If you really want to cook your food well you should cook it in the oven, or on the stove, but that process is time consuming and usually requires you to stay in the room and keep an eye on things, Sometimes we just don’t have the time, or plain can’t be bothered stirring something for hours on end. That’s where the microwave comes in, cooking up your food in no time at all without the need for supervision.
But which microwave do you buy? There are so many of them out there, and they’re not exactly cheap when you compare them to other basic kitchen appliances. If you need a bit of help finding something that suits you, we have you covered. Here you’ll find a list of great microwaves with enough features and functionality to suit any kitchen.
We’ve got models from big names like Panasonic and Samsung, as well as the supermarket brand models from the likes of Tesco and Asda. Prices range from Rs.10,000 all the way up to Rs.30000, so that means there is something to suit everyone — no matter how basic of extravagant they want their microwave to be.
Swan Vintage SM22030: Best Microwave in India
If you’re looking for a stylish looking machine, the Swan Vintage SM22030 is a retro-looking microwave that would look great sitting on your kitchen top. It has five different power settings, a defrost function, an LCD display with 60 minute timer, and a 20 litre capacity. The maximum power is 800 watts, so you should be able to cook your food nice and quickly.
If you’re looking for a dirt cheap microwave to cover all your basic needs, you can’t go wrong with this one from Tesco. The MM8 has four power settings, a defrost function, and a 17L capacity. At 700 watts it’s not the most powerful microwave on the market, nor is it going to win any beauty contests, but if you need something that’ll work without having to spend a lot of money.
Sage the Quick Touch Microwave Oven
This is a very advanced microwave, designed by celebrity chef Heston Bluementhal, and it has everything you’d want from a microwave plus more. Not only does it have 10 different power settings, it also has a feature called SensorIQ that takes all the guess work out of your cooking. The sensors all detect how much moisture is in your food and adjust the power and cooking time to ensure that its always cooked to perfection. There are also a bunch of pre-programmed settings for popular foodstuffs, and the option to programme your own.
Russell Hobbs Flatbed Microwave
What’s the biggest problem we all face from microwaves today? A lot of the time it’s fitting stuff in on the turntable so it can rotate properly. The Flatbed negates that problem, because it doesn’t have a turntable. That means you can fit more in there, without having to worry about it not cooking properly. That also means it’s easier to clean, and the modern design means it’ll look great in any kitchen.
Whirlpool WMC20005YB Countertop Microwave
If you’re short on space, and you don’t need to cook a huge amount, you’ll want to get yourself a compact microwave. The Whirlpool WMC20005YB has a fairly small capacity, and the rounded design means it’ll easily fit into corners. That’s not all it has going for it, though, it also has a steamer function for healthier cooking, a jet defrost feature that promises to defrost food seven times faster than conventional microwaves, and touch screen controls. It’s a perfect choice for a student bedroom, or your pokey urban flat.
Samsung MC32F606TCT Smart Microwave With Grill
If versatility is what you’re looking for in your microwave, you may have just found the perfect one for you. It has three main cooking functions, defrost, gentle reheating, and standard microwave cooking. That’s not all, it has other more specific functions that you won’t find in your standard microwave. That includes yoghurt making, bread dough proofing, frying food with a smidge of oil, keeping reheated pizza nice and crusty, as well as sensors that determine your food’s surface temperature to make sure is perfectly cooked.
Daewoo QT3 Compact Microwave Oven
Another compact option to consider, and while this one takes up more space than the Whirpool WMC20005YB it makes up for that with a lower price point and larger capacity. The Daewoo QT3 has seven different power levels, a 35 minute dual-speed timer, a 14L capacity, and a maximum power level of 600W. It’s not that impressive specs wise, but it’s small size means it’s perfect for kitchens where space is a premium, whether that be a pokey flat, a caravan, or even your bedroom.
Breville VMW212 Mirrored Solo Microwave
Don’t be fooled by the Breville VMW212’s shiny mirrored finish, it’s not all just about the looks. Not that a nice looking microwave shouldn’t be welcome in your kitchen, that is. Not only does it have a whopping 20 litre capacity, it also has eight different cooking programmes for different types of food, five power settings, as well as two defrost settings (by time and by weight). So if you want a large, great looking microwave with all the features that you need, then you’ve just found what you’re looking for.
Panasonic NN-SN952-S Genius
This is a pricey one, but it could be worth if it you want to get some serious power behind your microwave cooking. To kick things off the NN-SN952-S Genius has a whopping 1250 watt maximum power, which makes it one of the most powerful microwaves money can buy. Built-in ‘Inverter’ technology will also let you cook your food without risking the ever-so-common problem of food with burnt edges, plus cooking and reheating sensors will ensure your food is heated perfectly each time. There’s also a warming option that will stop your food from going cold without drying it out. The NN-SN952-S Genius might not have any fancy cooking programmes built in, but you probably won’t need them.
Another cheaper microwave, and arguably a lot nicer looking than Tesco’s bog-standard model. Along with the nice red finish, the EM717CXN-PMR includes a number of pre-programmed setting that you can use to cook various different foods correctly and nice easy-to-use digital controls. It also has a 17 litre capacity, and a maximum power of 700 watts.
Another expensive option, but this has everything you could possibly hope for from a microwave. The Panasonic NN-CS894S cooks using steam, so that it doesn’t dry out your food, 28 auto-weight programmes, 8 auto steam programmes, and 8 auto steam with microwave programmes. All those automatic programmes mean you don’t have to do much thinking when it comes to setting your stuff off to cook, just set the category and weight to have the microwave work everything out for you. To top it all off the maximum power setting is a huger 1000 watts, and the capacity is 32 litres — more than double what some of the other microwaves in this list have to offer.