Three Things to Consider When Buying a Microwave Oven

With 95 percent of Brits owning a microwave, a modern kitchen without one is like having a fridge without a freezer.

A must have on the kitchen’s work surface or tucked behind a cupboard door, today’s microwaves do much more than simply defrosting ingredients or heating up a ready-meal. Here’s how to decide which features you need in your next microwave.

Toshiba Microwave Oven MM-EM20P(WH) 20L Digital 800W, 6 Preset Recipes, Procedural Memory, Auto Defrost, Solo Microwave Oven for Standard Size of Dinner Plate, Digital Display, Modern Finish – White

Wattage Equals Power

One-touch settings including pizza, popcorn and potatoes — plus a child-lock feature allows parents to keep kids from accidentally turning it on.Toshiba

The wattage, or power, of a microwave will determine the speed of cooking time and how evenly the heat will be distributed through the oven. Most microwaves clock in at 600 to 1,200 watts — the more powerful the oven, typically the pricier it is. Busy family cooks and people who rely on their microwaves to reheat large dishes and cook meats will benefit from higher wattage.

Sharp YC-MG81U-S 28L 900W Digital Touch Control Microwave with 1100W Grill & Ceramic Enamel Interior - Silver

Multifunctional Microwaves

This Sharp microwave and grill combo cooks, grills, browns and crisps food.Sharp

Some microwaves are multi-tasking and can do much more than reheat leftovers. Models that also have grills may be perfect for fans of cheese on toast. Others include convection ovens and grills, allowing cooks to use all three applications for one dish — ideal for people who want to cut down on cooking time for more complex dishes and meats but still get oven baked flavor and crispness.

Panasonic NN-E28JMMBPQ Compact Solo Microwave Oven with Turntable, 20 Liters, White

Consider Size

This Panasonic oven measures just 33 x 44.3 x 25.8 cm, and comes in black or silver.Panasonic

Another important thing to think about is size. As wattage goes up, so does size, so if you have a small kitchen or a lack of cupboard or counter space, look for a lower wattage model. The higher the wattage, the larger the oven; still, compact microwaves are still quite powerful and many models come with great features such as presets for popcorn, jacket potatoes and frozen meals and more.

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