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Oven or Microwave or OTG – What to buy? Which to buy?

Oven or Microwave or OTG – What to buy? Which to buy?

Microwave or Oven? Convection micro or OTG . . .choices choices? Griller should be there? Maybe! Hot air circulation, dry heat hmmm — crust formation, uniform heat distribution required? –  Yes! I need that. Electromagnetic waves ——–what is that? Let me-check on-line?  Maybe the storekeeper will know that . . . . . AND the thoughts in the mind go on and on and on.

Oven or Microwave or OTG – What to buy? Which to buy? 

Oven or Microwave or OTG – What to buy? Which to buy?

We are confused, what is right and what will be the right choice?  Here is a post that will answer most of these questions in your mind. Be with me and if I am missing out something; please write back in the comments. I would love to have your points, feedback and tips!

Before we start here is my #foodsketch  #fooddoodle #foodart

Oven or Microwave or OTG – What to buy? Which to buy? 

Food doodle

There are many products in the market and that certainly adds so much to the confusion. So, I have tried to categorise them:

1. Solo Microwave Oven –—- This is the basic kind of microwave and comes with ‘microwave only’ mode. It provides uniform heating for defrosting, reheating and also for cooking small quantities of food. The point to remember here is you cannot grill or bake anything in a solo microwave. An example of this would be Morphy Richards 20MS 20-Litre Solo Microwave (Black).

2. Grill Microwave Oven —— A grill microwave oven is a solo microwave equipped with heating coil on the top part. This can be used to grill, toast or roast food too. Grilling can be used in combination with the microwave. The grill comes as a mode or setting in microwaves. This requires the use of a grilling plate or a rack, which brings the food closer to the grill. An example of this is IFB 25PG3B 25-Litre Grill Microwave Oven (Black/Floral Design).

3. Convection Microwave Oven —– A convection microwave uses a combination of the two technologies: 1. regular microwave and 2. convection oven. It can be used to bake anything cookies or cakes. There is a fan and a heating element to circulate hot air uniformly in the microwave. As a result, the food takes time to cook and comes out more ‘browner’ than you would get in a solo microwave. An example of this is Morphy Richards 23MCG 23-Litre Convection Microwave Oven (Black)

4. OTG —— An Oven Toaster Griller (OTG) can reheat, keep warm, grill, barbecue and most importantly, bake food items. It has heating coils on the bottom and on the roof of the oven. This heating element converts electric energy into heat to create high temperatures at which the food bakes. All the OTG’s have the option to switch on either one or both coils. For grilling, you need to heat the top coil and for baking, you need both coils to be heated. An example of this is Morphy Richards 24 R-SS OTG 24 L Stainless Steel Black

An OTG is a baker’s delight- you can bake crisp cookies, spongy brown muffins and even bread to perfection using an OTG.

Oven or Microwave or OTG – What to buy? Which to buy?

And now for the most asked question –

What is the difference between a Microwave and an OTG?

Let’s talk about OTG first — 1. An OTG or an oven-toaster-griller is an electric oven that comes with heating rods. OTG converts electric energy into heat to create a high temperature at which the food bakes. It adds direct heat to food to cook it.  I believe an OTG bakes better than a convection microwave but, at the same time, it cannot be used to heat/de freeze food.

2. The thermostat in the oven (if there is one) measures the temperature and adjusts the current through the element to maintain the temperature. Some ovens (convection) also have fans that uniformly distribute the heat. These ovens with fans are much more efficient as they uniformly distribute the heat.

3. Another point that comes to my mind is that — An OTG is slower than a convection microwave oven. I mean time-wise. Example – the OTG will require 15 minutes of preheating, whereas the microwave oven will require only 5 minutes of preheating.

4. An OTG has a front door, removable wire rack. Baking pans or sheets are used for food.

5. OTG is ideal for professional bakers or people who are looking for a dedicated appliance only to bake, grill and toast.

Oven or Microwave or OTG – What to buy? Which to buy?  (credit to the owner) 

If we talk about Microwave oven; it has its own pros and cons:

1. A microwave oven is a type of oven that uses microwaves to heat up food. Microwaves are a type of electromagnetic wave that stays somewhere in between radio wave and infrared radiation on the electromagnetic spectrum.  Understood. Very clear na ?

2. Now let me simplify how the microwave oven actually works. When we place the food inside the microwave oven, the oven throws microwaves at the food. The waves are then absorbed by the fat, water and other substances inside the food which start heating up the molecules of the food – the heat then travels outwards, heating up the rest of the food. That is the reason we say — microwaves heat the food from the inside out.

3. A convection microwave also has a heating element and a fan that distributes heat evenly. This provides a baking or browning effect.

4. You can cook a whole meal in a convection microwave. Plus, a microwave also has the advantage of speed. That makes it super convenient for us busy women.

5. Microwave Ovens have different modes to set before you start using. Make sure that you have set the Oven/Bake mode before starting to bake. Normally, the default mode is Microwave i.e. heating.

6. It is safe to use porcelain plates and bowls in the microwave. The thing you will need to avoid is gold or silver coloured paint, because of the metal content present in such paints.

7. Pyrex is another microwave friendly material that is safe to use. La Opala, and corelle crockery is made from Pyrex.

8. You can also use Silicone bakeware for making cake, muffin, pudding etc.

9. Glass too can be used, but not those which have some golden or silver lining as they may spark, However, avoid metal utensils in the microwave mode only unless you are using it in the grill and convection mode.

10. Aluminium bakeware for (cake etc) can be used in microwave only if you are using convection mode and provided your microwave has the option. Normally, it is written on the utensil itself about its safe usage

11. If you are still confused about bakeware that works in your microwave, jump over here to see microwave bakeware.

12. The easiest way to understand this —when using only microwave mode– If any vessel remains cold and the food gets hot, that vessel is ideal to use. If it gets little warm (the vessel) then you can use it though if it becomes hot, then you should avoid it for microwave cooking but remember — (the same “doesn’t” apply on baking).

Oven or Microwave or OTG – What to buy? Which to buy? (credit to the owner) 

Common Myths regarding Microwave Ovens

Some people believe that using microwave ovens contaminates food with a radioactive element. But FDA (Food and Drug Association) of America states that microwave ovens do not contaminate food. Microwaves just cause water molecules in the food to vibrate producing heat that cooks food and thus food having high water content like vegetables cook faster. The energy waves generated by a microwave oven are converted to heat and thus they do not contaminate food.

Source of Information —- Food and Drug Association website

Another question —

Should I buy an OTG or a convection microwave oven?

I suggest If you would be baking regularly and you have space in your kitchen to accommodate two ovens, you could consider going for a separate OTG for your baking needs.

If, however, you need to heat and cook food in your oven in addition to baking; you should get a convection microwave oven.

A convection microwave cannot offer the same effect of baking like that of an OTG but it is the quickest and closest alternative to one. Similarly, an OTG cannot replicate the variety of cooking or the speed of cooking of a convection microwave.

So, in a nutshell, my suggestion is – If you are going to be an occasional baker and space is a constraint then convection microwave oven will do for you. Buy one device and use it wisely. However, if you are thinking of taking up baking as a hobby then invests in a good OTG –  they are not very expensive anyways.

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This Post Has 36 Comments

  1. 2blissofbaking

    Thank you so much Somanna, so glad you found this article helpful. Convection microwave would be ideal for you. I have given the links in the Murphy in the post. Which I guess is showing not available right now. Haier is also a good brand. I have received a good reviews about it from few friends.
    click on this –

  2. Somanna

    Thank you Pooja for an informative post. The words used and the explanation is really simple and cleared my confusion between OTG and Microwave.
    Need suggestion if you can provide one, which would be the best microwave for household use involving general cooking and occasional baking and grilling. Thank you once again for the wonderful post.

  3. Habib

    Thanks for clarification and assistance in making selection

  4. 2blissofbaking

    Thank you, Mamta for appreciation means a lot. Keep both the elements on when baking cookies.

  5. Mamta

    Thanks Pooja for taking time and giving us valuable information. Recently I purchased 60 l morphy richards otg. Tried baking cookies and bread but it failed as my ratios were not correct and after reading your blog got much info . I will try again. I have a question. To bake cookies should I ON both rods ?

  6. Rafa

    You have ptovide a very informative insight on the ovens. Thank you so much i clears most of my doubts. But one thing is still foggy in my mind. Which one will do the job better in grilling and roasting of meat? I will be glad if you could suggest something.

  7. S. S. Sheopuria

    Very very informative. One should study all such type of information before purchasing such items. Thanks for information provided.

  8. Diwan Prasad

    No suggestions about barbecue of food . What I was informed Microwave oven with convection and grill do not give good results as compared to that of from OTG.
    What do you suggest use to half grill food and then roast over barbecue oven ( Coal Based) to get smoking. The basic idea is I want to serve 15 peoples with barbecue dishes with small coal oven so I can half cook the food an hour or two in advance and serve fast. OTG will have more time but may be good result while grilled microwave may not serve the purpose but will cook food fast

  9. Srividya Kartik

    Hi. This information is very useful. I have a family of 5. I want to bake a large (12″) pizza or two 8″ cakes (at the same time). Also make a large batch of cookies or cupcakes(small batches disappear very fast!!) And paneer tikka in the rotisserie. Regular cooking I would prefer to do it my gasstove. I understand from your post that i should go for an otg. What capacity of otg should I buy and which brand do you recommend. Thanks!!

  10. 2blissofbaking

    Hi Rizwana,
    I totally understand your situation. I think Microwave convention makes more sense for you. As you want to heat food, cook food in less time and occasionally bake.
    For sandwich and all, I suggest, buy a griller sandwich maker. They are quick and easy to operate, consumes less time.

  11. Rizwana

    Hy… M from Bangalore… 5mnths back HD bought an OTG, as we were un aware about microwave, OTG n conventional microwave… V r family of 4..n ma hubby cooks too…v usually re-heat food n mke sandwiches n cakes sometimes… Ma hubby just lyk to cook food in less time, he hates OTG as t consumes more tym… N sandwich was burnt twice wen v did… N pre heating d OTG z d hatest thing for him… Planning to exchange now… What ll be better for us….? Plzz hlp me out… Ours z wonderchef 29litrs

  12. Smitha

    Thanks a lot so i confirmed to buy an otg

  13. 2blissofbaking

    convection oven sounds like a better option for you 🙂

  14. Milton Christian

    i want to cook daily, one subji, dal and rice on weekdays and on weekends I want to cook meat/chicken with gravy and rice. In the afternoon, my son will reheat his plate which is already prepared. we are family of 5 having a small kitchen. Please suggest, what should I purchase, an convection ovan or otg wiil do, please.

  15. madhumita sengupta

    i am madhumita from kolkata,I have a grill microwave oven , ther i can not do bake. Now i am starting cake business from home,now a days i do my baking in hundy as same as cooker process, but now time to get a processor for baking, as per your msg, this is final that OTG is best for baking , i also known that i can do bake multiple baking in single time in OTG. I want to bake 2 – 3 pound cake so which is the size i need to buy? What is the process to use OTG pls. let me know

  16. 2blissofbaking

    Hi Jerin
    Thanks for writing in. My personal favourite is OTG when it comes to baking. If you are thinking of taking up baking as a hobby then invest in a good OTG. There are many good brands and sizes available according to the requirement.

  17. Jerin James

    Dear maam,
    i am writing this with a confusion in purchase of my oven. my purpose is only baking cake and breads. i am little confused to choose whether convectional or OTG oven. can you please suggest which oven is the best for baking cakes and breads

  18. Meg S

    I’m remodelling my kitchen and getting a built in ( EPBI MWO G28 touch ) microwave convection oven as a single unit replacement for my
    1) Samsung microwave convection
    2) OTG
    The appliance will be mostly used for reheating food and occasional baking .
    Would love to hear your thoughts on this

  19. 2blissofbaking

    Thanks for writing in Preeti 🙂 glad you liked

  20. Preeti Vyas

    Oh.. that info was very simple …. thx

  21. 2blissofbaking

    Thank you so much, for appreciation Milo
    I have used Bajaj and Morphy, both are good for everyday home baking.
    I am sure there will be service centres in Chennai. When you buy, shopkeeper should be able to guide you well on the same.

  22. Milo

    Hiii good info.. I have a microwave + grill at home . So going for a OTG . Which brand is better. Morphy Richards or Bajaj or prestige or Ifb .. can u suggest me .

    Where r u from ? I’m from chennai . Is there proper service centers for the otg in chennai .

    And ur doodle is cute

    Thank you ?

  23. 2blissofbaking

    Thanks for the share Neha 🙂 I really appreciate your words.
    I am glad you liked the post. I am also a fan of OTG.

  24. Neha srivastava

    OTG can do all the things which a microwave will do. Only few additional things microwave will do. Also OTG comes in very less price as compare to microwave. For basic use i guess OTG is the best selection.

  25. Rahul Sharma

    Dear Madame,

    Sold!!! Was going on for 52 Morphy but now, 29 Bajaj. Have to start bread before dying.

    It was between a grill and an oven. A grill can always be made at a friend’s factory using scrap iron. Not so, with the oven.

    I like to support local shopkeeper, whenever possible, even if it means extra 2-300 than the .coms.

    Will finish this Blue Tokai Karadykan Medium Light Roast with cinnamon, jaggery, black pepper and a little nutmeg and go to the local chap, pronto!

    Will post pictures!


    Thanks for information for beginners.

  26. 2blissofbaking

    Hi Hetal

    thanks for the appreciation. I have tried to answer all the queries in the post. But to help you with; I am using Morphy Richard.

  27. Hetal

    Thanks for the details information. But can you suggest me best convention to buy which is good for baking also. TIA

  28. 2blissofbaking

    Hi Mrunal thanks for writing in.
    MR 52 litre should work good with cakes and cookies and even breads.
    Couple of points
    1. Follow the recipe
    2.Make sure the settings of temperature and time are correct
    3. Some ovens have hot spot – – if you see uneven bake. Your oven also have a hot spot.
    For that you might have to rotate the baking tray, after 3/4th time of baking.
    Make sure the oven fan is on. So the hot air circulation is on through out the baking time.
    4. Make sure both the elements of the oven are working when in baking mode.
    Place the baking tray in the center rack when baking

  29. 2blissofbaking

    Hi Shuchi 🙂 thank for writing in, glad the post is helpful 🙂 and no doubt is silly. Feel free to write me anytime.
    An OTG with a fan is definitely a better idea and I recommend that.
    You will find an OTG with the 30 or 32 litre capacity in Morphy Richard.

  30. Shuchi

    Hi Pooja. I know you have already provided a detailed information about otg and microwave ovens. But I still have a doubt which might sound silly. Does having a fan in your OTG makes it better from not having one?? Do you have any suggestions for one with fan and chamber light? Within 30ltrs capacity. Thanks

  31. Mrunal

    Hi… Thx for d info… But would like to know abt hw to operate otg… Sorru.. But couldn’t find… I have MR 52 ltrs otg… N m finding it difficult to get d desired results for cakes n cookies… As compared to microwave

  32. shardha

    thank you for the info … 🙂

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