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The New Bosch Benchmark Speed Microwave Oven (Reviews / Ratings / Price)

October 2nd, 2014 | 1 min. read

By Danny Nguyen

A speed oven employs a separate heating element as well as a microwave. The product can be used either as an oven or a microwave.

The “speed” is the combination of both together, which can save 30% of the cooking time.

Speed ovens are popular if you do not need a double oven or have no space for a microwave. This combination would allow for two ovens without placement of a separate microwave. You can also place the speed oven anywhere in an island or cabinet.


The Bosch is different from most because it looks like a wall oven. Most brands are countertop microwaves and breathe through a metal trim kit to prevent overheating.


The Bosch Benchmark unit has an option called “Auto Chef”. The Auto Chef has presets for most foods from pork loins to brownies. In addition, the Bosch comes standard with two tier racks, and a full width rack, for plenty of room in a smaller space.

Bosch is 220/240 volt rated, so it is another regular oven. Most convection microwaves like Sharp are 110 Volt and are much slower than the Bosch. Because of its smaller size and 220 volt output, Bosch preheats and cooks even faster than a regular oven.

Installation Options

In addition, there are several installation options. For example, you can purchase a warming drawer, and have it connect directly to the bottom of the microwave. The two units together are the same dimensions as a single wall oven cut out. Whether replacement or new construction, the installation options with steam, microwave and oven combinations are endless.

Bosch BenchMark Microwave Speed Oven HMC80251UC - $1,799

bosch benchmark speed convection oven


bosch benchmark speed convection oven

  • AutoChef Cooking Cycles Offer Faster Cooking Times for your Convenience
  • Flush Install Matches Bosch Wall Oven, Steam Oven, or warming drawer
  • 2-in-1 Microwave and Convection Oven for a Variety of Cooking Options
  • 30" Width Can be Installed in Horizontal and Vertical Configuration
  • Electrical Connection - 240 Volt Direct Wire

new bosch benchmark series display

I think the Benchmark speed oven is a great alternative to a double oven. It is easy to use and incredibly intuitive. You can also place it anywhere. I like it in an island so it is central, accessible and can be used by your teenaged children.

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Danny Nguyen

Danny Nguyen has over 20 years of experience at Yale Appliance. He takes pride in helping customers complete their dream kitchens. Danny enjoys eating, running, and competing in Spartan races. If he's not competing in a race, he is often traveling with his family.

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