Convection microwaves use a fan and a heating element to cook food. You can grill and brown food with these models, and they tend to cook more evenly. It’s possible to make Roti, naan, roast chicken, bake bread, cake, and cook a variety of meals with a convection microwave. Some offer extras, such as air frying (called Slim Fry™ in Samsung models), steam cooking and yogurt making too. Go for a convection microwave oven if you need the widest range of functions. You can defrost, heat, roast, brown, crisp, bake, and prepare food using the same appliance, making it a smart space-saver for smaller kitchens, or use it as a second oven if you usually prepare large meals.
Grill microwaves offer the same features as solo microwaves, with the addition of an internal grill. This means you can brown and crisp food, as well as cook it, improving food texture and giving you yummier results. These microwaves allow you to grill not only meat and vegetables, but paneer too. Both the grill and microwave function can be used together, or separately, giving you more flexibility when cooking.
Solo microwaves are also referred to as ‘standard’ microwaves or ‘microwave-only’ models. They’re ideal for simple tasks like reheating, cooking ready meals, steaming vegetables and defrosting food. Choose a solo microwave if you primarily want to heat up and defrost food, and don’t need extra features for more complex cooking.
A ceramic interior surface allows for easy cleaning and helps in preventing discoloration from oil and grease residue over time. Anti-bacterial and scratch resistant, ceramic surfaces give better long-term performance than stainless steel or epoxy interiors.
Masala & Sun Dry Mode™
This feature allows you to prepare masala and tadka in the microwave, getting the same texture and aroma as you would, using conventional cooking methods. Sun Dry mode allows you to heat-preserve foods quickly – in minutes, not days – without having to leave food out in the sun. Samsung launched the range of Masala & Sun Dry microwaves in 2018, specifically for the Indian market.
Select the food you want to cook from a list of pre-defined recipes; the auto cook setting will set the time and power level for you, ensuring food isn’t under or over-cooked.
Child lock disables the microwave’s functionality, preventing children from changing cooking times or start/stop programs.
Internal air is forced outside the machine when ‘Deodoriser’ function is selected. This eliminates odors from previous use, and food tastes fresh.
This feature enables you to disable the turntable, so that you can use the whole interior of the microwave for large or rectangular dishes.
A transparent door allows you to view the food whilst cooking, thereby avoiding burning or overflowing. This is called Easy View™ in Samsung microwaves.
Energy Save Mode
Reduce energy use, and thereby your monthly bills, by putting your microwave on Energy Save Mode when it’s on standby. This is called ECO Mode in selected Samsung microwaves.
The fermentation feature allows you to make homemade yogurt and proof dough in the microwave.
Keep Warm Function
This keeps food at the right temperature, without overcooking. This feature is particularly useful if you’re preparing multiple dishes, or keeping food warm for a late arrival.
Pre-set programs allow you to conveniently cook different foods at the touch of a button. The Healthy Cooking feature on Samsung models allows you to pre-set your favorite recipes, so that they’re cooked optimally each time.
This feature allows you to defrost foods rapidly and evenly for faster prep-time.
Sensor cooking adjusts the power level and cooking time, based on the density of moisture in the food and air, to ensure the best results. This is called Smart Moisture Sensor in Samsung microwaves.
Clean regularly with warm, soapy water and a cloth, checking the door and hinges for corrosion. A dirty interior will mean food cooks slowly and less evenly. You should always unplug your microwave while cleaning.
Only use cookware that’s labelled ‘microwave safe.’
If you have a freestanding microwave, check the user manual to understand how large a ventilation gap you should leave behind and above the appliance.
Vent covered food when cooking, so steam can escape safely.
Clean with abrasives like steel wool or scouring sponges.
Press start when the microwave is empty; the microwaves released could damage the interior walls.