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We review a range of different microwaves that are available in the UK. In all of our reviews we aim to be unbiased and provide an overview of the microwave’s features. We know that everyone has different requirements for a microwave, so we also try to include information about the type of kitchen each microwave is aimed at.
There are three main categories of microwave – solo, grill and combi. Solo microwaves are the standard models that most people regularly use. Grill microwaves have all the features of a solo model, but include a grill for crisping and browning. Combi microwaves typically add a conventional oven to a grill microwave. This allows for baking and roasting.
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Which Microwave Is Right For You?
If you need more functionality from your microwave, or if you’d like a microwave to replace a conventional oven, you’ll need to look at combi microwaves instead.
Grill microwaves are often more expensive, but come with a grill for browning and crisping. They can be used for all the same tasks as a regular microwave, but are more versatile. Grill microwaves are also usually more expensive.
While grill microwaves are excellent for cooking crispier food than solo microwaves, they can’t bake or roast like a combi microwave.
Combi microwaves combine a regular microwave, grill and conventional oven into one handy package. They are the ultimate kitchen appliance, although the price often reflects this. Unlike grill and solo microwaves, combination models can roast and bake food.
If you only plan on using your microwave for reheating, grilling, basic cooking or defrosting, then a combi microwave probably isn’t required.
What To Look For In A Microwave
Buying a microwave can be a daunting process. There are literally hundreds of models on the market, each with its own specifications, apperance and user reviews. How do you select the one that’s right for you? There are four basic features of a microwave that you need to consider – capacity, power, type and appearance. Once you’ve narrowed down your options, you can then look at the extras such as child locks, flatbed or turntable, auto cook programs and other features and settings.
As a general rule, the more people in your household the greater capacity you’ll need from a microwave. Microwave capacity is measured in litres, and ranges from tiny 14L microwaves right up to 40L models. Larger microwaves usually have a bigger capacity, although some models use space saving designs so this isn’t always the case. 20L microwaves are probably the standard for solo models, but for families or serious cooking you’ll probably want to look at larger models.
The power of a microwave is measured in Watts, and determines how quickly and effectively food is cooked. 800W microwaves are the standard, although modern microwaves range between 600-1000W. 800W is enough power for most people, but anything less than this is likely to cook noticeably slower. Be aware that grill and combi microwaves often have different power levels for the grill and oven components.
The appearance of a microwave probably isn’t as important as the capacity, power or type, but is still something to consider. Microwaves are usually a central appliance in a kitchen, so you want your model to match the rest of your kitchen’s décor. Microwaves are available in a range of colours, from stainless steel to luminous green, so there is something for everyone.
The three types of microwave are solo, grill and combi. We explained the differences in the section above.
It’s also important to consider the manufacturer of a microwave. Popular brands include Panasonic, Russell Hobbs, Samsung and Daewoo. Manufacturers such as Whirlpool are also becoming popular because of their interesting and unique designs.
The Samsung MG23F301TAK/EU black grill microwave is a 23L model from one of the most well-known electronics brands in the world. But is it worth the money? And what do reviewers think of it? Keep reading to find out. Samsung MG23F301TAK/EU Black Microwave Features Let’s start with the stand-out feature of the Samsung MG23F301TAK/EU: the grill. The MG23F301TAK/EU can achieve “oven like” results by combining the grill with the microwave to give you crispier, more satisfying food. The model also comes with a “3 antenna” design – which, in practice, means that food should be cooked more evenly. As you’d expect from a Samsung device, the MG23F301TAK/EU is a stylish model. It has the sleek and curved design you associate with Samsung mobile phones, yet is still understated enough to look good in a regular kitchen (unlike some of the more extreme examples we’ve reviewed). It also has an attractive “ice blue” display and dial controls. Moving away from the design of the Samsung MG23F301TAK/EU, the model has a maximum power output of 800W. This is probably the most common microwave power, and means that the MG23F301TAK/EU can cook food relatively quickly. Other features include a ceramic interior that’s bacteria resistant, an easy to clean design and a 23 litre capacity. Overview of Samsung MG23F301TAK/EU grill microwave features: 800W power Grill for browning and crisping. A stylish black design that will suit almost any kitchen. Easy to clean design. 3-antenna system for more even cooking. Samsung MG23F301TAK/EU Reviews Reviews of the Samsung MG23F301TAK/EU grill black microwave are generally positive. At the time of writing, the model has an average rating of 3.9 stars – but this has been lowered by two very negative reviews. Let’s start with the positives. A reviewer called “Carroll” writes that the microwave design will match the style of most modern kitchens. She adds that it cooks food efficiently, but that it’s slightly too lightweight (meaning it can move slightly when using the door). Another reviewer, called “Vincent Matthew,” writes that the microwave functions well as a basic grill model. Now onto the negatives. It appears that the two 1-star reviews (at the time of writing) are related to broken models which needed to be returned. While these are unfortunate, and shouldn’t be ignored, all microwaves have occasional bad batches and this doesn’t necessarily reflect the quality of the model. Samsung MG23F301TAK/EU Rating and Conclusion We’ve awarded the Samsung MG23F301TAK/EU black grill microwave four stars. It’s a stylish, functional model that’s a good option if you want a relatively inexpensive grill microwave. Review SummaryProduct: Samsung MG23F301TAK/EU MicrowaveWritten by: MicrowaveReview.co.ukDate Published: 10/26/20154.0 / 5...read more
The Bosch HMT84M421B microwave is a relatively simple looking model – but it has a number of interesting features. It’s also highly rated by buyers. In this article, we’ll look at the features of the HMT84M421B and dive deeper into how reviewers rate the product. Bosch HMT84M421B Features The Bosch HMT84M421B is a 25L freestanding microwave. This means it’s large enough for almost any dinner plate. It’s also suitable for cooking big meals for large families. Aside from the size, the HMT84M421B has a power rating of 900W. This means it can cook food quickly – you’ll probably notice the difference if you’re used to cooking with an 800W model. Other features of the Bosch HMT84M421B microwave include an LED display, defrost programme, four weight options, a control dial and a 99 minute timer. While the HMT84M421B isn’t the most stylish microwave on the market, it certainly won’t look out of place in your kitchen. Overview of features: 25L microwave that’s perfect for families. 900W power rating for fast cooking speeds. Automatic defrost programme. Memory function. Auto cooking porgrammes 99 minute timer Interior light Bosch HMT84M421B Reviews The Bosch HMT84M421B freestanding white microwave appears to be a popular model amongst buyers. At the time of writing, it has an average rating of 4.9 stars out of 5 on Amazon.co.uk – making it one of the highest rated available. One reviewer, called Richard White, writes that it’s a simple model to use and the surface appears to be built from high quality materials. He also adds that, while it’s more expensive than other models, it’s also a lot more reliable. Another reviewer, called “Starburst,” writes that you “get what you pay for.” She adds that it’s a heavy microwave that has the feeling of quality. She also adds that it’s great for simple microwaving. Bosch HMT84M421B Summary and Rating There’s no doubt that the Bosch HMT84M421B freestanding microwave is an excellent model. It’s got great reviews, an attractive appearance and is built to last. The only reason we’ve knocked a few marks off is because of the price – but if you’re looking for a long-lasting model, this could be a good choice. Review SummaryProduct: Bosch HMT84M421B MicrowaveWritten by: MicrowaveReview.co.ukDate Published: 10/23/20154 / 5...read more
There aren’t too many microwaves that make us say “wow” when we first see them. But the Russell Hobbs RHM2079A is certainly one of them. With its stylish, interesting white design, the microwave is sure to stand out from your other appliances. But what about its features? And do buyers think it provides value for money? Keep reading to find out. Russell Hobbs RHM2079A Aura Features As we mentioned, the first thing you notice about the Russell Hobbs RHM2079A is that it’s a classy, stylish looking microwave. It has a white design with sleek front panel, along with a simple dial and button system for setting time and power. In Russell Hobbs own words, the microwave is designed for “practicality,” which in practice means that it’s an 800W model with a 20L capacity. This is probably the most common combination of size and power, so in this sense the Aura is a fairly standard microwave. 800W means that food cooks relatively quickly in the Aura, and the 20L capacity makes it suitable for reheating or cooking most meals. Other features include an automatic cook menu, which comes with pre-programmed settings for different types of food, and an automatic defrost function. This latter feature, in particular, will save you a lot of effort and time when defrosting food. (Note: if you own other appliances in the Russell Hobbs Aura range, the RHM2079A is built to match the design of these “sister” products) Overview of Russell Hobbs RHM2079A features: Sleek and stylish white microwave that’s one of the best looking solo models on the market (in our opinion). 800W power for relatively fast cooking, defrosting and reheating. 20L interior capacity. Automatic cook menus. Automatic defrost function. Simple dial and button operation panel. Safety lock (stops children from being able to open the door). Russell Hobbs RHM2079A Aura Reviews The Russell Hobbs RHM2079A Aura white microwave has received excellent reviews from buyers. At the time of writing, it has an astonishing 4.8 star rating on Amazon.co.uk, with no-one rating it lower than four stars. This is a strong indication that this is a great solo microwave. A reviewer called “Jandi” writes that the Russell Hobbs RHM2079A white microwave is easy to use, relatively compact and looks great. Another reviewer, called “Donna,” goes as far to say that she “loves” the microwave because of its simplicity. Other positive comments include that the Russell Hobbs RHM2079A looks great in any kitchen and has a stylish finish to the door. A downside to the Russell Hobbs RHM2079A is that the mirrored door does require regular cleaning if you want to keep it looking great. This is a relatively minor problem, though. Russell Hobbs RHM2079A Rating and Conclusion Overall, we think the Russell Hobbs RHM2079A Aura white solo microwave is an excellent. It’s stylish, simple to use and has all the features you need from a basic solo microwave. For that reason, we’ve awarded if 4.5 stars and given it our coveted “Editor’s Choice” badge. Review SummaryProduct: Russell Hobbs RHM2079A MicrowaveWritten by: MicrowaveReview.co.ukDate Published: 10/02/20154.5 / 5...read more