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Microwave reviews

Last updated: 22 January 2016

A microwave can be a savvy addition to your kitchen and we're here to make sure you choose the right one. Want to know more? Read about how we test microwaves. Not sure what type you need? Use our expert microwave buying guide.

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Our lab test results will tell you which microwaves:

  • are best at defrosting, reheating and cooking
  • are the easiest to use.

We'll tell you their useable cavity dimensions, what features they come with such as sensor cook/reheat, auto cook and auto reheat; and run the numbers to show you how much each model will cost to run.

Our interactive comparison tool helps you find out which brands perform best and are the most efficient. Our Recommended list will help you see quickly which models come out on top.

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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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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 accumulate dirt?

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Features

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.

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.

Sensor
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Sensor programs take automatic functions one step further by measuring vapours emitted during cooking or reheating to adjust the cooking time and power.

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.

Delayed start or pre-set cooking

Specifications

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  • Overall score
  • Recommended
  • Cooking performance score
  • Ease of use score
  • Cooking broccoli score
  • Defrosting mince meat score
  • Defrosting chicken score
  • Reheating quiche score
  • Grilling score
  • Useable cavity dimensions (cm, H x W x D)
  • Volume (L, measured)
  • Standby energy (kWh) (yearly)
  • Annual standby cost
  • Energy used during manual reheating plated meal (kWh)
  • Annual running cost
  • Good points
  • Bad points
  • Notes
  • Brand
  • Model
  • Price
  • Vent position
  • Venting space
  • External dimensions, cm (HxWxD)
  • Turntable diameter (cm)
  • Inverter
  • Grill
  • Sensor
  • Auto cook
  • Auto reheat
  • Adjust time during cooking
  • Number of power levels
  • Delayed start or pre-set cooking
  • Kitchen timer (standalone)
  • Multi-stage cooking
  • Wattage (W)
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