What digital or next-gen features can I find?
Though most models have already evolved beyond just
offering a timer and power levels, here are some features offered by
the most advanced models:
Preprogrammed recipes: Speedcookers and convection models can come with preprogrammed recipes. One GE model, the Advantium, comes with 100 preprogrammed recipes and the capability to store your favorites, too.
Digital displays: Microwaves have always been ahead of the game with digital displays.
Now some even offer scrolling displays to program personal settings or
Sensors: With most advanced appliances, sensors are a major component. With
microwaves this means sensors that can determine when the food is done
automatically and turn the oven off, which prevents overcooking or
undercooking the food and means there are fewer buttons for you to
push. Also, sensors enable one-touch cooking for preprogrammed recipes
or food-cook times.
Cleaning: If you've ever exploded a bowl of soup in a microwave, you
know that with their convenient cooking times, microwaves can also
become a bit messy if you don't keep an eye on your food. Now models
tend to come with more features to make cleanup easier, such as
removable turntables, nonstick interiors, and grease filters.
Speedcookers also come with stainless steel interiors.
Warming: Some models come with a warming lamp to keep food toasty at temperatures ranging from 100 to 200 degrees F for 30 to 90 minutes.
Toaster: Pressed for counter space? The LG LTM9000 combines a toaster with your microwave and has nine toaster levels.