NuWave infrared ovens offer a remarkably power-saving way to prepare your favorite baked meals. Not only do they use less energy than traditional ovens, but they also cook food faster. Conduction, convection, and infrared heat work together simultaneously to bake your dishes quickly and evenly. There’s no need for preheating or defrosting your ingredients.
These versatile ovens are capable of a variety of cooking options that include roasting, grilling, broiling, baking, barbecuing, steaming, dehydrating, and air drying. With three different models to choose from, you’re probably wondering which one is best for you. We’re breaking down the differences and giving you our recommendations for an informed purchase.
NuWave Oven Pro
The NuWave Oven Pro has ten power settings with a temperature range between 107 and 342º F. This model comes in black and has a standard NuWave Oven Dome. A reheat button will rewarm your food.
Although the oven appears to be smaller than the others, that’s only because it doesn’t come with an extender ring. You may not need this ring if you plan to cook small meals. However, the extender ring can be useful when cooking for family or larger groups. The Pro Extender Ring Kit will increase your oven space by 50%.
As with the rest of the models, the NuWave Oven Pro has a bottom lining pan that collects oils and fats. The result is healthier and more flavorful food. Aside from the powerhead, all the parts are safe to put into the dishwasher. This model cooks food 70% faster and with 75% less energy consumption than a traditional oven.
NuWave Oven Pro Plus / NuWave Oven Pro Plus with Power Dome
The NuWave Oven Pro Plus comes in black or red and has a temperature range from 100 to 350º F. You can adjust the temperature in increments of 1º. In addition to a reheat option, there’s also a delay button and a function to keep food warm.
This model is available with a standard dome or power dome. The power dome is more robust and virtually indestructible. The power dome has a brown tint, which isn’t as attractive as the standard dome. However, it is shatterproof and should last a lifetime.
These models often come with extender rings, which are handy if you plan to prepare more substantial meals. The Pro Plus Extender Ring Kit increases the capacity by 50% and can even cook a 14-pound ham. You can also get separate attachments such as a pizza kit, blender, or mixer. You can expect to cook 70% faster, and with a quarter of the energy that a standard oven requires.
NuWave Oven Elite
The elite edition can reach higher temperatures than the other two models, with a range from 100 to 420º F. Advanced digital temperature controls make this NuWave oven the most advanced of its kind.
In addition to all the features of the previous models, the elite edition can dehydrate and sear. You’ll also have a clock and timer with programmable functions. The powerhead has built-in memory that enables the oven to recall your last settings and save up to 100 recipes. The elite edition also comes with a durable power dome.
An Elite Extender Kit is available with a 3-inch stainless steel extender ring, 10-inch baking pan, and 2-inch cooking rack. The kit increases your oven capacity by up to 50% and is large enough to bake a 16-pound turkey. Best of all, the elite oven uses even less energy than the other models. This model uses 85% less power than a traditional oven.
Accessories to Consider
NuWave ovens come with a variety of accessories that simplify food preparation and add to the product’s versatility. You may find the following items useful.
- NuWave Twister – This multipurpose tool can grind, grate, chop, mix, and blend to prepare your sauces and salsas.
- NuWave Party Mixer – This 400-watt mixer has four blades to blend frozen drinks and ice effortlessly.
- NuWave Elite Dehydrator Kit – This accessory, for the elite model, contains four dehydration trays and an adapter for attachment to the oven.
You can find several other baking and preparation kits for the NuWave ovens that make the cooking process more intuitive.
How Do I Choose?
All of the NuWave ovens function similarly, but some have additional features that you may or may not need. The NuWave Oven Pro has ten temperature settings but doesn’t allow you to choose a precise temperature. The NuWave Oven Pro Plus gives you more control over the heat. Adjustments in increments of 1º Fahrenheit are possible with this oven.
The NuWave Oven Elite enables you to cook at higher temperatures, offering more versatility than the other models. Additionally, you can save all your favorite recipes on the built-in memory of the powerhead.
Choosing the model that’s right for you mostly depends on what and how much you intend to cook. Pizza, baking, mixing, and extender kits are available for every oven. However, the dehydration kit is only available for the elite model.