Before you start: If you have a pacemaker, check with your doctor if it's safe to use a microwave. Modern pacemakers are protected against any interference, but older ones could be affected by proximity to a microwave.
Microwave with grill
What is the best microwave for the food you cook?
What size microwave will you need?
|Family size||Food habits||Capacity (litres)|
|1-4||Defrost, reheat, jacket potatoes, rice, pasta, vegetables||15-20l|
|1-4||Defrost, reheat, jacket potatoes, rice, pasta, vegetables, grilled meat, pizza, cake, bread, roast dinners||21-30l|
|4-6||Defrost, reheat, jacket potatoes, rice, pasta, vegetables||25-30l|
|4-6||Defrost, reheat, jacket potatoes, rice, pasta, vegetables, grilled meat, pizza, cake, bread, roast dinners||32l+|
What else should you consider?
The power of a microwave is measured in watts. The more watts a microwave has, the faster it can cook.
Drop down door
The microwave will open from the top down which makes putting dishes into it, and taking them out, easier. The door also provides a handy place to rest your food while it cools.
This can prevent bacteria building up in your microwave, making it more hygienic. All Samsung microwaves have this with the bonus that their ceramic enamel interiors are scratch resistant too.
Child safety lock
Will prevent small children from playing with the buttons. They will not be able to start a programme or interfere with cooking.
- - You should only use microwave safe cookware. Ceramic, glassware and some plastics will be okay, but do not use anything with a metal rim or leave any twist ties on packaging as these also contain metal.
- - Avoid turning on the microwave when it's empty as the microwaves can bounce off the interior, which could cause damage.
- - Make sure you place your microwave in a well-ventilated area, leaving at least 10cm space around the sides and back, with at least 20cm space above.
- - You will need to clean your microwave regularly to keep it functioning correctly and maintain its condition.