A new microwave promises pizza in record time--would it work for your Super Bowl party? Consumer Reports puts it to the test.
Testers cooked frozen cheese pizzas, pitting a microwave against a conventional oven.
First contender-the$200 Apollo Half Time convection microwave oven that claims it's "The only oven in the world that cooks like a gas or electric oven in half the time."
"The Half Time is speedy." said Consumer Reports' Bob Markovich. "In the convection-microwave mode, pizza took just 13 minutes to cook. But it wasn't too crispy."
Next up-the top-rated Electrolux electric range on the non-convection setting.
"The Electrolux took some time to get to the goal line, cooking the pizza in 39 minutes, including preheating. And the pizza wasn't too crispy either," said Markovich.
Consumer Reports cooked another pizza-this time using the convection setting. The pizza took 34 minutes to cook-a little less time. And the pizza was the crispiest of all.
"The Half Time microwave is one speedy running back. But if you crave a crispy pizza at game time, cooking it in your range oven on the convection setting is likelier to give you winning results," Markovich said.
Consumer Reports testers say a convection microwave can still come in handy if you want to cook crispy, brown chicken or a grilled cheese sandwich.
One that did well in Consumer Reports tests is the Kenmore Elite model number 6428.
It's a mid sized convection counter top microwave that goes for $250.