Microwaves are becoming an integral part of the average household’s kitchen!
Their versatility allows all types of food to be cooked and often dramatically reduces the cooking time of food.
This makes microwaves an essential appliance for everyday life, however purchasing a new one, whether it be your first time or not, can be daunting.
The advances in technology means that what you used to require from a microwave two years ago, may be completely different now.
Therefore, there can be a lot of different factors to consider when buying one.
What to consider when buying a microwave?
Power: You’ll often see “cook for 5 minutes on full power at 800 watts” or various timings for different watts on the back of food packaging, particularly frozen ready meals.
That’s because the power of a microwave is measured in watts. The higher the watt rating, the more powerful the microwave is and the quicker your food will cook.
It’s recommended that the minimum watts your microwave should have is 800 these days.
Size: Where is your microwave going to go? There’s no point buying a large microwave that needs to fit into a tight gap.
Therefore, a small microwave would be a better fit. It’s fairly easy to tell whether the microwave will fit, simply note down the measurements of the space available and compare them to online measurements listed in the product description.
It would be better the go with a small microwave that you know will fit into a space, then gambling and it not fitting!
Use: What will you be using it for? Microwave ovens are extremely common nowadays and offer efficient cooking power.
Look into microwaves that suit your needs. Most microwaves offer adjustable power settings, meaning whether your demands are a simple defrost or a full cook, they can handle it.
Therefore, it’s advised you buy a microwave oven that offer a range of settings, because let’s be honest, you never know what you might need to use it for!
Price: They really can range in price! Look for a microwave that’s within your budget and offers the features you need.
Look at it in terms of value over an actual price.
If the microwave oven provides all the features you need at a higher, yet affordable price, it’s worth buying over a cheap one that will most likely break within a year or two.
Functions: A lot of microwave ovens come with pre-set functions. For example, you can select an item such as baked potato, which means the microwave will select the ‘optimum’ settings to effectively cook it.
So, another thing you want to consider is whether you want the added functionalities. Sometimes these added functions come at an extra price, sometimes they don’t.
Although they can be extremely handy, it’s up to you to decide if you want them.
Aesthetics: Where are you going to put it?
What should It look like?
Do you want an on-top of the counter microwave, or an inbuilt microwave?
What colour should the microwave oven be?
There are endless possibilities.
There is such a large variety of large and small microwaves, that it shouldn’t be too hard to find the perfect design for you!
Okay, so we’ve been through what to look for when buying a microwave, but you probably want an idea of specific microwaves to purchase!
We’ve put together a short list of the best microwaves on Amazon for you to look at!
But don’t worry, if you don’t like the look of these, Amazon offer 100’s of microwaves, which you can view by clicking here or on the button below!
Here we have a neat, stylish looking Panasonic microwave. It comes in 2 different sizes and comes with an automatic sensor that adjusts times depending on the food!
This Toshiba microwave has great reviews and offers similar features to the Panasonic above. It boasts a very compact design which allows it to sit perfectly in any most kitchens!
Now this microwave just had to be included for the pure innovation… A voice controlled microwave! Yes you read that right, you can now control the cooking of your food with Alexa’s voice commands!
Now this doesn’t release until the 14th of November 2018, but by the time you’re reading this, it’s probably out, so check the price by clicking the button below!
We hope that we’ve made the process of buying a microwave a little easier for you!
I remember buying our first microwave, we over thought it, when at the end of the day, the end goal is the same, regardless of which one you buy…
You just want something to cook your food!
So go ahead and purchase which ever one you like the look of, we’re sure you’ll find the perfect fit… eventually!