Cuisinart CMW-200 Microwave Oven Review

cuisinart cmw 200 review

The Cuisinart CMW-200 Convection Microwave Oven with Grill offers a variety of cooking options in a very small footprint. This countertop cooking powerhouse can defrost, microwave, bake, and grill.

Thanks to the movement of hot air, convection cooking and microwaving lets you prepare food quickly and efficiently.

The CMW-200 is stainless steel inside and out, so it's easy to clean and offers clean, modern lines. The programmable keypad features a backlit clock with LCD display.

The Cuisinart CMW-200 needs airflow so that the convection feature doesn't overheat. While this unit can fit on a shelf, it not an OTR microwave and should not be built into cabinets.​

Features & Specifications

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Creative cooking after a long day can be a challenge. However, a convection microwave/oven combo can speed up the process and get you out of the kitchen.

Microwave Capabilities

While there are standard, simple settings for microwaving standard foods, you can also defrost by weight.

This is a great way to safely defrost delicate foods including seafood without starting the cooking process and damaging the texture.

Per the manual, any microwavable dish will work in this microwave oven. Of course, once you turn on the oven feature, you'll need to use bakeware.​

Convection Baking

Convection baking offers a faster method of cooking and gives a beautiful roasted finish to many meats and vegetables.

Per experts with TheKitchn.com, even a covered casserole will benefit from the warm moving air of a convection oven as it will cook faster.

Foods with leavening agents or fluffy foods like soufflés should not be baked with the fan on.

Want to use metal bakeware? As long as the machine is set to Convection, you can use any oven-safe dish.​

The CMW-200 convection feature can get loud when the fan kicks in.​

Convection Roasting

Because the moving air will seal your food, and caramelize fats more quickly, convection ovens are ideal roasting tools.

You will need to adjust your recipe, either by lowering the temperature, shortening the cooking time, or both. Monitor your convection oven as you learn the convection cooking process.

Grilling Option

Convection ovens heat food by two specific methods: a heat source and the movement of hot air. This oven features a heat source at the top and a fan at the back.

By placing your cooking dish on the adjustable stainless steel grill, you get the food closer to the heat source.

Browning the cheese on a pizza or putting a finish on a roast fowl is easy and will result in beautifully presented food.​

Programming

Cuisinart CMW-200 1.2-Cubic-Foot Convection Microwave Oven with Grill

The display panel and programming capabilities will let you set up a series of cooking steps that include microwaving in the CMW-200.

For example, you can defrost, then bake and grill or finish the top of a casserole without ever stopping the cooking process to reprogram.

The rotating glass tray keeps your food moving and cooking efficiently and the reversible grill will keep your food at the right height from the heat source for a finished dish.

Speed

Convection ovens cook faster at lower temperatures in less time. If your household is small, this convection oven could provide you with many of your cooking requirements and get food on the table fast.

The programming capabilities let you move from microwave defrosting to convection baking to a broiled finish. No stopping, no stirring.

Versatile and Portable

For those with RV's, this tool offers many cooking options in a very small space.

Be certain to follow the clearance requirements for air flow to avoid damaging the unit due to overheating.

This oven should not be mounted in a cabinet. The fan at the back needs plenty of venting volume, so don't encase this oven in a cabinet.​

This Cuisinart CMW-200 is nearly 40 pounds, so once you've got it in place, it's best to leave it there.​

Also take care to note power requirements and do not overload your system.​

Let the Air Move!

While it's true that you can use your regular baking dishes in your convection microwave/oven (as long as you don't use metal dishes on the microwave setting) it's important not to use deep baking dishes with high sides in your convection oven.

Per RV fans and convection cooks including The Wynns if you want a crisp, brown finish on your baked goods, meats and casseroles, use a shallow dish.​

This form of dish will make the convection feature less useful as air can't get at the food.

Final Thoughts

For cooks who need to quickly heat up leftovers, this is probably more microwave than is required.

However, if you're a fan of cooking ahead or someone who loves the flavor and look of roasted foods, this small convection oven can be a wonder.

For small households, this cooking tool can produce any finish you may need. From a roast fowl to a browned casserole, the Cuisinart CMW-200 convection microwave oven may be an ideal cooking tool.​

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