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Feb 9, 2010 07:57 AM

Should I get a Convection Microwave?

Moving into an apartment with a slightly less miserable kitchen and thinking about getting one. It has one of those NYC tiny gas range/oven combos with 4 tiny burners barely suitable for a medium size pots and pan, and the oven can maybe handle a cornish hen.

So what can I expect from one of these new-fangled contraptions?

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  1. I posted a similar request for information a few weeks back which did not generate much response. We ended up purchasing a Panasonic Genius microwave/convection oven and are happy we did. It got yery good reviews and performs as advertised. We use it as a second oven almost as often as we use it as a microwave.

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    1. re: LJS2

      I bought a GE Profile convection/microwave. It works well but the fan is so noisy I've given up using it. Is your Panasonic quiet?

    2. We just bought this and I haven't even used the convection aspect of it yet. But a friend has it and it takes the place of a second oven. This one may be too large and cost more than you want to spend but thought I'd mention it. We had a combo in our RV and it worked great. And we have it on a metal shelving unit (from Costco), not mounted over the range.

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        1. re: 2slices

          We have roasted meats and chicken on the convection cycle with good results. We have also used it to roast potatoes and vegetables while meat is roasting in the main oven.

          1. re: LJS2

            This is THE reason we bought one. It's not often but there are times where I can't cook a particular menu because I need totally disparate oven temps. And it usually when I'm entertaining which further annoys me. Recently I was going to try an oven-baked risotto that a Chow-buddy had told me about. But it was incompatible with the roasting meat. And the meat couldn't rest long enough to cook it afterwards.

      1. Yes.

        As a microwave, it works just as well as anything else out there. As an oven, it gives up points to a full-sized model for capacity, racks, etc. But it'll still roast a chicken with the best of 'em.

        You're not likely to be baking crusty bread on a stone with steam assist, and sheet cakes or dozens of cookies are going to present some challenges. But for basic roasting, I love my micro/convection.

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        1. re: alanbarnes

          If you do want steam with your oven, check this guy out:

          It's almost like a home version of a combioven. It's still $900 though.

        2. Depending on the type of cooking you do, you might want to consider one of these instead:

          No microwave, but it can do toasting, broiling and baking as well as proper convection roasting.

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          1. re: BobB

            The only way I could fit the great, big combo one in was to remove the MW. Hmm, if it would just toast I could get rid of the toaster oven also.