Let's start with what you actually want. Just a simple basic microwave oven that heats food up. A solo oven is a new term for this so it could be just what you're looking for. I haven't seen that before and had to look it up but it perfectly describes the one I bought a couple of months ago when the...
Best answer: Let's start with what you actually want. Just a simple basic microwave oven that heats food up. A solo oven is a new term for this so it could be just what you're looking for. I haven't seen that before and had to look it up but it perfectly describes the one I bought a couple of months ago when the last one stopped working. That cost me £45 and we'll see how long that lasts!
Now for the techy stuff. Technically ALL ovens that don't use microwaves are convection ovens, because heat travels around inside by convection of hot air. But the term is used to mean what I call a fan oven, which has a fan in and that spreads the heat around evenly. Otherwise the oven is always hottest at the top, which is why in older recipe books they often specify whether you should put the food in at the top, middle or bottom. A fan oven also cooks a little quicker so you can reduce the temperature or the time. But all this is irrelevant to microwaves, which don't use heat.
You could have a microwave oven that includes a grill (broiler to Americans) as well, and then it would be a combination oven. My last one was a combination oven. The point is that microwaves can't brown anything, so what if you want the food to look browned? Put it on the combination setting. For example, a microwave can cook a chicken, but it'll still LOOK raw with no crisp brown skin. It can't make toast at all - all you get is hot bread.
I never fathomed out how to make this work, so I never used the combination setting, and only used the grill-only setting to make toast! Which I don't do very often. Which is why I didn't go for a combination oven again.
Inverter... hold on to your hat for this! The cavity magnetron in your microwave, which actually generates the microwaves, can only be on or off. It's full power or nothing. If you put it on, say, 50% power, what actually happens is the magnetron is switched on, off, on, off, so it's only on for half the time. An oven with an inverter is able to make this what you thought it was - 50% power all the time.
This is only going to make any difference if you're going to make something that needs long slow cooking. Now you're like me - you only reheat meals, heat up ready-made meals, or make porridge. I bet you only ever use your microwave on full power, don't you? In that case, having an inverter is going to make no difference whatsoever.
Are you feeling less aaaaaargh-like now? I hope so!
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