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Last updated: 24 August 2018

We test standard microwaves of different sizes from brands like Panasonic, LG, Sharp and more.

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  • which microwaves are best at defrosting, reheating and cooking a range of foods
  • which are easy to use
  • what features they come with such as sensor cook/reheat, auto cook and auto reheat
  • how much each microwave will cost to run
  • the dimensions and volume of each microwave.

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Auto cook

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Automatic functions prompt you to enter the weight and type of food for the microwave to calculate the cooking time.

Auto reheat

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Automatic functions prompt you to enter the weight and type of food for the microwave to calculate the reheating time.

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Cooking performance score

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We test the microwaves using the sensor program (or the auto program or manual mode for models without this feature). We defrost mince meat and chicken, cook broccoli and reheat quiche.

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Defrosting mince meat score

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We defrost mince to assess the microwave's auto-defrost ability. Parts of the food can start cooking if the auto-defrost time is too long, the power program is poorly designed or the oven's microwave distribution is not even.

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Defrosting a whole chicken score

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We defrost chicken to assess the microwave's auto-defrost ability. Parts of the food can start cooking if the auto-defrost time is too long, the power program is poorly designed or the oven's microwave distribution is not even.

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Cooking vegetables score

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We cook broccoli to assess the microwave's ability to cook vegetables.

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Ease of use score

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We check that controls are intuitive, easy to operate and the instructions easy to follow. We also check the effectiveness of the light, and whether the viewing window is large enough and easy to see through. We assess the interior and exterior of the microwave for ease of cleaning – do the surfaces wipe clean easily, and are there small holes and seams that can gather dirt?

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Features

Delayed start or pre-set cooking

Grill

Inverter

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A typical microwave's magnetron (the gizmo that creates the microwaves) at, say, 50% power will cycle between being on at full power and completely off for 50% of the cooking time. Inverter technology continuously uses 50% power for the whole cooking time – so no on/off power cycling and (at least in theory) more even heating of your food. But while inverter technology may sound impressive, in practice we've found it doesn't always guarantee top performance.

Multi-stage cooking

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Microwaves with this feature can be programmed to perform a sequence of functions, such as defrost, cook and leave to stand.

Specifications

Built-in type

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Whether the microwave oven is a built-in type rather than freestanding.

Turntable or flatbed

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Some microwaves have a removable turntable that rotates as food is heating, others just use a flatbed surface. 

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  • Overall score
  • Recommended
  • Cooking performance score
  • Ease of use score
  • Cooking vegetables score
  • Defrosting mince meat score
  • Defrosting a whole chicken score
  • Reheating score
  • Grilling score
  • Useable cavity dimensions (cm, H x W x D)
  • Volume (L, measured)
  • Annual standby cost
  • Annual running cost
  • Good points
  • Bad points
  • Notes
  • Brand
  • Model
  • Price
  • Turntable or flatbed
  • Built-in type
  • Status
  • Vent position
  • Venting space
  • External dimensions (cm, H x W x D)
  • Turntable diameter (cm)
  • Inverter
  • Grill
  • Sensor
  • Auto cook
  • Auto reheat
  • Adjust time during cooking
  • Number of power levels
  • Delayed start or pre-set cooking
  • Multi-stage cooking
  • Kitchen timer (standalone)
  • Wattage (W)
  • Contact
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