won’t meet your needs.
When you are ready, the microwave ovens are categorized to the right by both price and type. Click on the type or price range that best suits your needs for detailed information and reviews.
There is also a section below that where they are categorized by brand. Use this if you’ve already narrowed your search down to a specific maker.
There are three major types of microwave ovens: countertop, over-the-range, or built-in.
Countertop– The most commonly purchased type of microwave oven. Countertop units tend to be the least expensive option and they don’t require any installation; just plug in and use! They offer flexibility because they are so easy to move or replace. However, a countertop appliance can take up quite a bit of valuable counter space.
Over-the-range– This type of microwave oven doubles as a vent fan for your range. This definitely makes them a space-saver; you get two appliances in the space of one! However, these microwave ovens do not perform as well in the venting department as a full-sized exhaust vent that covers the entire range.
Built-in– This type of microwave oven is generally only an option when building a new kitchen or remodeling an existing one. This can be a great option since it keeps the countertop clear and gives the kitchen a more finished and professional look. It also allows you to keep a heavy-duty exhaust fan above the range. A word of caution: Choose any built-in appliances wisely. It will be difficult to swap it out if you decide you are looking for something else.
Size tends to be the determining factor for most people when purchasing a microwave oven. It won’t matter how powerful or reliable a microwave oven is if it’s too big to fit in your kitchen or too small to handle your workload.
Think carefully about what your size needs will be. Measure the space where you intend to use it and make sure it’s a good fit. Think about what you will want to prepare in your microwave oven and see if the model you are considering has ample interior space. Measure your favorite cooking dishes and make sure they will be able to fit.
This is definitely an area where consumer microwave oven reviews are crucial. This is the best way to get unbiased information. Another way to gauge the reliability of a specific microwave oven is through the reputation of the maker.
A good warranty can also give you peace of mind. Many manufacturers do require you to pay shipping costs when having your microwave oven serviced, even if it is still under warranty.
You may want to consider buying from a brand that has an in-state service center for this reason. This will cut down considerably on shipping costs, which can be quite hefty when the microwave oven service center is on the other end of the country.
We have listed the approximate weights for each microwave oven; you will find this information next to the size information when available.
We do this because we have noticed that the heavier a microwave oven is, the more solid and well-constructed it tends to be. Plastic doesn’t weigh much. Cheaply constructed microwave ovens will have many plastic parts and will weigh less; these units tend to be less reliable in the long run.
You should still ultimately check out the microwave oven reviews to determine the overall reliability of a specific model; the weight is just there to give you a basic idea at a glance of how well-built a model is.
Features To Look For
There is one feature every microwave oven should have: a turntable. Without the ability to move the food while in use, uneven heating will result. Inverter technology greatly improves a microwave ovens ability to cook evenly; but at the very least, make sure you have a turntable.
Another useful option is a control pad with shortcut keys. These make it easier to quickly and properly prepare your food.
A cooking sensor allows the microwave oven to adjust cooking times based on real times stats it collects on heat and humidity. This prevents cooking mistakes and results in less wasted food!
Read the Microwave Oven Reviews
Now you should have a better idea of what to look for to get the best microwave oven for you. To the right, you will find microwave ovens categorized by size, type, and brand.
There you will find detailed information on specific models as well as consumer microwave oven reviews. Keep in mind that some of the reviews are written by inexperienced cooks who haven’t worked much with microwave ovens.
If 9 out of 10 people are overjoyed with the performance of a microwave oven keep that in perspective when the 10th person says it’s junk. Some “problems” may just be a lack of understanding when it comes to microwave oven usage and expectations.
We also provide an overview of the reviews to prevent you from wasting your time reading hundreds of reviews for a microwave oven that isn’t well suited to your needs.
Most of the top microwave ovens are available in several finishes. The picture might show something other than the finish you are looking for, such as stainless steel or brushed nickel, even though it is offered. Just click on the picture to find out what options are available.
Whilst establishing the kitchen area, remodeling this or even whenever a brand new microwave is required since the aged you need to become changed, you should take a moment to determine that red-colored microwave is going to be well suited for your own kitchen area.
Even though it is simple for a few who does would rather enter an outlet as well as get the costliest 1 accessible, it could you need to be the waste materials and never employed properly.
The actual financial aspects associated with managing a home entails purchasing the greatest item however utilizing it towards the maximum, to ensure that absolutely nothing will go waste materials, whether it is room, capabilities or even investment property.
The marketplace spot for microwaves might have any kind of client pampered with regard to an option when it comes to dimension, capability, energy usage, features, and functions as well as most importantly, cost.
However, each one of these might easily fit in, as well as fulfill the precise needs of the group of homes, based on their own kitchen area set up as well as cooking food needs.
A couple of questions can help you recognize which kind of red-colored microwave oven you have to search for. The needs you have * How big your own kitchen area. Inside a big kitchen area, a large microwave may easily fit in, however, might dwarf an inferior kitchen area.
* How big your loved ones. For those who have a little loved one, it’s not likely that you’ll location big containers associated with meals within to cook.
Therefore an inferior stove may be enough. * The type of cooking food you have to do- if you want cooking food within the microwave, it seems sensible to purchase a costly design along with several capabilities, such as indicator cooking food, auto-start, defrost, prepare, make, car prepare veggies, meat as well as sweets based on the pounds, and so forth.
These types of versions cost more. You can definitely, all you need to complete is actually defrost as well as heat, a fundamental, reduced finish microwave oven is going to be more suitable being that they are less expensive.
* Would you choose combination ovens- Microwaves can be found in conjunction with the barbeque grill or even lightly browning component along with a convection stove.
These types of function as multi-purpose stoves which are great for cooking, barbecuing as well as sophisticated cooking food too. But they’re costly along with a small complex to make use of compared to fundamental versions. *
Could it be simple to thoroughly clean along with detachable trays- for individuals challenged with regard to period, upkeep gets a problem. A good stove along with containers that may be effortlessly eliminated as well as washing is definitely a benefit.
* Brand name preferences-Many individuals are incomplete in order to large manufacturers simply because they have the method is much better. However, they are available along with high price labels. If you want a practical device, you are able to select any kind of that appears attractive.
* The cost factor- whenever you attempted to purchase a microwave, have you got any kind of cost restricts in your mind? In the event that indeed, your option is determined by what’s obtainable in which cost range.
* Just how long would you like this in order to last-Are a person someone who really wants to alter just about all home appliances each and every two-three many years? In the event that indeed, then its easier to purchase an affordable 1 because of high quality as well as enduring length as well as guarantees don’t issue.
* The actual guarantee factor- the majority of microwave oven stoves provide perfect support for some many years. However, in 1 unusual item, there can be a few production deficiencies in spite of strictly high-quality assessments.
For those who have were built with poor knowledge about a good product prior to, you may want 1 having a twelve months guarantee time period, free of charge replacing components or even replacing the actual stove.
Designed with solutions to each one of these queries, you are able to enter any kind of large shop and you’ll certainly look for a microwave that meets all of your needs, and you’ll return happier together with your brand new stove.
Microwaves have become more popular than a common household item. Dorm rooms, lounge areas, and break rooms all have a microwave.
When purchasing a microwave for yourself, it is important to think about your lifestyle. Larger microwaves will accommodate large platters of food for big families, compact microwaves will save space in a small kitchen and is perfect for a single businessman. Features, wattage, size, settings, and space are all different components to choosing a microwave.
Which microwave is the right one for you? Check out our reviews section to get a better idea of which microwave would be perfect for your lifestyle.
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