Our latest microwave lab test results are in and reveal scores for three brand new built-in microwaves from AEG-Electrolux, Neff and Zanussi, and six freestanding microwaves, grill microwaves and combination models.
Built-in microwaves look great and are designed to be fitted into kitchen cabinets. They certainly look the part but they cost significantly more than freestanding microwaves. The cheapest built-in microwave we’ve tested is just under £300 and the most expensive close to £700.
To find out how to buy the best microwave, including the differences between solo, combination and grill microwaves, check out our microwaves video buying guide.
Which? microwaves expert Matt Stevens says: ‘Built-in microwaves look the part but can cost a fortune – £700 is an awful lot to pay for a microwave, which makes it so important to get a good one.
‘We’ve seen big differences in the test performance between Best Buy built-ins and the rest – new built-in Best Buys are much better when heating in microwave mode and when defrosting than other built-in models tested. You can see how different freestanding and built-in microwaves are rated in our online microwaves review.’
Built-in microwaves on test
There are twelve solo, grill and combination built-in microwave reviews in our microwaves review, and we’ve awarded three of them Best Buy status. We feature built-in microwaves from AEG-Electrolux, Bosch, Electrolux, Hotpoint, Neff and Whirlpool.
But however good our Best Buy built-in microwaves are, they won’t be suitable for everyone, because not all of us have fitted kitchens. The good news is that we have tested 103 freestanding microwaves, grill microwaves and combination microwaves. Check out how well all of our microwaves did in test in our microwaves review.