Microwaves offer homeowners a quick and convenient method for cooking food, and as with most home appliances there are a number of different types of microwave available on the market with different models offering different features. This is why it’s a good idea to spend a few minutes learning about the different options available and which option will suit you and your kitchen best.
The power and size of a microwave determines how much food it can cook and at what speed. The larger the microwave, the more power it will have with power options ranging from 500 watts all the way up to 1,600 watts. If you’re planning on using your microwave for soups, beans and other single foods then a smaller wattage will suffice. If you want to cook full dinners then you should purchase a model with at least 800 watts of power.
Compact microwaves are the smallest type of microwave available, and as the name suggests feature a compact housing designed to fit in tight spaces. This type of microwave is often found in offices and apartments, and is able to hold one dinner plate of food. The Russell Hobbs Cream Compact Manual Microwave is 700W and has a 17 litre cavity, which is a common power rating and size for compact microwaves.
Combination microwaves are a combination of a convention oven, grill and microwave, making such appliances highly suited at cooking a wide variety of foods and recipes. Combination microwaves like the Samsung Smart Combination Microwave utilise a ceramic interior to retain heat, and this model has a 28 litre cavity and 900W power rating, making it ideal for cooking large meals.
Built-in microwaves are designed to integrate with your kitchen fittings, and as a result cannot be transported as easily as standard models. Built-in microwaves often feature larger cavities, and models like the Whirlpool Integrated 40L Microwave come with an impressive 40 litre cavity, suitable for cooking for groups of people.
The key to choosing the right microwave for you is to think about the space you have available in your kitchen, how much food you’re going to cook and how often you’ll use it.