Microwaves vs Toaster Ovens: Differences
Toaster ovens are somewhat similar in appearance, but there are some key things that set them apart. Let’s break down those differences:
Toaster ovens are generally smaller than microwaves, although both come in a range of sizes. The size of the toaster oven is usually defined by slices of bread. Most toaster ovens can accommodate 4-6 slices of bread at a time. The dimensions of a 4-slice toaster oven are approximately 16″ L x 11.5″ W x 8.5″ H, while a 6-slice toaster oven is slightly larger at 18.5″ L x 13″ W x 9.5″ H. Microwaves, on the other hand, are usually sold by their cubic feet. The average size of a microwave is 0.7-1.2 cubic feet, but it can be as large as 2.0 cubic feet. translated to inches it comes down to 17.25″ L x 10.75″ W x 16.5″ H for a 0.7 cubic feet microwave and 24″ L x 18″ W x 14″ H for a 2.0 cubic feet one.
Toaster ovens cook food like a regular oven, by using heat to cook it from the outside in. Microwaves, on the other hand, cook food from the inside out using electromagnetic waves.
One of the main advantages of a toaster oven is that it can cook food faster than a regular oven. This is because the heat is concentrated in a small area, so it doesn’t take as long for the food to reach the correct temperature. Microwaves are even faster than toaster ovens, because they cook food from the inside out. So, if you’re looking for a quick meal, a microwave is the way to go.
Toaster ovens are more energy efficient than regular ovens, but they are not as energy efficient as microwaves. This is because toaster ovens use less power overall, but they still need to preheat before cooking. Microwaves do not need to preheat, so they use less energy overall.
Installation and Maintenance
Toaster ovens and microwaves are both easy to install and maintain. Both are available in countertop models and ‘over the range’ models that can be hung underneath your cabinets. The doors on the toaster oven open downwards, while the doors on the microwave open to the side, so have this in mind when planning where to put your appliances.
Microwaves are easy to clean, as most come with a removable glass tray, making the interior easy to wipe down. Some microwaves have a self-cleaning cycle that can be activated with the push of a button. Toaster ovens usually come with a removable crumb tray that can be washed in the dishwasher.
Toaster ovens and microwaves are both safe to use, as long as you follow the instructions. Toaster ovens can get hot on the outside, so it’s important to keep children and animals away from them while they’re in use. Microwaves are safe to use as long as you don’t put anything metal, or tightly sealed, in them.
Toaster ovens and microwaves are both relatively inexpensive appliances. Toaster ovens start at around $30, while microwaves start at around $60. Depending on the size, features, and brand, the price can go up to $200 for a toaster oven and $500 for a microwave.