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Magic Chef MCM1611

31 Reviews
Child Lock Defrost Function
Built-in Display Turntable
Convection Cooking
Child Lock
Defrost Function
Built-in Display
Turntable
Convection Cooking
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£93.88

Freestanding
Info
1,100W
Info
45.3L
Info
Info
£520
Over 10 years
Dec 2018
A giant interior capacity and top-rated freestanding microwave, with ok running costs and the latest technology. Several reviews mentioned that this microwave is a brilliant size, really easy to use and good-looking.
£20 Voucher

89

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Samsung MC28H5013A

245 Reviews
Child Lock Defrost Function
Turntable
Child Lock
Defrost Function
Turntable
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£129.00

Freestanding
Info
1,400W
Info
28L
Info
Info
£420
Over 10 years
Oct 2016
The top rated microwave under £500, with marvellous user reviews and low running costs. Reviews indicate that this microwave has outstanding features and it's really easy to use, and well designed.
£200 Voucher

89

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Panasonic NN‑CT56

28 Reviews
Grill Child Lock
Defrost Function Built-in Display
Turntable Convection Cooking1 more
Inverter Technology
Grill
Child Lock
Defrost Function
Built-in Display
Turntable
Convection Cooking
Inverter Technology
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£194.00

Freestanding
Info
1,000W
Info
27L
Info
Info
£470
Over 10 years
Apr 2018
The highest scoring combination microwave around, with average running costs and a terrific spec. Owners report that it has outstanding features and it's very easy to use, and well designed.

89

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Daewoo KOC‑9C0T

7 Reviews
Grill Child Lock
Defrost Function Built-in Display
Turntable Reheat Function1 more
Convection Cooking
Grill
Child Lock
Defrost Function
Built-in Display
Turntable
Reheat Function
Convection Cooking
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£79.99

Freestanding
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900W
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28L
Info
Info
£420
Over 10 years
Nov 2017
The top rated microwave under £100, with low running costs and spec. Multiple reviews mentioned that it's easy to use.
£200 Voucher

89

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Samsung MC28H5135CK

26 Reviews
Grill Child Lock
Defrost Function Built-in Display
Turntable Reheat Function2 more
Crisp Maker Convection Cooking
Grill
Child Lock
Defrost Function
Built-in Display
Turntable
Reheat Function
Crisp Maker
Convection Cooking
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£174.00

Freestanding
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900W
Info
28L
Info
Info
£420
Over 10 years
Aug 2018
Customers report that this microwave has good features, it's very easy to use but it has bad technical guidance. It's a top-value and very highly rated freestanding microwave, with moderate running costs and a great spec.

87

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Magic Chef MCM990

24 Reviews
Defrost Function Built-in Display
Turntable Reheat Function
Convection Cooking
Defrost Function
Built-in Display
Turntable
Reheat Function
Convection Cooking
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£71.19

Freestanding
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900W
Info
25.4L
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Info
£420
Over 10 years
Mar 2018
The highest scoring microwave under £50, with a great spec and low running costs. Reviews indicate that this microwave is very easy to use and quiet, and a good size.
£200 Voucher

88

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Sharp R372

Child Lock Defrost Function
Child Lock
Defrost Function
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£59.95

Freestanding
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900W
Info
25L
Info
Info
£420
Over 10 years
Apr 2016
An affordable and very popular freestanding microwave, with low running costs and a great spec.
£200 Voucher

87

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Samsung MC32K7055C

23 Reviews
Grill Child Lock
Defrost Function Built-in Display
Turntable Reheat Function2 more
Crisp Maker Convection Cooking
Grill
Child Lock
Defrost Function
Built-in Display
Turntable
Reheat Function
Crisp Maker
Convection Cooking
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£297.30

Freestanding
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900W
Info
32L
Info
Info
£420
Over 10 years
Aug 2018
A top-rated and fairly new freestanding microwave, with ok running costs and a reasonable price. Reviews indicate that it's very easy to use, well made and thin.
£200 Voucher

86

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Samsung MC32J7035

12 Reviews
Grill Child Lock
Defrost Function Built-in Display
Turntable Convection Cooking
Grill
Child Lock
Defrost Function
Built-in Display
Turntable
Convection Cooking
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£179.00

Freestanding
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1,400W
Info
32L
Info
Info
£660
Over 10 years
Apr 2017
An excellently reviewed and fully featured freestanding microwave, with moderate running costs and a very good price. Reviews indicate that this microwave has good features, it's very easy to use and good-looking.
£10 Voucher

88

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Panasonic NN‑CT57

Grill Child Lock
Defrost Function Built-in Display
Turntable Convection Cooking1 more
Inverter Technology
Grill
Child Lock
Defrost Function
Built-in Display
Turntable
Convection Cooking
Inverter Technology
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£189.00

Freestanding
Info
1,000W
Info
27L
Info
Info
£470
Over 10 years
Apr 2018
A fully featured and very cheap freestanding microwave, with ok running costs.

88

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Russell Hobbs RHM3002

463 Reviews
Grill Child Lock
Defrost Function
Grill
Child Lock
Defrost Function
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£127.97

Freestanding
Info
900W
Info
30L
Info
Info
£420
Over 10 years
Jul 2015
A classic and bargain price freestanding microwave, with ok running costs and a fantastic spec. Purchasers report that it's very easy to use and well designed, and not noisy.

88

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Samsung MS28J5255

138 Reviews
Child Lock Defrost Function
Steam Cooking Built-in Display
Turntable
Child Lock
Defrost Function
Steam Cooking
Built-in Display
Turntable
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£139.99

Freestanding
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1,000W
Info
28L
Info
Info
£470
Over 10 years
Apr 2016
An excellently reviewed and top-value freestanding microwave, with ok running costs and a great spec. Owners report that this microwave has outstanding features and it's very easy to use, and well designed.
Voucher

88

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Kenwood K25MSS11

326 Reviews
Defrost Function
Defrost Function
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£79.98

Freestanding
Info
900W
Info
25L
Info
Info
£420
Over 10 years
Jul 2015
An affordable and classic freestanding microwave, with moderate running costs and a very good spec. Owners report that this microwave has excellent features and it's very easy to use, and well designed.
Voucher

88

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Kenwood K25MB14

317 Reviews
Child Lock
Child Lock
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£159.99

Freestanding
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900W
Info
25L
Info
Info
£420
Over 10 years
Jul 2015
An astonishingly cheap and classic freestanding microwave, with moderate running costs and a very good spec. Reviews indicate that this microwave has excellent features and it's very easy to use, and well designed.
Voucher

88

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Kenwood K25MW14

218 Reviews
Child Lock Turntable
Child Lock
Turntable
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£65.00

Freestanding
Info
900W
Info
25L
Info
Info
£420
Over 10 years
Jul 2015
Several reviews mentioned that this microwave has outstanding features and it's very easy to use, and well designed. It's an affordable and classic freestanding microwave, with ok running costs and a great spec.
£200 Voucher

88

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Samsung MS23F301

139 Reviews
Grill Child Lock
Weight Sensor Defrost Function
Built-in Display Turntable2 more
Reheat Function Convection Cooking
Grill
Child Lock
Weight Sensor
Defrost Function
Built-in Display
Turntable
Reheat Function
Convection Cooking
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£64.99

Freestanding
Info
800W
Info
23L
Info
Info
£370
Over 10 years
Feb 2016
A low cost and excellently reviewed freestanding microwave, with low running costs and a good spec. Reviews indicate that this microwave has very good features and it's really easy to use, and well designed.
£200 Voucher

88

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Daewoo KOR9G

78 Reviews
Child Lock Defrost Function
Built-in Display Turntable
Reheat Function Convection Cooking
Child Lock
Defrost Function
Built-in Display
Turntable
Reheat Function
Convection Cooking
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£69.00

Freestanding
Info
900W
Info
26L
Info
Info
£420
Over 10 years
Jun 2015
A classic and affordable freestanding microwave, with moderate running costs and a very good spec. Several reviews mentioned that it's really easy to use, good-looking and a superb size.
Voucher

87

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Samsung MS28J5215A

273 Reviews
Child Lock Defrost Function
Built-in Display Turntable
Child Lock
Defrost Function
Built-in Display
Turntable
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£140.00

Freestanding
Info
1,000W
Info
28L
Info
Info
£470
Over 10 years
Sep 2015
Customers report that this microwave has excellent features and it's very easy to use, and well designed. It's a classic and affordable freestanding microwave, with moderate running costs and a very good spec.
£200 Voucher

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Sharp R860

5 Reviews
Grill Child Lock
Defrost Function Built-in Display
Reheat Function Convection Cooking
Grill
Child Lock
Defrost Function
Built-in Display
Reheat Function
Convection Cooking
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£104.97

Freestanding
Info
900W
Info
25L
Info
Info
£420
Over 10 years
Nov 2016
An affordable and positively reviewed freestanding microwave, with average running costs and a very good spec. A number of reviews mentioned that this microwave has outstanding features and it's very easy to use.
£200 Voucher

87

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Panasonic NN‑SD25H

3 Reviews
Child Lock Defrost Function
Child Lock
Defrost Function
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£124.98

Freestanding
Info
1,000W
Info
23L
Info
Info
£470
Over 10 years
Oct 2016
An spectacularly highly rated and very popular freestanding microwave, with average running costs and a very good spec. Reviews indicate that this microwave has very good features.

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Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)

QWhat is a steam function?
AThis is a way of cooking foods using bursts of hot steam rather than direct heat or microwaves. It's a more delicate form of cooking, best suited to vegetables, dumplings and even pasta.
QWhat is a rotisserie?
AA rotisserie spit is a special rotating skewer available as an add-on for some premium microwaves. It allows you to spit-roast chicken and meat in the microwave - meaning the appliance can be used to cook many more dishes.

Freestanding Microwave Buying Guide

A microwave is a necessity of any modern kitchen. It is a versatile tool that can be used for far more than just reheating leftovers - it can be used for all manner of cooking, from poaching salmon to baking potatoes.

Freestanding Microwaves

Freestanding microwaves are designed to be placed on a worksurface, or anywhere in the kitchen you want. Whiel this makes them versatile and easy to move around, they can require a sizable amount of surface space, and can look ungainly and clash with the aesthetic of your kitchen. Those looking for a more unified look may prefer to look at integrated microwaves

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Capacity

Microwaves come in all different shores and sizes, and are primarily differentiated by their capacity, measured in litres (L). The bigger the capacity of your microwave, the larger the food you can cook in it. Some microwaves just fit single plates or bowls, while other models are large enough to fit an entire chicken or soup pot in.

Oven & Grill Functions

Some microwaves have the ability to function as ovens and grills in addition to standard microwave cooking. Microwaves that have an added grill function combine the normal microwave cooking with a heated element either on the top or the sides of the machine - this allows it to function similar to a standard grill. Microwave ovens, on the other hand, can cook and roast food exactly like a convection oven. Whichever model you pick, these types of microwaves greatly increase the types of food you can cook, and turn your microwave into the central cooking tool in your kitchen - you can roast fish and beef, roast vegetables and grill cheese toasties!

More advanced models of microwave may also have a steamer function. As the name suggests, a steamer addition to the microwave uses boiling water to generate bursts of hot steam inside the microwave. This is a great method of delicately cooking vegetables so they retain the maximum amount of nutrients, and can also be used for cooking fish, dumplings, or Chinese-style pancakes for roast duck. While normally only found in the most high-level and expensive microwaves, it allows the appliance to become even more versatile as a cooking tool, and therefore may well be worth the extra expense.

Power Levels/Cooking Programs

Microwaves are all given a power level, rated in Watts. The higher the power level, the faster your food will be cooked. Most modern microwaves come with a range of power levels, allowing you great flexibility when preparing your food. They also come with specific setting for warming, reheating or defrosting food - extremely useful in speeding up cooking times, or reheating food previously cooked. Defrosting is an especially useful setting, meaning that joints of meat and frozen food can be brought up to room temperature in a matter of minutes.

Many microwaves now have a selection of automatic cooking functions as well. These allow you to input a type of food to cook (potatoes, chicken, soups, etc) and a weight, and the microwave will automatically calculate the power level and time needed to cook it perfectly. Conveniences like this can make preparing dinner hassle-free, and remove the guesswork and constant checking to see if your food is ready.

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This automatic cooking function can also extend to defrosting and reheating leftovers, making the microwave an invaluable tool for easy food heating and prep. Some advanced models of microwave also offer a 'power defrost' setting, which can defrost frozen meat far quickly than usual defrost programs. However because this defrost cycle is far more powerful, care has to be given to make sure that you don't accidentally part cook the food while it's being defrosted.

Extra Features

Finally, some microwaves comes with a collection of extra features, to make cooking easier or more convenient. These can include recipe books detailing how to cook different types of food, baking trays designed to fit comfortably into the machine, or racks to allow multiple dishes to be cooked at once. Some microwave ovens even include a rotisserie spit, allowing you to cook spit-roasted chicken or pork.

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