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IKEA Tillreda MM720C2CZ-PM0F review

Priced at $79.

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Recommended View more details.

We recommend currently available microwave ovens that score at least 80% overall and 70% for ease of use. As we can't test reliability in the lab, we may also take consumer feedback of certain models into account.

CHOICE Expert Rating View more details.

The overall score is made up of 70% performance (four test scores weighted equally), and 30% ease of use.

Cooking performance score View more details.

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.

Ease of use score View more details.

We check that controls are intuitive, easy to operate and the instructions are 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?

Cooking vegetables score View more details.

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

Defrosting mince meat score View more details.

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.

Defrosting a whole chicken score View more details.

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.

Reheating score View more details.

We reheat a quiche to assess the microwave's ability to heat a solid, high-fat food evenly throughout and to a high-enough temperature.

Availability View more details.

'Tested model' refers to microwaves that are currently available in shops and online. 'Discontinued model' refers to microwaves that are no longer available in shops, but may be available in second-hand stores.

Tested model
Price View more details.

The manufacturer's recommended retail price.

$79
Annual standby cost View more details.

Costs based on 30 cents per kWh.

Annual running cost View more details.

Running cost per year calculated on the energy used reheating a plated meal every day at 30 cents per kWh.

Built-in type View more details.

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

No
Noise readings (cooling fan/beep) View more details.

How noisy the cooling fan and beep are (decibels).

Turntable or flatbed View more details.

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

Turntable
Vent position
Left side, back
Venting space View more details.

Microwaves need at least 5cm clearance on each side, approximately 10cm at the rear, and 15–50cm on top. It's worth checking the requirements before buying the largest unit that will fit into your cabinetry. Grill or combi-microwaves get hotter than standard microwaves and will have further requirements.

11.5 cm above the oven and a minimum of 8 cm is required between adjacent walls
External dimensions (cm, H x W x D)
26 x 43 x 35
Useable cavity dimensions (cm, H x W x D)
Turntable diameter (cm)
24
Volume (L, measured) View more details.

Our own measured volume.

Number of power levels
5
Wattage (W) View more details.

The higher the wattage, the faster the food will cook – but it doesn't necessarily give a better result.

700
Website
ikea.com/au
Adjustable noise level View more details.

We've started recording whether you can turn the sound up or down on the microwaves. We may not have data on all microwaves.

Inverter View more details.

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.

No
Grill
No
Sensor View more details.

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

No
Auto cook View more details.

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

No
Auto reheat View more details.

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

No
Adjust time during cooking View more details.

Time-adjust during cooking allows you to increase or decrease the time programed during cooking.

No
Delayed start or pre-set cooking
No
Multi-stage cooking View more details.

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

No
Kitchen timer (standalone) View more details.

The timer can be used to time other kitchen tasks such as boiling an egg on a stovetop.

No

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