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Magic Chef MCM1611ST

45 Reviews

£89.65

Freestanding
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1,100W
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45.3L
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£520
Over 10 years
Dec 2018
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Samsung MC32K7055CTEC

92 Reviews

£249.00

Freestanding
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900W
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32L
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£420
Over 10 years
Aug 2018

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Samsung MC28H5135CKEU

37 Reviews

£179.00

Freestanding
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900W
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28L
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£420
Over 10 years
Aug 2018
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Samsung MC28H5013AS

253 Reviews

£125.00

Freestanding
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1,400W
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28L
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£420
Over 10 years
Oct 2016

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Panasonic NN‑CT56

28 Reviews

£179.00

Freestanding
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1,000W
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27L
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£470
Over 10 years
Apr 2018

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Sharp R372WM

£75.00

Freestanding
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900W
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25L
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£420
Over 10 years
Apr 2016

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Samsung MC32J7035AW

18 Reviews

£199.00

Freestanding
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1,400W
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32L
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£660
Over 10 years
Apr 2017

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Samsung MS28J5215AS

279 Reviews

£139.99

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1,000W
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28L
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£470
Over 10 years
Sep 2015

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Daewoo KOR9GQRR

88 Reviews

£69.00

Freestanding
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900W
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26L
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£420
Over 10 years
Jun 2015

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Samsung MS23F301TAS

181 Reviews

£64.99

Freestanding
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800W
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23L
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£370
Over 10 years
Feb 2016

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Kenwood K25MSS11

358 Reviews

£66.00

Freestanding
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900W
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25L
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£420
Over 10 years
Jul 2015

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Kenwood K25MB14

317 Reviews

£73.99

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900W
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25L
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£420
Over 10 years
Jul 2015

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Kenwood K30CSS14

247 Reviews

£90.00

Freestanding
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900W
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30L
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£420
Over 10 years
Dec 2014

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Russell Hobbs RHM3002

320 Reviews

£135.00

Freestanding
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900W
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30L
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£420
Over 10 years
Jul 2015
£12 Voucher

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Hotpoint MWH26321MB

16 Reviews

£150.00

Freestanding
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800W
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25L
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£370
Over 10 years
Jan 2017

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Sharp R860KM

20 Reviews
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£115.99

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900W
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25L
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£420
Over 10 years
Nov 2016

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Kenwood K25MW14

218 Reviews

£69.00

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900W
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25L
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£420
Over 10 years
Jul 2015

87

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Samsung MC28H5013AW

1 Review
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£134.99

Freestanding
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900W
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28L
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£400
Over 10 years
May 2016
Voucher

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Samsung MS23K3513AKEU

123 Reviews

£77.09

Freestanding
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800W
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23L
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£370
Over 10 years
Apr 2016

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Russell Hobbs RHM2574

13 Reviews

£89.95

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900W
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25L
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£420
Over 10 years
Feb 2017

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£114.99
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NN-SD25H
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£199.99
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K30CSS14
£90.00
£50 cheaper
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£139.99
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£120.99
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£179.00
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£324.00
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NN-CD58JSBPQ
£199.97
£124 cheaper
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RHEM2301
£79.99
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R360KM
£76.00
£4 cheaper
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£109.99
£30 cheaper
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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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