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Microwave Ovens

Buying microwave ovens can be daunting due to the wide range of options available on the market. Different factors may influence your decision including location, capacity, and the purpose for the microwave. These factors will in turn determine the size you choose as well as the wattage and technology.

Types of Microwave Ovens

Countertop microwave ovens are probably the most common in general households because they require little to no installation, and they are often more economical. However, consumers also have the option of over-the-range or built-in microwave ovens, which are both aimed at saving counter space.

Microwave Oven Features

There are some features that are standard on most microwaves. These include a revolving glass turntable which ensure that food is heated and/or cooked evenly, an interlock safety feature which prevents the microwave from operating with the doors open, and various pre-set buttons which takes the guess work out of cooking or heating specific meals. Some advanced models include sensors that are able to detect when the food is cooked and automatically shuts off to avoid over cooking. This eliminates the need to set timers and power levels.

Convection or Conventional

A traditional microwave oven is not used to cook certain meals because the meals will simply come out dry, chewy, or some other inedible texture. This is due to the way a microwave operates. The microwave oven heats the moisture within the food in an attempt to heat or cook it, but it cannot heat the moisture beyond boiling point. This means that the food will start to dry out and if it requires a temperature beyond boiling point to cook properly, this cannot be achieved. However some manufacturers have improved their technology to make it possible for more foods to be prepared in microwaves. For instance, some Panasonic microwave ovens now include the patented inverter technology, which maintains a consistent power allowing food to cook more consistently with improved texture.

Microwave Oven Capacity

Despite the type of microwave selected, the capacity is always a factor to consider. Most microwave ovens can be as compact as less than 1 cubic foot to as large as over 2 cubic feet with wattage ranging from 600 – 1200 watts. Buyers can select ovens by their capacity as well as colour.

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