Microwave Or OTG Or Oven - Which One To Buy To Complete Your Kitchen?
When it comes to kitchen appliances, there are several choices in the market such as conventional microwave, OTG, and oven. Within these categories, are further sub-divisions and features including those with griller option, dry heat, hot air circulation, crust formation, heat distribution and so on, which can be overwhelming. There are numbers of benefits of modular kitchen with such wide features on different appliances with seemingly similar utility, it is easy to get confused on what is the right product and right choice.
Let us first categorize several of the features and products that exist in the market. We can then analyze the purposes and uses.
- Solo Microwave Oven
This product comes with the microwave-only feature. It is a basic and traditional variety of a microwave. The microwave oven comes with uniform heating for defrosting purpose, reheating and cooking food of smaller quantities. It is not possible to bake or grill anything in this product.
- Grill Microwave Oven
This solo microwave oven is equipped with a grill or heating coil on its surface. This product has a feature to grill, toast or even roast the food. Both microwave features and grilling can be used in combination in this product. Grill feature comes with a mode and setting which will require the use of the plate for grilling or the rack. The rack will bring the food closer to the grill. Hence the grill microwave oven has grill plates that come along with the product.
- Convection Microwave Oven
The convection microwave oven uses technologies of the regular microwave, as well as the convection oven. This product can be used to bake products, be it cake or puffs or cookies. The air inside is circulated uniformly with the help of a fan. As a result, although food may take more time than usual to cook, it comes out crispier and more caramelized, than the regular solo microwave.
- The OTG
OTG is short for Oven Toaster Griller. This has features to reheat, keep warm, grill, barbecue and also bake food items. OTG Oven features heating coils on the bottom and top (inner) surfaces. You have the option of choosing which coil to activate, depending on the purpose of the cook. The top coil can be switched on for grilling, while both can be switched on for baking purposes.
Now let us come to the main difference between a microwave oven and an OTG.
The Oven Toaster Griller (OTG) is the electric oven which comes with heating rods. The food is cooked by the heating of the air inside due to the coils. The microwave, on the other hand uses microwaves to heat the water molecules present in food. These water molecules on being heated, go on to cook/heat the food material.
You can use an oven to bake food items such as a cake, bread, cookies, etc., but is not ideally used to reheat food. A microwave, is primarily used for defrosting, and reheating food, as opposed to baking.
A convection microwave, however, bridges the gap between the two, by providing a suitable environment for baking. Although, grilling is a function that is exclusive to the OTG.
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