Before we compare the microwave and the toaster oven; You should know that these two devices are usually used for similar tasks in the kitchen.
Both of them can completely defrost and cook food, and of course, our most basic need, heating food.
So you don’t need to have both of them in your kitchen, especially if you have a small kitchen and are trying not to clutter the kitchen space.
In simple terms, a toaster oven is a combination of a microwave and an oven, with two elements placed at the top and bottom of the device.
The good news is that the toaster oven can do some of the things that the microwave and oven do. For this reason, they were welcomed and many brands began to produce toaster ovens; One of the prominent brands in the production of toaster ovens is the Tulips brand.
Toaster ovens have heating elements at the top and bottom of the oven space; The heat emitted from the element heats the closed space and any food in the oven.
The device’s fan distributes the heat evenly in the environment and allows the food to be cooked or heated evenly.
Foods that are heated in a toaster oven become crispy and crunchy due to the difference in the heating method.
Microwaves are electromagnetic waves that travel through space at the speed of light.
Microwave heats food using waves; In this way, it radiates a wavelength of energy to the food and heats the water molecules that are part of the substance, thus heating the food by turning the water into steam.
Microwave and toaster oven are almost similar in terms of efficiency and performance; But they differ in the number of programs and facilities they provide. The same difference in the number of programs makes you decide which one is more suitable for you.
The number of programs varies according to the brand and model of the microwave; Some models support 10 cooking programs; While some models are equipped with 18 programs. A microwave oven can meet all your cooking needs.
The types of programs vary from model to model, but there are a number of programs that are common to all microwaves.
These programs include grill, convection, macro, combination cooking, automatic cooking, and defrosting. If they are not familiar with these programs, don’t worry! We introduce them to you.
Grill: This program makes your food crispy, roasted and golden; This style of cooking is very delicious and popular for Iranian taste.
Convection: This program distributes heat evenly in the space so that all parts are cooked to the same extent and in the shortest time. Our concerns are the brain of cooking food; This feature is very suitable for ensuring that the brain of the food is cooked.
Macro: This program does what you are most passionate about; Heat!
Combined cooking: As the name suggests, this program does several cooking’s at the same time. The combination of macro, grill and convection mode creates combination cooking.
Automatic or automatic cooking of food: in this program, you do not need to determine the temperature and duration of cooking; Just press “Persian cook” to show you the Persian food menu, according to the food you choose, the device will automatically adjust the temperature and cooking time according to the food.
Defrosting: With this program, you can defrost food without heating; This feature is very useful and we need it almost every day.
A toaster oven has fewer programs than a microwave, and there are different programs in different models and brands. In general, in all toaster ovens, there are three important and useful programs: toast, bake, and broil. Almost most of the toaster ovens have a convection fan and a rotisserie, and some of them perform defrosting operations.
Toast: This program is responsible for making food tastier; In this way, by roasting and golden bread, nuts, seeds and other types of food, it gives them a pleasant taste.
Bake: When you put the device in this mode, only the bottom element is active. This mode is used for baking all kinds of sweets or bread; If you want the food to be golden, put the device in broil mode for a few minutes.
broil: In this mode, only the top element turns on and grills the food. This program can be suitable for grilling various types of meat or melting pizza cheese.
Convection: Nowadays, most of the toaster ovens are of the convection type. Convection toaster ovens distribute heat evenly in the space, thus providing you with fast and uniform cooking. These toaster ovens are more expensive than non-convection ones.
Defrosting: This feature is not available in all models; Some advanced models have defrosting capabilities. This program is used for defrosting all kinds of meat and bread.
Both devices can cope well with heating food.
The advantage of the microwave is that it is very fast and can heat a plate full of food in a minute. A toaster oven also does this well, but it takes more time.
The downside of the microwave is that it removes some of the moisture from the food; This may affect the taste or texture of some foods, especially meat.
However, most people use the microwave for convenience and quick heating.
It is different in toaster oven and microwave; But cooking and heating food in a toaster oven requires more time, because the heating system of a toaster oven is radiation-free and uses elements.
Because the microwave uses electromagnetic radiation and heats all water molecules in the food at the same time. This method allows the food to be heated or cooked in a very short time.
Due to the fact that the number of microwave programs is more, naturally cooking with a microwave will be more diverse and provide you with more possibilities.
The toaster oven limits your cooking and offers you only one specific style; If your cooking style is close to dry food, toaster oven is suitable for you. Ultimately, deciding which one is right for you depends on your taste. Usually, the microwave softens the food, but the toaster oven makes the food crispy and golden.
The microwave is designed to cook and heat food. But in addition to the ability to cook and heat food, the toaster oven can also roast food.
If you like to feel the sound of food under your teeth and you like crispy and crunchy foods, the toaster oven is the winner in this department.
The size and capacity of the microwave and toaster oven completely depends on the model you choose. In general, a toaster oven is lighter and smaller compared to a microwave; For this reason, it is easier to use them.
Being small and light, the toaster oven takes up less space in your kitchen; But the same cannot be said about microwaves.
Usually, the microwave is big and heavy and takes up more space.
There are microwaves and toaster ovens in different sizes and capacities; Therefore, you can choose your suitable size and capacity according to the kitchen space.
In general, microwave oven and toaster oven have different capacities. Average microwave energy consumption is 925 watts, while the most energy-efficient toaster ovens consume approximately 1,225 watts.
Therefore, if energy consumption is important to you, the microwave will be a better choice; The microwave consumes approximately 20% less power.
Toaster ovens and microwave ovens are superior to each other in some areas, which one is a more suitable product; It completely depends on your taste and needs.
In this article, we examined the main differences between a toaster oven and a microwave oven.
If you are looking for a kitchen appliance that can do almost everything and not limit you, then the microwave is the one you are looking for. Usually, microwave is one of the main purchases for dowry.
If you are looking for which product is healthier, the toaster oven comes first; Because it does not use any radiation to cook and heat food.
If you want to heat your food as quickly as possible, the microwave can do it well; Note that “microwave radiation” should not deter you from buying it; As Professor Bloomfield said, microwave radiation is not strong enough to harm you. So if speed is important to you; Microwave is definitely suitable for you.
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