Convection microwaves combine conventional microwave technology with an extra heating element and fan, allowing you to bake, roast and crisp food along with general quick reheating. A convection microwave can double as another oven or even serve as the main oven in small spaces like RVs.

How convection microwave cooking works

How does a convection microwave work?

Any microwave can reheat leftovers, melt butter and cook frozen meals. But did you know investing in convection microwave cooking lets you use your microwave like a second oven? In a convection microwave, an extra heating element and fan circulate hot air around the cavity, letting you bake and roast food with home-cooked results. Roasting, baking, cooking and crisping are all possible when you upgrade to a convection microwave.

What can you cook in a convection microwave?

Convection microwave cooking means you can use your microwave to:

  • Roast an entire chicken, then bake angel food cake for dessert
  • Cook green bean casserole while you roast a turkey in your main oven
  • Bake cookies on metal cookware (when using convection-only cycles)
  • Crisp and brown pizza on a rack 
  • Cook a beef roast with Automatic Convect Cooking mode
  • Use like an oven in small spaces like apartments and RVs
  • Preheat and start convection from your smartphone or tablet1

Comparing convection microwaves vs. microwaves

Conventional microwaves use microwave technology to quickly heat up the water molecules in food. Convection microwaves do this as well, but also have another function that lets you use your microwave like you might use a small oven.


Compare ways to use each microwave type:

Conventional Microwaves

  • Reheating
  • Boiling
  • Defrosting
  • Sensors that detect moisture
    to adjust cook time
  • Cooktop lighting
  • Ventilating your kitchen

Convection Microwaves

  • Reheating
  • Boiling 
  • Defrosting
  • Sensors that detect moisture
    to adjust cook time
  • Cooktop lighting
  • Ventilating your kitchen
  • Controllable via smartphone1
  • Roasting, baking & crisping
  • Preheating

Model shown: WMH78019HV

Using convection microwave cooking settings

What else to know before you buy a convection microwave

Auto Convect mode, available on all Whirlpool® Convection Microwaves, automatically adjusts time, temperature and power for common foods. With no need to convert your recipe for most foods, it’s easier than ever to make the shift to convection. Learn more about Whirlpool® Microwaves to make your decision.

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