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The Microwaves Buying Guide

Rapidly cook food in minutes with a microwave. For people who don’t have as much time as they would like, microwaves can cook, reheat, and defrost food quickly with no fuss, and take up very little room in your kitchen.


Step 1 - What Microwave should I buy?


Standard Microwave

This microwave is freestanding so it can be placed on any worktop - perfect for heating, reheating, and defrosting food. Simple and easy to use, they are generally lower in price.

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Built-in Microwave

Built in microwaves can be a standard, grill, or combination microwave. Built into your wall, they can be at eye level for checking on food, and are out of the reach of children.

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Combination Microwave

This type of microwave can cook the same as an oven, but quicker. With a variety of features that go beyond basic microwaving, you can produce sophisticated meals in very little time and at a great quality.

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Grill Microwave

If you want to make more complex meals at a rapid speed, you can grill and toast with a microwave with a grill function. Ideal for those who use a microwave frequently and want to make a wider variety of meals.

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Step 2 - Consider what size and power you will need


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Microwave capacities are measured in litres, and they can range from 14L to 44L, with 14 litres able to reheat a plate of leftovers for one, and a 44 litre microwave able to take a family sized dish of lasagne.


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Microwave power is shown in watts, and the higher the number of watts the more powerful the microwave is. With combination and grill microwaves there are multiple power levels for the different functions.

Step 3 - Features you might need

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Child Safety Lock:

If you have children in the household this feature can prevent them from opening or operating the microwave.

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Auto Cooking and Defrosting:

This feature is a faster way of defrosting food, to help you prepare your meals safer and more thoroughly.

Pre-set Programmes

Pre-set Programmes:

These can speed up the cooking process by having pre-set programmes that will automatically cook common dishes.

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Drop Down Door:

Drop down doors makes it easier to take food in and out, and rest hot plates – ideal for more compact kitchens.



Flatbed microwaves are highly convenient as they offer more space. The heat does all the work to evenly cook dishes without a turntable. You aren’t limited to what size or shape dishes you place in the microwave and the interior is much easier to clean.



25% Faster whilst saving 13% more power than traditional microwaves. They provide a better cook as they achieve a true, consistent heat level which prevents food from shrinking and ensures food stays nutritious. Ideal for food that require slow cooking in moist environments.

Step 4 - Consider your microwave lining


There are a variety of lining options to go inside a microwave:

  • Stainless Steel - Resistant to corrosion and staining, stainless steel keeps a microwave looking brand new.
  • Painted Steel and Paint - These come with a variety of coatings, such as anti-fingerprint, that keep a microwave safe and smart.
  • Lacquered - This lining is glossy and hard, making it highly durable to deal with stains and steam.
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To make it even easier to decide, here’s a summary of the basic features below to help remind you of the choices!

What type do I want?
Standard Grill Combination Built-in
What size do I need? (Litres)
Small (14L - 28L) Medium (30L - 40L) Large (40L +)
what power do I want?
Low (600 - 750W) Medium (750 - 900W) High (900 - 1000W +)
What additional feature would I like?
Child safety lock Auto cook and defrost drop down door Stainless steel lining Painted lining Lacquered lining Pre-set programmes

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