Microwave buying guide

There are a number of things to consider when choosing the perfect microwave for you.

From cooking vegetables and rice to defrosting meat, fish and poultry, microwaves are one of the most versatile kitchen appliances you can own. This guide will help you find the most useful features for you, and decide which features you don’t need to help you save money.

Look out for the ‘Our Experts Love’ range to find microwaves with the most advanced features plus a variety of accessories – from rice steamers to soup makers

And of course, if you want to see what’s on offer for yourself, come down to one of our stores and we’ll be happy to help find the right appliances for you.

Microwave only (solo)

Sometimes known as solo microwaves, these are great for completing simple tasks such as defrosting, heating and reheating, but can also be used for other simple cooking tasks such as baking cakes.

What is a solo microwave?
What sort of things can I cook in my solo microwave?
Can I grill in my solo microwave?
I have a small kitchen - what type of microwave is best for me?
I have a brightly coloured kitchen - can I buy a microwave that will match?

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Microwave with grill

Grill microwaves combine normal microwave cooking with a heating element, making it easy to grill fish or meat or simply for browning your food.

What sort of things can I make in my microwave with grill?
Can I grill bacon in a microwave with grill?
Does this type of microwave come with flatbed technology?
What is a humidity sensor?
What is a steam function?

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Combination microwave oven

These offer more cooking flexibility than solo and grill models. This is because combination microwaves use microwave energy, a grill and convection heating (fanned hot air) so they can heat, roast, crisp and brown in the same way as a conventional oven, all in a fraction of the time.

What sort of foods can I cook in my combination microwave oven?
What is inverter technology?
What is the best type of microwave to cook for a large family?
Are microwaves easy to clean?
What is intelligent sensor technology?

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From rice steamers to soup mugs, we have a wide range of accessories to compliment your cooking.

How does a rice steamer work?
Is there an easy way to cook pasta in a microwave?
If I put vegetables in the microwave, will they retain their goodness?
Can I make eggs in my microwave?

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Jargon buster
Freestanding microwaves
Built in microwaves
Auto Cook/Auto Defrost

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