Convection microwaves, are they worth the hype? Heck yeah! They are the heroes of small kitchens. Got a studio apartment or a recreational vehicle? Downsizing or converting to the minimalist lifestyle? Convection microwaves are your answer. And even to those who already have a conventional oven, convection microwaves serve as an incredibly useful complement to their bigger brothers—even to a professional chef like me. They make cooking a simple meal quick, easy and efficient.
Not all convection microwaves are created equal. As always, it is important to know what you’re buying and how you can choose the best product to fit your requirements. You can get a crash course on everything a convection microwave has to offer with this indispensable Buyer’s Guide.
Best Convection Microwave Oven Comparison Table
|Model||Type||Power||Volume Capacity||Exterior Dimensions||Warranty||Price|
|Over‐the‐Range||850W||1.1 cu. ft.||19” x 20” x 23”||10 Years|
|GE Profile||Countertop||1000W||1.5 cu. ft.||20” x 21.1” x 12.1”||1 Year|
|Samsung MS11K3000AS||Countertop||1000W||1.1 cu. ft.||20.4” x 16.9” x 11.7”||1 Year|
|Countertop||1000W||1.5 cu. ft.||21.8” x 21.5” x 13”||1 Year|
|Farberware FMO10AHSBKA||Countertop||1500W||1.0 cu. ft.||20.5” x 20.1” x 12.8”||1 Year|
An In‐depth Review of the Best Convection Microwave Ovens
Keeping it Compact and Classy
Sharp’s R1874T is compact at just 1.1 cu. ft. This bestseller is a sleek and classy option that takes up zero counter space. No wonder why it’s a favorite among owners of RVs and smaller kitchens. And that’s not to say that only those with limited space should consider purchasing the Sharp R1874T. Many would agree that it’s an exceedingly convenient device to have in any‐sized kitchen.
This over‐the‐range convection microwave has a stainless steel body and comes with a 13‐inch turntable that’s removable for when you need the extra space. Some of the microwave’s biggest draws are the dual‐color, seven‐digit interactive display, its ‘Smart and Easy’ sensor settings, and the built‐in exhaust fan system. There’s a powerful fan, hood lights, and high and low racks. Sweetening the pot even further is a whopping 10‐year warranty on major components.
The Smart sensor set‐up allows for simple operation while providing versatile cooking options—you can bake, brown, crisp, keep warm, roast or broil to your heart’s content. It has 10 power levels and provides the option to use each function separately. You can choose to use the microwave mode or convection mode alone. It also has a custom Help Key option that will provide you with simple instructions on cooking and programming.
Sharp has long been a trusted brand of household appliances and it proves true to its reputation with the R1874T 850W — a powerful convection microwave that quickly and evenly cooks and bakes food, giving you perfectly browned and delectably juicy dishes.
Size and Power Limitations
Understandably, depending on your typical cooking volume and available space, the small capacity can become a serious limitation. That said, I didn’t have capacity problems with regularly cooking medium batches with the Sharp R1874T. Modestly‐sized, range‐top type ovens like the Sharp R1874T are lifesavers if you want to conserve space. This is why they are the best convection microwave ovens for RV owners. They are efficient, occupy zero counter space, and are compact but still roomy enough to cook for 3 or 4 people.
Another plus for RV owners but may not be for others is the Sharp R1874T’s lower power consumption. The unit is efficient. But if you find 850W a shade too underwhelming—especially for a price tag — then there are other models like the Farberware FMO10AHSBKA — for a house kitchen, not a motorhome. Farberware has less pomp but packs 1500W of power.
An Extravagant Ensemble
Just like our previous entry, GE also gives us a well‐built, high‐quality convection microwave in the GE Profile PEB9159SJSS. But unlike Sharp’s R1874T, a bit more cooking volume and a countertop type oven in this case. Both mean some sacrifice in kitchen bench space.
Easier Cooking Operation
The GE Profile has a simple design and a user‐friendly interface. It’s housed in stainless steel and provides a 1.5 cu. ft. volume capacity with a 13‐inch turntable.
No more overcooking with the microwave’s nifty features. You’ll have auto cook functions and a sensor cooking control to measure the oven’s internal humidity and adjust automatically. These make an already easy baking, browning, roasting and broiling experience, even easier.
Got the Golden Goodies
Just like all the convection microwave chosen to be on this list of the best, this unit’s performance does not disappoint. Cookies, pizza, potato, and other goodies turn out tasty, crispy and juicy.
I’d like to note that I’ve seen reviews about the convection feature malfunctioning or taking too long. Personally, I have not experienced this with my unit as the convection—and every other mode, for that matter—works as it should.
Superb microwave it is, but quiet it’s not. Don’t expect the GE Profile to be silent because it does get loud enough to be audible, although, fortunately not loud enough to be annoying.
This convection microwave is on the expensive side. GE also only provides a warranty of one year. I’ve always said that warranty periods imply how confident a company is in its product. The Sharp R1874T Microwave’s 10‐year guarantee receives the Diligent Chef’s seal of approval in this regard.
GE’s one year warranty isn’t a very good sign, although that doesn’t mean that this convection microwave isn’t going to last. I haven’t experienced malfunctions at all. And as proven time and again, an owner’s using and handling is also a big factor.
Minor Gripe Worth Mentioning
The No‐Nonsense Convection Microwave
Samsung’s MS11K3000AS Countertop Microwave Oven is one of a number of Samsung convection microwaves, all pretty popular and work great. So what makes this particular model the most popular and why does it deserve to be on this list of the best convection microwave ovens?
Less is More
The Samsung MS11K3000AS is a pretty basic convection microwave and that’s exactly why it stands out:
- Minimal fancy trimmings equals an affordable price.
- What features it does have are straightforward and invaluable in making fast and easy‐breezy meal preparation and scrumptious food.
For example, its Sensor Cook feature will help you choose the best food prep setting. Cooking presets are a quick‐access to a speedy meal setup. And the Eco Mode is a convenient off button that allows you to run an efficient kitchen by conserving energy when the machine is not in use.
Lookswise, this oven has a simple black and chrome design that should blend nicely in most kitchens. As opposed to the usual stainless steel, it has a scratch resistant ceramic enamel interior, which makes it oh‐so‐easy to clean. The nostalgic turn dial control is a novelty, in that one hardly sees them in these appliances. It’s definitely a plus for me.
Topnotch Customer Service
Just like the GE Profile, Samsung’s convection microwave only comes with a one year warranty. I would say, though, that base on previous experience, Samsung has good customer service. They have been really responsive every time I’ve had a problem with an appliance. They are also great at fixing whatever’s malfunctioned. The same can be said of their phones, actually. I guess good customer service and aftersales care is one of the things that helped the company earn millions of customers’ trust and made Samsung the ubiquitous company that they are today.
A Size Issue
The microwave’s 1.1 cu. ft. volume capacity is still roomy enough to cook a whole chicken in but it can be understandably too small for some dishes. If you’re looking for bigger volume, there’s the more premium GE Profile Oven or the more pocket‐friendly Toshiba Oven, both are countertop types with 1.5 cu. ft. volume capacity.
Expensive Features at An Affordable Price
Toshiba is one of my favorite brands simply because, in my experience, it is one of the most consistent companies in producing top‐quality products that frequently raises the bar for quality and performance standards. The Toshiba EC042A5C‐BS Convection Microwave Oven has the added bonus of being extremely affordable while being at par with more expensive brands.
Toshiba’s Convection Microwave Oven is made of easy‐to‐clean stainless steel. It has a large, well‐lit, 1.5 cu. ft. interior. The turntable is made of glass and 13.6 inches in diameter. It’s non‐removable but this does not take away from the ovens spacious interior that can even fit a turkey. However, it can be a tad bulky. Operation sounds are not bothersome but still very audible.
The digital control panel is exceptionally user‐friendly and operates in just one click of the start button. Making adjustments are also a few clicks away. There are options to increase and decrease time, a smart sensor; auto‐cook functions, and a preprogrammed menu for common goodies like pizza and potatoes. You can program a few combinations of time and power settings, then engage them in just one click.
The convection microwave’s automatic function is unbelievably handy. You can auto‐bake muffins, bread, or frozen pizza, etc. You can also auto‐roast pork, chicken, beef or turkey using presets with weight adjustment settings. Moreover, the unit’s powerful microwave mode has 10 levels that can be used for reheating, thawing, cooking, etc.
The convection fan does its job well in helping distribute warm air from the top heating element. The oven cooks food fast and well, with pleasantly browned skin and beautifully cooked insides. This is an affordable model but its impressive performance is worthy of a more expensive product. Plus using all those nifty features is a breeze.
The black stainless steel housing is ultra‐modern and very appealing. But if black steel isn’t to your taste or if it simply does not jive with your kitchen theme, then you’re in luck. This convection oven is also available in simple stainless steel with the Toshiba EC042A5C‐SS Microwave Oven.
We Need More Guarantee
Trigger warning! Rant ahead.
I seem to remember my unit coming with a 3‐year warranty. But according to Amazon, the Toshiba oven only offers a 1-year warranty. It’s worrying that there seems to be a trend of manufacturers giving us just the bare minimum necessary after sales service. A one year warranty is better than none but is still next to useless. Seriously, hardly any product breaks down in less than a year. And if it does, what does that say about product quality? C’mon manufacturers.
Only Sharp seems to be doing it right with the Sharp R1874T and its 10‐year warranty.
The 4‐In‐1 Gizmo
Another inexpensive but consistent convection microwave is the Farberware FMO10AHSBKA Countertop oven. It may not have all the bells and whistles but it cooks food superbly well—a splendid choice for its price, perfect for home use.
Small but Powerful
The Farberware FMO10AHSBKA Countertop Convection Microwave will bring a handsome and smooth look to your kitchen with its black stainless steel body, black glass door, and contrasting white display. It comes with a 12‐inch turntable and a grilling and air frying Teflon pan.
Unfortunately for frequent makers of big batches, the microwave only has a 1.0 cu. ft. capacity. That said, what this mean machine lacks in volume, it more than makes up for in power. At 1500W, this Farberware convection microwave is a compact appliance that packs a potent punch. It has 10 levels of power control for easy cooking adjustment and also has 10 auto‐cook programs for quick heating.
I am a fan of the multistage cooking feature, especially on busy mornings. You can set up a series of stage by stage instructions so you don’t need to go back and click yet another function button after the beep.
Healthy Fried Chicken
The unit boasts of being a 4‐in‐1 wonder. It can do the good old cooking methods of 1) microwaving (with the usual defrosting, reheating, etc), 2) convection cooking, and 3) grilling. What separates the Farberware convection microwave from the rest on this list is its 4) air frying capability.
The question is, does Farberware’s air frying mode pass muster? For the most part, it does. My baked chicken breast and fries made through air frying always turn out adequately crispy.
I’m not going to whine some more about this convection microwave also coming with just 1-year warranty but I thought I’d let you know. Although, hey, in this price range, it’s actually forgivable.
Compact and Space‐saving…
This Farberware microwave is just right for medium-sized cooking. So if you plan to use your convection microwave for really big batches frequently, you may like the extra volume that comes with the equally pocket‐friendly Toshiba EC042A5C‐BS.
But I must say that if you regularly make average‐sized batches, and only occasionally cooking up a feast for the once in while party, then making multiple batches in the Farberware would probably be no biggie. After all, convection microwaves do cook fast.
…But Not for Motorhomes
A more premium space‐saving option is the Sharp Over‐the‐Range Microwave with its 1.1 cu. ft. capacity. But unlike the Sharp R1874T, I won’t suggest the Farberware in your RV.
Best Convection Microwave Oven Buyer’s Guide
Convection Microwaves, Say What?
They’re not just another oven with a fancy name. Find out what types are there and what’s the most suitable for your kitchen.
Microwave Vs. Convection Oven Vs. Convection Microwave
On the surface, all three seem to function the same way—food goes in cold, gets cooked, hot food comes out. The difference is in how they cook food.
Conventional Microwaves heat food by generating radio waves that excite the molecules of water present in the food, which in turn generates heat. This makes microwaves ideal for boiling, reheating, and thawing food, etc. And because heating is on a molecular level, the result is quick, even cooking all the way through.
Microwaves are fast. They’re about 25% faster than convection ovens. However, because they don’t use traditional heat, although the dishes are tasty and juicy, they are also neither be brown nor crispy.
Convection Ovens have both a heating element and a fan. The fan circulates the hot, dry air all throughout the oven. Because the convection oven cooks food using high heat, it browns and crisps food well. With that said, the primary function of the convection oven is baking.
They may not be as fast as microwaves but convection ovens are still 25% faster than good old conventional ovens.
The convection microwave is a hybrid, it combines the joys and convenience of microwave and convection cooking. This results in incredibly fast cooking times and dishes that are pleasingly brown on the outside and well‐cooked and moist on the inside.
You can use the combination function or utilize each cooking mode separately, giving you an extraordinarily versatile cooking appliance.
Also known as combination ovens, they are marvelous space‐savers. Which is why they are very popular for small kitchens and recreational vehicles.
The Three Types of Convection Microwaves
In our in‐depth review of the best convection microwave ovens, the first entry is an Over‐the‐Range style unit. They are the microwave of choice for maximum space saving. Ovens of this type replaces the range hood above a range or cooktop. They can be a bit of a pain to install and you may need the help of a professional. But the saved space is well worth it.
The classic countertop convection microwaves sit on the counter and are less space saving than above‐range models but are still right at home even in small kitchens with limited space. The biggest upside to tabletop ovens is that there is no installation needed. Just make some space for it and you’re good to cook.
These are the least common type and the granddaddy of convection microwaves. Built‐ins get really expensive—thousands of dollars expensive. They are also the most difficult to install, are large, and can be commercial‐sized. As the name suggests, built‐ins must have their very own customized dedicated nook built into your kitchen.
What Features Should a Convection Microwave Have?
Some convection microwaves are good, some are better, and some are the very best. What features should you be looking for in the best convection microwave oven for your kitchen?
Dimensions and Capacity
Whether you choose a countertop or range top oven, you’ll first need to ascertain that there’s enough kitchen space for the newest addition. Some units are bulky while some require a few inches of space from adjacent surfaces on all sides.
It’s also best to measure your baking dishes and choose a microwave that can fit them. It would be a waste to discover that you won’t be able to use your trusty baking pans and grilling trays anymore because they’re too big for the new oven.
And most importantly, determine your intended usage. When mostly cooking for a small family or group, then a modest‐sized microwave convection oven with more or less 1.0 cu. ft. cavity space should be a good size. If you have a big household, however, then a larger 1.5 cu. ft. cavity space should be a better fit.
More wattage usually means more power to cook meals faster and in larger quantities. Most ovens have a power rating at around 1000W. Usually, the bigger the microwave, the bigger it’s power capacity. But this is not always the case. Sometimes smaller ovens with more programs can also utilize more wattage.
Plenty of convection microwave ovens now have other cooking modes aside from the dual microwave and convection functions. Some have grilling, broiling, and air frying modes, among others. Often, these modes can be used as a combo or separately.
The best convection microwave oven should be easy to operate. What use are the most state‐of‐the‐art appliances if you can barely get them working, amirite? Controls that make operation breezy are a godsend. A few wonderful features that make life easier are:
- one‐click operations;
- smart kitchen timers;
- incremental temperature and time adjustment;
- auto shutoff;
- delayed start and quick start,
- and a whole lot more.
Many units even take it a step or two further with extra special fixings like autocook functions, inbuilt sensors, multistage cooking, and pre‐programming. Not every oven will have these features but they sure are handy to have.
Auto Cook Functions
In just a click, this function allows you to automatically bake, roast or broil, etc. No need to set up and make adjustments manually.
Sensor cooking works by determining an appropriate cooking time and temperature adjustment through measuring the humidity in your foodstuff. This eliminates guesswork, giving you a meal that’s cooked/reheated/thawed just right.
This is perfect for people who don’t like cooling their heels in the kitchen. With multi‐stage cooking, you can program your unit to activate one function after another. An example is thaw→bake→keep hot. This allows you to save time by simply popping your meal into a microwave, pushing a few buttons and leaving it to do its magic.
We all have favorite meals that we like to cook frequently. With a pre‐program function, you can save your preferred cooking mode with time and temperature setting. You can then quickly activate it anytime.
This is one factor that is often overlooked but is actually one of the most valuable in the long run. Cleaning your microwave every time after cooking is important, especially before using convection mode. Any unnoticed spillage and grease splatters can affect the next dish. So if it’s a chore to clean a unit, it can get old real fast.
Ideally, you should be able to wipe down the whole surface of the interior. Nooks and crannies are your enemies as they can hide dirt. It’s better to choose a unit with a smooth interior made of easily‐wipeable material.
Convection cooking means that the whole unit will get heated so this can be a vital factor when choosing placement. Some convection microwaves have their own exhaust system to manage the heat. Some don’t have vents and require some clearance.
Some models have solid doors. You won’t be able to take a quick peek at the food inside and closely monitor progress. This can be frustrating for someone who likes to keep a close eye on their cooking. If possible, you can choose a model with clear/transparent glass door and bright interior lights for a clear view.
Another overlooked factor is customer support and aftercare service. Parts break down and units stop working right. It’s reassuring to know that you’ve got somewhere to go if something goes wrong. For the same reason, warranties are a must. A model with a longish warranty period would be fantastic but lacking that, aim for at least a year and accept no less.
The Toshiba EC042A5C‐BS Convection Microwave Oven takes the cake. I was quite impressed by its user‐friendly controls and big capacity. With affordability coupled with excellent performance, this convection oven hits that sweet spot between price and quality.
The Sharp R1874T Convection Microwave lost some points in cooking power and price but there is no doubt that this convection microwave has earned its spot in the podium. It’s proven to be a premium‐quality, classy device that you won’t regret having in the kitchen.
This concludes our comprehensive look into the world of convection microwaves. Have you decided on a new kitchen addition?