Microwaves can be so much more than a means to reheat last night’s takeaway, and among the 11 that we’ve just tested are machines that can be used for grilling and baking cakes, as well as warming up that cup of coffee that you forgot you’d made.
Among the brands to be put through the rigorous range of Which? microwave tests are Morphy Richards, Sharp and Kenwood, and the results are very much a mixed bag. Only one machine scored well enough to be given our prestigious Best Buy award, although a few other models got close.
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Cheap microwaves vs expensive microwaves
Our latest batch of microwaves range in price from just over £50 to in excess of £200, and what you get for your money varies massively. Some come loaded with pre-set programmes so you can cook at the touch of a button, while others include grills for browning meat and toasting, and some can even help you bake perfect cakes.
Here’s the full list of the models we’ve just tested:
- Currys Logik L25MDM13
- Morphy Richards EM820CFD
- Daewoo KOR-6L5R
- DeLonghi AM823AZH
- LG MS2382B
- Sharp R-28STM
- Morphy Richards D80H20AP-SG
- LG MC8289BRK
- Kenwood K23CM13
- Stoves SIMW60
- Samsung MC32F606TCT
In order to find the right microwave for you use our feature and prices comparison tool, which includes both our latest models and all those we’ve previously tested.
How we test microwaves
Every microwave assessed by Which? goes through a series of tough tests, with the overall score encompassing how quickly and evenly they heat food, whether or not they’re likely to leave your dinner dried out, ease of use and more.
Those with a grill function are also put through our ‘toast test’, to see how much bread they bring to a nice golden brown, and we also bake fairy cakes in combi machines to see how effectively they function as an oven.
For a full breakdown see our microwave testing process.
- If you don’t know where to start, read our guide on how to buy the best microwave
- To see the models we recommend, see our microwave Best Buys
- To understand the different types, go to our microwave features explained article