Microwave ovens have three basic functions – cook, grill and bake and are electrical/digital cooking machines that uses electromagnetic radio waves/microwaves as source of energy.
List of solo microwave oven available in India are basic models which have only microwaving function that can cook, boil and defrost. It is called solo or standard model because it can only boil or cook but cannot perform other functions that a grill or convection microwave oven can like roasting, grilling, and baking. Solo models are suitable for compact families with basic needs of microwaving and reheating food. Solo microwave oven are basic kind of microwave and come with a ‘microwave only’ mode. It provides uniform heating. They are usually small (19-23 litres), easy to operate and cheaper than Grill or convection type ovens. They typically costs anywhere between Rs.4000 - Rs.8000.
A solo microwave oven is suitable for reheating cooked food, defrosting, cooking, boiling etc. You can preset cook timer and power levels such as defrost cold or frozen food, low, medium, high and few more auto settings. While solo models don’t allow you to bake anything like cakes or cookies you can use it to cook crispy fresh potato wafers, cinnamon crisps, some specific types of cakes and microwave brownies.
A Solo microwave oven cannot grill chicken or fish like a grill model microwave oven as well as can’t bake cakes and cookies like a convection model microwave oven. It cannot bake bread and pizzas or grill meats or vegetables, cheese etc. It does not have heating coils in addition like a grill oven or heat circulation fans like a convection oven so it cannot bake and grill food. You can see a price list of solo oven in India from the web and choose the one that suits your budget.