How to Choose Your Microwave

Choosing the right microwave can often be difficult, especially when you consider the various options available. And to give you a helping hand, we've outlined three main considerations for choosing a microwave.

Model:

There are three main types of microwaves which are common place throughout the UK, and these are:

Solo (Basic):

Solo microwaves are not only the most common form of microwave, but they are also the most basic due to only using microwave energy to heat and cook food.
A solo microwave is ideal for those who are happy to use their conventional oven / grill for most of the family cooking, but sometimes are looking for a speedier option. That said, it's worth noting due to only using microwave energy, solo microwaves aren't able to "brown" food, whereas other models, such as grill microwaves can.

Grill:

A grill microwave performs all the duties you'd expect from a microwave and comes with an added benefit of incorporating a grill function which enables you to brown and crisp food.

The grill element enables users to combine microwave energy and heat from the grill for a more complete cooking experience.

Combination:

Combination microwaves are continuing to grow in popularity, due to coming with everything you'd expect from a microwave along with added functions such as pre-set programs such as automatically cook certain dishes for the right amount of time and on the right temperature without you having to set it.

Power:

The power of your microwave will be measured in watts, and will fall somewhere between 600w and 1100w, and the higher the wattage of a microwave, the quicker your food will be cooked.

It's worth noting that the average wattage for a solo microwave is 800w, whilst on a grill and combination microwave, the power levels will be different for the grill and oven components.

Capacity:

The capacity of microwaves ranges from 14 liters through to 40 liters, with most solo models having a capacity somewhere in the middle, around 20 liters. Whilst the larger capacity may sound the best model to go for, it is worth remembering many modern microwaves are now using space saving techniques.

Taking these three factors into consideration when it comes to purchasing a new microwave for your kitchen, will help to ensure you've got an appliance which meets your needs and requirements, fits into your kitchen and will improve your cooking – whenever it is called into action.