This is a convection, grill, steam or microwave 4-in-1 but instead of a turntable, it has two slide-out ‘flatbed’ shelves to make the best of the 31-litre capacity.
It is certainly one we would love to review (hint, hint Panasonic) because it is quite different from other convection combos.
For starters its 500mm wide, 480mm deep and 391mm high which should fit most microwave cupboards/shelves. However, it’s flatbed design suits countertop or under counter use.
The grill is 1300W, the oven goes to 230°, steam uses the 1300W (and an 800ml water tank), and it has a 1000W inverter microwave. Add to that combi cooking (with the right cooking utensils – not metal), and it is a great small family replacement.
The key to combo cooking is to learn to cook using the strengths of the machine. It is not a ‘serial device’ – cook one thing then the next – but a multi-purpose device with very short pre-heat times. For example, if you cook a roast you
Put in the harder vegetables with the meat
Take them out before the meat is cooked
Add the softer vegetables
Take the meat out to rest
15-30 minutes later before plate up you pop the harder veggies back in to get them back to heat
These ovens are also great for pizza, cheesy toast, pies, chips and everything you use the old oven for.
Panasonic Portable Electric Benchtop Oven NB-H3801KST (Website here) $389
As kitchens get smaller, we see the move to 2-plate cooktops, combo microwave/convection ovens and smaller portable cooking appliances that don’t always live on the benchtop.
This is 38 litres, 533 x 392 x 364mm x 10kg. Its best use is for granny flats and small kitchens where all you need is an oven. Note it uses 230V/6.5A/1500W, so you still have about 3.5A left on the circuit.
It has a top and bottom independently controlled 750W element and can go up to 230° as an oven or grill. The supplied enamel baking tray is 347 mm×254 mm×20 mm. it also comes with a rotisserie spit and crumb tray. The fermentation mode is 40° and perfect for dough proofing or homemade yoghurts.