How to Buy the Best Microwave Convection Toaster Oven

At under $260 this Sharp is one of the best microwave convection toaster ovens you'll find

A microwave convection toaster oven is a staple in today’s well-equipped kitchen.  Although a regular microwave is great for specific tasks, a microwave convection toaster oven is very versatile and can handle just about any cooking task you choose to throw at it.  There are many models out there and it can be difficult to find the best one.  Let’s look at the common features you’ll find when shopping for a microwave convection toaster oven.

The best microwave convection oven is not only the one that does everything you need it to do, but also at a price that won’t break the bank.  The first thing you need to do is decide how you intend to use the microwave convection oven.  Take a look at how you use your current microwave and decide how you will use the convection feature.  Will you just be cooking frozen foods, do some defrosting or will you go all out and cook real meals from scratch in it.  The convection feature really does allow you to make real food, real good.  Understanding how you will use it will go a long way towards helping you find the right one and not spend money on features you’ll rarely, if ever use.

Try to get an idea of how much you want to spend, once you have a ballpark figure it’s a good idea to start your search by finding microwave convection toaster oven units with the most power in that price range.  Generally speaking, recipes for convection ovens are written for units in the 800 watt range although units can go up to 1300 watts or more.  The more power, the faster your food will cook.

Lets look at the convection feature.  The great thing about a convection oven is that it can brown foods.  Imagine being able to set the unit to first defrost the food, and then switch to convection to cook it properly.  If you feel this is something that you’ll use often to cook large meals then I suggest finding a microwave convection oven that has temperature sensors and a programmable timer.

When choosing a microwave convection oven it’s important to choose one that’s the right size.  If it’s too small you’ll never be able to cook the amount of food you may want to.  If it’s too large then it’ll take longer to warm up to cooking temperature.  Use the guide below to get an idea of the right size for you.

  • For 1 person 0.5 – 0.8 cubic feet
  • For 2 people 0.9 – 1.3 cubic feet
  • For 3 people 1.4 – 1.6 cubic feet
  • And for 4 or more people 1.8 – 2.0 cubic feet

Read some microwave convection oven reviews too!

Another thing to keep in mind is that if you already own some microwave safe cookware then make sure it can fit into the microwave convection oven you’re considering.

If you have children a good feature to look for is a safety lock and auto off.

Also without a doubt the best microwave convection toaster oven will have a removable turntable that’s dishwasher safe.  Cleanup should be easy, not an endless chore.  Keep in mind that if you cook meat there WILL be splatter, and this must be cleaned after every use.

After considering all the above information I also suggest reading some microwave convection oven reviews on sites such as Consumer Search, Amazon and Consumer Reports.  These microwave convection oven reviews will go a long way to help you find the best microwave convection toaster oven that fits your needs perfectly without breaking the bank.

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Hi there!, My name is Norm. I am a college grad, a veteran, a pet owner and a family man. I started writing articles both to make a little extra money, and to share my knowledge with others. I currently work in the IT department of a major NY hospital.
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