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Nuwave Digital Pro Infrared Oven
Product number: 20322
Manufacturer: Hearthware Home Products
List price: $169.99
Warranty: 1-year limited
Dimensions: 15-1/2" x 17-1/4" x 14-1/2"
Weight: 11 lb 9 oz
Composition: Plastic base and top housing, polycarbonate dome, 10" round non-stick baking pan, stainless steel cooking rack
Other versions: Nuwave Analog Infrared Oven
Made In: China
Type:Countertop oven
Color:Black, silver, clear
Ambitions
Apparent goal: kids gift/registry home kitchens restaurants everywhere
Intended audience: novice advanced beginner good home cook gourmet professional
Diet/nutrition: does not apply scary empty promises helpful essential
Green?: not especially neutral mixed blessing earth friendly green!
Innovative: step back standing still progress trendy genius
Problem solving: no better baby steps solid steps giant steps a revelation
Competition: outclassed follower in the pack strong challenger likely champ
Utility/Quality
Ease of use: impossible frustrating OK simple child's play
Intuitive: Ph.D. required barely logical effortless brilliant
Instructions: missing incomprehensible adequate unnecessary excellent
Quality: cheesy questionable good years of service impressive
Parts to lose: inevitable some/many one-piece self-storing not a problem
Power source: none hands batteries outlet green
Clean-up: nightmare wipe clean soap & water scouring pad dishwasher
Does it work?: not at all adequately well very well perfectly
Availability: airfare required online kitchen store department store supermarket
Packaging
Easy to open?: impossible maddening tolerable good opens itself
Green?: fills a landfill huge waste passable minimal waste impressive
Economy
Time saving: time wasting not really modest substantial huge
Labor saving: less efficient marginal a bit noticeable remarkable
Money saving: money wasted none $ $$ $$$
Where will it live?: garage/attic drawer cabinet countertop elsewhere
Summary
Fulfills ambitions: falls short almost there satisfies exceeds home run
How often used: once/twice ≥daily ≥weekly ≥monthly ≥yearly/holidays
Worth the space?: no does not apply w/unlimited space w/limited space absolutely
Need it?: a luxury discretionary basic equipment for serious cooks get it
Value: ouch! a little pricey worth splurging on the money a deal
Overall rating: skip it fair good very good excellent

Comments:How can we say this nicely? We don't necessarily believe everything we see on TV. And infomercials, well, occasionally we are dubious.

That's why the NuWave Pro Infrared Oven came as such a nice surprise. It may not be heaven on earth, but it does many of the things that is says it will do pretty well or even very well.

It is simple to use. In most cases, set the amount of cooking time and press Start. The heat setting is adjustable from 1 (195F (90C)) to 10 (350F (175C)), but most of the manufacturer's recipes and cooking recommendations use full power. The maximum cooking time for full power is 2 hours; for anything lower than that, you can cook for as long as 10 hours. There is a timer on the digital units, but it is only a timer it will not turn off the heating element.

There is an analog version of the NuWave that use knobs instead of buttons, and costs a little less.

Our biggest complaint is that the heating element which puts out some heat may be too near the food, and although there's a lot of convection blowing going on, it is possible to overcook what you're making. The NuWave literature says it cooks 50% faster while using 70% less energy, but for us, if done more quickly means overcooked, that's not a victory. You can learn to watch your food more closely or cook on a lower power setting, but it may just take a little time to get used to cooking in a NuWave. We have used a probe-type thermometer every time we have cooked meat in the NuWave to be certain the meat was done on the inside.

Our oven came with the Extender Ring Kit that lifts the heating element further from the bottom of the oven (and allows for multi-level cooking and roasts and poultry that weigh more than 10 pounds). We use it every time for the added space it gives between heating element and food. If your NuWave oven doesn't include it, you might want to add it.

You should be able to cook just about anything in the NuWave that you can cook in a conventional oven meat, poultry, fish, vegetables, pizzas, cookies, pies, and other desserts. It will also cook foods from frozen.

The oven does take up a bit of space, and when you open it by setting it on Pause and tilting the power head and connected transparent dome onto the dome holder it takes up even more space. If you take the manufacturer up on the promise that most of it can be cleaned in the dishwasher, you'll use up large amounts of space. (The power head/heating element is never to be submersed in water; it is cleaned with a damp cloth.)

If that sounds like a lot of criticism, we didn't really mean it. Would we use this to replace a conventional oven or a convection oven? No, even though the infomercials suggest that's what's going to happen. But we would use it regularly in an apartment or other setting where there was no oven. And we would definitely use it at holiday time, when it is so easy to run out of oven space.

We mentioned recently in a college class that we are auditing that we had a NuWave oven, and essentially got polite shrugs from people who have seen the infomercials. It took a little effort to convince them that we really like it.



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