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What to look for when buying a new microwave?

Not many of us like to buy new appliances for our kitchen as it is often an expense that we could do without. Many households have microwaves which can offer a quick and effective way of reheating or cooking food. There is a vast range in prices when it comes to choosing your new microwave with the cheapest starting at around £50 upwards of £250! So, what is the difference and is it worth spending more on your microwave?

Firstly you need to consider how often you use it, if it is only once or twice a week then you may not want to fork out a lot but if you use your microwave daily then you want to make sure that it is fast, energy efficient and also big enough to accommodate the items that you want to cook in it. Microwave sizes are usually displayed in litres. A 25-litre microwave will offer ample space inside, but you may find that it is too big if you have a smaller kitchen. One of the main features you may want to look out for is the wattage. 700-watt microwaves will take longer to cook something than a 900-watt microwave, but this is often reflected in the price. You also need to decide if you want a manual microwave with a knob that you turn to set the time or a digital one. If you often use the microwave for short amounts of time (i.e. less than a minute) or you need it to be accurate then a digital one will be best suited to you.