Types Of Microwave Oven - Solo, Grill And Convection Microwave Oven

Microwave Oven Types

Microwave ovens can be a great kitchen appliance to heat leftover food or even bake your favourite dishes. A microwave oven can come in extremely handy when you're looking to prepare different types of dishes such as kebabs, pizza, muffins, and to even make frozen food.

In this article, we will talk about the main 3 types of microwave oven available in the market so that you have a better understanding of which one to pick based on your needs.

  • First type of microwave oven would be a solo microwave oven, it's known for regular cooking or reheating leftovers.
  • Second type of microwave oven would be a grill microwave oven, best used for grilling or reheating food.
  • Third type of microwave oven would be a convection microwave oven, best used for reheating, grilling or baking.

3 Types Of Microwave Oven

1. Solo Microwave Oven

Solo microwave oven is one of the most basic models you can get in the microwave oven categories. This microwave is best for people who live alone or in a small family. Solo microwaves tend to be a lot cheaper when compared to other models such as grill and convection.

You can't use solo microwaves for grilling or baking, the only thing you can use them for would be to heat or defrost your food. Also, you can heat any frozen food using a solo microwave oven. You can expect to pay around 4,000 Rs. to 9,000 Rs. for a great solo microwave oven; this puts it at a reasonable price.

2. Grill Microwave Oven

Grill microwave oven provides you with grilling ability. You can make grilled meat, vegetables and spiced paneer. The great thing about grill microwave would be that it provides you with the functionality of a solo microwave, and the ability to grill your food.

You can get a good functioning grill microwave oven for 3,500 Rs. up to 20,000 Rs.. If you are looking to prepare grilled food or toasted foods, then consider the grill microwave oven.

3. Convection Microwave Oven

A convection microwave oven is used for heating your food through heating elements which generate heat waves, as the fan circulates hot air it speeds up the process of cooking or baking foods. The convection microwave is ideal for people who are looking to bake pizza, cakes or any other pastries. You can grill your food and bake your food independently or at the same time. 

This makes it the most desirable microwave oven you can get as it can do it all. The convection ovens start at around 10,000 Rs. and can go all the way up to 31,000 Rs., with all of its features you can't expect it to be cheap. But if you are looking for a fantastic appliance, then you can't go wrong with the convection microwave oven.


Difference Between Solo, Grill & Convection Microwave Oven

Now that you are well aware of all the different types of the microwave oven, let's talk about the differences between each microwave. This will allow you to decide on which type of microwave oven you should get for your needs.

Solo Microwave Oven Vs Grill Microwave Oven

We will start with solo microwave; with the solo microwave you can get them to do most things on the list. However, you can't expect to grill or bake any types of food. You can boil water, heat food, make popcorn and cook pasta and rice. Anything which is made with boiling water, you can make it.

However, you can't expect to make things like tandoori chicken, paneer, and other grilled dishes. Some individuals are claiming that they have managed to baked goodies in a solo microwave oven. Still, we don't recommend you try baking items in a solo microwave oven as you will be left disappointed.

With a grill microwave oven, you can make foods such as tandoori chicken, paneer, toast and all of the items which solo microwave ovens can cook or heat for you. If you are looking for something that can grill and heat your food, then grill microwave oven would be the option for you.

Keep in mind that the grill microwave oven cannot bake food for you, which means that if you want to get your food baked, then grill microwave oven is not the answer for you. Other than that, you can expect to make grilled food, toasted food, boiling water, making popcorn and cooking pasta.

Convection Microwave Oven Vs Solo Microwave Oven

As mentioned previously, the functionalities of a solo microwave oven are only to boil water, heat up frozen or leftover food and to make things such as pasta or rice. Anything that will boil, or requires boiling water to cook, the solo microwave oven will prepare it for you. With a solo microwave oven, you can make microwave popcorn as well.

Overall solo microwave isn't ideal for people who are looking to bake food or grill food. Again, you can find many hacks online where they show you how solo microwave oven can be used to cook food, but the chances of the food being uncooked or not appropriately prepared is very high. So just keep solo microwave towards heating food or to make tea or coffee.

With a convection microwave oven, not only can you grill your food, you can bake and heat your food at the same time. If you are looking for a microwave oven, that will allow you to prepare foods such as pizza, tandoori chicken, paneer and any baked and grilled foods then the convection microwave oven is the answer for you.

Think of convection microwave oven as a way to prepare any dishes you can imagine. If you want something that is very versatile and can do anything for you, then convection microwave oven is the answer for you. Keep in mind that it is going to be much more expensive than a grill microwave oven, and solo microwave oven.

However, you can expect to have all the tools you need to prepare some of the most demanding food items. You can even make things such as butter naan and brownies, a perfect choice for you if you have a family with kids who enjoy amazing treats or for someone who enjoys making food.

Grill Microwave Oven Vs Convection Microwave Oven

With a convection oven, you can expect to make any dishes you want. As we told you convection oven has the best of everything, you can expect to heat your food, grill any food that you want and bake any type of goodies or pizza. The convection oven is the best kind of microwave ovens you can get in the market today. It has all the bells and whistles you can think of.

On the other hand, the grill microwave oven will do everything besides baking. If your agenda is to grill, and heat leftover food or to make coffee and pasta then grill microwave oven might be a better option for you.

But if you want to prepare foods that require baking or anything of that sort, then you need to make sure you go with the convection microwave oven. Overall, the grill microwave oven is an excellent option for people who don't want to make brownies, pizza or other baked goods. You can make your daily foods solely with grill oven, as it will help you to make rice and chicken/paneer, which is a staple amongst many people.

When compared, these two microwave ovens are very similar. The only difference is that one does not allow baking. If you can live without baking foods, then we recommend you get the grill microwave oven as it is much cheaper and will get the job done.


Functions Of Different Microwave Ovens

Here is the table showing the different functions these microwave ovens can perform. Based on this table you can easily choose the microwave oven you wanna purchase. So lets have a look at the table below :

Food To Cook

Solo

Grill

Convection

Re-heating Food 

Yes

Yes

Yes

Defrosting

Yes

Yes

Yes

Milk, Tea, Coffee

Yes

Yes

Yes

Noodles, Pasta, Rice

Yes

Yes

Yes

Popcorn

Yes

Yes

Yes

Toasting

No

Yes

Yes

Grilling Food 

No

Yes

Yes

Pizza

No

No

Yes

Brownies

No

No

Yes

Cakes & Breads

No

Yes

Yes


Conclusion

Now that you are well aware of all of the types of microwave oven, let's finish off this article by giving people advice on which microwave to buy based on their lifestyle.

If you are a bachelor, or you are someone who lives by him or herself and most of the time are eating out, then you only need to own a solo microwave oven. The reason why you need to go with the solo microwave oven is that it is cheap and it will get the minimal job done that you're looking to get done.

On the other hand, if you are someone who likes to grill foods but is not found of baking pastries, then you can go ahead and invest in a grill microwave oven. The grill microwave oven is ideal for people with small families, or for someone who just wants an easy way to prepare quick meals.

Finally, if you have a family with kids who like to eat homemade goodies or if you are someone who likes to make baked goods, grilled/toasted foods and want to have the convenience of heating food then the convection microwave oven is the answer for you. Most of the time it will be families of newlyweds who will get this microwave oven.

Make sure you get the microwave you need and the one that fits your cooking habits. Thats it, kindly comment below with your choice of microwave oven type. Really excited to know if we have helped you to choose one.

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