There are a lot of reasons to think about getting a wall oven microwave combination. Having a combination unit can free up counter space in a small kitchen, can improve your flexibility, and can greatly reduce the time you spend cooking. Here are five of our favorites of 2021.
The LG LWC3063ST is a smart oven in more than one way. Its SmartThinQ® technology integrates with your smartphone or Alexa, so you can control it from anywhere in the house, and its Smart Diagnosis system can diagnose many technical issues before anyone has to come to your house. Meanwhile, it has 28 pre-programmed cooking options (including everything from hamburger to quinoa), and its simple digital controls make it easy to choose between them (or make your own).
The GE Profile PT7800SHSS is a true European convection oven boasting 6.7 total cubic feet of space. The upper chamber has a 16-inch turntable and a variety of sensors to ensure that the convection microwave cooks food thoroughly and evenly. Meanwhile, the lower chamber has a ten-pass bake element and eight-pass broil element that always send the oven's heat wherever it's needed most, and both the upper and lower ovens have glass touch controls that will match any modern aesthetic.
There are a lot of special features in the Frigidaire FGMC3066UF, and many of them revolve around the ways the oven and microwave sense what they're cooking. The microwave can dynamically adjust its power to suit anything from frozen food to half-warm leftovers, and the Effortless™ Temperature Probe in the main convection oven reads when your food has reached its target temperature and automatically shifts to keep-warm mode. Even its self-clean cycle works quickly — the oven can clean itself in half an hour or less.
Power is the name of the game with the Bosch HBL8753UC. The speed oven on top has thirty total auto-programs including one that melts butter and another to reheat pizza, but the most power is in the lower oven. The true European convection oven has 10 power levels with a maximum output of 3,800 watts, including 9 SpeedChef® programs that can be used to bake, broil, or roast even the toughest dishes. It can connect to your Wi-Fi using the Bosch Home Connect app for easy control from anywhere in your home, but be careful: the food might be done by the time you make it to the other room.
The Cafe CTC912PTNS1 is amazingly versatile. The top chamber eliminates the need to preheat many foods, which can cut your cooking time in half. It even has a steam function, meaning the perfect bowl of rice is only a few button presses away. With its Advantium® technology that uses halogen light bulbs to produce radiant heat, it can function as a toaster oven, a microwave, convection oven, warming chamber, and a precision oven, and brown foods while keeping their moisture. Meanwhile, the main oven has a top-down convection system for optimized baking and consistent cooking no matter what you throw at it.
Can you put metal in a combination microwave?
Metal (such as aluminum foil) can usually be placed in a convection microwave. However, you should be careful to follow the manufacturer's safety instructions, keep the foil away from the walls of the chamber, and ensure any food items aren't completely covered in foil.
Can a wall oven microwave combination replace a traditional microwave?
Yes! Of course, getting one doesn't mean you have to get rid of your countertop microwave, but the microwave section of combination units can do everything a traditional microwave can do.