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Microwave Oven Review

Microwave ovens provide a unique opportunity in the commercial kitchen to perform a variety of tasks. From actually steaming and cooking food, to defrosting, rethermalizing and reheating foods, microwave ovens are a real gem in any kitchen. They are also perfect for cooking smaller items like baked potatoes, heating up soups, or warming up dinner rolls and breads. They have a small footprint, can be plugged in anywhere, do not require ventilation and do not heat up the area around them, making them suitable for any environment, from large commercial kitchens to food trucks and concession stands. With today’s technological advances enabling microwave ovens to feature multiple integrated functions, there are numerous microwave ovens on the market available for venues looking to expand their menu options. 

Versatile and .multifunctional, microwave ovens aren't just for heating up food anymore. Some microwave ovens, such as the Amana commercial microwave oven described below, uses multiple heating methods to enable cooks to bring food from the freezer straight to the table, without compromising on texture or appearance. If you are looking to add a microwave oven to your cooking arsenal, be sure to take into account how much you will be using it, what types of foods you plan on using it for, as well as output and speed requirements. 

  Panasonic NE-3280 Sonic Steamer Microwave Oven Amana RC30S2 3000 Watt Programmable Stainless Commercial Microwave
Amana HDC182 Stackable 1800 Watt Stainless Commercial C-Max Microwave
  Panasonic NE-3280 Sonic Steamer Microwave Oven Amana RC30S2 3000 Watt Programmable Stainless Commercial Microwave

Amana HDC182 Stackable 1800 Watt Stainless Commercial C-Max Microwave
Price $4,225.00 $3.096.00 $1,164.00
Power 3200 watts 3000 watts 1800 watts
Size 21-1/16"W x 13"D x 9-7/8"H cavity 16-1/2"W x 21-5/8"D x 13-1/2"H 13.5"H x 16.75"W x 22.75"D
Warranty 3 year parts, labor, and magnetron  3 year full warranty 3 year full warranty
Heating Method Steaming or Microwave Microwave Microwave
Special Features
  • 5 power level options
  • 16 programmable memory pads
  • See-through drop-down door
  • 11 power levels
  • Can program up to 100 menu items 
  • 4 stage cooking option with one-touch programming 
  • User friendly controls
  • Heavy volume use
  • Stackable
  • Dimensions fit a standard half-sized pan
  • Lighted see-through door
  • 4 cooking stages options
Best Use
  • Venues offering steamed items
  • Preliminary heating for service
High-volume settings such as schools, healthcare facilities, cafeteria/buffet operations Fast casuals and other restaurant kitchens requiring basic microwave use
Comments
  • High quality and powerful 
  • Good option for venues with many steamed menu items
 
  • Afforable and powerful 
  • User friendly
  • Easy to maintain
  • Affordable and powerful
  • Stackability convenient for small kitchens
  • Extensive warranty