Buying a microwave
Get all the information you need to find the best microwave for your daily needs.Shop microwaves at Argos
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.
What's the best microwave for you?
A microwave oven is one of the most convenient appliances to have in your kitchen. Not only do they cook food faster, they are also more energy-efficient than a full-size conventional oven. There are many types and brands of microwaves available, each with different features and settings. What type you choose depends on your needs.
What's size microwave do you need?
Microwaves are available in a wide range of sizes, from small, compact models through to larger, bulkier combi and flatbed designs. The most common microwaves have capacities between 15 and 32 litres, with a typical family sized model ranging somewhere between 20 and 25 litres.
Size: Under 1 cubic feet.
Best for: students and smaller kitchens.
Size: 1 to 1.5 cubic feet.
Best for: families of 2-4 people.
Full size microwave
Size: 1.6 to 2 cubic feet.
Best for: families of 4-6 people.
Nine things to consider before buying a microwave
Here's a list of features to look for to help you decide which microwave option is best for you.
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Caring for your microwave
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. Avoid turning on the microwave when it's empty as the microwaves can bounce off the interior, which could cause damage. You will need to clean your microwave regularly to keep it functioning correctly and maintain its condition.