Whether it’s for a bag of popcorn or for reheating that one leftover slice of pizza, microwaves are an appliance used by many students daily. But did you know that some microwaves can do so much more? This month, Ashley from Hughes Electrical scrambled our brains so we could defrost the information and serve it up to you.
As is the case with all the appliances we’ve reviewed so far, a variety of price points exist with each step up improving on the last with better quality and features to ensure your food is cooked to perfection!
The most basic microwaves, which will set you back £30-£40, are standard, enamel-lined, low-power machines that sufficiently heat/reheat food. These also often contain a basic, dial based timers and power settings. Following these are similar models with digital controls – enabling you to do less work as the microwave will calculate the timings for you!
The first major step up is the inclusion of a grill. For £80+ you gain access to all the functions of a normal grill, minus the size – perfect for getting a crispy top on your Shepherd’s Pie! As the price increases, more and more of a conventional oven’s features can be found within the microwave. From around £250 onwards, you’ll be looking at what are essentially microwave-sized ovens. While at first these might seem pointless if you already own an oven, they can cook small items more efficiently due to not heating up a large area. Defrosting presets are another advantage and can save you huge amounts of time.
If you’re looking for the best balance of cost v. features, Ashley recommended Panasonic’s models (starting around £60) due to their overall better build quality, as enamel lining tends to get damaged much faster than stainless steel, and their advanced features in the more expensive ranges, such as their “chaos” defrosting technology.
It is important to emphasise that ongoing maintenance will lead to a longer lifespan - a quick clean after each and every use could save you having to buy a new unit. Did you know: the location of your microwave can impact your other appliances and Wi-Fi connection due to the technology inside?
Ding! Time’s up!