Hearthware, the manufacturer of the NuWave Oven Pro, claims that it cooks faster and uses much less energy than a conventional oven. Using infrared technology, convection and direct heat, this countertop oven can cook a 15-pound turkey, a whole chicken, frozen pizza or french fries. It even promises to bake cookies, cakes, cheesecake or pies. However, reviewers say it's not the best for baking, but it does a nice job with chicken and fish.
In tests at a major consumer magazine, the NuWave Oven Pro does in fact use less power than a conventional oven, and it turns out juicier, browner meats and fish. Owners say this countertop cooker is easy to use and clean, and it doesn't radiate heat throughout the kitchen. The NuWave Oven Pro does not have to be preheated, which saves energy, and meats don't need to be defrosted, which saves time.
On the downside, reviewers say the NuWave Oven Pro tends to dry out potatoes and other vegetables, and it doesn't do a very good job with cakes, pies or pizza. Owners call the digital controls intuitive, but we read many complaints about the list of recommended cooking times, which is said to be far from accurate. Several users recommend using a meat thermometer to ensure that meat is thoroughly cooked. These faults aside, most owners are satisfied with the NuWave's performance; it would make a good substitute for a microwave or toaster oven.
The NuWave Oven Pro doesn't really look like an oven; instead, it has a round, plastic dome covering the heating element and fan. It measures 14 inches across and 16 inches high. The Nu-Wave Oven Pro comes with three extender rings, which allow you to create more room at the top of the oven. It comes with two cooking racks, a ceramic baking pan, a chart of cooking times for various foods, an instructional DVD and recipe cards.
Editors at ConsumerReports.org have put the NuWave Oven Pro through its paces, as has reporter Liz Crenshaw at Washington D.C.'s NBC affiliate. Another hands-on cooking test can be found at WalletPop.com. We also read detailed owner reviews at Amazon.com, Buzzillions.com and Viewpoints.com.
Editors prepare a variety of foods in the NuWave Oven Pro, including meat dishes, sandwiches, apple crisp, frozen fries, pizza and vegetables. As is usual with this publication, testing is rigorous and thorough. You must be a subscriber to read this review.
Review: Does Infrared Have Sizzle?, Editors of ConsumerReports.org, May 2009
Contributors posting to ConsumerReports.org's free Home and Garden blog leave mostly positive comments about the NuWave Oven Pro. One reviewer says that he has owned his NuWave Oven Pro for seven years and recently upgraded to a deluxe version.
Review: Tell Us about Your NuWave Oven, Contributors to ConsumerReports.org
Gordon tests the NuWave Oven Pro and deems it "the real deal" and highly recommends it. She says it lives up to its claim to fame of cooking frozen meat, poultry and fish without defrosting. Also, her testing finds that it crisps reheated pizza crust, hard boils eggs and delivers on its promise of roasting a turkey straight from the freezer. On the down side, she reports that not all foods cook more quickly in the NuWave oven, that the cooking times listed in the guide are unreliable and that cakes don't come out as well as those baked in a conventional oven.
Review: NuWave Oven Pro Review: It's the Real Deal, Lisa Kaplan Gordon, Sept. 16, 2010
4. WRC (Washington, D.C.)
Reporter Liz Crenshaw enlists the help of a home cook, Lisa Warren, who uses the NuWave oven for a month prior to the broadcast segment. Warren cooks salmon and asparagus, a thick chicken breast, a frozen steak and vegetables, with good results each time, although the chicken needs to cook longer than expected. She tells Crenshaw that she would "absolutely" buy a NuWave Oven Pro.
Review: Does NuWave Oven Pro Really Make Cooking a Breeze?, Liz Crenshaw, April 13, 2009
The NuWave Oven Pro earns an average of 4.5 out of 5 stars in more than 150 user reviews. One particular benefit that's mentioned repeatedly is that meat doesn't have to be defrosted before cooking. Several owners say that the plastic dome atop the unit cracked, and one owner complains that the outer ring cracked twice. A few owners complain about strong-handed sales tactics from NuWave when calling to order directly from the company, as well as high shipping charges and multiple accessories that are offered, each with their own shipping charge. The majority of reviewers, however, are very pleased with this countertop oven.
Review: Nuwave 20322 Pro Digital-Controlled Infrared Tabletop Oven, Black, Contributors to Amazon.com
At Viewpoints.com, the NuWave Oven Pro earns an average of 4.21 stars out of 5 in approximately 100 owner reviews. Most owners say that the NuWave Oven Pro turns out juicy steaks, pork roasts, chicken breasts and other meats. Reviewers say that food cooks quickly, and cleaning up is easy, but some note that the unit is big and bulky. Quite a few negative reviews echo other reviewers' complaints: the dome cracks easily, shipping charges are very high, and, with the recommended cooking time, the inside of meat or poultry can still be undercooked.
Review: NuWave Oven Reviews, Contributors to Viewpoints.com
Owner-written reviews posted to Buzzillions.com award the NuWave Oven Pro an average of 4 stars (out of 5) in more than a dozen reviews. Several reviewers say it cooks meat well and uses less electricity than a standard oven, but one consumer says that the cooking times the manufacturer provides left him with raw meat.
Review: Hearthware Nu-wave Pro Digital Black Oven, Contributors to Buzzillions.com
Reviewer Robbie Britt raves about the NuWave Oven Pro's performance; a pork roast turned out "luscious" and "crisp," and cleaning was "a breeze." Overall, Britt says this product is "as advertised" and "reliable."
Review: Product Reviews: Nu-Wave Oven Pro, Robbie Britt, Jan. 22, 2008
This anonymous reviewer notes that the company's list of recommended cooking times is often significantly off the mark. In his view, the best dishes to prepare in this device are whole turkeys, potatoes, beef and whole chickens. He finds it easy to clean and recommends it for Thanksgiving dinners.
Review: NuWave Oven Video Review, "Imaginepower", Feb. 18, 2008
Editors of KitchenContraptions.com, a cooking blog, test the NuWave Oven Pro by preparing spareribs. They find the controls intuitive and the oven easy to use. Editors also find the oven convenient and cost-effective because it uses little power and does not radiate heat. They conclude that the NuWave Oven Pro delivers on its promises.
Review: Review: Nuwave Pro Digital-Controlled Infrared Tabletop Oven, Editors of KitchenContraptions.com, June 26, 2008