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Best Microwave Oven Reviews UK 2017

The Microwave, or the microwave oven remains a useful cooking appliance to have in your kitchen. As you may know it can be used to quickly defrost food, heat food up or cook a meal from start to finish. Whatever you decide to use them for, they are certainly very useful to have in the kitchen. You can get microwaves that can be used as built-in kitchen appliances, those that simply sit on the counter, microwaves with grills, and even microwaves with steam.

Whatever your choice, we have listed below the top 10 rated microwaves, that are currently available on the UK market.​ The good news is there are plenty to pick from. The top 10 table below, we have placed in order of buyer satisfaction rating, with the highest rated first. (Scored out of 5 stars) We have also included the average price and some other basic information, such as power and size.

We have also included an image in the reviews underneath, as people like to see what the microwave looks like.  Underneath the table, along with the image, we have reviewed each microwave oven, in much more detail.

Top 10 Rated Microwave Ovens in the UK Market

Please note, many of the microwaves listed below, come in a variety of colours. You can find those out by looking at the more detailed review, underneath the table.

Microwave Name

Size

Rating

RRP

Power

Capacity

Tower T24009

49.4 x 38.2 x 29.1 cm

4.5

£49

800 Watts

20 Litres

Russell Hobbs RHMM701C

51 x 39 x 30.6 cm

4.4

£50

700 Watts

17 Litres

Russell Hobbs RHM2076B

44 x 25.8 x 35.9 cm

4.4

£63

800 Watts

20 Litres

Russell Hobbs RHM2362S

48.5 x 29.3 x 41 cm

4.4

£70

800 Watts

23 Litres

Daewoo KOR7LBKC Retro Style

31.6 x 42.4 x 22.5 cm

4.4

£60

800 Watts

20 Litres

Daewoo QT1 Compact

44.6 x 32.3 x 27 cm

4.3

£50

600 Watts

14 Litres

Daewoo KOR6L77

33.2 x 44.6 x 27 cm

4.3

£45

700 Watts

20 Litres

Russell Hobbs RHM2064C

44 x 25.8 x 34 cm

4.3

£60

800 Watts

20 Litres

Russell Hobbs RHM3003B

50.1 x 52 x 33.5 cm

4.3

£128

900 Watts

30 Litres

Daewoo Digital Microwave

46.5 x 28 x 36.2 cm

4.2

£59

800 Watts

26 Litres

No 1 Microwave Choice - Tower T24009

number one rated microwave

Average RRP = £49

  • This model came out as the highest rated according to buyers
  • For this size of a microwave, 800 Watts is a good amount of power, and ideal for fast cooking and reheating
  • Six different power levels including a defrost setting
  • Also has a 30 minute manual timer
  • The door opens by pulling the handle
  • It has the typical glass turntable, that can be removed for cleaning purposes.
  • It has a 20 litre capacity to hold food, and that is a good size for a family
  • It is available in the black colour shown, and also available in white. Please be aware though that the white model is more expensive with an average RRP of around £60.

This microwave oven is very easy to use.  The door opens by simply pulling the handle. Many buyers like the simple to use manual dials, to pick the desired power level. These along with a 30-minute manual timer makes for really easy use. It saves you having to read long winded manuals. Both interior and exterior surfaces can be cleaned by simply wiping with a soft cloth.

Summary of Buyer Review Ratings

The diagram below shows the percentage of stars, give to it, by actual buyers who bought the Tower T24009 Manual Microwave, and then took the time to leave a review. As you can see 89% of real life buyers rated this one 4 stars or higher, with 3 in 4 buyers rating this as a 5 star product. That is why we have this one, at number one on our list.

74 %
5 Stars
15 %
4 Stars
5 %
3 Stars
2 %
2 Stars
4 %
1 Star

No 2 Microwave Choice - Russell Hobbs RHMM701C 

Russell Hobbs Manual Microwave

Average RRP = £50

  • This model came out as number 2 on our top 10 list
  • It is available in black, red or cream. The cream colour is shown to the left.
  • The model above is a 20 litre microwave, but this one is smaller at 17 Litres.
  • This model uses 700 watts, so is not as powerful as the larger wattage microwaves. It is still however ideal for re-heating and for cooking and uses less electric.
  • It has 5 different power levels and also has a defrost function
  • The majority of buyers liked the design of this model a lot.
  • Many buyers loved the mirror finished door and it does look really good. Now although many buyers loved the door style, some others did not like that, as it is difficult to keep clean
  • Like most of these types of oven, there is an interior light, though a few buyers said that it was too dim.

VIDEO REVIEW OF THE RUSSELL HOBBS RHMM701C R B

Summary of Buyer Review Ratings

The diagram below shows the percentage of stars, give to it, by actual buyers who bought the Russell Hobbs RHMM701C Manual Microwave, and then took the time to leave a review. From this you can see that 86% of real life buyers rated this as a 4 star or higher product, with 72% giving it the maximum 5 star rating.

72 %
5 Stars
14 %
4 Stars
5 %
3 Stars
1 %
2 Stars
8 %
1 Star

No 3 Microwave Choice - Russell Hobbs RHM2076B 

no 3 rated microwave oven uk

Average RRP = £63

  • This model came out as number 3 on our top 10 list
  • It has 800 watts of power and a 20 litre capacity
  • Like the model above it also has a glass mirrored style of door.
  • This model is slightly more expensive and that is because there are a couple of useful extra functions: There are some pre programs which allow you to have settings for cooking fish, popcorn, pizza etc. In addition there is also a child safety lock to ensure your kids can not open the microwave door.
  • The glass plate can be removed for cleaning and can also be cleaned in a dishwasher
  • This model also has a digital clock, a useful thing to have in your kitchen
  • It has 5 different power settings
  • The cable is about 1 metre long (3 feet)
  • Available ONLY in the black colour

Summary of Buyer Review Ratings

The diagram below shows the percentage of stars, give to it, by actual buyers who bought the Russell Hobbs RHM2076B Microwave, and then took the time to leave a review. As you can see 87% rated this model 4 stars or higher.

62 %
5 Stars
22 %
4 Stars
8 %
3 Stars
4 %
2 Stars
4 %
1 Star

No 4 Microwave Choice - Russell Hobbs RHM2362S

number 4 rated digital microwave

Average RRP = £70

  • This model came out as number 4 on our top 10 list - It is also one of the biggest sellers on Amazon as well, with many hundreds of buyer reviews
  • It has 800 watts of power and a large 23 litre capacity - the extra capacity can make quite a big difference
  • AT around an RRP of £70, this is at the higher end of the price scale, but the reason for that, is the additional features.
  • Pre-programmed menus
  • Automatic defrost settings where you input the weight of the food and the oven picks the correct defrost settings for you
  • It also has a digital clock, child safety lock, and a countdown timer
  • Please note this is a sliver design obly

Summary of Buyer Review Ratings

The diagram below shows the percentage of stars, give to it, by actual buyers who bought the Russell Hobbs RHM2362S Microwave, and then took the time to leave a review. As you can see 83% rate this as a 4 star rating or higher with two thirds giving it a full 5 star rating.

VIDEO REVIEW OF THE Russell Hobbs RHM2362S

66 %
5 Stars
21 %
4 Stars
5 %
3 Stars
2 %
2 Stars
6 %
1 Star

No 5 Microwave Choice - Daewoo KOR7LBKC Retro Style

no 5 rated microwave oven

Average RRP = £60

It is worth noting that the huge majority of buyers pick this one when they want a Retro looking microwave, and are also keen on the energy saving element.

  • This model came out as number 5 on our top 10 list
  • It has 800 watts of power and a 20 litre capacity
  • Many people buy this model based on the "Retor style" which you will either really love or just not like at all
  • It is available in cream, black, white, red and mint - please note prices vary slightly depending on which colour you prefer.
  • It is also very economical, with a unique zero standby function - in simple terms it is switched off automatically when not in use
  • It is worth noting that because of the design, this is a smaller than usual microwave and measures 44.6 x 32.3 x 27 cm
  • The colours do look really good but it is limited on functionality as it has no clock, or any fancy features
  • That said it is an ideal choice if you are pushed for space and have limited counter top room
  • It uses 10 second increments by turning a dial knob time controller and has  basic settings that do include defrost
  • Some buyers say it will not take a standard dinner plate size but many say it does. The video below shows that it does.

Retro Red

red coloured microwave

Retro Mint

Mint coloured microwave

VIDEO REVIEW OF THE Daewoo KOR7LBKC

Summary of Buyer Review Ratings

The diagram below shows the percentage of stars, give to it, by actual buyers who bought the Daewoo KOR7LBKC Retro Style Microwave, and then took the time to leave a review. As you can see 86% of buyers rated this microwave from Daewoo at 4 stars or higher.

73 %
5 Stars
13 %
4 Stars
2 %
3 Stars
3 %
2 Stars
9 %
1 Star

No 6 Microwave Choice - Daewoo QT1 Compact 

no 5 rated microwave compact

Average RRP = £50

  • This model came out as number 6 on our top 10 list
  • It has 600 watts of power and a 14 litre capacity
  • This is one of the most compact microwave ovens that is currently available on the UK market place.
  • It is available in cream, or a very unusual pink/white colour

Pink/White Colour

pink microwave oven
  • Either model has a 10" glass turntable
  • They also have 7 power levels
  • Complete with a power saving mode

Summary of Buyer Review Ratings

The diagram below shows the percentage of stars, give to it, by actual buyers who bought the Daewoo QT3 Compact Microwave Oven and then took the time to leave a review. You can see from the figures below that 85% of buyers rated this microwave at 4 stars or higher.

Daewoo QT1 Compact

67 %
5 Stars
18 %
4 Stars
7 %
3 Stars
1 %
2 Stars
7 %
1 Star

No 7 Microwave Choice - Daewoo KOR6L77 - Most Affordable

number 7 rated microwave oven

Average RRP = £45

  • This model came out as number 7 on our top 10 list
  • It has a 20 litre capacity and 700 watts of power
  • This is the cheapest on our list with an average RRP of around £45
  • It has 5 power levels and a 35 minute timer
  • This one opens with a push button to open the door so not a pull handle.
  • The internal glass plate has a diameter of 10"
  • The electrical lead is 104 cm long which is about 41"
  • This is a good basic microwave that will suit most homes
  • Really simple to use and is ideal for someone who wants something with little or no technology - the sort of person who likes things really simple

VIDEO REVIEW OF THE Daewoo KOR7LBKC

Summary of Buyer Review Ratings

The diagram below shows the percentage of stars, give to it, by actual buyers who bought the Daewoo KOR7LBKC Retro Style Microwave, and then took the time to leave a review. As you can see 85% of buyers rated this microwave from Daewoo at 4 stars or higher.

61 %
5 Stars
24 %
4 Stars
4 %
3 Stars
3 %
2 Stars
8 %
1 Star

No 8 Microwave Choice - Russell Hobbs RHM2064C

number 8 rated microwave oven

Average RRP = £60

  • This model came out as number 8 on our top 10 list and is one of the top selling microwaves in the UK
  • It has a 20 litre capacity and 800 watts of power
  • It is available in black, cream, red and grey
  • This one has a nice contemporary style and an unusual choice of colours
  • Has a dishwasher safe glass plate, pre programs for easy cooking, 5 power levels, defrost, digital clock and child safety lock.

Red

red coloured microwave

Grey

grey coloured microwave

Summary of Buyer Review Ratings

The diagram below shows the percentage of stars, give to it, by actual buyers who bought the Russell Hobbs RHM2064C Microwave, and then took the time to leave a review. As you can see 83% of buyers rated this microwave at 4 stars or higher.

65 %
5 Stars
18 %
4 Stars
8 %
3 Stars
4 %
2 Stars
5 %
1 Star

No 9 Microwave Choice - Russell Hobbs RHM3003B Microwave & Grill & Convection Oven

number 8 rated microwave oven

Average RRP = £128

  • This model came out as number 9 on our top 10 list and it is a top selling microwave, oven and grill combined.
  • It has a huge 30 litre capacity and 900 watts of power
  • It is available in black only.
  • As you may have noticed this one is about double the price of the others on this list. That is because it is a fan assisted oven, grill and of course a miicrowave
  • As you can see, you are getting a lot for your money. So although at number 9 on our list, this is the highest rated combination style oven and microwave
  • That means you can heat, roast, crisp and brown. which of course makes it capable of cooking food such as lasagne, pizzas, baked potatoes and cottage pies.
  • The glass turntable is 31.5cm
  • In addition the interior is made from stainless steel
  • Other features include defrost settings a child safety lock and a simple, clock and digital timer. It comes complete with a grill rack and baking tray

VIDEO REVIEW of THE Russell Hobbs RHM3003B

Summary of Buyer Review Ratings

The diagram below shows the percentage of stars, give to it, by actual buyers who bought the Russell Hobbs RHM3003B Microwave, Oven and Grill, and then took the time to leave a review. As you can see 83% of buyers rated this microwave at 4 stars or higher.

65 %
5 Stars
18 %
4 Stars
8 %
3 Stars
2 %
2 Stars
7 %
1 Star

No 10 Microwave Choice - Daewoo Digital Microwave - Best Seller

best selling microwave oven

Average RRP = £59

  • This model came out as number 10 on our top 10 list and it is actually the best selling microwave on Amazon UK at the moment. It is however placed here on this list because it has the 4.2 rating. That of course is still a very good rating, but lower than the others on this list.
  • It has a big 26 litre capacity and 800 watts of power
  • It is available in black only.
  • It has a lot of features such as defrost, auto-cook menus, a clock and ten different levels of power.
  • The glass turntable measures 28.5 cm
  • The 26 litres does make a significant difference as it can hold bigger containers
  • This one is also a bit dated now, compared to others on the market

Summary of Buyer Review Ratings

The diagram below shows the percentage of stars, give to it, by actual buyers who bought the Daewoo Digital Microwave, and then took the time to leave a review. As you can see 82% of buyers rated this microwave at 4 stars or higher.

69 %
5 Stars
13 %
4 Stars
3 %
3 Stars
4 %
2 Stars
11 %
1 Star

How Do Microwaves Work?

Many buyers ask the question as to how microwaves actually work. I thought I would add a little detail, as I think it is always useful information to understand. Microwave ovens actually do not generate any heat. Instead the cause water molecules inside the  food to vibrate. It is this vibrating motion that generates and produces heat that really cooks the food.

As a result, you will often find that food cooked in a microwave, will be piping hot. At the same time any plates or utensils used will stay much cooler. The food has water inside, whereas the utensils don't. These ovens use small waves, known as microwaves (hence the name). They can not penetrate metal, so the inside of your microwave oven is actually lined with metal.  In addition to that the microwave door is lined with a fine metal mesh which stops microwaves getting through.

How To Cook Safely in a Microwave Oven

Cooking food in a microwave oven is a safe method of cooking. However it is worth remembering that they cook by heating up the water inside food. As such foods like cereals, bagels, dried pasta, and chocolate have a very low water content. Therefore they should always be cooked on a low power level, for a very short length of time.

Also be highly aware of high sugar foods. These are foods like syrup or jams.​ When cooked in a microwave these become extremely hot and can easily burn your mouth. Always allow any food of this nature to cool down and never be tempted to taste this straight out of your microwave oven.

Microwave Buying Tips

If you are considering buying a microwave, then you will find these tips pretty useful. There are essentially four different types of microwaves available. These are:

  1. Microwave only, often known as a solo microwave​ - the most common where you can heat up, defrost, steam and reheat food. This makes it a good choice for the basic functions of heating ready meals, soups or vegetables.
  2. Microwave with Grill - A good choice for people with limited space. Having a grill allows you to grill fish or meat. You can also use the grill to crisp or brown your food. So along with the microwave functions, a useful choice.
  3. Combi Style Microwave - This is like number 9 on our list. What you are in effect buying is a mini oven So you can microwave, grill, and also have a fan assisted  or convection oven. A good solution for smaller kitchens.
  4. Integrated Microwave - You may also here these referred to as built-in microwaves. They have been designed to fit seamlessly into your kitchen. Typically they will sport a designer look and free up work top space. They vary from compact to regular sized and often have a pull-down handle for easy and efficient access.

What Sizes of Microwaves Can You Buy?

CAPACITY

As you can see from our list, the sizes vary from 17-23 litres. There are also compact 14 litre options and larger options such as 26 and 30 litre microwaves. If you are buying one for a family always get a bigger one.

POWER

Again you will have noticed from the list, that these vary from around 600 watts to 1,100 watts. The higher the wattage, the quicker your food will cook. However, the higher the wattage, the more it will cost to run.

How Much Does A Microwave Cost to Run?

A typical unite of electricity in the UK costs on average about 14 pence a unit. A unit is measured as 1 Kilowatt of power being used for 1 hour. The table below works out the average price per hour, based on the wattage.

Microwave Wattage Used

Average Cost Per Hour

600 Watts

8.4 pence

700 Watts

9.8 pence pence

800 Watts

11.2 pence

900 Watts

12.6 pence

Just be aware that electric prices can vary a lot. It depends on what your power provider charges. I have used the average of 14 pence an hour

Understanding Microwave Features

  • Defrost Function - This is important if you make a lot of meals from frozen. All microwaves will normally have some type of defrost function
  • Automatic Defrost & Cooking - Many microwaves can be programmed to both defrost and cook. To do this you program into the microwave, the weight of the food. The microwave then calculates the defrost and cooking times automatically
  • Child Lock - The last thing you may want is a small child inadvertently switching on or putting their fingers inside a microwave. Some models come with a child lock. Some do not, so of this is important make sure to check the exact model when buying.
  • Controls - Some people love using digital controls, and like to have lots of setting and programs. Others simply want a more basic setup. For example if you like to use exact settings, you would be better with digital displays, and electronic buttons.
  • Door Types - There are different types. Many are simply pull handles. Some open by pushing a button and the door pops open. A lot of the built-in ones have drop down doors.
  • Power - As I have mentioned above there are different power settings available. In simple terms the bigger the power, the quicker you can reheat and cook food.
  • Preset Programs - These can be very useful for cooking food. It takes a lot of the guess work out of cooking.

Microwave Cooking Tips & Safety

It is a really good idea to use microwave safe containers in your microwave. NEVER USE ANYTHING MADE OF METAL, EVEN WITH A METAL TRIM. 

Anything containing metal is dangerous to use in a microwave. Even small amounts are dangerous. Simple things like twist ties should also never be used.

Never fully cover or cook food in anything that is sealed. With microwave cooking, the steam from the food must be allowed to escape. If it doesn't it can explode and make one heck of a mess.

Always keep your microwave oven clean at all times. Usually a soft cloth and a wipe is all that is required. Never use anything like a scouring pad, brillo pad or anything abrasive as it will ruin the interior of the oven