A convection microwave also tends to heat up your food more quickly - as much as 20% more quickly

A convection microwave combines the best features of both a conventional microwave and a convection oven and if you are considering a new microwave, it makes a practical and economic addition to your kitchen. Most reputable microwave manufacturers now offer at least one convection microwave, including Panasonic and General Electric.

There are several reasons why convection microwaves are such a good choice. The price has dropped over recent years, meaning that they now cost about the same as a regular oven. They also use up to 80 percent less energy than a regular oven – a big savings over the year, if you spend a lot of time in the kitchen.

But of course, you want your food to taste good and food cooked in a convection microwave will generally taste better than food cooked in a regular microwave. A microwave tends to just warm food up and often, the exterior can be cooked, leaving the inside cold or even still frozen. A convection oven on the other hand, cooks food thoroughly throughout, resulting in a better tasting, healthier food. A convection microwave doesn’t just heat – it can also effectively and easily roast, brown, broil and crisp food. Most models come with a heating or cooling option, which will allow any food to be cooked properly and to perfection.

If you are in a hurry, a convection microwave also tends to heat up your food more quickly – in fact, up to 20 percent less time than most other microwave ovens. They can also be used to keep food warm, unlike a regular microwave. And when it comes to that most hated of chores – cleaning – the convection microwave is certainly less hard work than a regular oven.

A convection microwave will give you the best of both worlds – the speed and efficiency of a microwave and the versatility and thoroughness of an oven.