If you are looking to purchase a new microwave oven for home use, you might want to consider one that can be built-in, either above or beneath your countertop. Not only will a built-in model free up counter space in your kitchen; it provides a sleek and modern look while matching most kitchen decor nicely. When shopping for your new built-in microwave, consider stainless steel materials, as this will offer much durability than some other materials. Other important features to look for include cubic feet capacity, which should be determined by your cooking needs, as well as microwave wattage or power. You might also consider the benefits of a convection microwave oven rather than a traditional microwave.
Use the following six tips as your guidelines:
1. Consider Stainless Steel
Not only is stainless steel more durable than other materials, but it also offers easy maintenance and cleaning. The stainless steel microwave may also be easily sanitized. In addition, stainless steel is a non-porous metal, making it highly resistant against the growth of bacteria. Finally, a stainless steel microwave will resist corrosion.
2. Decide On Traditional or Below Counter Installation
A traditional built-in microwave will typically be installed above the cabinets or countertop. Another option is one referred to as a Micro Drawer model. This style basically installs below the countertop, with a slide out drawer. If you prefer a hidden microwave, you might opt for the latter. Additionally, a slide out drawer option is good for those who don't feel comfortable to reach above the head. Otherwise, a traditional above-the-cabinet microwave should work nicely.
3. Consider Your Cooking Needs, Then Choose the Most Appropriate Size (Measured in Cubic Feet)
Do you entertain guests or cook large quantities and meals? If so, look for a large cooking interior. The interior of a microwave is generally measured in cubic feet. Generally, 2 cubic feet is considered large or full-sized, while up to 1.3 cubic feet is considered mid-range. If you are often cooking for just one or two people on any given day, 1.3 cubic feet should work for you.
4. Choose Your Wattage
How fast do you want to prepare your microwave meals? In terms of power, the more wattage your microwave offers, the quicker and more evenly your food will be cooked. You may discover that 1,000 watts of power will cook your food evenly and quickly, while a model with considerably less wattage may not perform as well in terms of speed and even cooking.
5. Consider a Microwave Convection Oven Vs. a Conventional Model
Convection microwave ovens offer even heat distribution and fast cooking times. This is due to the microwave's fans that circulate hot air throughout the oven. Additionally, a convection microwave will offer the ability to bake and preheat your foods. Unlike the traditional microwaves, the convection option will cook and roast foods crispy and brown, while retaining the flavor. You can prepare a roast or other dish that requires temperatures anywhere from 225F to 450F. Because convection microwaves tend to be bulkier and take up more space, they are ideal for built-in installation.
6. Consider a Few Other Helpful Features
Finally, consider other useful features you're likely to use. Automatic defrost will save time when cooking meat, fish and poultry. Pre-programmed settings for foods such as potatoes, popcorn, beverages and vegetables will take the guesswork out of preparing snacks and light meals and save you time as well. Another helpful feature to insist on is a turntable, as microwaves with turntables will ensure even cooking. Also, child lockout doors are a good safety feature for households with young children.
For more tips, contact a local appliance supplier like Gringer & Sons Inc.