Nuwave Oven Review – Does it Really Work or is it Hype?

If there is one thing I am always on the lookout for, it is a way to reduce the amount of time it takes to cook dinner and at the same time cut down on the mess. The other night I saw an infomercial demonstration of the Nuwave Pro Digital Oven and how it could cook a frozen turkey in only a couple of hours, chicken breasts in half an hour, and many other foods in just 13 minutes.

According to the manufacturer, the infrared tabletop oven seals in juices and intensifies flavors all while cooking in a fraction of the time. While very skeptical that anything could cook a decent meal in no time at all, I ordered one and waited for it to arrive. Below you will find my full Nuwave oven review:

What’s In the Box?

Not only does the Nuwave Oven come in a brightly colored box covered with cooking suggestions, it comes with practically everything you need to get started. The manufacturer is so certain that they are providing you with a quality product that they offer you a full money back guarantee or they will send you a replacement should your Nuwave Pro Digital Oven ever fail to work. Inside the box you will find the following:

  • 1 Nuwave Pro Digital Oven
  • 1 Extender Ring
  • 1 Cooking Rack
  • 1 Instruction DVD
  • 1 Book of Recipes

How It Works and First Impressions

According to the manufacturers, the Nuwave Oven uses a total of three different methods to cook your foods. These are infrared, convection, and conduction. By using a combination of these three methods, cooking times can be reduced by as much as 50 percent or more. After taking it out of the box, it looked to be made from high quality materials and comes with the right mixture of accessories. Among the highlights I noticed are:

  • Locking mechanism that prevents burns
  • High quality clear plastic dome
  • All digital controls for time and temperature
  • Dishwasher safe
  • Extender ring lets you cook a 14 pound ham or 16 pound turkey
  • No need for fats or oils when cooking

Thanks to the three forms of heat, there is no need to wait while your oven preheats, which not only cuts down overall cooking time, but your power bill as well. The design lets you use the Nuwave Oven anywhere without any need for ventilation or the need for a 220 volt connection. The wide range of temperatures makes it possible for you to cook a wide range of foods in a very short period of time.

Not Without Fault

One of the biggest problems seen with the Nuwave Pro Digital Oven is that despite using infrared, conduction, and convection to cook your foods, there is still only one source of heat. A number of people have stated that this leads to uneven cooking. This is a common complaint with most forms of infrared oven and may have more to do with what is being cooked than with the oven itself and may also be the result of the rapid cooking process. If you experience this particular problem, you can help by reducing the temperature and increasing your cooking times slightly.

Another issue brought up is that when cooking fatty meats, the fat tends to pop and crackle, splattering the dome and making cleanup somewhat messy. If you don’t get the mess properly cleaned up, the fat can leave unsightly stains on the clear plastic dome.


Pros Cons
No defrosting necessary Max cooking time two hours at a time
Cooking times reduced by 50% or more The dome may crack
All parts are dishwasher safe Cooking  can be uneven if you try to cook fast
Very easy to use Stated cooking times are inaccurate, takes longer
Can be used with a wide range of foods Can be hard to clean


Final Thoughts

After several months of use I have found the Nuwave Pro Digital Oven to be an excellent addition to my collection of kitchen appliances. While it may not quite live up to the hype of those late night infomercials, I find that it works perfectly well for a wide range of my routine cooking needs. I also get to use it when hosting small gatherings of my closest friends. One thing I really like is that the design eliminates the risk of dangerous spills and other problems seen when using a conventional over. Overall, I can honestly recommend the Nuwave Pro Digital Oven as long as you go into it with realistic expectations. You can find the Nuwave oven for a great price at this listing.

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