Choosing the right microwave can frequently be difficult, especially once you consider the many options available. And to give you a helping hand, we’ve outlined three major considerations for choosing a microwave.
There are three main types of microwaves which are common place throughout the UK, and these are:
Solo microwaves are not just the most common type of microwave, but they’re also the most fundamental due to only using microwave energy to heat and cook meals.
A solo microwave is excellent for those who are delighted 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 because of only using microwave energy, solo microwaves aren’t able to”brown” food, whereas other versions, such as grill microwaves can.
A grill microwave performs all the duties you would expect from a microwave and comes with an added benefit of integrating a grill function which allows 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 microwaves are continuing to increase in popularity, because of coming with everything you would expect from a microwave combined with extra functions such as pre-set programmes which automatically cook certain dishes for the ideal quantity of time and on the right temperature without you having to set it.
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 faster your food will be cooked.
It is worth noting that the typical wattage to get a solo microwave is 800w, whilst on a grill and combination microwave, the power levels will be different for the grill and oven parts.
The capacity of microwaves ranges from 14 litres through to 40 litres, with most solo models having a capacity somewhere in the middle, around 20 litres. Whilst the larger capacity may sound the best version to go for, it’s worth remembering many modern microwaves are now using space saving methods.
Taking these three factors into consideration when it comes to buying a new microwave to your kitchen, will help to ensure you’ve got an appliance that meets your needs and requirements, fits into your kitchen and will enhance your cooking – whenever it’s called into action.