Cuisinart CMW-200: A Convection + Microwave, Anyone?

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A Cuisinart Microwave, Anyone?

For many, a quick meal after work is the only option available. Cooking an extensive dinner can be time consuming and stressful. This is what makes the home microwave so handy.

It’s easy to just put a ready-made meal or to prepare something quickly with a microwave. However, what can really damage anyone’s quick dinner is a microwave that burns food, over cooks it, or simply doesn’t work as expect.

For this reason, it is important to take a few things into consideration when choosing your home microwave. As with any kitchen appliance selection, there will always be a Cuisinart product to consider.

Cuisinart may command solid reputation when it comes to blender and coffee maker. But what about Cuisinart microwave oven? Most people are familiar with Panasonic microwave but a Cuisinart?

In this microwave oven review, we examine Cuisinart CMW-200 microwave oven. Let’s see how it fares especially when we know the bar has been set high by the big boys like Panasonic Genius Prestige.

What to Expect of Cuisinart CMW-200

Spacious

One of the first considerations that anyone should take into account when purchasing a home microwave is the size. While you do not want something that is overly bulky, you want to choose a product that has ample space to microwave what you like and fit your dishes.

The Cuisinart CMW-200 is one of those products that strikes the perfect balance between a spacious product and having a compact size. While it has a large 1.2 cubic foot capacity, it is not particularly heavy.

The sleek stainless steel high-end design makes Cuisinart CMW-200 a fantastic addition in my kitchen. The windows are made from tinted glass. And it comes with an easy to use LDC digital touchpad.

Tantalizing whole chicken cooked with Cuisinart CMW-200Cooking process using Cuisinart convection cum microwave oven

Capabilities

The next consideration that one should make when buying a microwave is related to the capabilities. You want to look for a microwave that is able to heat food properly and thoroughly, and that also has a range of heat settings.

This particular microwave operates at 1000 watts and has 9 pre-set cooking options. There is also a multi-stage cooking system so you can operate on one setting. Once the setting is complete, it will automatically switch to the setting of your choice.

You can also defrost food by weight or time. In addition to these capabilities, this product has two other fantastic features.

It has a built in convection oven and grill. So, you aren’t just getting a basic microwave, but a machine that has other very useful capabilities. You can convection bake or roast foods that would go into a traditional oven, or you can even grill whatever you like.

To make these cooking capabilities easier, this product also comes with a instruction and recipe book so you can make a number of quick and easy meals.

Features

Lastly, the final component that you should be aware of are the product’s features. This microwave comes with a 12 inch rotating glass tray, a reversible grill rack, and nine defrost options.

The body of this microwave is stainless steel and embossed with the Cuisinart logo. The window of the microwave is tinted, which gives the entire product a sleep and upscale appearance.

Each of these features is extremely ease to wipe down and clean, making this product an especially simple product to maintain and upkeep. You don’t need to worry about intense scrubbing and so forth.

In addition, one of the greatest benefits of this product is the 3-year warranty that it comes with. Should you have any problems or if a part needs to be replaced, you can contact the company and they will help you out.

Turn table accessory of Cuisinart microwave cum convection ovenMicrowave plus convection oven - Cuisinart CMW-200

Notable Shortcomings

I have few Cuisinart appliances in my kitchen. I’ve so far had little issue with most of them. When I was looking for the best microwave to replace the ageing unit in my countertop, I did set my sight on Cuisinart CMW-200.

But I was held back by one concern that plagued many owners. I’m not sure how the following shortcoming relate to you. But I thought this is a basic concern that anyone thinking of buying this oven should be aware of.

The Convection Feature Shouldn’t be Included

A microwave oven plus convection grill oven. Hmmm…

That sounded like the dream oven that anyone would love to have. At least on paper.

Since I decided not to get this oven, I couldn’t lend a personal testament about this. Instead, what I can do is provide the concerns that had been raised in numerous oven reviews.

One sticking pain related to Cuisinart CMW-200′s convection feature has to do with the slow pre-heating time. In a number of toaster oven reviews that I came across, a number of users reported that it took them 3 to 4 times as long for their Cuisinart to reach 400+ Farenheit compared to the normal but dedicated convection toaster oven.

It seems that this 2-in-1 attempt from Cuisinart is still some distance away from perfection, more so when we talk about the best toaster oven.

So What Now?

I’ve always been a fan of Cuisinart. But I see Cuisinart CMW-200 as too big a risk to take.

My main argument against it lies with the convection feature. I assessed the risk based on the reviews that I’ve come across. Since this looks like a feature that shouldn’t have been there in the first place, I see very slim chance of it being of any use.

“Why pay for a feature that you’ll use only once or maybe twice?” that was my thought.

But don’t take my decision for granted. I may be wrong. In fact, I’m really interested to find out if you think the convection feature is great.

So, do you think this is the best microwave oven that you should rush to get it? If you’re all made-up, good. If not and convection is what you’re looking for, be sure to check our pick for the best convection oven. But if microwave is what you’re looking for, our match-up of the best microwave ranges would be what you want to look at.

Photograph courtesy of Jeffry B

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