Microwave ovens are fast becoming more of a necessity rather than a luxury nowadays. Gone were the days when microwaves were only used to heat and cook food. Microwaving has become the quintessential way of preparing meals. However there are a number of things worthy of taking note before choosing your oven of choice.
One of the most important aspects of such an oven would be its size and capacity. Choosing a microwave oven of appropriate capacity and volume is necessary depending on your culinary requirements. You would not want to choose a professional sized microwave oven for a normal household to cook your chicken fillets. On the other hand you wouldn’t want to have a miniature unit to perform your culinary expertise with. Selecting an oven with a size tailored for your needs would go a long way in enhancing your culinary ventures. Microwave ovens usually come in sizes ranging from a personal one cubic feet to a professional 2.5 cubic feet or more.
After deciding on the size of choice, the next key aspect of choosing a microwave oven would be the strength or power that it delivers. The strength of such an oven is usually denominated in the amount of watts it delivers. Professional microwave ovens can go upwards of 1500 watts. Choosing a microwave which delivers too much power for your needs would usually result in overcooked meals. Therefore it is important to consult your local electrical supplier to determine the appropriate wattage of a microwave for your own needs.
Deciding on the physical hardware of a microwave is only half of all the hassle. The next aspect to take into consideration would be what lies within a microwave. Microwave ovens nowadays are laden with an abundance of functions, tweaks and special add-ons. We first take a look at the basic appeals of your desired unit. A well-equipped microwave must have a turntable of rigid stability and sufficient width to ensure even cooking. You would not want your pot roast to be cooked on one side and be cold on the other. Proper lighting in the oven is also necessary to provide a good perspective of your culinary subject. There are a myriad of other basic amenities to take into consideration, therefore proper consultation with your local expert is necessary before making your purchase decision.
After going through the basic hardware of a microwave , the next part would be the attractive appeal of a microwave oven. Modern ovens come with fancy functions such as programmable menu screens, automated timers, self-cooking options and a whole range of special attributes. Such attributes go very well along with the physical and basic hardware of a microwave oven. Once you are satisfied with the general features of a microwave, these are the extra perks which you would need to consider. These add-ons are the things which make an excellent microwave stand out from the rest of the pack.
Careful considerations of the aforementioned aspects are recommended before committing to a purchase. Your budget should be leveraged according to the appeals of your microwave selection. Once you get a microwave which is tailored for your personal need, then you might have just acquired yourself the best culinary assistant around.
I have not based this review on the top selling microwave ovens or on the amount of power that each microwave produces. I am putting forward my point of view taking into account the usability of the microwaves and taking into account the functionality. Each type of microwave falls into its own unique category, but stands out within that category because it is best suited a certain category of people.
Hamilton Beach have produced an amazing microwave oven which talks and is a godsend for those who are blind. It has a notched knob which will guide the user to set the number of minutes and at the push of a button it requests how many seconds you want. The other great features are that the language can be set to English or Spanish, ten power levels and pre set program for favorite foods. This microwave is spacious, can be used by both blind and sighted people and all in a marvellous piece of technology.
2. Panasonic NNH255BF Over The Range 2.0 Cubic Foot Inverter Microwave Oven.
Panasonic have developed the latest in top of the range microwave ovens with their range of inverter microwaves. The NNH255BF not only looks great, but is for the serious cook. Features include a multi-lingual settings screen, 1200 watts of power and a very quiet exhaust fan to get rid of the smells. This microwave is for people who want to cook whole meals and does so with the great inverter technology which heats the food evenly. There are also warm and simmer levels which will keep food warm until you are ready to serve it.
3. Sharp R-220 800 Watt Compact Microwave
This microwave oven is a great value product, especially for students. If you just need to reheat some food or a drink its great and the big thing about it is the small size, with a great 800 watts of power. This microwave has three power levels and popcorn setting. The great way to get quick food or a quick snack in your student accommodation or if your a single person who wants to reheat products.
4. Panasosonic Microwave Ovens.
I have chosen the whole range of Panasonic microwave for the simple reason that Panasonic has been the most innovative manufacturers and have taken microwaves to the next level with the introduction of inverters. A word of warning though these microwaves come at a price and you need to get the most from them.
5. Sharp R55TS Compact Microwave Toaster Combination Oven
This oven toasts, bakes, grills and microwaves using automatic settings and gives exceptional results. Five different toasting options each with five sub menus gives 25 toast setings alone. Six variable power settings and many, many more features make this microwave one of the best on the market and it also pops popcorn.