Which Should You Cook In?

Which Should You Cook In?

Both toaster ovens and microwaves can quickly heat food, but when it comes to flavor the toaster oven takes home the prize (via Abt). Because of the dry heat radiated by the coils, toaster ovens can crisp and even caramelize your food. This adds a ton of flavor to the final product, and microwaves can’t achieve the same effect.

Toaster ovens still have their flaws though. Because they have several different components — glass door, cooking tray, crumb tray, interior — they have a lot of different aspects that need to be cleaned (via Fixr). Microwaves usually consist of just a glass table and the interior walls. They can even be steamed and wiped down quickly for easy cleaning (via Chicago Tribune). Toaster ovens are also much slower to heat up and cook the food (via Abt). It can take time for the coils to be adequately heated before they start radiating heat. They also cook through the surface meaning that they have to cook at a low heat to avoid burning the surface of the food while leaving the insides frozen. They also can’t heat or cook liquids as easily or safely as a microwave will (via Fixr).

So, if you mostly need to reheat pizza, meats, or toast sandwiches then look no further than the toaster oven. But, if you’re looking to reheat soups and stews often, are in a hurry, or just hate cleaning, then the microwave is the way to go (via Chicago Tribune).