I have owned and used for months, both brands of these countertop convection ovens. I’ll share my thoughts on these two brands, similarities and differences, and give my honest review of both. One is called Flavorwave and the other a Sunpentown convection oven.
In a broad sense, these countertop convection ovens cook similar to a rotisserie style. Instead of the food rotating on a spindle, the air inside the appliance circulates.
What do countertop convection ovens do?
Countertop convection ovens cook typically at both lower temperatures and faster speeds due to the air circulating around the foods. Because of this, foods do not shrink as much as usual, so bottom line you have larger portions. This can reduce your food costs.
When cooking meats, they end up perfectly browned and crisp on the outer sides, yet juicy and tender on the inside. The exterior is delicious when used with spices and rubs, as it helps lock in the moisture and flavors. Here are some amazing rub recipes you can try (even on chicken and fish) at Clover Meadows Beef blog 10 Best Beef Rubs.
Vegetables cook and caramelize quicker in convection ovens. Baked items express steam quicker, yet come out soft and springy.
- They both sit conveniently on a countertop for cooking.
- Both have racks at the bottom of the glass dishes so meats can sit on the racks. Fats drain off the meats to the bottom of the pan, making for healthier cooking.
- Both can cook meat from a frozen state, so great for people who don’t plan in advance.
- Both have easy cleanup, just toss in the dishwasher, all except the actual heating unit
- Both use less energy than standard ovens, thus reducing power bills.
- Useful for cooking during the summer without heating up your whole kitchen.
- Both are portable. Useful for dorm living, RV lifestyles, small apartment living, tiny houses, and anyone that has small space or moves a lot.
There is a learning curve to both ovens. Both can cook a wide range of foods including breads, desserts and more. At the end of this post is a recommendation for a cookbook specifically for convection ovens.
Flavorwave Versus Sunpentown Reviews
Sunpentown convection oven recommends that meat be defrosted before cooking. That was a bit of a negative for me. I love the option of being able to place totally frozen meat in the convection oven. However, it does have a “thaw” mode to use. That greatly speeds up the process, giving an effective work-around.
Sunpentown convection oven seemed to take foods longer to cook than Flavorwave.
I didn’t like the rack height options as well for the Sunpentown convection oven. They were either too low or too high in the unit for my liking. It also did not come with a height extender enabling one to cook a turkey. If you do not plan to be cooking turkeys in your countertop oven however, that wouldn’t be a drawback.
Otherwise, the Sunpentown is a solid buy. I would purchase it again if I needed one.
With Flavorwave you could place frozen meat on the rack and it came out very moist nearly every time. I felt like it cooked it to perfection.
I preferred Flavorwave’s rack height. It was in the one third percentile range that I liked. I loved that it had a height extender you could use for cooking larger meats such as a turkey. That could also give greater options when baking.
Flavorwave also had the additional feature of cooking with infrared light. I felt like food cooked somewhat faster due to this. The Supentown didn’t have this feature.
After using both models for extended time, if I have to purchase again I would go with the Flavorwave. The Sunpentown is fine in its own right, I don’t regret getting it, but Flavorwave has an edge for me.
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I actually used these countertop convection ovens so much, that I gave one to each of my adult children for their families. Both families used theirs alot and commented how much they really enjoyed these small kitchen appliances. Do you have a preference?
Until next time,