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Microwaves no longer just heat up your food. Convection technology cooks and browns your food evenly by blowing heat around the dish, so you can bake cookies and pies right in your microwave. Meat entrées turn out as brown and tasty as if they were roasted under your oven's broiler.
You may think that your microwave simply heats up leftovers or frozen food, but today's models, packed with modern technology, are able to do so much more. Best Buy offers a variety of microwave ovens, including microwaves on sale, so you're sure to find the best microwave at the perfect price to fit your kitchen space.
The most common built-in microwave is an over-the range microwave, which, as the name implies, is mounted to the wall above your range, and requires both installation and venting. A microwave drawer, when installed, pulls out from your lower cabinets and eliminates the need to lift heavy dishes above the stove.
Microwaves are usually available with wattages between 500 and 1,000, where a 700-watt microwave boils a cup of room temperature water in just over two minutes. Some colleges have wattage limitations for their dorms, so check with the school before buying a microwave for a new student.
One of the most common new microwave technologies is convection, which blows heat around your food for faster, more even cooking. Convection cooking can brown foods as a broiler would and create crusty baked goods you might normally bake in an oven. Microwave sensors can gauge the internal temperature of food and adjust the oven's power level to compensate, or shut off the oven automatically. You can even grill food in a microwave: radiant heat surrounding your food can sear the outside without creating a rubbery interior. If you want to cook more food at one time, check into microwaves with a rack. And, if easy clean-up is important to you, choose a microwave with a porcelain enamel or stainless steel interior.
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