We all like a bargain, yet some of us are reluctant to pluck a cheap microwave from a supermarket shelf when the time comes to buy a new one.
Perhaps you feel there's a minimum amount you should spend to guarantee a good microwave, or maybe you're worried that unbranded appliances won't last.
We've tested cheap Asda microwaves, as well as models from Argos, Ikea and Wilko that cost less than £50, to find out whether low-cost microwaves are worth considering.
Keep reading to get our verdict on budget microwaves - and to discover what extra features you can get if you're willing to spend more.
Asda might not be the first place you think of when your microwave packs it in, but you could save yourself a trip by getting your groceries and a new microwave at the same time.
And convenience isn't the only reason to consider an Asda microwave:
Asda microwaves typically cost less than £50, with some models available for just £30.
To put that into perspective, the average price of a solo microwave is around £90 - think of what else you could afford to put in your shopping trolley with the money saved.
With a glossy black finish and a wooden handle and dials, it wouldn't look out of place in a modern kitchen, which is more than can be said for some much pricier models.
You don't have to break the bank to get a good microwave - and paying more doesn't always mean you'll get a better product.
According to our tests, some cheap Asda microwaves are almost twice as good as branded ones - although not all Asda models get top scores.
Most cheap models are solo microwaves, which means they don't have a convection oven or grill function - if you want a microwave that does more, you usually have to spend more.
Even within the field of solo microwaves, there can be some big differences between low-cost and pricier models. More expensive models often have digital controls, which means the timer is more accurate, and a better range of automatic programmes.
Some models also have multi-stage functions, which means you can queue up settings in advance (for example, if you want to defrost then heat a dish), and pre-set options which store your preferred settings.
You should decide whether you'll get enough use out of them to justify the extra cost.
|Tech specs||Asda GMM101GMB-20||Swan SM22045BLKN Gatsby|
|Type||Solo microwave||Solo microwave|
|Turntable or flatbed||Turntable||Turntable|
|Controls||Dial||Buttons and dial|
|Max plate size||27cm||33cm|
Each year, we ask thousands of Which? members to tell us whether they're pleased with their microwave, or if they've experienced problems. The results let us know which brands are worth recommending, and which ones you should avoid.
We include several cheaper brands in our survey, such as Argos Cookworks, Asda, Sainsbury's and Tesco, so we can tell you how long you can expect a cheap microwave to last - and how budget brands compare with more expensive rivals.
We test harder so you buy smarter. Head to our latest reviews to get our verdict on each model:
Prices correct as of 11 October 2021.