Microwave oven is become an essential part in our kitchen. In Western countries, most of kitchen has a microwave oven. In India women are started preferring oven for their kitchen. It is a very helpful appliance to support their daily cooking schedule. It is used to preheat, grill and bake food. Microwave oven are helpful in cooking wide range of food like popcorn , chicken grill , pizza, any type of curry, muffin, cake etc. Those who have no experience in cooking they also cook delicious food by help of preset menu. You can cook food without using gas and even you can with less oil. You will able to cook food in less time and kitchen would not get dirty, due to none using of gas stove.

So if want to cook in less time, in small area and to protect kitchen to get dirty, then go for Microwave oven. Here, I am sharing some tips and guide on Microwave oven which will help you to buy Microwave oven. So keep reading this article till the end.

Table of content:-

  1. Microwave Oven technology
  2. Different Type of Microwave Oven
  3. Size and Power of Microwave Oven
  4. Different Style of Microwave Oven
  5. Important features of Microwave Oven
  6. Microwave hazard and safety
  7. Difference between a traditional oven and a microwave oven
  8. Microwave oven Vs OTG
  9. Best 5 Solo Microwave Oven
  10. Best 5 OTG or Grill Microwave Oven
  11. Best 5 Convention Microwave Oven

1) Microwave Oven technology

Microwaves are electromagnetic radiations. It is a combination of electrical and magnetic waves. Microwave wavelengths ranges from one millimeter to one meter. These waves are generated inside the oven by electron tube called Magnetron. That’s why Magnetron is core components of microwave oven. When you turn on the microwave this Magnetron releases microwaves inside the oven compartment. Microwaves have particular property due to which water molecules in the food vibrate and generate the heat. This is the microwave oven principle and the way food is cooked in microwave. This is the reason it is difficult to cook completely dry items in the microwave oven.

2) Different Type of Microwave Oven

In the type of microwave oven, straightly speaking there is two type of microwave oven in the market, one is conventional mode and another one is convection mode. Further conventional mode divided into two category- Solo oven and Grill oven.

Conventional Microwave Oven

The conventional microwave oven works on the principle of microwaves penetrating through plastic or glass containers to cook food. There are two types of conventional microwave ovens, the solo oven and the grille oven.

The solo microwave oven is useful for reheating food and cooking specific simple recipes. The grille microwave oven is an improvement on the solo oven by having some additional features.

Convectional Microwave oven

The convectional microwave oven works on two technologies simultaneously. You will find an additional heating technology in these convection microwave ovens. This technology is a combination of microwaves and radiation from intense light from a quartz halogen bulb. This enables faster cooking and adds taste to your food as well.

The convection microwave ovens have a fan at the backside of the oven that helps in circulating the hot air. This speeds up the cooking and can help in making the food testier.

These types of ovens use multiple technologies to heat food. Naturally, they are more expensive than the conventional microwave ovens.

The differences among Solo, Grill and Convection are—

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Food Preparation time More Moderate Less
Pre heating Time About 15min About 15min About 5min
Power consumption Low Low High
Auto Cook No No Yes
Ease of use Difficult, mechanical control Difficult, mechanical control Easy, with LCD display and preset menu.
Operation Reheating, cooking simple recipes Features presets, good for reheating, cooking, Grilling Many preset manu,good for reheating,cooking,grilling, baking, for all purpose
Cost Low Moderate High

See the difference by the point of view of food preparation—

Food to cook Solo Grill Convection
Re-heat food Yes Yes Yes
Milk, Tea, Coffee Yes Yes Yes
Rice, Noodles, Pasta Yes Yes Yes
Pop-Corn Yes Yes Yes
Grill Paneer Yes Yes
Kebabs Yes Yes
Grilled Items Yes Yes
Tandoori Chicken Yes Yes
Brownies Yes
Cakes & Breads Yes
Pizza Yes

3)Size and Power of Microwave Oven

The capacity of Microwave oven depends on family size and usages. The capacity of Microwave oven is measured in liters.

See the chart of capacity of Microwave oven accordingly family size—-

Family size Solo Microwave Oven Grill Microwave Oven or
Convection Microwave Oven

(2 to 4 members)

15 to 20 Liters 21 to 30 Liters

(4 to 6 members)
25 to 30 Liters 32 Liters and above

Microwave oven power depends on size or capacity of microwave oven. If the size of oven is more then you need to buy high power oven to cook the food quickly and evenly.

If you are using small or compact size (means oven can hold one dinner plate), then you need to have microwave oven which having power range from 500 watts to 800 watts. If you are using mid size oven then need to have microwave oven power ranges between 800 watts to 1000watts. If you are using full size oven then need to choose microwave oven power range between 1000 watts to 1600watts. One thing don’t forget that low power means more cooking time and high power means less cooking time.

4) Different Style of Microwave Oven

Depends on Microwave Oven placement, there are three types of Microwave Oven in the market. They are divided on behalf of their fitting (location) in kitchen. They are as follows—

Countertop microwave ovens

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As the name suggests, these countertop microwave ovens are portable and you can place them anywhere in kitchen and start cooking.

These ovens able to do many functions such as thawing of frozen food, reheating food, make popcorns, and similar cooking tasks. In Normal case, you will find these counter ovens in sizes of 18inches (width) X 14 inches (depth) X 12 inches (height).

There is a disadvantage that these ovens occupy lot of space in the kitchen. So if your kitchen platform is small, then you will feel uncomfortable to do your daily schedule in kitchen.

Above-Range Microwave ovens

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To give alternate solution of the demerit of countertop microwave oven, company has launch new technology. The “above-range microwave ovens” are the perfect options for this solution.

This is a comparatively new type of oven in India, but they have made their presence in other countries, like USA, UK in the world.

Do Situated above the cooking area or platform, these units have multispeed fans that recirculates air using charcoal filters. There is no need to provide external ventilation. Some of the latest models have automatic exhaust fans that switch on when the microwave oven becomes hot.

These microwave ovens occupy space above your cooking area or platform. So, you might have to remove one or two cabinet to make space for these ovens. Don’t try to install yourself or any local technician, only these ovens need to be installed by professionals.

These microwave ovens start to capture market and formed a good presence in some of Indian modular kitchen as well because of their fitting look.

Microwave oven drawers

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This is a comparatively new idea or technology to the microwave oven market and started have presence in international market. We have seen this Microwave oven hardly in India. These microwave ovens are working in same technology similar to the other two ovens described above.

They have a specific advantage to the counter-top ovens because they do not occupy space on the counters. Even they are installed inside the drawer and below the counter top. So they have another advantage is easy to operate than “above range microwave oven”.

You need professional to install this oven inside drawer.

5) Important features of Microwave Oven

The features you need to know before you buy any Microwave oven are mention below. Now a days you will get many modern features in Microwave oven. Which help us to operate the microwave oven easily.

Auto Cook Menu

This feature has preset programs that help in simplifying the preparation of different recipes. All you have to do is to select the type of dish and the weight.

The oven will automatically calculate the time required and set the power accordingly.

Child Lock facility

If you have children at home, you will be very careful about you electric and other appliances. Because children by nature are inquisitive and they are very enthusiastic about new things. They just do what you prohibit them to do. Hence, microwave ovens come with a child lock facility to protect your children from unnecessary accidents.

Rotisserie

People are who like to have non-vegetarian food would love this feature in their microwave ovens. The Rotisserie is use for barbecuing meat, poultry, paneer, and vegetables. It a special grilling accessory and it is having steel bar. It’s rotate on help of motor inside microwave oven and perfectly grilling the chicken, mutton, paneer etc. This technology comes with few microwave oven and the price of this microwave oven is high compare to other oven.

Power consumption

Microwave oven is having power button/knob to change the power setting in respectively cooking option. If you want to cook more food for more people then you have to select high power. If want to cook food for less people then you need to have less power

Defrosting

This feature allows you to unfreeze the food without waiting for the frozen food to thaw. To use this feature just input the weight of the food and start the process. You can also set up the defrosting option manually depending on the weight of the food.

Pre-heat

Some foods like cake and pastries take a lot of time to cook. This will lead the oven consume a lot of time and power. These types of foods require you to pre-heat the oven to a fixed temperature before you start baking them.

Timer

If you have busy schedule and you are working multiple task in same time, then you require this type feature to control all task perfectly. By selecting right weight of food to cook, you can set the timer. After that you can continue other work without any tension that that your food will cook over or less.

Panel Type  

There are three types of control panels in microwave ovens in India. They are as follows—

  • Mechanical- In this panel you will get manual knob to operate. It is durable and suitable for rough use. But it has fewer options/features.
  • Tactile Buttons-This panel has little bit advance features compare to Mechanical panel. Instead of knob it has button to control both temperature and time. It also supports jog-wheel controls.
  • Feather Touch-It is a touchscreen panel like mobile phone that has a stylish design. This panel can sensor your finger and this panel is easy to use and easy to clean.You can set accurate setting in this panel.

6) Microwave hazard and safety

  • Don’t put metal or unsupported utensil inside the microwave oven.
  • Use only microwave grade save plastic to cook.
  • Make sure the glass utensils are microwave supported.
  • Don’t put egg or any tight packet food or bottle inside microwave oven.
  •  Use microwave oven gloves while you are taking out cooked food from microwave oven.
  • Inside microwave oven might be very hot.

7)Difference between a traditional oven and a microwave oven

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For a long time human society have the habit of using traditional oven. The traditional ovens work on the principle of conduction of heat. Heat passes through the food and then cooked. The taste of food, cooked in traditional oven is better than microwave oven. Because it is using wood to warm oven. This oven is made by clay and stone. So it is completely natural.

microwave oven

Now a day we are using microwave oven instead of traditional oven. It’s very to see traditional oven in home, but in some bakery and restaurant using traditional oven still. The microwave oven works on the principal of the radio waves penetrate the food and excite the water and fat molecules evenly throughout the food.

The advantage of this oven is the size and compactness of the item. You can carry anywhere easily and cook any place, but it needs only electricity. It is easy to use, can keep hygiene, occupy less space and enhance the look of kitchen.

8) Microwave oven Vs OTG

The difference between Microwave oven and OTG is depending on some factor like cooking time and cooking proficiency.

Microwave ovens are very useful appliances in kitchen which can reheat, grill and even bake. A convection microwave is more sophisticated than a normal microwave and has many additional features apart from reheating and boiling. It can cook wide range of food like pizza, cake, curry, rice, tea, hot water, chicken grill, muffin etc.

An Oven, Toaster, Grill (OTG) is essentially a smaller version of a traditional oven. OTG Oven uses two coils at the top and bottom which heats food according to temperature and timing. For Grilling you have to heat the top coil of OTG and for normal baking you have to heat both the coils. The thermostat present in the OTGs helps in controlling the temperature which ensures the food is cooked or heated properly. However as compared to convection microwave oven, oven toaster griller is a bit slow when it comes to cooking. To get the proper knowledge of difference between Microwave oven and OTG, go through this chart

Property or specification Convection Microwave Ovens Oven Toaster and Griller (OTG)
Food preparation time Takes less time, cooks in minutes because of microwaves Takes more time as it heats based on traditional heat waves
Pre heating time At most 5 minutes About 15 minutes
Power consumption High Low
Auto cook facility can be done not possible
Metal vessels No, metal should not be used in microwave Yes, metal can be used in OTG
Cost High – starts from 9,000 Rs Low – starts from 1,500 Rs
Baking quality Good Best, uniform baking
Capacity Maximum capacity is around 32 liters Maximum capacity is about 60 liters
Weight Very heavy, it is very difficult to life or move. Light weight, can be moved very easily
Ease of use Very easy to configure recipes with LCD display panels Very difficult. Mechanical controls and confusing settings
Best fit Multipurpose: reheat, defrost and baking for beginners. Professional bakers who want top class baking

9) Best 5 Solo Microwave Oven

1) Samsung 23 L Solo Microwave Oven (MS23F301TAK/TL, Black)

Feautres:-

  • 23L : Suitable for families with 3 to 4 members
  • Solo: Can be used for reheating, defrosting and cooking
  • Indian recipes for quick preparation, Easy cleaning of interiors with Ceramic Enamel cavity
  • Warranty: 1 year on Product & 1 year on Magnetron & 10 years on Cavity
  • Brand does NOT provide a starter kit with this product
  • Control: Tact button and Jog Dials that are easy to use with a long life
  • Child Lock: Ensures complete safety especially for homes with small children

2) IFB 17 L Solo Microwave Oven (17PM MEC 1, White)

Feautres:-

  • 17L Capacity:Suitable for bachelors & small families
  • Solo: Can be used for reheating, defrosting and cooking
  • Warranty: 1 year on product and 3 years on Magnetron and Cavity
  • Brand does NOT provide starter kit with this product
  • Control: Jog Dials that are easy to use with a long life
  • Special features: 3 auto cook menu options
  • Also included in the box: Warranty card, user manual

3) Bajaj 17 L Solo Microwave Oven (1701 MT, White)

Feautres:-

  • 17L Capacity: Suitable for bachelors or small families
  • Solo: Can be used for reheating, defrosting and cooking, TIMER/CLOCK: Yes
  • Warranty: 1 year on product, 1 year on magnetron
  • Brand does not provide a starter kit with this product
  • Control: Jog dials that are easy to use with a long life
  • Cooking complete alarm , Power Consumption: 1200 watts
  • Power Levels – Choose between 5 different power levels to cook as per your need.This feature allows you to control the temperature as per the cooking requirement
  • 30 minutes cooking time alarm
  • Includes: Solo Microwave oven, warranty card and user manual

4) Morphy Richards 20 L Solo Microwave Oven (20 MS, Black)

Feautres:-

  • 20L Capacity:Suitable for bachelors & small families
  • Solo: Can be used for reheating, defrosting and cooking
  • Warranty: 2 years on Product; Child lock: No
  • Brand does not provide a starter kit with this product
  • Control: Jog dials that are easy to use with a long life
  • Asthetics – Mirror-finish door
  • Power Levels – Choose between 5 different power levels to cook as per your need.This feature allows you to control the temperature as per the cooking requirement
  • Includes: Solo microwave, Turn table, Instruction manual, Customer care list and Guarantee card
  • Power input: 1270 watts; Power output: 800 watts
  • Installation and Demo: Free demo will be provided by the brand for the microwave oven. No installation required. For scheduling a demo, please contact brand customer care contact_us on: [1800-103-5963]/[022-41280022]

5) Whirlpool 20 L Solo Microwave Oven (MAGICOOK PRO 20SE BLACK)

Feautres:-

  • Warranty:1 year comprehensive warranty on Product & 2 years on Magnetron
  • 20L Capacity with Superior Powder Coated Cavity
  • Starter Kit Included – 900ml Cook & Serve Bowl, 1 Big Bowl, 1 Medium bowl & Serving Spoon
  • 21 Auto Cook Menus & Defrost Function
  • Feather Touch Control with LED Display
  • 5 Power Levels

10) Best 5 OTG or Grill Microwave Oven

1) Bajaj Majesty 1603 T 16-Litre Oven Toaster Grill (White)

Features:-

  • Capacity: 16 litres, Suitable for 2-3 people ,Powder coated and stainless steel body
  • Cooking capability: Baking, Grilling, toasting , Timer with auto shut off, Element Selection Switch: Yes, Rotisserie: Yes
  • Warranty: 1 year
  • Wattage: 1200W , Thermostat monitors the temperature ,Unique heating element design
  • Includes Oven toaster grill,Baking Tray, Grill Rack, Tong, Crumb Tray and Skewer Rods
  • Easy Returns: This product is eligible for full refund within 10 days of delivery in case of any product defects, damage or features not matching the description provided

2) Philips HD6975/00 25-Litre Digital Oven Toaster Grill (Grey)

Features:-

  • Capacity: 25 litres, s for 4-5 people
  • Cooking capability: baking, grilling, toasting
  • Powerful 1500W, Ready signal
  • Opti temp technology(Even Browning)
  • One touch 10 preset menu
  • One-touch Preheat functionality
  • Includes Oven toaster grill,Baking Tray, Grill Rack, Tong, Crumb Tray and Skewer Rods
  • 90 Minutes auto cut-off
  • Capacity: 25 liters
  • Warranty: 2 year warranty on product
  • Power: 1500 watts; Operating Voltage: 220 – 240 volts
  • Includes: Includes Oven Toaster Grill, Baking Tray, Grill Rack, Tong, Crumb Tray and Skewer Rods , User manual, India Specific Recepie Book

3) Borosil Prima 30 L OTG, With Motorised Rotisserie And Convection, 1500 W, 6 Stage Heating Function, Silver

Features:-

  • 1500 Watts Heating Element
  • Function includes grill, bake toast and rotisserie
  • 6 Stage heating options, Stay On Function
  • Motorised rotisserie function for all round grilling
  • Aesthetically designed shiny silver body
  • Manual Control for easy handling
  • Adjustable temp control (90 to 230 degree)
  • 0 – 60 minute mechanical timer
  • Removable crumb tray for easy cleaning
  • Indicator turns ON automatically when the timer kob is set
  • Capacity: 30 liters
  • Warranty: 2 years on product

4) AGARO Marvel 25-Litre Oven Toaster Grill with Motorized Rotisserie & 5 Heating Modes (Black)

Features:-

  • Roast, Bake, Grill, Toast and more ; Rotisserie Type: Motorised ; Control Panel: Thermostatically ; Cavity Material: Stainless Steel ; Power Requirement: 230V / 50hz
  • 5 Heating Modes: Top Heating I Bottom Heating I Top & Bottom Heating I Rotisserie with Bottom Heating I Rotisserie with Top & Bottom Heating.
  • Adjustable temperature from 100°C to 250°C
  • Motorized rotisserie with forks for spit-roasting of meat or vegetables
  • Heat resistant tempered glass window with illuminated chamber
  • Automatic Thermostat I Auto Shut Off I Ready Bell
  • 1 Year Manufacturer’s Warranty
  • For any query or feedback, Call Toll Free Number contact_us on: [1800-120-7897]

5) American Micronic-AMI-OTG-36LDx- 36 Litre Imported Oven Toaster Griller, 2000W with Rotisserie, Convection, Dual Thermostat & Double Glass Door (Black)

Features:-

  • 100% Imported 36 Litre Oven Toaster Griller with Motorised Rotisserie & Convection fan. Useful for Baking, Grilling, Roasting & Toasting. Double Thermostat and dual temperature knobs to control the temperature precisely. 120 minutes timer (that’s double of competition) for variety of cooking
  • Toughened double glass door for added safety & energy efficiency. Ordinary OTGs have single glass door. Beautiful high quality rust free body with special grid pattern at rear wall for efficient heat dissipation. Six Stainless Steel heating elements (2 x 400 Watts and 4 x 300 Watts) for uniform heating and a long life of over 10 years. Ordinary OTGs have 4 heating elements that burn out in 2-3 years.
  • Power Rating: 220-240V AC, 50Hz with powerful 2000 Watts heating elements. Mechanical controls for ease of use and long life. Do not reset during power failures. Package Includes: oven toaster grill, baking tray, crumb tray, rotisserie rod set, rotisserie tong, wire rack, tong, instruction manual and warranty card
  • Special price offer for promotion and a limited period only. FREE 2nd Year Warranty for purchases made at Amazon this month
  • Pickup and delivery through Fedex all over India for warranty repairs/ replacement. All courier charges paid by American Micronic Easy Returns: This product is eligible for full refund within 10 days of delivery in case of any product defects, damage or features not matching the description provided

11) Best 5 Convection Microwave Oven

1) LG 32 L Convection Microwave Oven (MC3286BRUM, Black)

Features:-

  • 32L Capacity: Suitable for large families
  • Convection: Can be used for baking along with grilling, reheating, defrosting and cooking
  • 1 year on product and 1+ 4 years on Magnetron. (From the date of Purchase)
  • Brand provides starter kit with this product
  • Control: Tactile buttons to set the temperature/timer & Jog Dials that are simple to use with a long life
  • Special features: 211 Indian auto cook menu options, tact dial, pasteurize milk with Ghee, dosa, paneer, curd, 301 auto cook menu options
  • Power Requirement: AC 230 V, 50 Hz ; Other Features: Jog Dial, Light Disinfect, Multi Cook Tawa, Next Step Guide ; Other Convenience Features: Keep Warm, Custom Cook, Body Massage Oil, Quick Menu, Defrost Non Veg, Quick Defrost, Defrost Veg, Fermentation
  • Also included in the box: Warranty card, user manual, starter kit and for any product related queries contact_us on: [1800-180-9999]

2) IFB 25 L Convection Microwave Oven (25BCSDD1, Black)

Features:-

  • 25L Capacity: Suitable for families with 3 to 4 members, Microwave Frequency (MHZ): 2450
  • Convection: Can be used for baking along with grilling, reheating, defrosting and cooking
  • Warranty: 1 year on product and 3 years on magnetron and cavity
  • Brand does NOT provide starter kit with this product
  • Control: Touch Key Pad (Membrane) is sensitive to touch and easy to clean
  • Child Lock: Ensures complete safety especially for homes with small children
  • Also included in the box: Warranty card, user manual

3) Samsung 28 L Convection Microwave Oven (CE1041DSB2/TL, Black, SlimFry)

Features:-

  • 28L : Suitable for large families
  • Convection: Can be used for baking along with grilling, reheating, defrosting and cooking
  • Slimfry technology : Enjoy healthier fried food without deep fryer
  • Warranty : 1 year on Product & 5 years on Megnetron & 10 years on Ceramic Cavity
  • Brand does NOT provide a starter kit with this product
  • Control: Touch Key Pad (Membrane) is sensitive to touch and easy to clean
  • Child Lock: Ensures complete safety especially for homes with small children
  • For queries contact customer care: 1800 40 7267864

4) IFB 30 L Convection Microwave Oven (30BRC2, Black)

Features:-

  • 30L Capacity: Suitable for large families. Dimension (H X W X D-mm)300 x 539 x 440
  • Convection: Can be used for baking along with grilling, reheating, defrosting and cooking
  • Warranty: 1 year on product and 3 years on Magnetron and Cavity
  • Power Source (V~HZ): 230~50. Microwave Frequency (MHZ): 2450; Turntable Diameter (mm): 315
  • Control: Touch Key Pad (Membrane) is sensitive to touch and easy to clean
  • Child Lock: Ensures complete safety especially for homes with small children
  • Control: Touch Key Pad (Membrane) is sensitive to touch and easy to clean
  • Special features: 101 auto-cook menu options, express cooking, auto reheat and deodorize, weight defrost, steam clean and multi stage cooking
  • Brand provides starter kit with this product

5) Morphy Richards 23 L Convection Microwave Oven (23MCG, Black)

Features:-

  • 23L Capacity:Suitable for bachelors & small families
  • Convection: Can be used for baking along with grilling, reheating, defrosting and cooking
  • Warranty: 2 years on Product
  • Brand does not provide a starter kit with this product
  • Control: Touch key pad (Membrane) is sensitive to touch and easy to clean
  • Child lock – If you have kids at your home, having a microwave with child safety lock feature is essential. An electrical lock (such as a code) prevents children from accidentally operating the oven
  • Power Levels – Choose between 5 different power levels to cook as per your need.This feature allows you to control the temperature as per the cooking requirement
  • Auto Cook – Choose from 10 Auto Cook menus without any fuss. This feature allows you to preset the desired temperature and timing as per the cooking requirement and set them manually
  • Includes: Convection microwave oven, baking plate, wire rack, instruction manual, customer care list and Warranty card

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