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10 Best Microwaves UK 2022 | Samsung, Panasonic and More

Most people have probably had a bad experience with microwave meals, either in the form of a penny-saving end-of-the-month dinner, or badly and unevenly heated food. But if used properly, the best microwaves offer a quick, easy and efficient way to cook a surprisingly varied range of foods.


There are hundreds of microwaves available online, so to save you the hard work of sorting through them all, we've chosen our pick of the ten best available from Amazon and John Lewis. Our list features some fantastic bestselling ovens from established homeware and electrical brands, including grill models, and designs for compact countertops.

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  • Last updated: 25-02-2022
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Compare the Best Microwaves

For those after a quick look, here is our Top 5:

  1. Samsung - EasyView Combination Microwave for £154.97
  2. Sage - The Quick Touch Crisp for £238.51
  3. Panasonic - Combination Microwave Oven With Flatbed for £369.00
  4. Samsung - Combination Microwave for £139.00
  5. Bosch - Serie 2 Brushed Steel Microwave With Grill for £118.00


For a more in-depth look at the comprehensive top 10 selection, make sure to read on to learn more about the different types of microwaves available and understand how our ranking was determined.

This article's chosen EC site price listings are reflective of its publishing date.

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Samsung EasyView Combination Microwave 1

Samsung

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Sage The Quick Touch Crisp 1

Sage

3
Panasonic Combination Microwave Oven With Flatbed 1

Panasonic

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Samsung Combination Microwave  1

Samsung

5
Bosch Serie 2 Brushed Steel Microwave With Grill 1

Bosch

6
Sharp 800W Solo Digital Microwave 1

Sharp

7
Russell Hobbs Black Digital Microwave 1

Russell Hobbs

8
Panasonic Flatbed Microwave Oven 1

Panasonic

9
Hotpoint Curve 1

Hotpoint

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Beko Solo Retro 1

Beko

Name

EasyView Combination Microwave

The Quick Touch Crisp

Combination Microwave Oven With Flatbed

Combination Microwave

Serie 2 Brushed Steel Microwave With Grill

800W Solo Digital Microwave

Black Digital Microwave

Flatbed Microwave Oven

Curve

Solo Retro

Features

Feature-Packed Combi With Crystal-Clear Viewing Window

Grill Microwave With Crisper Pan and Cooking Presets

Large 31 Litre Combi Microwave With Internal Smart Sensors

Well-Priced Microwave That Can Be Used to Make Yoghurt and Bread

Compact Microwave With a User-Friendly Design

Offers a Choice of Digital Touchpad or Manual Dial

Versatile Microwave With Simple LED Display

Turntable-Free Design for Extra Capacity

Space-Saving Microwave for Small Kitchens and Kitchenettes

Cheap and Cheerful Microwave in a Range of Fun Colours

Price£154.97£238.51£369.00£139.00£118.00£71.99£69.99£179.00£130.00£79.00
Standard / GrillCombinationStandard with grillCombinationStandard Standard with grillStandardStandard StandardStandardStandard
CombinationYesNoYesYesNoNoNoNoNoNo
Capacity28 litres25 litres31 litres28 litres17 litres20 litres20 litres27 litres13 litres20 litres
Dimensions31 x 52 x 46 cm31 x 44 x 51 cm43.7 x 50 x 39.1 cm48 x 52 x 31 cm29 x 46 x 35 cm44 x 32 x 26 cm36 x 44 x 26 cm33 x 53 x 43 cm36 x 39 x 36 cm26 x 46 x 35 cm
Turntable Size31cm31 cm-27 cm25 cm26 cm25.5 cmN/A28 cm26 cm
ControlsDial and buttonsDials and buttonsTouchpadTouchpad buttonsTwo dialsDigital touchpad or manual dialsDial and buttonsTouchpad buttonsTouchscreenDial and buttons
Power900 watts1,000 watts1,000 watts900 watts800 watts800 watts800 watts1,000 watts700 watts800 watts
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How to Choose a Microwave in the UK

Key Points to Consider

  1. Select a Conventional Microwave Oven for General Household Use or a Microwave Grill for Browning and Crisping
  2. Use a Combination Microwave to Prepare Recipes in the Absence of an Oven
  3. Choose a Microwave Oven With a Capacity Greater Than 25 L to Accommodate Large Crockery and Dinner Plates

1. Choose a Standard Microwave for Versatile Home Use, or a Microwave Grill for Browning and Crisping

1. Choose a Standard Microwave for Versatile Home Use, or a Microwave Grill for Browning and Crisping

Standard Microwaves Are Ideal for Reheating Leftovers and Cooking Jacket Potatoes

Standard microwaves (sometimes called solo microwaves) are the simplest and most basic models available, and are what most people probably have in mind when thinking of microwave ovens. They may lack the added functionality of their more sophisticated cousins, but they're also a valuable addition to any kitchen.


This type of microwave is just what you need if you're looking to reheat leftovers or steam veg, or do something more adventurous such as bake a quick mug cake or poach eggs. In fact, if used properly these simple devices are enough to perform a multitude of useful kitchen tasks.

Consider a Grill Microwave for Browning, Crisping and Cooking Meat or Fish

Grill microwaves have the added functionality of a heating element atop the inside of the appliance, which radiates heat directly downwards onto your food. As well as warming up and cooking your food like a standard microwave does, the directed heat works in the same way as the grill in a conventional oven.


This extra introduces many more cooking options: crispy bacon and grilled cheesy toppings are just the touch of a button away, plus they're also adept at cooking pizzas and grilling fish and meat. In general, however, grill microwaves cost more than standard models, and they're more fiddly to clean.


Looking for more grilling options? Take a look at our electric grill recommendations.

2. Opt For a Combination Microwave to Cook Recipes Without an Oven

If you didn't think it was possible to cook a Victoria sponge in a microwave, allow us to introduce you to the amazing versatility of combination (convection) microwaves. Thanks to a fan that evenly circulates the microwave heat, this type of appliance comes pretty close to standard ovens in the range of cooking tasks it can perform.


Therefore, if you want to be sure you get the most out of the kitchen space you give to your microwave, then this type of device is a great choice. Predictably, they will generally be more expensive than both standard and grill designs, though. 


Multi cookers are also fantastic kitchen appliances to have around! 

3. Pick a Microwave With a Capacity Over 25 Litres for Large Crockery and Dinner Plates

3. Pick a Microwave With a Capacity Over 25 Litres for Large Crockery and Dinner Plates

It's important that you're not only looking at the capacity of your microwave, but also the size of the plates and bowls you will be using in the microwave. You should measure these before choosing a microwave and finding out too late that your crockery doesn't fit.


A super-useful feature of many higher-spec microwaves is the absence of the traditional turntable. As well as making the oven easier to clean, this means that larger and square or rectangular containers can be used in the appliance, adding an extra level of versatility.


If you take salad very seriously in your household, browse our selection of salad tongs!

10 Best Microwaves in the UK

This ranking has been compiled by the writing team at mybest UK via careful evaluation of the points made in the buying guide and thorough research of each product and comparing multiple verified customer reviews across the EC sites used.

1

SamsungEasyView Combination Microwave

MC28M6055CW

£154.97

Standard / GrillCombination
CombinationYes
Capacity28 litres
Dimensions31 x 52 x 46 cm
Turntable Size31cm
ControlsDial and buttons
Power900 watts
2

SageThe Quick Touch Crisp

BMO700BSS

£238.51

Standard / GrillStandard with grill
CombinationNo
Capacity25 litres
Dimensions31 x 44 x 51 cm
Turntable Size31 cm
ControlsDials and buttons
Power1,000 watts
3

PanasonicCombination Microwave Oven With Flatbed

NN-CF87LBBPQ

£369.00

Standard / GrillCombination
CombinationYes
Capacity31 litres
Dimensions43.7 x 50 x 39.1 cm
Turntable Size-
ControlsTouchpad
Power1,000 watts
4

SamsungCombination Microwave

MC28H5013AS

£139.00

Standard / GrillStandard
CombinationYes
Capacity28 litres
Dimensions48 x 52 x 31 cm
Turntable Size27 cm
ControlsTouchpad buttons
Power900 watts
5

BoschSerie 2 Brushed Steel Microwave With Grill

HMT72G450B

£118.00

Standard / GrillStandard with grill
CombinationNo
Capacity17 litres
Dimensions29 x 46 x 35 cm
Turntable Size25 cm
ControlsTwo dials
Power800 watts
6

Sharp800W Solo Digital Microwave

YC-MS02U-S

£71.99

Standard / GrillStandard
CombinationNo
Capacity20 litres
Dimensions44 x 32 x 26 cm
Turntable Size26 cm
ControlsDigital touchpad or manual dials
Power800 watts
7

Russell HobbsBlack Digital Microwave

RHM2076B

£69.99

Standard / GrillStandard
CombinationNo
Capacity20 litres
Dimensions36 x 44 x 26 cm
Turntable Size25.5 cm
ControlsDial and buttons
Power800 watts
8

PanasonicFlatbed Microwave Oven

NN-SF464MBPQ

£179.00

Standard / GrillStandard
CombinationNo
Capacity27 litres
Dimensions33 x 53 x 43 cm
Turntable SizeN/A
ControlsTouchpad buttons
Power1,000 watts
9

HotpointCurve

MWH1331B

£130.00

Standard / GrillStandard
CombinationNo
Capacity13 litres
Dimensions36 x 39 x 36 cm
Turntable Size28 cm
ControlsTouchscreen
Power700 watts
10

BekoSolo Retro

MOC20200C

£79.00

Standard / GrillStandard
CombinationNo
Capacity20 litres
Dimensions26 x 46 x 35 cm
Turntable Size26 cm
ControlsDial and buttons
Power800 watts

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