Combination microwave/normal ovens?
Hi Folks -
A few years ago, I saw a house that had a combo oven - it could be used as a microwave or as a normal oven.
At the time I thought it was strange. Now I'm thinking it might be a good idea. We're redesigning our kitchen and want to have a second oven, but are having trouble fitting everything.
Anyone have any experience with these? Can these bake? What can/can't I cook in them?
20 years ago I bought a Quasar micro/convection oven and still have it and use it everyday.For 15 of those years it was the only oven I had and did not miss a full size until my kids got big and I needed to cook more food. The micro part works just like any other microwave oven. The convection part of the oven work more like a regular oven. I roast chicken, bake cookies and cakes, do frozen pizzas in there with the same results as a regular oven. I also use it as a warming oven, almost everyday. The only drawback would be size. I would not do without, and as a matter of fact when I get my new kitchen (soon I hope!) if I can't find a new model I will incorporate this one into the design.
Hope this helps.
I had a double oven (UK 24" size) by Smeg, the top oven could be used as a microwave, broiler or convection oven. The bottom oven operated as an oven or warming drawer (ie temperature range of 90-550F). Worked perfectly. I was always a little worried that it would go wrong, but it didn't. This was 15 years ago. Didn't do a lot of baking, but it roasted just fine. I would not forgo the convection part.
On a totally different issue I have had two ovens in Canada, one which wouldn't broil with the door open and the other wouldn't with the door closed. Odd.
when we redid our kitchen we were (lightly) pushed toward the advantium microwave (in *addition* to a normal oven). It is a microwave with some kind of high power option so you can supposedly use it as an oven. But really not a replacement; it's not like you're going to cook a sheet of cookies in it; it's more for roasting a chicken or that sort of thing. We figured in our way of cooking it would just be a *really* expensive microwave oven, so we just got a normal microwave.
Growing up we had a Panasonic microwave/convection oven, and it was a pretty good thing, quite suitable for baking, but somewhat small for roasting, and it didn't broil. If you're looking at a full size oven that's also a microwave, I suppose it might be better at the things a regular oven does, but is it convenient for warming up a cup of coffee? I don't know that it is or isn't, but that's what I'd ask.