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Microwave and oven, all in one

Rather than trying cram both a microwave and an oven into one kitchen, consider LG's Light Wave microwave. This appliance combines the power of both in one small package.

The Light Wave Microwave. LG

Sure, microwaves are much faster than your conventional oven. However, there are some drawbacks. The two appliances just cook food differently. LG has a solution, though: the Light Wave microwave. This unit combines microwave and conventional oven technologies to get an amazingly high quality microwave oven.

The Light Wave guarantees a speedy dinner: it cooks food at much higher temperatures and can cook meals up to three times faster. It's a countertop appliance that can heat food to more than 500 degrees Fahrenheit in less than five minutes. The Light Wave uses LG's Mega Heater System: light waves are created by a combination of different heaters (halogen, sheath, and ceramic) with different heating depths that cook foods evenly. The microwave's round cavity and light reflector circulate heat efficiently.

LG offers the Light Wave microwave in several models, varying in size. None of the models is inexpensive, however. Because of the Light Wave's versatility, LG has priced it near the $600 mark. In its favor, though, the Light Wave can effectively replace both your microwave and your oven, taking up significantly less space in your kitchen. For some cooks, this hybrid may be the perfect solution.