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Which Kitchen Appliance Reheats Best? A Product Comparison

September 18th, 2015 | 1 min. read

By Steve Sheinkopf

We have all reheated old food on Sunday, Monday after a big game or a catered event. 30 years ago, you put it in a microwave and then pressed reheat.

Presently, there are newer technologies to reheat your food; namely speed and steam ovens.

But which is better to reheat your food a speed oven, steam oven or our old standby, the microwave?

It depends on whether you are looking for something quick or something good. We will look at each technology, the three products and then have a taste test with video on two day old Chinese food.

(We did not use a warming drawer, because it may not kill all the bacteria off 2 day old food. It would also be much longer to heat to the correct temperature).

These brands were picked arbitrarily.

Bosch Microwave Drawer

HMD8451UC - $1,259

How Does it Work?
Microwaves irradiate and excite the moisture in foods causing heat.

  • Pros: You can buy a decent microwave at $100-200 and place it anywhere in your kitchen or bar.
  • Cons: Rubber texture.
  • Approximate time to reheat: 2 minutes.

Gaggenau Combi-Steam Oven

BS470 - $6,799



How Does it Work?
These ovens employ steam to heat rather than radiant baking. It adds moisture and does not bake out nutrients.

  • Pros: Best way to cook without question.
  • Cons: Pricey.
  • Approximate time to reheat: 5 minutes.

Miele Speed Oven

HR1954DF Dual Fuel Range w/ Speed Oven (left) - $12,499

How Does it Work?
Speed uses a combination of convection and microwave in cycle to thoroughly cook without the rubbery texture of a microwave.

  • Pros: It has better technology than a stove with far less preheat time.
  • Cons: Speed ovens require some learning and are far more expensive than a microwave. 
  • Approximate time to reheat: 53 seconds (this is 220 volt so it’s pretty quick).

I am writing this two days after eating two day old Chinese food and am showing no ill effects. That being said, steam is way better to reheat as it adds and does not subtract moisture from the food. The taste and texture was far superior.

Additional Resources

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Speed and Steam Oven Buying Guide

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Steve Sheinkopf

Steve Sheinkopf is the third-generation CEO of Yale Appliance and a lifelong Bostonian. He has over 38 years of experience in the appliance industry, and he is a trusted source of information for consumers on how to buy and repair appliances.

Steve has also been featured in numerous publications, including the New York Times, Consumer Reports, The Boston Globe, Bloomberg Radio, the New York Post, The Wall Street Journal, and Entrepreneur, for his knowledge of how to buy appliances and appliance repair.

Steve is passionate about helping consumers find the best appliances for their needs, and he is always happy to answer questions and provide advice. He is a valuable resource for consumers who are looking for information on appliance buying, repair, and maintenance.

Despite being the worst goalie in history, Steve is a fan of the Bruins and college hockey, loves to read, and is a Peloton biker. The love of his life is his daughter, Sophie.

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