The best microwaves - according to Mumsnetters
26 January 2021
From getting a head start on your jacket potatoes and defrosting meat to zapping a quick meal, microwaves can offer a huge helping hand in the kitchen. Whether you’re looking for a simple microwave that just gets the job done or an all-singing, all-dancing combination model, here’s a rundown of the microwaves that Mumsnetters wouldn’t be without.
Russell Hobbs Digital 800w Solo Microwave, £80
If you’re looking for a reliable all-rounder for a busy family, but you’re not in desperate need of many bells and whistles, this Russell Hobbs microwave is a great choice. The mirror-door finish means this microwave is as sleek as it is functional – it will be sitting out on the counter, after all. With a 20L cavity capacity, a standard dinner plate can easily fit on the removable, dishwasher-safe turntable, whilst the child safety lock feature means that curious little hands can’t open the microwave door.
“I bought this Russell Hobbs microwave recently and it's an ideal microwave for our family. It's really easy to use and looks very modern and heats things up really well.”Buy now from Amazon
Cookworks 700W Standard Microwave EM7, £50
This 700W Argos microwave does the job without breaking the bank. With a 17L capacity, it’s compact enough to fit into a smaller kitchen but can still comfortably accommodate a dinner plate for heating foods effectively. As well as a child safety lock, this microwave has five power levels and a defrost option. Mumsnetters love how simple and straightforward it is to use.
“My silver Cookworks microwave from Argos is really nice. Cheap and cheerful, does the job.”Buy now from Argos
Hotpoint 13L 700W Freestanding Curve Microwave Oven, £150
Mumsnetters love this retro-style corner microwave. Its rounded back means it can fit easily into the corner of even the smallest kitchen without compromising on functionality. With five power levels and a defrost option (as well as that all-important child lock function), this compact microwave fits the bill if you’re looking for a smaller, yet highly effective, model.
“I love mine. Small and simple, and I love that it looks like an old 1950s TV set.”Buy now from Amazon
George at ASDA Manual Microwave, £39
If you’re looking for a simple microwave that won' break the bank, this ASDA model could be the one for you. With a 17L capacity, it can fit larger plates without any trouble, yet its compact design means it won’t take up too much space on your worktop. The easy-to-use, manual dials ensure quick and simple operation, whilst the five power levels and defrost setting mean you retain control over how your food is heated.
“I got mine from ASDA. Simple twisty knobs for power and time. No flashy programs that I will never use. Love it!”
“Mine was from ASDA too and it’s brilliant.”Buy now from ASDA
Daewoo KOR6M5RR 800 W 20 L Touch Control Microwave, £80
This touch-control Daewoo microwave offers impressive 800W power and a 20L capacity. With 11 temperature settings including a defrost function, a wide range of foods can be heated quickly and easily. What’s more, the clever Concave Reflex System ensures that, due to its unique shape, food is cooked evenly throughout – so no more hot outsides and icy middles! This eco-friendly model also has a Zero Standby Eco Button, meaning that less energy is used during standby mode.
“Simple, modern and does the job.”Buy now from Amazon
Best combination microwaves
Panasonic NN-CT56JBBPQ Combination Microwave, £199
Whether it’s used as a conventional oven, grill or microwave, this Panasonic combination microwave covers all of your cooking needs. The 27L capacity means that it can easily accommodate the most sizeable of meals, yet the slim design ensures it can still fit snugly into your kitchen. With a large touch control panel and 29 automatic programme settings, you can easily heat your morning porridge, grill a toastie and defrost tonight’s chicken (though not all at the same time). Plus, this clever microwave determines the exact heat level and timing so you don’t have to.
“I've got one and it's brilliant, just brilliant. It does a roast chicken in 32 minutes. I have a childlike awe of it!”
“I'm not much of a cook and often make or heat things just for myself. So I use the oven function of the microwave a lot. Being smaller than my main oven, it's more economical and it cooks things a bit faster. You can also use the combi function to oven cook frozen meals in 15 mins instead of 45.”Buy now from John Lewis
Russell Hobbs RHM3002 900W 30L Digital Combination Microwave with Grill & Convection, £160
If you're looking for a combination microwave, this Russell Hobbs model is a great option. With a whopping 30L capacity, 900W microwave, 1100W grill and a 2500W fan-assisted oven its an ideal choice for a busy family with different tastes. This multi-functional microwave means Mumsnetters can whip up a range of meals using just one appliance. With a child lock safety function, this sleek brushed steel Russell Hobbs microwave has 10 power levels and a defrost setting, too.
“Another vote for Russell Hobbs! We bought a combination microwave and it's a really nice microwave, very powerful and good quality product.”Buy now from Amazon
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