Microwaves play an essential role in our kitchens, and we can all agree that they’re a godsend for preparing food quickly and conveniently, especially after a long day at school or work. Whether you want to heat yesterday’s leftovers, defrost some meat or make baked potatoes, the microwave can do it all – and may even have several functions you don’t know about.
There are many types of microwaves designed to enhance your kitchen experience. Solo microwaves are for basic heating and defrosting, while combination microwave models have additional features such as a grill. This short read will provide you with a shopping guide for 3 main categories of microwaves.
Solo microwaves are mainly designed for simple tasks such as reheating, heating and defrosting, but can also be used for other processes like baking cakes. Most solo microwaves are designed to suit all kitchen sizes and come in various colours and designs to match your kitchen too.
This microwave features an extra element: besides performing the primary microwave functions, it also has an additional grill function that makes it simpler and easier to grill meat or fish. It can be great for cooking pizzas, while it also lets you grill and crisp bacon.
It comes with other elements such as a humidity sensor, which helps cooks food without drying it out, and a steam function, which injects steam into the upper area of the microwave and helps retain moisture in your food while reducing fat content.
These offer more functions than solo microwaves and microwaves with grills, including roasting, crisping, heating, etc.
Combination microwaves cook a wide range of foods in a shorter time than usual as they use the grill, convection heating and energy, thereby providing more flexible cooking.
Moreover, they use the concept of inverter technology that allows cooking at different powers depending on the food, giving better results.
For a large family, you may require a microwave with a large capacity to give you more space. A combination grill would be the best option in this respect, as it has more room and a wider range of functions.
What about cleaning them?
Different microwaves have different design interiors ranging from stainless steel to ceramic enamel. Both are very easy to clean and keep fresh and free from odour.
The capacity varies from 17-44 litres – the larger the microwave, the larger the capacity.
Free-standing or built-in microwaves?
This decision entirely depends on your personal preference. A free-standing microwave is designed to be placed on top of your counter, while a built-in fits into your kitchen units. Currys can do the installation for you if you wish.
Microwave power is measured in watts and varies from 800-1200W. Microwaves with a higher wattage are generally faster.