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What is a Combination Microwave?

Combination microwaves combine the functions of a microwave oven and a traditional oven so you can cook, grill, and sometimes steam your food at the same time. As a result, this device offers all of the features of a traditional microwave and more. 

When upgrading your kitchen with a combination microwave, there are several factors to think about. Our goal is to help you understand how a combination microwave works so that you can decide if it is the right appliance for you. 

Combination Microwave VS Traditional Microwave?

It is always a good idea to understand the differences between a combination microwave and a traditional microwave for your kitchen.

Listed below are a few differences between a combination microwave and traditional microwave that you should be aware of:

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A traditional microwave typically has fewer settings, so it is more commonly used to warm leftovers and thaw frozen food rather than cook a meal from scratch.

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In addition to traditional microwaves, combination microwaves offer features that make them capable of replacing a traditional oven. Depending on the model, you can use combination microwaves for grilling, baking, roasting, broiling, steam cooking, etc. Convection cooking is also available in some models.

How Both Operate:
A traditional microwave uses microwaves to rapidly heat up water molecules for heating food. Microwaves with combination functions do the same thing, but they also can be used like a small oven.

In microwave convection ovens, there is also an additional heating element and fan that moves air throughout the oven cavity, which makes it possible to bake or roast food perfectly.

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Choosing the Right Microwave

Below are a few questions to help you decide:

How will I use it?  
The traditional microwave will suffice if you need to heat up leftovers or cook frozen food.  

Do I need a second oven?  
Combined microwaves combine microwave and oven features. Because you can cook multiple foods at once with a combination microwave oven, you can use it as a second oven.

Is there enough room?
As a combination microwave requires more space than regular microwaves, you should ensure that your kitchen has enough space to accommodate it. Consider using a combination microwave instead of an oven for small spaces as it takes up much less space than a traditional oven.  If you intend to cook meals, be sure to pick a unit that has enough capacity.

What is my budget? 
Compared with combination microwaves, traditional microwaves are less expensive because they provide fewer features and less functionality. Brands and models have different pricing, however.

Which style do I prefer? 
Traditionally designed microwaves and combination microwaves are available in an assortment of sizes, colours, aesthetics, and installation options (countertop, built-in, over the range, ventilation, under cabinet) so you can choose the model that best suits your needs.

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Maytag offers an over-the-range microwave with a dual crisp feature with all the performance of a traditional microwave plus a dual crisp feature that delivers crispy results on sensor cooking or timed settings. This microwave also offers a Brown function which gives food a crunchy top layer.

Learn More About Our Microwave Line-up
Are you interested in finding the right combination microwave for your kitchen? Explore Maytag microwaves designed to provide the dependability you need to get food on the table.

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