Samsung’s toaster oven combinations may be just the thing you need this season to keep from having to turn your full-sized oven on and heating up the entire house just to cook a pizza. Toaster ovens are convenient, quick, and use a lot less energy than your oven appliance.
If you aren’t sure how to choose a toaster oven or you’ve already got your eye on a Samsung combination, we’ve got your back. Let’s take a look at our five favorite Samsung toaster oven combinations and answer a few questions you may have about how to choose the right one.
Samsung may be known for cell phones, but their kitchen tools are excellent additions to your cooking gear. Here are five of our favorite toaster oven combinations.
1. Counter Top Microwave with Grilling Element
Our first combination is a microwave. It has a 1.1 cubic foot capacity and 1000 watts of cooking power. It features an elegant stainless steel design with black accents and a durable ceramic enamel interior. It’s everything you love about a microwave while reducing the sogginess of traditional microwave cooking.
One useful feature about this microwave is the grilling element. Since a lot of microwave food is soft, this gives you the chance to crisp up food directly from your microwave, mimicking an oven finish with the speed and convenience of microwaving. The ceramic plate helps keep your microwave clean without interfering with the crisping process.
It has three microwave distribution points for more evenly cooked food, several different automatic cook options such as an auto defrost and auto reheat option. The Eco Mode helps you save power in the long run by reducing the power drawing from the outlet when you aren’t using the microwave. It mimics unplugging the microwave without the hassle.
- Eco mode reduces overall power usage
- elegant stainless steel design
- grilling feature for crisp food
- programmable cook features aren’t user-friendly
- no quick microwave option
2. Countertop Microwave with PowerGrill
Our second microwave also has a sleek, stainless steel design with 1.4 cubic feet of space, making it just a bit larger. It uses 950 watts of cooking power and has Samsung’s resilient ceramic interior. The front is a mirrored design instead of the traditional window for a bit of jazz to a standard design.
It has a power grill function that better distributes heat and reduces the sogginess you find in many microwave choices. The grill plate and ceramic pan help keep things clean without interfering with heat transfer. Cleanup is easier too with the plate catching most of the grease from meats or cheese from pizzas for example.
It uses slightly less power, but it still offers a Triple Distribution System with three different microwave points for fewer cold spots as your food cooks. The glass turntable is over a foot in diameter (14.2 inches), and you can use any of the preset cooking options to perform quick functions like auto defrosting or reheating. It also has Eco Mode to help reduce overall power consumption
- mirror design is unexpected
- more room than the first microwave
- grilling function for crispier food
- the mirror shows fingerprints
- hard to see through the mirrored window
3. Countertop Microwave With Power Convection
This powerful microwave design features a more classic microwave look in black with white accents. It’s 1.1 cubic feet of space and has multiple features that can help out in the kitchen besides just microwaving.
It uses convection cooking to roast and broil food in the same appliance as your microwave. The grill feature uses a real heating element for toasting and broiling. The entire thing condenses three different tools into one to make cooking quick and simple without taking up a bunch of space on your countertop.
It has a classic microwave look that includes a see-through window and white button features. The sensor cook helps get food to the right temperature each time, and the preset cooking functions help speed things up with auto defrost and others. The enamel interior is easy to clean and prevents bacterial build up.
- three cook features in one
- classic microwave design
- sensor cook feature for more even temperatures
- dial timer is awkward
- small for convection tool
4. Counter Top Convection Microwave with Power Convection & PowerGrill Duo
This is one of Samsung’s more elite models. It features a pull-down lid with all black styling and a digital timer feature. It measures 1.2 cubic feet and cooks food about 30% faster than a standard convection oven. It uses 900 watts of power making it more energy efficient.
The convection feature is efficient and quick while helping to reduce the sogginess of microwaves and the dryness of conventional cooking. The result is well-cooked food done faster. The Power Grill has a real heating element that crisps, browns, and toasts while the slim fry function helps cook things like french fries to perfection without all the grease.
It comes with a trim kit so you can install it into a wall or cabinet space to free up your counter. The ceramic enamel interior is more stylish but also has an antibacterial function, keeping it cleaner than a standard microwave. Glass touch controls help you access the cook features including auto options such as defrost and reheat. Choosing Eco Mode helps reduce power outputs when the microwave isn’t in use.
- premium design features
- includes trim kit
- three cook features in one
- door design is awkward for counter use
- housing feels thin
5. Over The Range Microwave with PowerGrill
Our final microwave combination is an over the range style with nearly twice the cooking space as the others on the list (2.1 cubic feet). It has a classic microwave design using stainless steel with black accents. It gives you both space and style to cook using several different functions.
The microwave has a 1000 watts of cooking power with a sensor cooking feature to make sure heat is distributed evenly. The grill uses a real heating element to add browning, crisping, and grilling to your food to combat the sogginess of microwaving without over drying. It includes a circular grill and plate to allow heat to flow freely during the grill feature.
Auto cook features help you defrost and reheat among other functions without wasting time searching for the right setting. Because it’s meant for over the range, it has a powerful vent feature for when you’re using your cooktop stove, pulling air at 400 CFM. The stainless is fingerprint resistant, so you don’t feel like you’re cleaning your microwave all the time.
- mounts over your range
- fingerprint resistant
- 2.1 cubic feet of space
- no countertop option
- the instructions aren’t clear
Choosing a combination microwave and grill or toaster doesn’t have to drive you crazy. Here are a few things to keep in mind so you get exactly the right machine for your kitchen and cooking needs.
Microwaves take up a lot of space so it makes sense you’d want more for your investment. Getting a convection feature helps expand the cook options you have by allowing you to cook more traditional foods faster without having to preheat your oven.
A grill feature works if there’s a heating element located in the upper portion of the microwave. Don’t be fooled by fancy gimmicks that claim to crips your food because microwaves don’t care what you put in, they’re going to cook food evenly and somewhat soggily. The crisping function needs to be an actual heating element to work.
Other features include eco modes so your microwave doesn’t draw a bunch of power while it’s idle and auto cook features such as reheat or defrost. An auto defrost saves you time from having to look through settings to find the right one. Plus, if you get one with sensor cooking, you can better choose the right setting to get a better result each time.
If you want more than just a college microwave, you may have to widen your budget a bit. Getting a microwave with more features is a good investment overall, and with Samsung, you should be able to get plenty of years from your microwave. That’s the beauty of upgrading a bit. If you don’t buy cheap, you may not have to replace your appliance nearly as often as a cheap one.
Microwaves don’t have to look traditional. We have a few on the list with a decidedly modern twist. Microwaves come in lost of different designs so you’ll never be stuck with that all white office microwave design you’ve grown to despise. Instead, you can find stainless or black options with more modern buttons and doors.
You’ll need to balance your need for space with cooking capacity. Not everyone has the counter space for the largest microwaves, so deciding how much space you need is critical. We recommend at least 1.1 cubic feet of space, but that’s for smaller, countertop microwaves. If you can position your microwave above your stove, for example, you may be able to work in a lot more capacity without sacrificing your counters to your microwave.
Convection Or Grill Only
If you do a lot of cooking in your kitchen, a convection feature is a great way to cut down on how often you run your full-sized oven. It’s also great for those times when you’re cooking for one, but you can’t stand the thought of another microwave pizza. If you prefer your oven, or you just don’t use the cooking feature that often, a grill feature can help crisp up things you’d typically put in your microwave while keeping the convenience of microwaving. Your budget will also factor in because a convection combination is more expensive than just the grill feature.
Upgrade your microwave with one of these combinations from Samsung and stop wasting space on more than one appliance at a time. A combination microwave is just the thing to help keep your kitchen in order and help take back some valuable time for your meal preparations. At the very least, you’ll never eat another soggy french fry again. Happy cooking!