The model boasts as many as 29 automatic programmes that will let you defrost, cook, and reheat foods without a hassle as well as achieve perfect results with first-time recipes.
The white exterior is prone to staining.
Belonging to the Slimline series, the Panasonic NN-CT54JWBPQ is a highly functional combination microwave thought out to the last detail. Designed to save countertop space, it also offers optimized cooking chamber to easily accommodate different cookware and family meals. And an impressive bunch of auto-cook settings makes it a real find for novice cooks.
Microwave - 1000 watts
Grill - 1300 watts
Touch electronic controls with an LCD screen
29 auto-cook programmes
6 microwave power levels, 3 grill power levels, Digital timer, Chaos/Turbo defrost, Quick 30-second setting, Add time setting, Child lock
Wire rack, Enamel tray
52 x 39.5 x 31 cm
A Position Memory turntable made of highly durable glass returns into initial position when the cooking cycle is over, thus ensuring safe use and allowing for convenient cookware removal.
Instructions are not detailed enough.
If you are not a fan of feature-packed appliances and rather look for a pretty simple microwave without numerous add-ons, this model from Toshiba will get you covered. A combination technology will let you cook faster and in a healthier manner while a decent auto-cook menu will both meet basic needs and suit even more creative cooks.
Microwave - 800 watts
Grill - 1050 watts
Electronic controls with an LED screen, 2 dials
8 auto-cook programmes
5 power levels, Digital timer, Add 30 seconds setting, Eco mode
48.5 x 40.3 x 29.6 cm
1-year product warranty and 5-year magnetron warranty
The appliance from Russell Hobbs comes with a whopping 10 power level settings. This way, you won't just have a variety of cooking methods at your disposal but you'll also far less likely undercook or overcook some of the more demanding dishes.
Some auto-cook programmes seem similar.
Performing all the functions of a conventional oven, yet, working at the speed of a microwave, the Russell Hobbs RHM3002 offers the best of combination cooking technology. Precisely adjustable power along with a well-thought auto-cook menu will ensure perfect cooking results time and again. Meanwhile, all-steel design looks up-to-date and is a breeze to maintain.
Microwave - 900 watts
Grill - 1100 watts
Convection - 2500 watts
Electronic controls with an LCD screen, 1 dial
10 auto-cook programmes
10 power levels, Digital timer
52 x 49.5 x 33.5 cm
Superior ceramic interior is highly resistant to scratches and colour fading as well as stain- and scorch-proof, all of this making it a cinch to clean and maintain. Besides, it has antibacterial properties.
It'll take you quite a while to fully get the hang of the unit operation.
If you stick to healthy nutrition principles and want to be able to treat your family with fresh nutrient-packed meals without stuffing your kitchen with a number of appliances, this multi-functional combi microwave from Samsung is for you. A variety of healthy cooking programmes will let you toss off healthy treats at the touch of a button. And you'll be even able to proof dough and ferment yoghurt.
Microwave - 900 watts
Grill - 1500 watts
Convection - 2100 watts
Electronic controls with an LCD screen
10 auto-cook programmes, 15 healthy cooking programmes, 5 Dough proof/ Yoghurt programmes
6 power levels, Digital timer, Eco mode, Deodorization, Child safety lock, 30 seconds plus, Sensor cook, Turntable On/Off
51.7 x 47.5 x 31 cm
3-year warranty on parts and labour
Smart defrost functions including the Auto defrost and Defrost by weight and time allow perfectly cooking frozen foods and meals without the need to defrost them in advance.
The oven temperature is not adjustable during operation.
What sets this Ingenix IG3095 combination microwave apart from the rivals is a straightforward multi-functionality paired with decent cooking power that makes it a mighty kitchen multi-tasker. You'll be able to knock up both snacks and full-scale meals in mere minutes while the lovers of fried delicacies will adore the Home Fry function.
Microwave - 1000 watts
Grill - 2400 watts
Convection - 2400 watts
Electronic controls with an LCD screen, 1 dial
10 auto-cook programmes
Digital timer, Eco mode, Auto defrost, Defrost by weight & time, Child lock, Add 30 seconds setting
Grill pan, Wire rack
52 x 52 x 33 cm
Everyday Cooking Made Easy for Everyone
Your cooking skills leave much to be desired, yet, you drastically want to be able to cook at home something more than hot sandwiches and fried eggs? If so, the Panasonic NN-CT54JWBPQ combination microwave will come to the rescue and bring your home cooking to the next level.
What makes this model a great choice for beginner cooks straight away is as many as 29 auto-cook options it's fitted with and a detailed user manual that contains not only helpful user recommendations and clear guidelines but also handy recipes including a choice of meat, fish, veg, and seafood dishes, snacks, quick meals, and desserts. It means no cooking times and temperatures. So, no guesswork engaged, you just need to choose the recipe, set the corresponding auto-cook programme and let the appliance do its magic. Add to this intuitive and comprehensible touch-screen controls and cooking with the Panasonic NN-CT54JWBPQ will be a piece of cake even for those who used a microwave only for reheating meals before.
With 1000 watts in a microwave and 1300 watts in a grill mode, the model is decently powered and will impress you with really fast cooking. Meanwhile, thanks to an inverter technology characteristic of all Panasonic microwaves paired with precise power controls (at 6 microwave and 3 grill power levels available), all foods will come out evenly cooked and browned to perfection without burned tops and edges or undercooked bottoms. And those who have picky little eaters in the family will highly appreciate the Junior Menu that will allow them to cook many healthy and yummy treats such as veg fries, pureed delicacies, and pasta bake for kids.
When Smaller Means Bigger
The Panasonic NN-CT54JWBPQ thought-out functionality comes packed into just as a well-thought design created to help you optimize your countertop without compromising the cooker capacity. Belonging to the Slimline series, this model is compact from the outside but it offers pretty large inner capacity. This was achieved by removing the fan system from the back to the top of the unit and, thus, reducing the appliance size and saving up to 20% of countertop space. At the same time, the cooker is big enough from the inside to accommodate a large 34cm turntable as well as to ensure flexibility for using larger plates and dishes. So, if you need to quickly make a family-size pizza or roast a whole chicken, this combi microwave from Panasonic will handle both with ease.
All things considered, the Panasonic NN-CT54JWBPQ is hands down the best combination microwave for everyday cooking that will meet the needs of pretty much any home kitchen and will be duly appreciated by both novices and experienced cooks.
Go Simple, Cook Easy
A highly reputed brand, Toshiba is well-known worldwide for exceptional quality and functionality of its appliances. And while some units are feature-packed smart gizmos, others truly shine in their simplicity. The Toshiba MW2-AG23PF combination microwave belongs to the latter category. So, if you are into solid straightforward functionality without fancy add-ons, this model is for you.
For starters, as a combi microwave, this model offers an efficient bundle of microwave and grill power allowing you to use those options separately or in a combo depending on the task you have at hand. This feature alone puts it beyond compare to any even premium solo microwaves. With 800 watts of power in the microwave mode and 1050 watts in grill, the appliance will cook really fast evenly heating all foods from within and lending a golden brown top to give your meals an appetising look. With that, you’ll have as many as 5 adjustable power level to maximise the heating performance for warming up, defrosting, slow cooking, roasting or boiling liquids and cook with precision.
To proceed, in an auto-cook menu, this Toshiba microwave doesn’t have an abundance of programmes. However, 8 pre-programmed settings include the most common options for a microwave. Thus, you’ll have pizza, pasta, meat, vegetable, fish, potato, popcorn, and beverage modes activated at a press of a button. Besides, an “Add 30 seconds” setting allows extending the cooking time if needed. On top of that, humble dial controls with menu abbreviations explained on the top of the unit along with clear concise instructions make the microwave very easy and convenient to operate.
Reliable and Practical Cooker
As simple as it is, the Toshiba combination microwave is designed with practicality and reliability in mind. The whole unit construction is solidly built to withstand active daily use for years to come. A stainless steel body and tempered glass door are not prone to damages, deformations, and cracks while the enamelled interior with a simply shaped heating element is a breeze to clean. And the all-black exterior design is more resistant to spots and stains saving you the need to clean it too often.
It's notable that the Toshiba MW2-AG23PF is offered at a very reasonable price (far below 100 pounds), which makes it a great choice for thrifty cooks and stringent budgets. More than that, thanks to considerably shorter cooking times (as compared to solo microwaves), it won’t add too much to your electricity bills. And in the Eco mode, it will further reduce the energy consumption by cutting down the standby power by almost 50%. A handy little perk of this model we can’t leave unnoticed is a position memory turntable. After use, the turntable resets into initial position, thus, allowing for convenient cookware or hot mug removal and accordingly reducing the risk of accidental burns.
In a word, featuring basic functionality and solidly designed, the Toshiba MW2-AG23PF combination microwave is a real find for busy home cooks who seek to minimise their kitchen times and still be able to toss off some quick meals and delicious simple teats or snacks.
Russell Hobbs RHM3002
Combination Cooking at Its Best
Convection ovens are great but they do have a tendency to dry out products when used incorrectly. Fortunately, that will unlikely be the case with the Russell Hobbs RHM3002.
Not unlike other models on our list, what we have here is a powerful appliance. It can be used as a 900-watt microwave. But it will also give you 1100 watts of grill power and 2500-watt convection.
And, dissimilar to those models, the appliance from Russell Hobbs comes with a whopping 10 power level settings. This way, you won't just have a variety of cooking methods at your disposal but also you'll less likely undercook or overcook some of the more demanding dishes. Thus, by combining grill and microwave power, you can roast a whole chicken in a fraction of the time it would normally take you to cook it in an ordinary oven and even the chicken breast will come out juicy inside and with an appetising golden crust on the top. And by adding convection, you are free to experiment with bakery and rest assured all your desserts and sweet delicacies will be soft and mouth melting.
With 30 litres of capacity, this model is one of the most sizeable combo ovens on our list that will give you more than enough internal cavity space for some of the larger bowls and plates.
Of course, the usual auto-cook settings are there, precisely 10 of them. There is also a defrost function that works with both time and weight settings, so, you can easily cook frozen foods, with not much time added to the whole cooking process. The relatively standard digital timer doesn't differ that much from your usual deal but we've found the dial to be particularly convenient.
A Piece of Steel Goodness
As far as the model design goes, the Russell Hobbs RHM3002 is an all-steel beauty. Crisp steel exterior looks sleek and very up-to-date. It will seamlessly fit into any modern interior, be it high-tech, loft, minimalistic or industrial style, futurism, or fusion as well as add a dash of metal sophistication to contemporary classics and other more traditional styles.
From a practical standpoint, steel design is solid and long-lasting as it is. Highly durable metal is not prone to damages and deformations while the door and control panel made of brushed steel are also fingerprint-proof. And the stainless steel interior makes it easy to clean the appliance afterwards.
Speaking of the unit dimensions, it is not the most compact model out there, especially given its cooking chamber capacity. However, with a fan built into the side wall and push-to-open door design, the appliance has no extruding parts and is pretty space-wise.
To put it differently, the Russell Hobbs RHM3002 will provide you with all the benefits of your standard, conventional oven but with the speed of a microwave. Obviously, it will microwave. But it will also bake, grill, and roast with precision, making it a particularly versatile piece of kitchenware.
Combi Power for Healthy Treats
Today, healthy eating is not just a modern trend but a conscious nutrition choice from millions of people. A multitude of healthy recipes proves that healthy treats are not necessarily boring and tasteless. So, if you want to diversify your family menu with fresh nutrient-rich meals without much fuss, this combination microwave oven from Samsung is definitely worth your attention.
First and foremost, with 28 litres of capacity, this microwave has a rather large cooking chamber both to toss off some single-serve treats or quick snacks and to whip up substantial family-size meals. Besides, a handy Turntable On/Off option allows disabling the rotating turntable to use every centimetre of the inner cavity and easily accommodate larger rectangle or square pans and trays, which are used for stewing, baking, and grilling in larger portions. Thus, no matter if you are a busy solo cook or have to regularly cook in multiple servings, the Samsung MC28H5013AS/EU is perfectly sized to meet different needs.
Yet, where this model really excels and outcompetes its rivals is an amazingly versatile functionality. With 900 watts in a microwave, 1500 watts in grill, and 2100 watts in a convection mode accordingly, the appliance fully lives up to its name and delivers the best of combination performance. It will cook much faster than any ordinary microwave or a conventional oven while ensuring consistently flawless cooking results and providing a variety of cooking options. Featuring 10 auto-cook programmes, this microwave will let you bake, grill, roast, or re-heat hearty delicious meals and try a number of all-loved traditional recipes while 6 power levels are there to help you customise the power settings to avoid undercooking and overcooking. And the Power Defrost is a valuable function when you need to quickly cook foods right from the freezer.
To continue, this combi cooker from Samsung also offers as many as 15 healthy cooking programmes that will let you replenish your healthy nutrition schemes with flavourful calorie-wise treats. Grilled salmon and shrimps, lean chicken breast, and baked broccoli will be cooked to perfection, remaining moist and juicy from the inside. On top of that, the appliance boasts a fermentation function, thus, allowing you to try your hand at baking homemade bread and making fresh yoghurt.
... and a Combo of Features for Easy Maintenance
Impressive functionality aside, the next thing that will sell this Samsung microwave on you is comprehensive and intuitive controls and the ease of maintenance. Electronic controls with an LCD screen are very straightforward, with each button clearly marked, which makes the appliance operation a piece of cake for all sorts of users.
When it comes to cleaning, scraping off scorched fat and dry grease from the microwave walls and soaking a turntable in soapy water is the unpleasant part of using a microwave, not to mention those foul food smells accumulating in the cooking chamber. That’s true for many models, yet, not for the Samsung MC28H5013AS/EU. Enameled ceramic interior of this oven is not only damage and scratch-resistant but also perfectly smooth that makes cleaning a breeze. In contrast to steel and epoxy interiors, it won’t discolour or fade over time and is distinguished by antibacterial qualities. Meantime, the deodorization setting will help keep bad odours at bay. When activated, it uses the fan to force out the interior air, thus, keeping your foods fresh and free from any side flavours.
Wrapping up, excellent functionality and thought-out design make this Samsung combination microwave oven a real find for healthy eaters and creative home cooks who want to cook faster without compromising the quality and taste of their favourite meals.
Mighty Kitchen Multi-tasker
If you are in the market for a high-performance functional microwave to cover your family cooking needs and minimise your kitchen times without eating much space on the countertop, the Ingenix IG3095 will catch your fancy.
Claimed as a combination microwave, it fully keeps up with the manufacturer promises and offers efficient triple functionality as advertised. It means it is not only a strong combo of microwave and grill but also a potent fan-assisted convection oven. More than that, 1000 watts of microwave power, a 2400-watt grill, and 2400-watt convection make it a mighty appliance that will cook times faster than a solo microwave and will even outperform a full-scale oven in a way.
In practice, an impressive power output paired with forceful convection technology and an innovative infrared heating tube offers much more than cooking time reduction. You will also enjoy evenly cooked and ideally browned dishes with an appetising golden crust on the outside while succulent and finely textured inside. A 10-programme auto-cook menu provides handy quick settings for baking, roasting, grilling, and microwaving some most popular snack and meals such as pizza and pasta, veg and potatoes, meat and fish. More than that, you are free to adjust cooking time and temperature manually to cook literally anything you want and a detailed user manual will help you quickly get the hang of all the settings.
With a 30-litre inner cavity volume, the Ingenix IG3095 is a great family-size microwave suitable even for two-tier cooking. A 95-min timer will let you perfectly cook larger meals while an oven-style door allows conveniently removing larger pots and pans.
Meet Your Savour for Fried Foods
Although fried foods are not the healthiest out there, they are savoured by many eaters and this combo microwave provides a healthier way to cook those hard-to-resist delicacies. The Home Fry and Crisp Grill function this model is fitted with will let you cook crunchy French fries, onion rings and calamari, crispy nuggets and croquettes as well as yummy grilled shrimps, escalopes, and spring rolls using minimum oil. Besides, thanks to a combo of grill and convection, pork ribs, homemade kebabs, burgers, and steaks will come out both juicy and crusty, strongly reminding those grilled treats you’ll cook on the open fire or in a Kamado grill.
One more feature we can’t overlook in this combination microwave oven is a low-temperature control function that is perfect for slow cooking and fermenting delicious fresh yoghurts.
To cut a long story short, the Ingenix IG3095 is a mighty cooking multi-tasker that will find its place in any family kitchen and let you cook tasty party treats and hearty meals in a maximum quick manner.
What Is a Combination Microwave?
A smart solution is a concept that rules our lives today. And it is true for all spheres and activities, be it sports, leisure, work, body care, or cooking. Tossing off meals eats up a lot of free time, so, it’s no wonder most home cooks seek to optimize the cooking process to the maximum by investing in food processors, countertop blenders, hand mixers, and other appliances to speed up the food preparation. Likewise, a good cooker will help cut down cooking time and a combination microwave is one of those multi-taskers that perfectly fit that purpose.
A self-explanatory name gives the clue to what makes this type of cooker shine. The oven cleverly combines microwave and convection technology to pair quick interior heating with speedy and efficient surface browning and crisping. As a result, the foods come out evenly cooked from the inside and perfectly browned from the outside. And all is done really fast.
This mixture of microwave energy and effective heat distribution is ideal for roasting, grilling, and baking. Plus you’ll have a variety of cooking options to choose from. Whether you need to whip up quick snacks, add a finishing touch to your meal, cook a family lunch, or bake cupcakes for kids, a combo microwave will cope with that. So, as technologically complete and functionally versatile as it is, a combination microwave is a decent rival and alternative to a full-scale convection oven, especially for those space-limited kitchens and downtown studios with open layouts.
What Features to Compare
Looking pretty much like solo microwaves, combination microwaves are much more versatile and offer levelled up functionality worth any modern kitchen. However, choosing the model that will perfectly suit your cooking and kitchen needs might turn out a daunting task, given a variety of models available on the market. Hence, before you pick up some particular unit, be sure to check the following essential characteristics.
Featuring the functionality of grills, convection ovens, and microwave, combi microwaves normally pack impressive power and the final power outputs vary depending on the activated appliance function. Thus, the microwave power falls within the range from 8000 watts to 1100 watts, the grill operates at the power from 900 watts to stunning 2500 watts and the convection power is usually above 2000 watts. As such, all combination models have enough punch to cook really fast while adjustable power levels allow delivering consistently good results, whatever you cook.
Capacity and Cooking Modes
As we’ve already mentioned, combination microwaves encompass triple functionality. With that, they are also fitted with a number of pre-set cooking programmes to provide touch-of-a-button convenience and take any guesswork out of the cooking process. In other words, you just put the ingredients into the cookware, place the dish into a microwave, activate the desired cooking mode and let the appliance do the rest for you to taste a fresh and delicious home treat. Notably, the number of auto-cook modes varies from one model to another and in general, you can have from 6 or 8 pre-programmed settings to about 30 auto-cook functions. So, whether you are an ordinary home cook or an experienced culinary addict, you’ll find an appliance to meet your needs and culinary aspirations.
Given the combi microwaves extended functionality, these appliances are basically generously sized, with the smallest model capacity sitting somewhere between 23L and 25L. Meanwhile, family-sized units designed for cooking hearty full-scale meals can be up to 40L in capacity, thus, confidently competing with full-sized conventional ovens.
Extras and Accessories
Common accessories you’ll find in a combination microwave package include wire racks ideal for grilling, making sandwiches, and crisping pizzas and different flat trays for baking. Meanwhile, such extra features as a digital timer and "Add 30 seconds" allow cooking with precision and a child lock ensures peace of mind and safety for families with kids. The Eco mode will minimise standby power consumption and the deodorization function some models are equipped with will prevent foul odours build-up in the cooking chamber.
To set a final note, combination microwaves are at the highest end of the microwave price range but the multi-functionality they provide and multiple added features they are jam-packed are fully worth that extra investment.
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How to Get the Most out of Your Combination Microwave
Combining different cooking ways, combination microwave ovens are true cooking wizards that will save you much time and effort. Yet, many users find it difficult to figure out all the functional perks and often end up using their feature-packed cookers just as mere microwaves. However, if you just need to warm-up ready meals and leftovers or reheat a cup of milk to make instant cocoa, you can stay with a more basic solo microwave and an extra investment on a combi model. But the combis have much more to offer. So, to help you get the best out of your combo microwave, we’ve made a short-list of helpful tips.
A microwave mode is great for some simple tasks such as heating up soups or some pre-cooked meal and cooking jacket potatoes or defrosting frozen ingredients.
A grill mode alone is great for making final touch-ups to crisp up your meals. It also works perfectly for pizzas, veggies, and bacon that turn out as if cooked on the open grill.
An individual convection mode will convert your microwave into an ordinary oven ideal for baking and cooking some delicate desserts. You can cook crispy cookies, puffy muffins, tender souffles, quiches, open and closed pies, and more.
Meanwhile, a combo of modes is the best option for multi-stage cooking as well as for heavier and larger meals or thicker chunks such as whole chicken roasts, casseroles, multi-ingredient stews, etc.
Use auto-cook settings when you are not quite sure about appropriate cooking time and temperature. Each and every combi has those automatic programmes for the most popular dishes where the appliance sense the steam released from the food to automatically adjust the cooking time and ensure flawless cooking results each time.
Note that in a microwave mode, moisture evaporates from foods. Therefore, if you seek to keep your treats moist and juicy for further grilling, cover your food while microwaving. Besides, this helps better control the cooking temperature.
Remember to remove lids from containers when reheating foods. This will prevent hot steam and pressure build-up inside the container and you’ll avoid food exploding.
Some Unusual Things You’ve Never Thought Your Microwave Is Suitable For
While pretty much any regular microwave user knows how to cook airy mug-cakes, scrambled or poached eggs, steamed veg, and oil-free potato chips in a microwave, there are still some microwave tricks will surprise you and further extend your microwave functionality.
Peeling off a head of garlic. Microwaving a head of garlic for about 20 seconds will make an easy job out of that messy and tedious task. The calves will simply slide out of the husks, leaving no sticky and stinky garlic juice on your hands.
Drying herbs. There is no need to turn on an oven, just place clean herb branches or leaves onto a paper towel and microwave for about 3 minutes to make them brittle and dry.
No-tears onion cutting. A microwave can actually save you the need to hold your breath or use special onion goggle when chopping onions. Simply cut off the onion tips, microwave the onion for 30 seconds, and forget about that burning feel in your eyes for good.
Soaking beans. All cooks know that before cooking beans need to be soaked overnight. A microwave will cut that time down to the minimum. Microwave the beans in water until they boil (for about 15 minutes), let them soak for an hour and you are good to go.
Squeeze the most out of citrus. A microwave will help you squeeze away the citrus to the last drop and get far more juice. Zap a whole lemon for 10 seconds before squeezing and then cut it into halves. It works for oranges and grapefruits too, just increase the zapping time for 5 to 10 seconds depending on the fruit size.
Toasting nuts. Yes, right, and a microwave can do it even better than an oven. Spread them in a single layer over the plate and microwave in one-minute intervals until ready, flipping nuts from time to time for even roasting results.