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How to Choose a Microwave

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To buy the perfect microwave oven you’ll want to know what to look out for. It’s rather easy when you know the main features of a microwave because that helps you get the one that suits your needs. You may want one to cook food, reheat food or to bake with. So knowing which one does the job right will be important. Check out these tips on how to buy the right microwave.

Microwave Type & Size

There are a number of different types of microwave you want to look out for. All microwaves will come in different sizes and even sometimes custom sizes. Here are three types to look out for:


You may want countertop oven which is an oven that sits on the countertop and comes in different sizes such as small, medium and large (you may even get one with exact measurements that you need).


This microwave is usually bought when having a kitchen fitted and is for replacing a range hood. Where it also serves as ventilation for your range cooker.

Built-in microwaves

Designed to be built into your decor and usually bought when remodelling. They won’t be suitable for anything other than being remodelled into your kitchen design. You can usually get them custom size or model your kitchen units around the size of the microwave.

Features & Power

The features that microwave ovens have are ever increasing as new technology is developed, however; here are some of the most important features to look out for when buying.

Power Rating

Most microwaves come in at around 850 watts to 1200 watts and sometimes less. More watts generally means more cooking power. More power will also use more energy to run, so bearing these two facts in mind you can base your choice of power around this.

Keys & Buttons

Some keys and buttons are more simple to use than others and some more advanced. If you like advanced usage then pick up a microwave that has advanced usage options. If you like it simple then keep it simple and choose one with easy to understand and use buttons.

Turntables & Trays

Most microwaves have turntables, but then some just have trays. Usually a microwave should keep the food moving for a better cook but then sometimes the tray option is better suited to what you want to cook.

Cooking Options – Convection, Grilling and More

Microwaves can be used to replace regular oven. There are microwaves that can do convection cooking, grilling and more. You need to check the features of the microwave to see if it does what you want it to. If you want it to grill, check the specs to see if it lays claim to be able to grill your food.

Cooking Time

Some microwaves aren’t suited to cooking for long periods of time, so you’ll need to check that it can cook the length of time you require it to. Some microwaves even have a slow cooking time option.


Some microwaves come with extras such as racks for placing items on. Decide if you wish to have these extras and if you do, find a microwave that provides them.



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