Our boat is 240v 50hz. We ruined the original Ariston microwave by using it at a marina in the Caribbean
with 240v 60z. Replacement was purchased in Bonaire
in July 2007. This one is a Midea brand. It works as standard microwave and also has convection, grill
and combination features. It is a pretty basic unit and I think it cost around $200. The convection feature is great for warming up crusty breads. The grill
with combo convection feature is good for warming up pizza or leftover fish
The number one thing cooked in our microwave is baked potatoes. I would never burn gas for 1 1/4 to 1 1/2 hours just to bake 2 potatoes -- and heat up the entire boat. We would never enjoy baked potatoes if we did not have the microwave. Secondary use of the microwave is just to heat up leftovers for quick lunch.
An alternate electrical
outlet next to the microwave is wired to our built-in 1800w inverter. We plug
the microwave into the regular outlet when using shore power
or the generator
, and switch to the alternate outlet when using the inverter. Works great.
The grill feature is especially nice when in tropical climates -- doesn't heat up the boat like the propane
oven/grill would. Convection is great to bake partially pre-cooked baguettes sometimes sold in larger surpermarkets or sold frozen. The bread browns nicely and has a crispy outer crust.
I think both the grill and convection features are fairly standard features in any newer microwaves.