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High-Speed Ovens vs. Microwaves: Which Is Better?

Restaurants, cafés, coffee shops, and convenience stores can increase efficiency and deliver delicious, quality food with a high-speed oven. If you’re new to the concept, you might wonder, “What is a speed oven and how does a speed oven work?” You might also want to know the difference between a speed oven versus a microwave and whether you should use a speed oven or microwave in your business.

These are all good questions – especially if you’re looking for a way to meet growing customer demand for fast, quality food in the nearly trillion-dollar U.S. restaurant industry.

Prática’s innovative line of rapid cook ovens helps business owners prepare quality food without waste. Let’s delve deeper into high-speed oven cooking technology and discuss the advantages of some of our top models.

Speed Oven vs. Microwave: How Are They Different?

A speed oven combines multiple cooking methods inside one powerful appliance. Depending on the model, a rapid cook oven heats food with a blend of impinged air (high-speed air blast), microwaves, and infrared radiation. This cutting-edge cooking technology enhances the taste and texture of food in ultra-fast time. For example, you can cook a 16-inch pizza in three minutes.

By comparison, the only heating method in a microwave oven is an electron tube called a magnetron. It produces microwaves inside the cooking chamber, according to the FDA. These microwaves cause water molecules in food to vibrate, producing the heat that cooks the food.

Do I Need a Speed Oven and a Microwave?

In a commercial setting, the choice between a microwave and a high-speed oven depends on the specific requirements of the food being prepared. Here are some general differences between the two appliances: 

Microwave ovens are excellent at quickly heating the interior of food. It may not be as effective at browning or crisping surfaces. Bread tends to become soft versus crispy, and cheese on top of dishes may not brown. Microwaves are best when limited to reheating, defrosting, and cooking certain types of food quickly.

The use of a combination of heating sources by high-speed ovens allows for rapid interior heating and browning or crisping of the food’s exterior. They can achieve a crispy texture on items like sandwiches or pizza crusts. It can handle tasks from rapid reheating to baking and even grilling.

A fresh-dough pizza won’t bake in a microwave because that’s not the right appliance for it, which a high-speed oven is. Microwaves would only be able to warm up foods like breakfast sandwiches, quesadillas, frozen lasagnas, or burritos. But the tortillas, the bread, and the cheese wouldn’t have the crispness or consistency you could achieve with a high-speed oven.

So, it depends on the food items and the expected results.

Prática Speed Oven Advantages

The speed oven provides numerous advantages if you want to do more than “zap” your food like with a microwave. However, Prática’s research and development team has perfected speed oven cook settings for a wide array of foods, and they consistently deliver tasty, quality snacks, desserts, pizza, and more. Each Prática oven comes with a cookbook containing these standard settings and the ability to customize settings for specific dishes. Using a Prática speed oven in food service has multiple advantages, including:

  • Ultra-fast cook times – Speed ovens combine heating methods. Microwaves warm food from within, while high-speed impinged hot air and infrared heating make food crispy and brown. Blending these cooking methods delivers ultra-fast cooking times. Breakfast sandwiches are ready in 45 seconds, and quesadillas in 35 seconds.
  • Ventless cooking – Prática’s high-speed ovens don’t require a hood, which saves business owners time and money.
  • Works in small, medium, or large businesses — Prática ovens accommodate all sizes of food service companies.
  • Minimal to zero side clearance – The ovens fit in small spaces and also fit on countertops.
  • Expands menu offerings – A coffee shop, for example, can add mouthwatering sandwiches or baked goods to their menu with a speed oven. More offerings can boost traffic and revenue when customers return to enjoy their favorite items or try new ones.
  • Consistent quality – Standardized speed oven settings consistently turn out quality food items.
    • User-friendly operation – You don’t have to be a seasoned chef to operate a Prática speed oven. Intuitive touch screens with preprogrammed settings make cooking pizza, paninis, chicken wings, sandwiches, and more a snap.
    Easy cleaning – A removable catalytic converter turns grease-laden vapor into water and makes cleaning easy, removing the need for specialized tools or technician services. This not only saves time but also reduces operational costs, ensuring the oven is ready for use with no downtime.

Sustainable Cooking

To keep pace with rising environmental awareness, restaurants are focusing on sustainability, according to Forbes. Restaurant customers are also increasingly aware of how their lifestyle choices impact the Earth.

Saving energy while cooking protects the planet and lowers a restaurant’s utility bills. Pratica’s speed ovens are energy-efficient, use less energy than conventional ovens, and help reduce waste.

If eco-conscious customers know about these sustainable efforts, they have another reason to support your business – along with enjoying the fast, quality food speed ovens produce.

Prática proudly offers a variety of high-speed ovens to suit a wide range of businesses, including schools, hotels, coffee shops, cafés, bakeries, convenience stores, and restaurants. Here’s a look at three of our popular high-speed oven models.

The FIT Express boasts a bigger interior cavity with a smaller footprint. This oven ideally helps boost productivity in smaller kitchens, fast food restaurants, hotels, snack bars, and more. 

FIT EXPRESS is our newest model, it has a smaller footprint.

Perfect for: sub sandwiches, chicken wings, paninis, breakfast sandwiches, and more.

Available in three different colors: burnt orange, black, and silver.

Sources of heat: impinged air (high-speed air blast), and microwaves.

Learn more about the FIT EXPRESS High-speed commercial oven here.

The Rocket Express easily fits on store countertops and is perfect for medium to large-size businesses. The ventless oven contains all the features listed above for the FIT Express. The versatile appliance operates in multiple environments and handles an array of culinary delights like small snacks, and large portions of lasagna and subs, to name a few. 

ROCKET EXPRESS is similar to the COPA EXPRESS, but for larger businesses and larger portions.

Perfect for: sub sandwiches, chicken wings, paninis, breakfast sandwiches, and more.

Sources of heat: microwave, impinged air (high-speed air blast), and the IR element.

Learn more about ROCKET EXPRESS High-speed commercial oven here.

The Forza STi is Prática’s optimal ventless, high-speed oven for cooking pizzas up to 16” with fresh dough. It also handles par-baked dough and thick or thin crust. Removable feet allow users to stack up to two ovens. Each cavity boasts independent controls. Users can set each oven temperature individually, from 86°F to 626°F. Double, lighted glass doors allow users to watch the cooking process.


Perfect for: Pizzas, Flatbreads, Cookies, and more.

Sources of heat: impinged air (high-speed air blast), and infrared radiation.

The options available are: single and double. The double is a stacked version of the single one, each chamber operates individually.

Learn more about the FORZA STi High-speed commercial oven here.

Prática’s High-Speed Ovens Revolutionize Cooking

Prática’s high-speed ovens revolutionize cooking and meet increasing customer demands for fast, quality food by creating delicious dishes with ultra-fast finishes. If you’d like to discuss the different models they offer and which high-speed oven is right for your business, contact Prática at (214) 584-6269 or email us at [email protected].

no need for hoods ventless high speed oven certified with easily removable catalytic converter

Schedule a demo session and test your products. Get in touch with us today and let’s embark on a culinary adventure that’ll leave your customers craving more. It’s time to take your establishment to the next level – we’ve got your back! E-mail [email protected] or phone +1 214-584-6269

The timings and settings we provide are based on the tests conducted in our test kitchen. Results may vary.

The images shown are for illustration purposes only and may not be an exact representation of the product.

Consistency: The Key to Memorable Dining Experiences

With a friendly touchscreen interface, Prática speed ovens have easy operation and quick preparations and are ideal for service with agility and quality.

What is the best high-speed oven for my business?

Ideal for quick service sites, Prática’s commercial high-speed ovens ensure you get the finish you want at ultra-fast speeds, without compromising taste or texture.

Check out all our high-speed ovens models by clicking here.

Contact us and find the right commercial high-speed oven for your business!

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