Anyone have experience with Advantium or any quick cook oven?

bsmithbrown_nj

I am designing my new kitchen, and a salesperson I have grown to trust is pushing an Advantium over range microwave combination oven as a second oven. She claims you can really bake in one. Does anyone have experience with this? We have an empty nest and would probably use this oven more often than the big one in the range....but if it doesn't handle cookies, cakes and bread, it is not what I want. Thanks for sharing any experience you have!

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reply by: sandra Alicante on October 13, 2011 at 3:07 am
sandra Alicante

I don't know Advantium ovens but have experience of combination microwaves.
Points to consider - does it come with metal shelves or just a round rack? There are very few that are suitable for baking sheets. Can it be used on Convection only? Is it large enough to get your favourite dishes in? My experience is that I tended to use it as a small oven or a microwave but seldom use both together. What temperature range does it have?
One useful feature an old one of mine had, was being able to programme so many minutes at one temp, followed by more at a different one. The one I now have can't do that.

Hope that helps,

sandrascookbook.com

reply by: kidpizza on October 13, 2011 at 11:16 am
kidpizza

BSMITHBROWN:
Good morning. I went to GOOGLE with this because I have no knowledge about this apparatus. What I did was in the search box I entered

ADVANTIUM OVEN RANGE OVEN WITH MICRO COMBO STOVE

There is enough information there to answer all your questions.

Good luck & enjoy the rest of the day young lady.

~KIDPIZZA.

reply by: bsmithbrown_nj on October 13, 2011 at 8:13 pm
bsmithbrown_nj

thanks so much...I did google it, but YOU GUYS at KAF are my go-to baking experts. I really need this thing to bake like an oven or it won't meet my needs...the sales person says it will (and faster than convection) but it's a different technology and I don't know anyone who has one and I'm skeptical. It does convection too, but my experience with small convection oven/micro combinations is mixed, and so far I haven't tried one that would really bake bread properly (I've had three.) I'm hoping to find a "real baker" who owns one of these Advantiums and who isn't just using it to heat up frozen foods or roast a chicken.

reply by: sandra Alicante on October 14, 2011 at 5:32 am
sandra Alicante

Having looked at some customer reviews, I don't think I'd bother, I'd rather put in another proper oven. The price is rather hefty too, I'd rather treat myself to a steam oven!

sandrascookbook.com

reply by: BakerIrene on October 15, 2011 at 1:27 pm
BakerIrene

Microwave ovens do NOT bake. Use the microwave for its intended uses: reheating wet foods, moist-cooking and steaming, melting small amounts of fat based foods.

I would suggest a large-size toaster oven because they are the most useful cooking appliance for small meals. You can bake properly in small batches (see my comments about small batch baking). You can reheat sandwiches and other foods that require dry heat.

I have used a convection oven in the lab, and wouldn't buy one for home.

reply by: bsmithbrown_nj on October 24, 2011 at 6:58 pm
bsmithbrown_nj

Thanks all, for trying to help, but an Advantium oven is NOT just a microwave by any stretch of the imagination. I've been cooking and baking for over 45 years, so I'm not new at this and am well aware of the limitations of a microwave. I have seen online reviews of the Advantium, but none of them seemed to have been written by serious bakers, and I'm a pretty serious baker and cook. I was hoping to find a like-minded soul in the KAF community who owned one of these. If I decide to go with it I'll post a review somewhere for folks like me....