For everyday convenience, nothing beats a microwave in the kitchen. From thawing frozen food to reheating soup all the way to fixing up a quick meal, microwaves have made our lives easier in many ways. There are now a number of different models to choose from. The ‘right’ model really depends on what features will suite your needs and your lifestyle.
There are conventional microwaves that work by emitting microwaves through glass or plastic containers to heat or cook food. Convection microwave ovens use conventional microwave technology combined with radiant heat circulating inside the oven to allow you to roast and even grill food using a microwave—ideal for when you have to cook different dishes but do not have space for a full-sized oven.
Speaking of space constraints, there are also different styles of microwave ovens based on their size. ‘Countertop’ ovens are the most common. As the name implies, this type of oven is deigned to sit on top of a counter or cabinet. Then there are ‘above range’ models that mount over your range top. A sleek and modern option would be drawer type microwave ovens, which are basically built in to your kitchen cabinet work. If you’re looking for the simplest installation, a countertop model would be ideal. As your needs change, you might want to opt for other types.
Standard features to look out for should include an interlock feature for safety. It ensures that the microwave does not turn on when the door is open. You can also look for child locks that keep kids from accidental burns by allowing the oven to open only with a key code. Revolving turntables are also essential, as they make sure that the food gets cooked evenly all around. Digital controls with preset cook cycles allow for one touch operation, while variable power settings allow you to adjust the heat to match what you need to cook or defrost. Again, just pick out the microwave oven having the features according to your particular needs.