Ever imagined how simple it would be if you could cook just about anything at your home without any hassle? No, we are not talking about hiring a chef but adding a microwave to your kitchen.
A convection microwave oven can cook just about anything from rice to tandoori, from cakes to pizza. Plus they come in various sizes so you can pick one that suits your need. But it's sound pretty complicated to use, doesn't it? Of course not.
Modern microwaves come with auto cook menus that make cooking as easy as waving a magic wand. Plus with the demo provided you should be able to start making mouth-watering dishes in a jiffy.
Buying a microwave may seem a little complicated, but you can make it easy by looking at a few points. Firstly, make sure you know what you want the microwave for. If you need one to just heat and reheat, pick a solo microwave. If you want to make a cake and bake in it, choose the top of the line connection microwave. For more details to buying the perfect microwave check out our buying guide at the end.
So the find the best convection microwave oven in India we spent over 52 hours in the past year researching the highest rated and reviewed products on Amazon and Flipkart, but to really understand the market we went down to popular multi-brand dealers, Girias and Croma to look at what people are buying and which products sell the most.
Best microwave oven LG
With a huge 28 litre capacity for large families, the LG convection microwave oven offers easy to use controls, the best convection, grilling, reheating, defrosting and cooking experience and a good price of under Rs.15,000. The LG microwave then is a wonderful addition to your kitchen that can be used for just about any type of cooking.
The LG microwave offers some cool features to help you with your cooking and specifically for Indian style of cooking like Motorised Rotisserie, Indian Roti Basket feature, Diet Fry, Pasteurize Milk and the ability to make Ghee/ Paneer and Curd.
The user interface is simple and easy to learn as it is button based. The buttons are large in size and have text mentioned above them, thus preventing them from fading.
But by far the best feature offered is the 251 auto cook menu options which is the highest amongst all the microwaves in the market, this means you do not have to worry about cooking temperatures and cooking times as the microwave can handle them by itself.
A feature that customers liked is the ability to boil milk without spilling which they said is a boon and really changes the way milk is boiled in most households. Also, the ability to make different types of rotis from naans to parathas was considered a genuinely useful feature.
A whopping 94.3% of the 1001 ratings were positive with almost no complaints about the products in the reviews. The two most common complains we found were not even related to the microwave itself rather people were unhappy with the slow demo service and the missing starter kit with the microwave.
The LG microwave offers a premium design, easy to use controls, the highest auto cook menu options and large 28L space. This makes it great for large homes which need a microwave for not just heating but for cooking purpose also.
The LG 28L microwave offers the best size to performance and adds almost all the features that a user would want including the Rotisserie option which the Croma dealer said was highly desirable for many people. If you are in the market for the best convection microwave oven in India, then look no further than the LG 28L oven.
Rotisserie option is very useful
Large size is good for bakeries as well
The button-based menu is easy to use
Highest auto cook menu options
Milk boiling option is very good
Many complained about starter kit not being provided
Some complaints about delayed demo service
Where to buy it?
Best Microwave oven
The Morphy Richards comes with a raft of useful features, like child lock, deodorise, defrost, cake baking, and combi-tech, which makes it a supremely convenient machine, but it falls behind due to its smaller size and fewer auto cook menu options.
Design wise, its silver stainless steel body and transparent glass door gave it a flawless look. It even comes with a 6 feet power cord so it sits comfortably in any kitchen, and with a two-year product warranty, you can cook with confidence. It was simple to use, with a handy touch panel and nicely-designed handle for the door.
During our testing, we found that this microwave’s grill function was absolutely terrific. It gave us perfectly grilled and roasted paneer. We loved using the options available with the Morphy Richards. Its combi-tech functions helped us get the most evenly and perfectly grilled paneer and roasted vegetables. The cake we baked with the help of the microwave and convection combi-tech function was evenly baked too.
With over 200 auto-cook menu options, even the most inexperienced cook can create a meal with this machine, although it can get a little overwhelming if you don’t take the time to familiarise yourself with the manual first, which includes instructions for each cooking option, with the corresponding numbers stuck on top of the microwave. An added bonus was the extra recipe book that came with the machine, giving you very detailed instructions for an extra 150 dishes.
Out of all the features available, the Morphy Richards excels in cooling, and deodorising—a boon for when you don't want your coffee or paneer to be stinking of chicken.
It can boil water quickly and easily, and cooks a pot of rice in just 18 minutes, a full minute quicker than the IFB. It boiled potatoes perfectly and excels at grilling paneer (some of the best we’ve ever tasted!) and beautifully-roasted vegetables.
For the convection oven, it comes with a handy convection plate, meaning you can get beautiful crispy pizzas in just nine minutes flat. It also baked a fluffy, delicious beautiful cake in only 22 minutes. We could go on and on about the food is produced, but we won’t. We’ll leave that up to you.
All that being said, despite our best efforts, we could never get even cooking for popcorn. Another issue is that the touch panel can be a little difficult to use at first, but it gets easier as time passes by. The user manual also really helps to get you going.
The Morphy Richards with a capacity of up to 25L it can easily cater to a family of up to four and with its lower price offers an excellent tool for home usage.
Despite these issues, the Morphy Richards is a fantastic microwave, and its cooking ability and extra features far outweigh any negative points. Starting at around Rs. 9990, it fits most people's budget for a microwave and with it’s fast, user-friendly performance makes kitchen life easier.
Available in multiple sizes
A lot of auto cook menu options
Easy to use
Wasn’t that good at making popcorn
The touch panel may not be to everyone's liking
Now additional magnetron warranty
Where to buy it?
Best budget microwave oven in detail
The MarQ 30 litre microwave is a great tool for someone who wants a large cooking space but for a value price and the MarQ delivers just that. But the fewer auto cook menu options combined with the fact that it's from a new brand is the reason why we picked it as the third (budget) pick.
Priced at Rs.7999 for the 30 Litre version, the design of the microwave is not its strong suit. It's boxy, large and almost generic, but what is thoughtful is the neatly stacked buttons on the side and a jog dial for easy control.
In terms of features, you have jet defrosting, 5 power levels, 3 memory levels, child lock and a 360 degrees cooking turntable. While there are no fancy features like “keep warm” and more such features, verified customers were very satisfied with the product. Most people loved the ease of using the grill function and baking function.
With the huge space being a bonus for most users who said getting that size at this price was nearly impossible. Of the 680 overall ratings, a whopping 91% suggested that they were satisfied with the performance of the product.
In terms of power, it is comparable to most microwaves in its class with 900W power, in convection mode, it can go up to 2300W and 1100W in grill mode. However, the grill mode is something a few people complained about. They claimed that the time taken for grilling is slightly longer than usual (+15 minutes) but the quality of the grilled food was great.
Coming to the convection options people were very happy with the performance as it was able to cook most ideas like pizza, tandoori chicken, boil water and bake stuff also. Also given its budget nature it doesn't have as much cooking menus as the LG or Morphy Richards.
The MarQ 30L oven then is an affordable option and is also the largest in its class, this makes it great if you have to cook a lot of food or need to reheat lots of food. With its low price tag and easy to use buttons makes it great for bakeries as well as for large families.
Overall with its huge capacity, easy to use controls and low sticker price makes the MarQ 30L microwave one of the best budget microwaves in India.
Large size is good for bakeries as well
The button-based menu is easy to use
Cooks well for its price
Grilling is slower than other microwaves
Service can be a little slow at times
Not enough auto cook menus
Where to buy it?
Buying guide to the best microwave oven
When we reached out to home appliances dealers- Girias and Croma, we got a lot of insights into what people buy and using that data we have managed to tailor our picks to customer preferences.
Firstly the dealers suggested to really decide where and for what you are going to use the microwave for. These are the three types of microwave ovens:
- Solo Microwave Oven: Are basic models in microwaves. They cannot be used for grilling and baking purposes and are best suited for simple microwave only operations, simple cooking and reheating.
- Grill Microwave Oven: Are provided with additional grilling accessories. They are best suitable to grill meat, or vegetables like Paneer. Both microwave and grill function can run parallel and making delicious grills in minutes.
- Convection Microwave Oven: Convection oven is a must for baking, cakes, pizzas and muffins. Grilling and baking can be performed independently or together making the convection microwave ovens as the most high-end devices.
To know who can and can’t be cooked on the different types of ovens look at the table below.
Once you have the type figured out, next is the size. Just buying the largest size is not always beneficial as large ovens up to 30 L may be too big for your kitchen, so always buy according to your needs. The dealerships suggest 23-28 Litre ovens will be more than sufficient for most houses and they will not take as much space as much larger ovens.
Auto cook is a feature that dealers suggested you must look for in your next microwave as it makes cooking easy. Hence our LG and Morphy Richards offer amongst the highest auto cook menu options (around 200). But if your buying the oven for office purposes do not go for microwaves with high auto cook menu options as you will not be needing them.
Finally, we come to some features that are not always useful apart from one:
The combi-tec feature is useful as it helps you to switch back and forth between the grill and convection function, so you don’t have to go into the kitchen all the time to keep changing between the two.
The steam clean function meanwhile is useless. All it does is heats a bowl of water that you’ve put into it and the steam produced cleans the walls of the microwave. You can do this yourself by heating a bowl of water normally. Simply fill a microwave-safe bowl with 200ml water, squeeze in the juice of one lemon, and set it on high for five minutes (or press the steam clean button). Once this is done, leave the door closed for a further five minutes. At the end of this time, you can wipe the insides down with a dry cloth. It’s that simple and doesn’t need its own function.
The keep warm feature, found only in IFB, is another useless one. While it sounds great in theory, it just makes more sense to reheat your food when it is ready to be served. You don’t need another button that does the exact same thing.
Still, have some doubts about microwaves? Check out the FAQ section below.
- Will I get a starter kit when I buy?
You have to check if that particular product has a starter kit
- Does it have child lock?
Yes, the microwaves have a child lock feature
- What is the Warranty period of this Microwave Oven?
LG offers a 1 year on product and 5 years on Magnetron. Morphy Richards offers a two-year warranty on the product with no additional magnetron warranty. MarQ offers a 1 year on product and 3 years on Magnetron
- Will you send some person for a demo?
Yes, a product engineer is sent to demo the product
- Does the oven have touch or press buttons?
The Morphy Richards has a touch panel, while LG and MarQ have normal buttons
- Can we make Pizza? Cake? Grill vegetables? roast paneer? rice in it?
Yes, you can make them all on a convection oven. Do check the buying guide to see what all items can be prepared
Cooking shouldn’t be a chore, and these days using a microwave makes it that much easier, so we wanted to find you the best microwave in India that can do everything you need.
If great performance, class-leading features and large size are what you need in your next microwave oven then look no further than the LG 28L convection oven. It also brings a fresh design to your kitchen and is priced very well at below Rs.15000.
Next, we have Morphy Richards 25L microwave with its 900 Watts of power for a faster cooking time and its 200 auto-cook recipes which make it easy for the beginner to start creating culinary masterpieces. Despite being much smaller than the LG it makes up for it in performance and creates some truly exceptional food as we found out.
If you’re after a more budget-friendly choice, the MarQ by Flipkart does the job very well. It offers the largest size (30L), comes with a low price tag and cooks really well.
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