Con­vec­tion Per­fec­tion

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The con­vec­tion mi­crowave is a mag­i­cal combo that lets you do reg­u­lar mi­crowave tasks like make pop­corn, but you can also turn on the con­vec­tion set­ting to roast a chicken with— gasp—crispy, golden skin. (We cooked a 5-pound bird in each of our picks in un­der an hour. Like con­vec­tion ovens, they cook quickly!) Magic like this does come at a price: $450 and up. But for cooks with lim­ited kitchen space who ap­pre­ci­ate dou­ble-duty ap­pli­ances, the in­vest­ment is worth it. Here are some perks to look for when you shop.

WI-FI CON­NEC­TIV­ITY

Whirlpool’s Over the Range 1.9 cu. ft. Ca­pac­ity Mi­crowave Oven is Wi-fi en­abled and fea­tures voice con­trol through Google Home and Ama­zon Alexa. It also has scan-to-cook tech­nol­ogy: swipe a frozen food bar­code (say, on an Eat­ing­well frozen meal) with your smart­phone to send cook­ing in­struc­tions right to your mi­crowave. ($639, whirlpool.com)

BROILING BONUS

Sam­sung’s Coun­ter­top Con­vec­tion Mi­crowave with Power Con­vec­tion & Pow­er­grill Duo has a special “grilling” el­e­ment that sets it apart from the rest. It won’t give you the same smoky fla­vor as a grill, but a whole snap­per came out per­fectly flaky with crisp skin in our test. The set­ting works sim­i­lar to a built-in broiler. ($473, sam­sung.com)

WARM­ING MODE

A 90-minute keep-warm set­ting that turns your con­vec­tion mi­crowave into a warm­ing drawer? An in­tel­li­gent mode that au­to­mat­i­cally ad­justs cook­ing time based on mois­ture and hu­mid­ity lev­els? It’s all in Wolf’s MC24 Con­vec­tion Mi­crowave. Plus, it de­liv­ered the crispi­est chicken of them all. ($1,025, subzero-wolf.com)

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