Some features of a typical convection microwave, such as the Cuisinart model, include 1,000-watts of power, numerous pre-set cooking options, grilling and defrosting. Typically, these ovens allow users to switch between convection- and standard-microwave cooking modes. Compact in size, they are no larger than 1.7 cubic feet, as of 2015.
Convection microwave ovens are big on versatility, featuring many cooking settings that allow users to cook a wide range of foods. Settings make it easy to roast a chicken, grill a steak or bake a casserole. Convection cooking in a microwave is similar to baking in a full-sized oven. Another feature of these combination ovens is that they can be preheated, which is helpful when baking cakes and other desserts. Convection cooking uses hot-air circulation to heat foods instead of a single heat source.
Convection microwaves have faster cooking times than standard microwaves. They also do a good job when it comes to browning certain foods. There are settings that give foods a crispy texture when desired. Convection microwaves do a superior job at retaining the flavor in foods. Convection cooking is ideal for preparing traditional meals, whereas standard mode is fine for heating leftovers, frozen prepared foods and making snacks, such as popcorn. A convection microwave tends to be costlier to purchase than a standard microwave, as of 2015.