The Best Built-In Compact Ovens With Microwave Functions
A compact oven with microwave function (combi microwave for short) combines the speed and precision of a microwave with the benefits of a normal convection oven – all in a pleasantly compact form that’s perfect for home cooks and kitchens alike.
With numerous sophisticated programs and functions for cooking just about anything. From traditional roast chicken and roast potatoes to roasted vegetables all in 50% of the time compared with an oven-only function. It’s no wonder these ovens are so popular with foodies and families alike!
Honestly, getting a perfectly crispy skin jacket potato in just 20 minutes is a game changer! 😋
In this post, I’m sharing my favourite picks for the best built-in compact oven with microwave function as well as explaining a little bit more about them and the different types available.
Let’s get into it!
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The Different Types Of Built-In Compact Microwave Ovens
Before we get to the best built-in compact ovens with microwave function it’s important to understand that there are a few different types available, each with slightly different functions and priorities.
Always double-check that the oven you’re looking at buying is the correct type and has the features you want.
Built-In Oven with Microwave Function
This type of appliance is built as an oven first with an added microwave function. It will have your standard oven cooking functions and features with the added microwave feature.
The microwave can be used by itself or in combination with oven cooking to help speed up cooking times. In North America (and some other parts of the world) these are referred to as speed ovens.
Good to know: The interior of these appliances is designed and set up as a traditional oven (e.g. enamelled interior, metal side rails), which means when operating as a pure microwave, it may be necessary to adapt cooking durations and power levels accordingly.
Built-In Microwave Oven
Think of this type of appliance as a microwave first with added oven functions. Again, the microwave can be used alone or in combination with oven cooking. However, these models don’t have as many ‘normal’ oven functions and features but tend to be a little less expensive.
Good to know: This appliance is designed to operate best in the combination mode, so when heating using a microwave only, it may be necessary to adjust cooking times.
Nice and simple. This model has a microwave function only. No oven cooking functions. Also, depending on the model, these appliances may use a more traditional turntable to rotate the food while cooking, which the other models rarely have.
Just to remind you: This post focuses on built-in compact ovens with microwave functions.
Built-In Compact Oven Size Information
Oven Size: 45cm high x 60cm wide x 55-58cm deep
Compact ovens, as the name suggests, are smaller-sized ovens. They are three-quarters the size of a standard single oven, to be exact. Just like a single oven, they can be installed under the countertop or in a full-height (tower) oven housing cabinet.
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The Best Built-In Compact Ovens with Microwave Function
Here’s my pick of the best Built-In Compact Ovens with Microwave Functions. These are appliances I’ve used, tested and sold over the years or had great feedback about from my clients.
There’s a range of prices, features and looks, so there’s something here for everyone!
1. NEFF C24MR21N0B N70 Built-In Compact Oven with Microwave Function
Dimensions: (H)45.5 x (W)59.6 x (D)54.8
Capacity: 45 L
Number of Modes: 16
Max Microwave Power: 900 watt
Key Features: EasyClean setting, Circotherm cooking, soft open and close
Neff’s C24MR21N0B is a fantastic all-round choice. Their N70 range of combi ovens (and regular ovens) have been one of my go-to’s for years now.
Known for their great build quality, the C24MR21N0B comes in either a stainless steel or graphite design and looks fantastic with a clear TFT display and touch controls. You also get 45 litres of cooking capacity – large enough for that sunday roast.
Neff’s inverter technology also ensures that every dish is cooked thoroughly with no cold spots to fret over. It comes with an EasyClean setting that makes clean-up a breeze, so you won’t have to worry about stuck-on residue.
A multifunction combi oven with a strong build quality, impressive performance and a fair price point make this my ‘best overall‘ pick!
Dimensions: (H)45.4 x (W)59.5 x (D)57.0
Capacity: 50 L
Max Microwave Power: 800 watt
Key Features: SteamClean, Dual Fan cooking, Large capacity
At about half the cost of the other entries on this list, this Samsung model definitely makes the cut for my ‘best budget‘ pick. And you’ll get a smashing bargain considering its features and generous 50l capacity.
The Dual Fan cooking pre-heats the oven quickly and makes sure there’s no cold spots.
Effortlessly tackle light stains. Steam Cleaning offers a superior alternative to conventional oven cleaning methods. It uses less energy and requires minimal elbow grease to handle spills and splatters. The generated steam softens food remnants, allowing for a hassle-free wipe-down without the need for vigorous scrubbing.
It may not be the most intuitive to use and I’ve seen some reports of people struggling to see the display. However, overall, it’s a great choice for anyone on a budget.
3. Bosch Serie 8 CMG7761B1B Wifi Connected Built-In Compact Oven with Microwave Function
Dimensions: (H)45.5 x (W)59.4 x (D)54.8
Capacity: 45 L
Number of Modes: 20
Max Microwave Power: 900 watt
Key Features: Wi-Fi connectivity, Hydro & Pyrolytic cleaning, TFT Touch Display
This stylish black compact oven from Bosch makes the cut thanks to its abundant features. With 20 modes available, you’ll have plenty of cooking options at your disposal.
The Bosch Oven Assistant feature makes it even easier to pick the right settings for your cooking. By linking your oven to your Home Connect account, all you have to do is mention the dish you’re prepping through the Home Connect app or via Amazon Alexa. Your oven will then recommend the ideal settings or modes and immediately adjust to your preference.
With 4D hotair feature, heat circulates uniformly. This allows you to bake and roast on two levels at once, ensuring consistent outcomes from the topmost to the bottom layer.
If you’re looking for an oven with all the latest functions, features and technology, you’ve found it!
4. AEG KME968000M Built In Compact Oven with Microwave Function
Dimensions: (H)45.5 x (W)59.5 x (D)56.7
Capacity: 43 L
Number of Modes: 24
Max Microwave Power: 1000 watt
Key Features: SurroundCook, easy-to-clean enamel coating, Command Wheel control
AEG’s KME968000M is a well-rounded compact oven that’s feature-packed but comes at a respectable price.
It’s SurroundCook, hot air seamlessly flows through every corner of the oven interior. This not only speeds up the oven’s heating process but also allows for up to a 20% reduction in cooking temperatures. In turn, this offers you a dual benefit: quicker cooking and energy savings.
Some nice quality of life touches such as the fancy sounding Diamond-Glazed Enamel makes cleaning a breeze with cooking messes easily wiped off without a fuss. Combined with the Isofront® Plus Triple-Glazed Door that boasts three layers of glass with a heat-reflective coating, ensuring the oven’s warmth stays where it belongs – inside.
I recommend AEG all the time and this oven is no exception. Great features and build quality at a comfortable price. The perfect mid-range option!
5. Miele H7140BM Built In Compact Oven with Microwave Function
Dimensions: (H)45.6 x (W)59.5 x (D)55.0
Capacity: 46 L
Number of Modes: 12
Max Microwave Power: 1000 watt
Key Features: Automatic programmes, Wi-Fi connectivity, special popcorn-cooking programme, rigorously tested
Ah Miele, my favourite! It may be the most expensive on the list but this Miele compact oven with microwave function is definitely worth the money.
For starters, you’ll get a design that’s been rigorously tested for the equivalent of 20 years, which should put aside any concerns about longevity.
You also get numerous automatic programs that help take the worry out of cooking. Like some of the other on my list, this compact oven also gives you Wi-Fi connectivity so you can start lunch or dinner on your way home.
Another pleasant party trick of this compact oven is its special popcorn-cooking programme. Simply pop in a batch, choose the setting and watch as the Miele pops each kernel to perfection.
It’s all the regular features you want and actually use as well as a host of automatic settings that take the guess work out. However, at the end of the day you’re paying for the amazing build quality and a product that just works.
If you’ve got room in the budget and you want the very best appliance that’s a joy to use day in and day out, then the Miele H7140BM is the only choice. That’s why it gets my ‘best premium’ pick!
There you have it. The best built-in compact oven with microwave function. Your combination cooking solution!
With a perfect balance of features, performance and price, the NEFF C24MR21N0B is my best overall pick.
If you’re on a tighter budget then the Samsung NQ5B4553FBS is a fantastic choices you can’t go wrong with.
However, if money is no object and you want the best of the best then the Miele H7140BM is the one for you. Trust me, you won’t be disappointed.
What do you think? Will you go for a built-in compact oven with microwave function in your next kitchen?
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Michael is a kitchen designer from the UK. He's been designing and project managing new kitchen installations for over 10 years. Before that, he was an electrician and part of a team that fitted kitchens. He created Kitchinsider in early 2019 to help give people advice when it comes to getting a new kitchen.