A microwave is rarely on the list of most wanted kitchen appliances.
They do not have the same rustic appeal as a sturdy chef’s knife, an enamel casserole or a cast-iron pan. But what they lack in glamor more than makes up for it – nothing can prepare your dinner as fast as a microwave.
Microwave ovens (their actual title, as opposed to simply the form of electromagnetic radiation used, which is why we will use the colloquial term) are not intended for the preparation of dinner dinners; They are for reheating said pit the next day. They have a mixed reputation, partly because of (somewhat unfounded) security concerns, and partly because much of what goes into them is quite unhealthy.
But that does not make them bad by nature. Microwaves are an incredibly useful kit, so from 2018, 93% of British households own one.
If you are looking for a new one after the final collapse of your old hustler or if you are not sure who you should choose, We talked to experts, including microwave repairers and salesmen, and posed as buyers in stores to make the best selection available today.
- best microwave under £100 Russell Hobbs RHFM2363B
- Sage by Heston Blumenthal the Quick Touch Microwave
- Affordable, with a nice vintage design Morphy Richards Accents solo microwave
- The best combination microwave Samsung EasyView MC28M6055CW/EU
- Sharp 900W combination flatbed microwave
- best for contemporary looks Swan SM22090 microwave in copper
- best small microwave Bosch HMT75M451B
One of the most consistent pieces of advice was: Do not buy a dirt cheap model (often found in supermarkets’ discount stores). It will not take long and will not work consistently. “The more they get used, the worse they get, so we try to distract people from the budget-budget workers,” says Trevor Cobb, director of the Microwave Service Company. £ 70- £ 80 is a good starting point, although the best models will reset you by £ 100- £ 200.
Microwaves have moved on since the old days; They do more than just heat and defrost. In fact, you can get hold of combination microwaves that add grilling and / or convection to the mix. For example, you can brown meat while cooking it quickly. Probably not for everyone, but Cobb tells me that they are especially popular with those who have no room for a real stove.
You also want to choose between a turntable and a flatbed. Turntables have long been popular because the spinning disc helps to heat all food (or drinks) equally. However, flatbeds are increasingly essential as you find more space and modern technology ensures they cook evenly. Flatbeds are easier to clean because there is no plate in the way, though it is more common in commercial microwaves.
In the order of 900 watts are more than enough to reheat food for two people. 1000W is plentiful. “Something stronger is almost wasted on ready meals and heating,” says Cobb.
Other improvements include:
Pre-programming functions: Settings that automatically adapt to a specific food group. For example, a baked potato.
Sensor cooking: sensors can detect when food is ready and automatically turn off. Cobb says that Panasonic, Sharp, Samsung and Bosch use this well.
Touch screen: Although some users do not like a touchscreen, they are easier to clean and offer a little more control (not just for 30 second intervals).
In short, here are the best microwaves that you can currently buy in the market, starting with our favorite.