USA: Microwave Ovens: Microwave Oven Manufacturers
ABOUT MICROWAVE OVENS
Microwave ovens cook food using dialectric heating. This uses microwave radiation to head water and other polarized molecules within the food. The ovens heat food quickly, efficiently, and safely, but they do not brown or bake food in the same was as a conventional oven. The microwave oven was invented in 1945 by Percy Spencer, who worked on magnetrons at Raytheon. He noticed that a chocolate bar in his pocket melted when he was standing in front of an operating magnetron. He then tested popcorn in front of the magnetron, and it popped all over the room. The first commercial microwave ovens were sold by Raytheon in 1947.
The ovens are available in a variety of configurations, including countertop and built-in. Combination ovens can be used either as a microwave or a conventional oven. Some advanced ovens use a combination of thermal and microwave power to produce the results of a normal oven, but at much higher speed.
LEADING USA MANUFACTURERS
The following leading manufacturers have comprehensive websites, with information on all aspects, including online catalogs and specifications, and care and maintenance.
Sharp. Sharp, headquartered in Japan, is a leading worldwide manufacturer of microwaves. Its USA website offers the following categories of microwave oven: Specialty Ovens, Stainless Steel Ovens, Over the Counter Ovens, Over the Range Ovens, Convection Ovens, Full Size Ovens, Family Size Ovens, Mid Size Ovens, Compact Ovens, and Commercial Ovens. Sharp also offers a cooking appliance with a microwave enclosed in a retractable drawer.
KitchenAid. KitchenAid is a leading supplier of kitchen appliances including microwave ovens. It prides itself on the long life of its products. It offers ovens in countertop, above-the-counter, and over-the-range configurations. Sensor cooking cycles automatically adjust cooking times and temperatures; this is particularly useful for vegetables and other side dishes needing precise timing. Modes with an auto convect menu come with more than 40 preset recipes that use the best combination of convection and microwave cooking.
General Electric. General Electric is a leading manufacturer of household appliances including microwave ovens. These are available in over-the-range, countertop, and built-in configurations. Over-the-range ovens are available with three venting methods: Convertible, Externally vented, and Recirculating. Four types of cooking technology are available: Advantium, Convection, Dual Distribution, and Traditional. Its Advantium technology combines microwave and conventional cooking, to produce results eight times faster than a conventional oven.
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