The World of Ovens & Microwaves


Whenever you are cooking or baking at home, chances are you will have an oven in your kitchen. But what about businesses and commercial users who are in the market looking for ovens for their commercial use. Given the wide range of options, chances are you too will be confused about which oven to buy which will be the perfect choice for your business while not breaking your bank at the same time. Today we will be taking a deeper look at the different types of ovens & microwaves that are available commercially in India, chefs and restaurants owners swear by.

The very first thing that you will need to figure out is whether you will be needing a built-in oven or a countertop?

Built-in oven VS Countertop ovens? 

Built-in ovens tend to be a bit on the expensive side and as the name suggests it is built-in under your kitchen counter while the countertop oven resides on the kitchen counter. Both of these types of ovens come in a variety of capacity and sizes to accommodate varying needs from consumers.

If you choose to go with a countertop one, you will have the advantage of having an oven that is mobile and can be moved from one facility to another without any hassle of uninstallation. Another benefit of choosing a countertop oven is the lack of any installation fees.

On the other hand of the spectrum, built-in ovens come with an added advantage of space saving making it the number one choice for many kitchens around the country. They also come with the added benefit of adding a charm and poise to your kitchen, though installation might cost you a pretty penny.

Microwave Oven vs OTG?

Most of you might be familiar with the above two terms. A microwave oven uses microwave radiation to create heat, while OTG is referred to as Oven, Toaster and Griller. Let us now take a look at the advantages and disadvantages of each of these technologies.

Microwave ovens are available in a number of capacities ranging from 16L to 40L. Due to the technology used in microwave ovens, they are generally quite heavy than OTGs and also are more expensive as well.

OTGs on the other hand uses electricity to produce the heat required to bake the food. OTGs can a bit less expensive than microwave ovens and these ovens are lighter than microwave ovens making them easier to move around.

Here is a list of some of the most popular countertop microwaves/ovens available commercially in India:

  • Convection microwaves

These types of appliances are suitable for cooking, grilling, and baking your food. They are straight forward to use and does not involve any hassle. They are compact and do not require much space on your worktop. They are equipped with digital controls and display so that you can easily set the required temperature and have a clear view of settings on the display screen.  These ovens are quite heavy, so you can’t move it wherever you want. They are a bit expensive, depending upon the brand and other features. They have a wide range when it comes to choosing a microwave regarding capacity.

  • Oven-toaster Griller

This type of appliance is suitable for grilling, roasting, and baking your food. It keeps your food warm for a certain amount of time, so you do not have to reheat your food. It can’t be used for cooking and reheating the food. It is very light in weight as compared to convection microwaves so you can easily move it wherever you want. It generally comes with manual controls. It is capable of baking large quantities of food. It has different modes of baking, which allows you to select your preferred choice.

  • Gas Ovens

These kinds of ovens retain the moisture level of your food and keep your food juicy. Your home needs to have a natural gas line connected to run these ovens. They are very efficient to run. However, they are expensive than electric ovens to buy and ideal for roasting, baking, and casseroles. You can instantly control the flame and the temperature. Gas ovens have a fan that helps in distributing the heat evenly, which browns your food very nicely.

  • Electric Ovens

These types of ovens are cheap to buy and install. But as they run on electricity, they can increase your bills. They have a variety of cooking modes for you to choose from. They also have fans which circulate the heat in the chamber, which helps in the precise cooking of the food. They are very easy to use and clean and suitable for baking your food.

  • High Steam Microwave (Misty)

These ovens are equipped with the latest technology. They work by injecting water into the boiler through a separate canister or a connection to the waterline. The boiler boils the water, and the steam generated heats the oven. These kinds of ovens lock all the nutrients of the food and also reduce the cooking time. It is mainly used for frozen/chilled food to retain the moisture while regenerating.

  • Combi Oven

A combi oven uses three methods of cooking in one appliance: convection, steam, and a combination of steam and convection. Convection, or the circulation of dry heat, can be used to bake bread or roast meats. The steam function delicately poaches fish, steams rice, or cooks vegetables so they have the perfect texture. When using the combination function, both steam and convection work together to produce results that are moist, flavorful, and have minimal shrinkage.

Mukunda foods has commercial/convection microwave, Misty and Combi oven off the shelves to cater the client’s various requirements. Please contact us for any of the above. Choosing the best oven for your commercial needs all boils down to your particular needs. Having glanced through the article would have given you a fair idea of what to look out for. Buying the best commercial oven is not so easy. This guide has got you all covered.