If you’re in the market for a microwave oven, but don’t really know how they compare to a conventional oven, this article is going to run you through the differences. From how they work, to how much they cost, to how they perform. We’ll look at their pros and cons and round things off with a general comparison between the two.
Let’s dive straight in and look at how they each work.
How Does a Microwave Oven Work?
A microwave oven is a cooking appliance that uses electromagnetic radiation from microwaves to heat and cook food. Microwaves are a type of electromagnetic radiation. They are shorter than radio waves and longer than infrared waves.
Microwaves aren’t just used for cooking. You’ll find them being used for radar, certain industrial tasks and communications amongst other things.
Microwave ovens use the heat from this electromagnetic radiation to heat only the food rather than the whole space inside it. The way they generate microwaves is with a special component called a ‘magnetron’. It sounds like one of the Transformers, but what it does is agitate electrons with a heated filament. This generates the microwaves needed to cook the food.
How Does a Conventional Oven Work?
Your bog-standard oven has the same purpose as a microwave but goes about it differently. Instead of using electromagnetic radiation, they may use metal elements, an electric current or wood as a source of heat.
With a conventional oven, you will find a temperature gauge, so you can choose which temperature you are going to cook at. Ovens will most commonly use a fan, also known as a convection oven, to evenly distribute heat. A conventional oven will heat up the chamber of the oven, rather than just the food itself. This will then cook the food inside it.
So, what are the respective pros of the microwave and conventional oven. We’re going to identify what is most appealing and beneficial about each.
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Now you know the positives of both microwave and conventional ovens, it’s time to take a closer look at their limitations.
Microwaves vs Conventional Ovens
So, when we compare these side by side, how do they shape up? Really, you shouldn’t be choosing whether to get one or the other and these appliances are best when they work in tandem with each other. A microwave oven shouldn’t be your cooking method of choice, despite how convenient it is.
If you need a cooker, you should buy a conventional oven. Ensure that it has all the features you need. The price may be hard to stomach, but it’s a very worthy investment. And there are plenty of ovens and cookers out there that are very reasonably priced.
A microwave should then be bought separately. Together, they give you all the choice you need to cook. Whether you’re going for a quick and easy ready meal or need to defrost some meat that you forgot to take out of the freezer, a microwave oven is extremely handy to have. Its speed and convenience can’t be matched.
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