Trends and Advances in Microwave Cooking
Though microwave ovens go back to the early post WWII years, they first began to find their way into American homes in large numbers in the mid-to-late1970's. Today, you'd be hardpressed to find many households without a microwave. Over the years, there have been many advances in microwave ovens. Here are the latest trends and improvements to consider.
Drawer Microwave Oven
continue to grow in popularity. These nifty microwaves have motorized drawers that slide-out. They are commonly installed in lower cabinets or kitchen islands. Though available in many brands (Sharp, Dacor, Jenn-Air, Thermador, Viking, and Wolf), they all appear to be manufactured by Sharp. They are available in a 24″ and a 30″ width, but both versions have the same inside dimensions. Designers love these because they make sense ergonomically and are more accessible than a built-in microwave with a drop-down or side-swing door.
Over-the-Range (OTR) microwaves
are also very popular, particularly in new home construction. Today's OTR models are available with convection and *speedcook features, and have improved ventilation capabilities – 300CFM is now common.
Built-In microwave ovens
are a great choice for remodeling. They can be located perfectly at eye-level, and buyers can choose from a wide range of brands and features. Locating the microwave above a wall oven is a typical configuration, and several manufacturers offer a built-in microwave/wall oven combination.
Some high end built-in microwave ovens operate on 220v. While the operation of the microwave itself doesn't require 220v., the convection element and/or *speedcook features utilize the added power capability. This greatly adds to the capability of the oven since it has conventional cooking capabilities similar to a standard wall oven.
Inverter technology has been available on some microwaves for nearly a decade. On microwave ovens not equipped with inverter technology, when you select the power setting the microwave oven cycles off and off so that a 50% power setting means the microwave cycles on at 100% power for 50% of the time and off 50% of the time. Microwave ovens with “inverter” technology are capable of reducing the power emitted from the magnetron tube so that the microwave stays on 100% of the time during the entire cycle, but at a reduced power level. KitchenAid, Jenn-Air, and Panasonic have microwave oven models that include inverter technology.
*SpeedCook refers to technologies that boost cooking speed using either a combination of microwave and convection cooking or microwave and halogen lights. There is a third less common technology using air impingement which is primarilyused commercially.
Whatever system you choose for your particular needs it is wise to seek help from sales associates who are knowledgeable about these choices. Consider consulting the experts at Arizona Wholesale Supply Company for all your appliance needs.
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