Selecting the right OTG (Oven Toaster Grill) oven is easy job as there are very few factors to take decisions. OTG size and kind of food you would like to bake are important factors on choosing the right OTG. In this guide we explain how to pick the best OTG and present you with best hand picked options. Try our OTG selector to choose right OTG by answering simple questions without reading any buying guide.
This is the most common question people get - shall we buy OTG or microwave oven. You should buy a convection microwave oven, if you want to bake, grill, toast, and reheat food, and have simple cooking like rice, noodles and curries, defrost, that too, you want to cook quickly. Buying Oven Toaster & Griller (OTG) is helpful if reheating of the food is not your priority and you are professional baker or looking for dedicated appliance only to bake, grill and toast with world class baking quality. Below table explains the differences very neatly.
|Property or specification||Convection Microwave Ovens||Oven Toaster and Griller (OTG)|
|Food preparation time||Takes less time, cooks in minutes because of microwaves||Takes more time as it heats based on traditional heat waves|
|Pre heating time||At most 5 minutes||About 15 minutes|
|Auto cook facility||can be done||not possible|
|Metal vessels||No, metal should not be used in microwave||Yes, metal can be used in OTG|
|Cost||High - starts from 9,000 Rs||Low - starts from 1,500 Rs|
|Baking quality||Good||Best, uniform baking|
|Capacity||Maximum capacity is around 32 liters||Maximum capacity is about 60 liters|
|Weight||Very heavy, it is very difficult to life or move.||Light weight, can be moved very easily|
|Ease of use||Very easy to configure recipes with LCD display panels||Very difficult. Mechanical controls and confusing settings|
|Best fit||Multi purpose: reheat, defrost and baking for beginners.||Professional bakers who want top class baking|
|Best brands||LG, IFB, Electrolux, Kenstar, Morphy Richards||Bajaj, Usha, Prestige, Morphy Richards|
|Example||IFB 20SC2 convection microwave||Bajaj 1603 TSS Majesty OTG|
The OTG capacity ranges from 15 liters to 60 liters. Yes, there are small OTGs of size 15 liters and at the same time very large size 60 liters OTGs as well. The right OTG capacity depends on the family size. The general guidelines are for small family 15 to 20 liters capacity OTG is fine. For the large family 26 liters to 60 liters capacity OTG is suitable. There is no strict rule, but general guidelines. In case you would like to bake a very large cake of size 5 Kg, the buying very large OTG makes sense. The below table summarizes the same information in a more meaningful manner.
|Family size||Suggested OTG size|
|2-3 members||15 - 20 liters|
|4 or more members||26 liters - 60 liters|
If you plan to cook small cakes for home use then buying a small OTG make sense. At the same time buying very large OTG for professional use is the best thing as you should be prepared to bake any size cake? What if you get 6 Kg cake order and you have a small size OTG. You will looks the customer order. So it is always good to have a large OTG size in case you are using as professional way.
|Usage type||Suggested OTG size|
|Home use||15 - 26 liters|
|Professional use||30 liters - 60 liters|
This is important factor as based on this we can take rotisserie or not. If you like to grill, consider Rotisserie accessory - a special grilling accessory. It is a steel base bar that works on motor system to ensure perfect grilling. Rotisserie is must for grilling and barbecuing vegetables, paneer, meat.
Please check the OTG dimensions that you want to buy. Do you have enough space on your kitchen dashboard to fit the new OTG oven? If there is no enough space on the kitchen dashboard you can consider OTG wall mount stand, or rack.
Longer warranty means better products, so go for longer duration warranty OTGs. Please read carefully the details about Installation & warranty and refunds & replacement policy.
Below are the common terms used in the description of OTG product description. Being aware of the meaning of the terms will help you in knowing what is included in the package and what is not.
Before you cook anything in the OTG, you have to switch on the OTG and heat it. Usually it takes 15 minutes to heat the OTG and making it ready to cook. The process of making it ready by hating someone is known as preheat. Lesser preheat time means it is better. If the preheat time of oven is 20 minutes, then you have to wait for 20 minutes to cook anything just to heat the OTG.
For few selected items like tikka and marination you would like to grill such that heat should be received from all the sides. The wire rack is best option for this. All you have to do is to put the wire rack and let the tikka fry. The extra marinade, juices can safely land on a tray arranged below, called crumb tray, that we discuss below.
Crumbs literally means the powder, or small pieces you get when you break the bread or biscuit. While cooking in OTG, there can be many extra items, extra marination, or juices that overflow and drops below. Having an extra tray to capture that will be great as you don’t need to clean the OTG chamber. The tray is called crumb tray.
Tons or denticles, which helps in moving the baking tray or crumbs tray. Usually both these trays are very hot. They are good replacement for gloves.
It is simple logic, how you specify how much time to cook. The timer takes care of this. With the help of timer you can configure the cooking duration. The cooking stops as soon as the operation is complete.
Before you cook anything in OTG, you need to set the power and timer. Instead, wouldn't be great if I can specify the dish type and OTG automatically decides the power wattage and time. That is nothing but an Auto cook menu feature. Auto cook menu comes with a preconfigured set of dishes, all you have to do is specify the dish type, the power and time are automatically matched.
The higher the output wattage, the faster the OTG can cook.