The microwave oven is new age electronics which has made life so much ease. Microwaves these days can reheat, grill or bake, any fancy baked dessert can be made at home now. Any snack like popcorn, meat grills, kebabs, muffins, pizza, cook frozen food and even Indian sweets. The best part of a microwave oven is its capability to cook in short time thus saving time and power. A lot of confusion revolves around an oven and a grill oven. Not many are aware that a grill microwave oven cannot be used to bake cakes and muffins, but can only be used for grill and barbeque. One has to consider few points before buying an oven or a grill.
- Size of family
- Cooking needs
- Regularity of device usage
- Type of device (grill, solo or convention)
The solo type of microwave oven is basically used for basic cooking operations like re-heating food, heating prepared tea, coffee and milk, and to make popcorn or to make pasta, rice and noodles. It cannot be used to grill or make kebab, pizza or bake muffins.
The grill type oven can be used to reheat cooked food, heat up beverages such as coffee, tea or milk, make popcorns, grill paneer and meat, cook tandoori chicken but cannot be used to bake the cake, muffins, pizza or bread.
The convention microwave oven is a multi-tasker and can do all the functions a solo and a grill oven does and can also bake cakes, bread, brownies, muffins and pizza. But are expensive compared to the solo and grill ovens.
- A family size of within 4 uses an oven for grill and baking can opt for a 21 to 30-litre oven.
- A family size of within 4 members can go for a 15 to 20 litres oven with usage being solo microwave oven
- A microwave oven is usually measured in litres and depending on one’s family size, can choose an appropriate oven.
- A family size of up to 6 members can go for a 25 to 30-litre oven with minimal oven usage
- A family size of up to 6 members using the oven for grilling and baking can opt for 32 litres and above microwave oven.
General Features of Microwave Oven
A house with a toddler around must have a microwave oven or any electronic device with a child lock. In order to have a peaceful cooking, you can turn on the child lock and not panic about your kid touching the device while you are busy or away.
The top-end microwave oven come with this unique; make life simple option where one need not hit their head trying to set time. You just need to select dish type. The dish is cooked, a device with auto cook option is little expensive but if you are looking for a high-end machine then don’t miss on checking auto cook option.
A larger family means more cooking and one would want to have a device that does the job faster. So higher power consuming device does the job more efficient and faster.
Any person who is a professional baker or looking for a low cost, not very sophisticated looking, low power consumption and do all job device then the option is an OTG(oven, toaster, grill). This humble device does all the work at less power and price but it’s the look which does not fit in a normal domestic kitchen. An OTG can cook, reheat, grill, toast, bake and can do all the functions a solo, convention and a grill device can do. The time take for it to cook food compared to a microwave oven is slightly more as the OTG emits traditional heat waves in order to cook. Any metal vessel can be used in an OTG and the bake results are amazingly close to a professional finish.
The price listing of the microwave ovens are as follows
- Solo microwave oven starts from 5,000 INR to 7000 INR (varies according to the capacity)
- Grill microwave oven starts from 8,000 INR to 10,000 INR
- Convection microwave oven starts from 12,000 INR to 18,000 INR
- OTG (oven, toast and grill) starts from 1,200 INR to 9,000 INR
Every brand in India manufacturing microwave ovens strives to meet the consumer needs and have come a long way with respect to quality, durability and value for money. Few top-class brands that have made a way to Indian kitchens with their world-class trustable ovens are:
- Morphy Richards
Each brand has varies models with different specifications, based on pricing the famous models available in the market for the year 2016 would be:
|Under 6,000 INR|
|Under 8,000 INR|
|Under 10,000 INR|
|Under 15,000 INR|
Popular Microwave Oven in India
IFB 30SC4 30-L Convection Microwave Oven
It’s a basic convection microwave oven which can bake, grill and heat. Comes with number of functions and is a total hit among the other hi-end ovens costing more. It is a value for money product and comes with auto-cook programs allowing the user to select a dish and can get back once the cooking is done. Features available with the device are defrosting, quick heating and baking
Capacity : 30 Liters
Voltage : 230 V
Onida MO23CWS11S 23 L Convection Microwave Oven
One answer for a neat and compact oven would be Onida MO23CWS11S as it is small and would acquire less space, ideal for commercial and domestic use. The oven comes with ten power levels and features baking, express cooking and weight based auto menus. Other features include keep warm function. Outer body is made of stainless steel and the outer look is made of designer door to enhance the overall look.
Capacity : 23 Liters
Wattage : 800 W
Godrej GME 30CR1BIM 30 L Convection Micro Oven
The Godrej GME 30CR1BIM microwave oven is best suited for barbequing, heating and grill. Overall a multi-tasker from the house of Godrej and designed for a family within 9 members. The high-end device features keypad controllers, digital display, glass door and stainless steel cavity. Its functions are stage cooking, auto defrosts, child locking and weight defrost.
Capacity : 30 Liters
IFB 20BC4 20L Convection Microwave Oven
The IFB 20BC4 microwave oven features grill, microwave and convection. Comes with ten power level, ten temperature selection and 71 auto cook options. Oven comes with a year warranty on machine and 3 years warranty on magnetron and cavity. This device also comes with digital display and stainless steel cavity. The keep warm functions can hold the dish warm up to an hour and the baking results are awesome.
Capacity : 20 Liters
Wattage : 1200 W
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