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Speed Oven vs. Steam Oven: Which One Is Right for You?

A new oven is a significant investment that you should get right. Most people choose either a speed oven or a steam oven. This article will outline everything you need to know about steam and speed ovens to help you make an informed decision.

What is a steam oven?

Just as the name implies, steam ovens convert water into steam and use it in cooking. Whereas most steam ovens are designed with a removable water tank that requires refilling, there are advanced models with an inbuilt connection to a water source. In these models, steam pressure is released through a valve.



  • Suitable for cooking delicate foods like custard and seafood
  • Retains most of the essential nutrients and minerals, making the food healthier and tastier
  • Warms food evenly
  • Quicker cooking time
  • Reduced risks of burning
  • Versatile with various cooking modes like broil, convection, and straight steam


  • Not suitable for some types of foods, especially proteins
  • Require frequent maintenance and cleaning
  • Most models are limited in size

What is a speed oven?

A speed oven is a convection oven, a microwave, or a combination of both components. Its ability to use a microwave in a convection oven quickens the cooking process and maintains food quality.



  • Quick cooking time
  • Saves kitchen space as it combines two appliances into one


  • Limited space in the internal cavity
  • High purchase price

Speed Ovens vs. Steam Ovens

Speed ovens and steam ovens share some common features in convection modes. They heat faster compared to standard ovens.

The major difference between the two ovens is that steam oven uses steam and convection in cooking while speed ovens use microwave and convection.


Steam ovens can be used as standard ovens and also function better than microwaves because they preserve the food's moisture and taste. While speed ovens can replace microwaves, steam ovens cannot.

Generally, both ovens have excellent performance. Your choice depends on your kitchen space, budget, and cooking style.