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How do microwave ovens compare to regular ovens?
Microwave cooking can be more energy efficient than conventional cooking because foods cook faster and the energy heats only the food, not the oven compartment.
Microwave cooking does not reduce the nutritional value of foods any more than conventional cooking. In fact, foods cooked in a microwave oven may keep more of their vitamins and minerals, because microwave ovens can cook more quickly and without adding water.
What should I consider before I buy a microwave oven?
Start by deciding:
What are the advantages and disadvantages of various sizes?
Big vs. Small?
Large or midsized counter top models generally have more power and heat food faster than a compact model. However, compact models are less expensive.
Counter vs. Over the Range and Built-ins?
Counter top models take up valuable counter space. However, over the range models cost about twice as much and can be difficult to install.
A built-in model that does not go over the range is easier to install than an over the range microwave and is less expensive.
What are some of the common features I will want to consider?
What is the price range for microwave ovens?
Counter top models range from $50 to $250.
Built-ins range from $50 to $200, with an extra charge for a kit to mount it on the wall.
Over the range models range from $300 to $600.
Models with convection features range between $300 and $800.