Some of top convection microwave oven manufacturers in India are IFB, Samsung, LG, Bajaj, and Morphy Richards. They come in a range of capacities and sizes. Each of these microwave ovens has some unique features, which are dictated by and designed for more convenience compared to earlier classic models.
A display that spans over the entire height of the microwave oven is highly efficient in monitoring the cooking progress in the oven.
The interior is made of stainless steel, which leads to excellent cooking results. Stainless steel improves circulation of microwaves in the oven compared to other materials.
Gourmet Wave System
The Gourmet Wave System technology ensures an even distribution of heat throughout the cavity, giving you faster and better cooking results while also retaining vitamins and other nutrients in the food. The continuous monitoring and control of the power level speeds up the conversion of electricity into microwaves. This technology not only saves you time but also delivers significant energy savings – up to 15 %.
Modern sensor technology allows clear and simple touch-control operation of the microwave oven. Control surface is perfectly smooth and hence easy to clean.
Many models have (automatic) menus, i.e. a number of preset programs for even simpler preparation of certain dishes. You select the type of food and enter its weight, and the oven will automatically adjust the power and cooking time accordingly. It enables saving the process of preparing a dish and later recalling it by pressing a single button. The priciest microwaves offer up to 100 pre- programmed menu items!
Multi-function ovens: microwave, convection and grill
Their combined use opens up a whole new world of culinary options and experiences. The option of simultaneously using the grill and convection heating is particularly handy when preparing a roast, while the combined use of the grill and microwaves can be used to great effect when cooking smaller cuts of meat, pizza and many other foods.
Manual power level settings
Variable power lets you change the setting level. Different power level settings allow you to adjust the power output of the microwave to suit the dish you want to prepare. You can set the power level from 100% to 10%, according to the desired rate of cooking and type of food. In the same way you can also adjust the power level for the purpose of grilling, pre-heating the oven and convection cooking.
Superior defrosting and browning in microwave mode
In some models, The Cyclic Defrost option featuring a random sequencing of the microwave pulse energy penetrates the food from the inside, defrosting it more evenly and more quickly. Many models offer quick defrost settings that take the guesswork out of thawing. Some models have delay start-time options or will keep food warm after it cooks. The advantage of this facility is that you can have the food straight out of the oven. The taste and flavor does not undergo any change. The Turbo baking feature used in conjunction with convection heating using hot air and grill will help you produce crispy, golden brown goodies, which until now was just about impossible to achieve in a microwave.
Turntable, trays and grids for optimal results
It is critical to have a revolving glass plate or turntable inside your oven to ensure even cooking. Otherwise, you will need to stop the microwave several times and turn the food by hand. Integrated turntables are designed to ensure that your food cooks evenly through and through, and are the key to optimal automatic defrosting. In addition to the glass plate there is also sometimes a grid for grilling meat, a round, enameled metal tray, and a special baking tray suitable for a variety of dishes – from biscuits to meat – for cooking/baking in convection mode. More sophisticated models also come with a dedicated pizza tray.
This safety feature cannot be readily seen but guarantees that the microwave oven will not run if the door opens or is ajar. Most ovens have two interlocks; some have three. If one lock fails, the backup lock will work.
One has to be very careful with microwave ovens. One should not open the oven midway through the cooking frequently. There can be tremendous heat inside the appliance. Hence, some microwave ovens come with a child lock facility to protect your children from unnecessary accidents. Child-proof doors can be locked and released using a keypad.
This new technology can tell when food is sufficiently cooked by measuring steam in the oven. You don’t have to set a timer. The microwave automatically shuts off, guaranteeing that food will not be overcooked or undercooked.
People habituated to non-vegetarian food would love this feature in their microwave ovens. The Rotisserie is a grille you use for barbecuing meat, poultry, paneer, and vegetables.
Certain foods like cake and pastries take a lot of time to cook. This can make the oven consume a lot of time and power. These foods require you to pre-heat the oven to a fixed temperature before you start baking them. Usually, the recipe might say, ‘Pre-heat the oven up to 200 degrees C. The Pre-heat feature in these ovens is a notable one.
Most modern microwave ovens come with one or more of the above features; the particular combination depends upon the user requirement. Nevertheless, most manufacturers also keep adding new features and models are updated every few years.