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Old 06-08-2017, 02:41 AM   #1
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Combi Microwave Oven

A few days ago, in another forum, which is US based, I think, I mentioned our combi microwave oven, which microwaves, oven cooks and broils. A couple of the ladies in the forum indicated that they had never heard of such an appliance and loved the idea of it. I was just wondering if this would be true of the United States in general? They're fairly common here, as are microwave/broiler combis. I love mine and wouldn't like to be without it.

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Old 06-08-2017, 10:09 AM   #2
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You can buy them everywhere in the US

I have one but never use it for anything buy microwaving
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Old 06-08-2017, 11:15 AM   #3
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Not to be mistaken with your typical built-in double stacked, microwave-oven combo (microwave top, conventional oven bottom), we used to have a Thermador built-in conventional electric oven with metal interior and racks that also doubled as a microwave oven back in the 90's. It came with the house we bought. I always wondered how the microwave feature worked with all the metal components inside the oven.
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Old 06-08-2017, 11:23 AM   #4
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I have one, too; it has a halogen light for the heat source for the convection oven function. I've never gotten into the habit of using the convection function because I'm too lazy to switch the glass tray inside for the metal one.
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Old 06-08-2017, 11:43 AM   #5
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The one we had had conventional heating coils, top and bottom, plus broil, with all metal racks. And it also microwaved, but not at the same time.
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Old 06-08-2017, 04:29 PM   #6
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They are still somewhat uncommon in household use in the US, imo but are standard now in RVs (caravans).

I always figured that since almost every house has a standard oven that broils, most folks just get a simple microwave - it's cheaper. Maybe there is some other reason?
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Old 06-10-2017, 10:50 PM   #7
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My parents have a convection/microwave oven with a broiler. They are pretty common... even in Texas.

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Old 06-12-2017, 09:42 AM   #8
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My mother had one back in the 90's - cooked conventional, microwave, or both. For some items, using the combo setting was a faster way of getting the job done, yet it didn't have that over-cooked and under browned microwave issue.
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Old 06-13-2017, 03:51 PM   #9
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Interesting that combis were available over the in the 90s. I think we just had microwave cookers then. Not sure how the microwave part works with the metal. I think you can microwave and oven cook at the same time with ours and possibly also microwave and grill. I haven't explored all its functions.

Our main oven is very inefficient and the broiler in it doesn't work at all, so I'm really glad of an efficient oven plus a broiler that works. The only thing is, it doesn't hold as big a tray for the things to broil on as would the broiler in the oven. Besides, it's always handy to have a separate broiler and oven, so that food can be broiled and oven cooked at the same time.
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Old 06-13-2017, 04:44 PM   #10
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Interesting that combis were available over the in the 90s. I think we just had microwave cookers then.
I think we're talking about two different animals here. I think what you're referring to are microwaves with a browning feature. They look like standard, everyday, countertop microwave oven.

We had a full sized Thermador conventional wall oven with 3 standard metal racks and exposed heating elements from the late 70's. And it also microwaved. You had to select which mode you wanted to use, conventional or microwave.
Actually, I have not seen these types of oven anywhere except for the one that came built-in when we bought our house. That kind of tells me perhaps they had trouble with this design...?
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