The microwave oven is probably the most frequently used appliance in the household. It is fast and so convenient to use.
Without it, a simple task like warming up a glass of milk becomes quite cumbersome. It is mostly used to reheat frozen dinners and leftovers, defrost frozen meat or to make popcorn.
A microwave oven will not replace a stovetop or a traditional oven, but it will make life much easier and saves time and energy. Since all its energy is used to heat the food and is not lost to the surrounding it is more economical to cook with the microwave.
Cooking vegetables with microwave results in better color and texture. The natural flavors are also better preserved than in conventional cooking. Due to the relatively short heat treatment, meals cooked by microwave can be more nutritious. According to a survey the microwave oven is the most innovative invention of the century.
Selecting the microwave oven that is right for your needs depend on a number of factors.
Determine the size of the meal you will be preparing. This will give you a clue of the size of microwave oven you will need. If you are going to cook for several people, you might go for the full-size (1.5 – 2.2 cubic feet). Otherwise go for a mid (0.8 – 1.2 cubic feet) or small size (0.8 cubic feet). Check also the space required to place the oven. Most microwave ovens would be countertop. The over-the-range models might be a solution if space is limited. They are however more expensive. They have an exhaust fan which vents the cooking area.
The higher the power, the faster it will cook. The power ranges between 600 to 1500 watts. There is however not much difference between a 1000 and a 1100 watts oven.
If you enjoy crispy pizza you want a microwave oven that works using convection and that has a a large turntable. This will give a nice browning to the crust.
Panasonic introduced the inverter technology, which enables uniform cooking from center to edge by delivering continous power instead of turning the power on and off. This prevents the undercooking of the middle area and the overcooking of the edges. Spotshoppingguide strongly recommends the inverter technology.
This sensor automatically determines the required cooking time and adjust the power level by measuring the steam released. It prevents over- and under-ccoking. Spotshoppingguide also recommends this feature.
What Should I Buy?
Panasonic NN-A754WBBPQ – with convection
Kenmore Elite 64289
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