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Don't Buy microwaves

by Jane Darling
Don't Buy microwaves will leave you with hot and cold spots when heating, and will fail to defrost evenly, too. Find out which ones to steer clear of.

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The image above shows the real-life implications of our testing. See how our expert lab tests separate the microwaves you should avoid from those recommended as Best Buy microwaves.

Microwaves to avoid

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Which? has reviewed the latest microwaves, including models by Bosch, Daewoo, Kenwood, Panasonic and Samsung, plus cheaper supermarket offerings, to guide you to the best microwaves out there. Our test results reveal which microwaves are great at heating and defrosting, and easy to use too.

  • The experts at the lab use a specially designed substance, with a consistency similar to lasagne, to judge how evenly a microwave heats food. They use no fewer than 39 probes to check for hot and cold spots.
  • Each microwave gets awarded a total test score, which reveal at-a-glance the best and worst microwaves.
  • All types of microwave are included in our testing, so whether you want a simple microwave, a grill microwave, a combi or even a built-in model, the results of the Which? tests will lead you to the best model for you.

Find out which microwaves are Don't Buys and which are Best Buys by taking out a £1 trial to Which?

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