Which? has just tested a batch of new microwave models – and several have done well, including the MCD1732EM grill microwave from AEG-Electrolux.
This built-in model did well for several aspects of our tests, and boasts some great extra features, including multi-step programming. This allows you to pre-set the oven to defrost, microwave and then grill your food in one fell swoop.
Grill microwaves are more versatile than solo models because they can be used to brown food that would remain pale and unappetising when cooked by microwave power alone – allowing you to cook a succulent and well-browned roast chicken for instance.
These models can also be used as a grill in their own right, and our toast tests reveal which ones can crisp your food evenly all over.
Other grill models tested this time include the Whirlpool MAX38/BL, Logik L20GSS10 and Daewoo KOG6L6B; check out our full microwave reviews to find out more about these and more than 100 other microwaves.
Built-in models save space
Built-in microwaves are generally more expensive than their freestanding counterparts, but could be worth consideration if you don’t want to lose worktop space.
The compact Neff H53W50 solo microwave fits into a 50cm wide kitchen cabinet and comes in a choice of white, black or stainless steel finishes, so there should be one to fit in with your décor.
A more spacious choice would be the Bosch HMT84M661B – the turntable can accommodate dishes up to 33cm in diameter, which is bigger than most, and the pop-out controls give the display panel a smooth, sleek finish.
In addition to microwave and grill modes, combination microwaves have the additional benefit of convection heating – so they can bake like a regular oven. We tested two of the latest combi models from Kenwood and both scored top marks in convection mode – but neither could match our Best Buys when it came to grilling.
Sunday roast in a microwave
Combination ovens can do so much more than a solo microwave, but not everyone uses them to their full potential – so we’ve put together a video guide to show you how easy it is to cook a full Sunday roast in your microwave in an hour.