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Replacement for Conventional Oven & Oven Toaster, but Not for Others
on June 26, 2005
I have been using Nuwave oven for about three months now, but I must express a mixed feeling toward this product.
Nuwave delivers its promise in serving good quality food when it comes to cooking raw meat, vegetables, and some bakery items, and it may well replace the conventional oven and oven toaster. However, Nuwave does not live up to the grand advertising claim to replace a whole range of kitchenware, such as the microwave oven and deep fryer.
For example, one version of their advertising claims that Nuwave oven can "fry" with inner oil of the food items, but the "frying" quality of French fries is, for example, is roughly equivalent to the one done by a conventional oven.
Also Nuwave oven is particularly a poor replacement of a microwave oven for various reasons: (1) Microwave-safe containers are not Nuwave safe, thus, making it difficult to "nuke" most frozen food items; (2) It is not easy to estimate the time needed to cook (Nuwave takes much longer than a microwave); (3) The frozen food is unevenly cooked because the heat in Nuwave only comes from the top (I had frozen food that had a burned top and a frozen bottom after cooking in Nuwave.)
Finally, the recipe book that comes with the Nuwave oven is mediocre at best. While I am not complaining about simple heating directions (e.g. heating/cooking steaks, hamburgers, etc.), more elaborate dish items that requires more than heating (e.g. cheesecake, chicken tandoori), resulted in fair to uneatable dishes (My cooking skill may be partly at fault though, but it shoudln't require much.)
Despite the focus on negatives in my review, Nuwave oven is a good kitchenware for its basic functions. Just don't expect it (as I did) to replace a microwave oven and a deep fryer or revolutionarize your dining experience at home.