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Microwave oven types

Microwave ovens are great kitchen appliance to reheat, grill or even bake. Microwave ovens are helpful in cooking a wide range of recipes and food items including popcorn, chicken grills, kebabs, pizza, muffins, even reheat the frozen food. It cooks in minutes, saving time and energy.
Do you know if you buy Grill type microwave oven then you cannot use it for baking !!! There are several factors to consider before selecting the best microwave oven for your home, based on your family size, food habits and other good to have features. We hope below buying tips will help you in selecting right microwave oven. In fact, you can use our microwave oven selector as well to choose the right microwave oven.

Most important decision during microwave oven selection is which microwave oven type to buy. There are three types of microwave ovens are available in the market.

  • Solo microwave oven
    Best for Reheat, simple cooking

  • Grill microwave oven
    Best for Reheat and Grill

  • Convection microwave oven
    Best for Reheat, Grill and Bake

Convection microwave oven vs solo microwave

Feature Solo microwave oven Convection microwave oven
Heating methods Microwave magnetron Microwave magnetron and heating element
Heating mechanisam Microwave magnetron cooks food inside to outside Microwave magnetron cooks food inside to outside. The heating element cooks food from outside to inside making the food crispier and brown
Grilling and Baking No Yes
Price Economical: price starts from Rs. 4,000 Costly: price starts from Rs. 9,000
Example IFB 17PM 17L solo microwave LG 21L convection microwave

Solo Microwave Oven

Solo microwave ovens are basic models or entry level models in microwave oven category. It has one magnetron to produce microwaves. They are best suited for bachelors or 2 member family. Solo microwave oven are cheaper compared to other microwave models like grill and convection. The solo microwave oven price starts from 4,000 Rs to 8,000 Rs. But solo microwave oven cannot be used for grilling and baking purposes. They are best suited for simple microwave only operations, simple cooking and reheating. Solo microwave oven provides uniform heating. Do check best solo microwave ovens article.

Grill Microwave Oven

Grill Microwave ovens are provided with additional grilling accessories. They are best suitable to grill meat, or vegetables like Paneer. Both microwave and grill function can run parallel and making delicious grills in minutes. The grill microwave has heating coils which helps in grill, toast or roast. Do check best grill microwave ovens article.

Convection Microwave Oven

It is a microwave oven for heating, heating element to generate heat waves, fan to circualte hot air for faster cooking and for baking. In technical terms the convection microwave oven has fan which circulates heat waves efficiently, uniformly so that food can bake very well. Convection oven is must for baking, cakes, pizzas and muffins. Grilling and baking can be performed independently or together making the convection microwave ovens as the most high end devises. Do check best convection microwave ovens article.


The decision is based on what type of cuisine you want to cook. Based on the cuisine you can choose the right type of microwave oven from the below table.

Food to cook Solo Grill Convection
Re-heat food
Milk, Tea, Coffee
Rice, Noodles, Pasta
Pop-Corn
Grill Paneer
Kebabs
Grilled Items
Tandoori Chicken
Brownies
Cakes & Breads
Pizza
You can read our Microwave oven Buying guide to get the complete picture.

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