From slow cookers to microwaves now. Microwaves range from basic solo models that have simple functions of reheating and defrosting, to more sophisticated devices that include grills or even combi ovens.
When purchasing a microwave oven you should decide what you will be using it for the most, then it will be easier to choose a model. So, if you are a single person and need one for reheating ready meals, a basic solo model should suffice. If you need one to perform a bigger range of functions, consider how much room it will take up in your kitchen and how easy it is to clean, this is especially if you are using it on a regular basis.
Here’s our suggestions for the best microwaves:
This is the microwave I bought a couple of years ago from Tesco and it works pretty well for a basic model. I chose it because it has a manual dial instead of a digital control, which means you don’t get as accurate a time as with a digital. This one has a 700W power output, a 17L capacity and has five power levels, including defrost, low, medium and high. My only problem with it is that you do get quite a lot of condensation build-up under the glass plate.
A solo model here from Wilko that comes in a range of different colours, including red (shown), green, teal and purple. Has 5 power settings, including defrost, express and an auto-menu with 12 additional settings.
If you are a single person who wants a microwave for reheating chilled ready meals this is the one to buy. It is also very good at jacket potatoes and defrosting frozen foods. Has an 800 watt output and comes with a dual wave system, autocook and one touch cook menus including auto defrost.
The Panasonic microwave has an impressive 950W output and comes with a range of great features, including 10 auto-weight cooking programmes, auto weight defrost and auto reheat settings. Also comes with a child lock and a handy clock. Looks way too complicated for me :(
A combination microwave oven and grill that allows you to speed up your cooking but add a seared flavour to it at the same time. Cook sausages and various meats in half the time, fish and steaks, omelettes and baked potatoes, all in a fraction of the time it takes in a conventional oven.
This solo microwave might take some getting used to as it doesn’t have a turntable. The way it heats the food is by microwaves bouncing off the walls. Easy to clean, and you can get nice big plates inside. However, the light was not great so it was hard to see inside when food was cooking.
If you prefer peace and quiet from your kitchen devices then you should know that this solo microwave hardly makes a sound when it’s working. You also have the option of turning off the beeper at the end of the cooking time. Has enough room for a large plate or dish, and keeps the heat going for long periods of time.
The Sharp combination microwave oven has a range of different cooking techniques, including grilling, roasting, conventional cooking and microwaving but all at a much faster speed. You can cook all the ways you would, using a normal oven, just faster and thanks to the 40 litre capacity, it’s big enough to cater for large parties.
If I had enough money I might buy this microwave as it has a neat way of elevating the pan so that you do not get condensation pooling on the bottom. Loads of smart settings, as you would expect, allowing you to programme the microwave, including size, type of food and power. Some lovely quirky features too, such as the soften butter shortcut.
If you and your family tend to eat a lot of convenience food on a regular basis then this could be the microwave for you. It reheats food really well, including ready meals and home-cooked, and comes with 11 auto-cook and five auto-defrost settings.