The 5 Best Microwave Ovens

Microwave ovens offer convenient heating and cooking for a broad range of foods. Whether you want it to reheat single items or help you prepare entire meals, they’ve become an essential part any modern kitchen.

With increasing capability and a growing number of features and programs, microwaves are more impressive than ever. Unfortunately, this can also mean that they can be more complicated and, in some cases, more expensive. 

I’ve looked through the best currently on the market and selected those that I think perfectly balance their functionality with value for money.

 

 

Best Microwave Ovens

Sharp R220WM

The Sharp R220WM provides automatic programmes to take the guesswork out of cooking alongside special functions that can thaw food quickly and hygienically.
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RUSSELL HOBBS RHM2064C

Cook your favourite dishes with the Russell Hobbs RHM2064C microwave. Whether you're reheating leftovers or defrosting a frozen dish, it will deliver reliable results.
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KENWOOD K25MSS11

The Kenwood K25MSS11 is ideal for preparing a wide range of food, from heating up frozen meals to getting a full Sunday dinner on the table.
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KENWOOD K25MMS14

The Kenwood K25MMS14 has 25 litres of internal space to accommodate multiple cooking applications, from reheating a beverage to defrosting large meals.
£79.99 £170.00
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SAMSUNG MS28J5215AS

Intelligent features ensure your food is heated perfectly during each of the 22 cook programs.
£139.00
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Best Overall – SAMSUNG MS28J5215AS

MS28J5215AS Best Microwave OvensThe SAMSUNG MS28J5215AS is one of the most popular microwave ovens on the market and I firmly believe that, even with its premium price, offers the best value for your money. Featuring a brilliant 28 litre capacity and an incredible 1000W of power, this microwave beats out most of the competition on both counts.

However, there’s more to this microwave than its brawn. The SAMSUNG MS28J5215AS also comes with helpful cooking features and easy operation. For example, there is a +30-seconds button alongside functions like melt/soften butter and plate warming. Never serve dinner on cold plates again! This large microwave accommodates even the most generous dinner plates and gently warms whole stacks in seconds.

This model is also easy to maintain with an enamel interior that wipes clean. Ever had stubborn food smells get “stuck” in your microwave? There’s a deodoriser function for that. Samsung truly built this microwave with a real-life family in mind and included the best features for everyday use.

Fitting best in modern kitchens with its shiny glass and chrome design, this microwave looks like a premium product too. Unfortunately, the door’s tinted glass is difficult to see through. This issue is compounded by the weak, dim interior light. Sometimes you can’t quite see what’s cooking, which isn’t ideal. Barring this issue, the SAMSUNG MS28J5215AS is still one of the best microwave ovens available today.

PROS:

· Maximum microwave power: 1000W

· 28 litre capacity

· Plate warming function

· 25 auto cooking programs

· 4 auto-defrost programs

· 7 power levels

· Push button and dial control

· Countdown timer

· Child lock

· Deodoriser and eco modes

· LED display

CONS:

  • Weak interior light makes it hard to see inside.

SAMSUNG MS28J5215AS

Intelligent features ensure your food is heated perfectly during each of the 22 cook programs.
£139.00

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KENWOOD K25MMS14

K25MMS14 Best Microwave OvensThe KENWOOD K25MMS14 is a high-quality microwave that will completely change any preconceptions you have about microwave cooking. Starting with its design, it features a sharp, clean aesthetic with a large glass door and attractive touch-button/turn-wheel interface. Cheaper microwaves tend to look, well, cheap. The KENWOOD K25MMS14, has a premium look that matches well with other modern appliances.

Like the other Kenwood microwave on this list, this model comes with a 25 litre capacity and reaches a maximum of 900W. This is a great size for most families, as it fits large dishes without taking up too much counter space. Choose from five different power settings and eight auto-cook settings for better control over your meals.

While other microwaves come with more power levels or additional functions, I like that the KENWOOD K25MMS14 simplifies things. This way, it’s easier to use and the power levels make more intuitive sense. Of course, Kenwood includes the most popular features, including a kitchen timer and a +30-seconds button. Longer cook times can be set using the metal turn-wheel.

If I could change anything about this microwave, I’d update the rather large, dim digital display. Not only does this display take up a large portion of the microwave’s front panel, the red light is also too small and dim. A smaller, brighter display would have better served this gorgeous microwave.

PROS:

· Maximum microwave power: 900 W

· 25 litre capacity

· 8 auto cooking programs

· Turntable diameter: 315 mm

· Bright internal LED light

· Attractive silver appearance

· Easy to use

· Includes a quick start feature

CONS:

  • The large digital display is quite dim

KENWOOD K25MMS14

The Kenwood K25MMS14 has 25 litres of internal space to accommodate multiple cooking applications, from reheating a beverage to defrosting large meals.
£79.99 £170.00

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 KENWOOD K25MSS11

K25MSS11 Best Microwave OvensYou may think that you can get similar functionality from cheaper microwaves but the Kenwood K25MSS11 is a perfect example of why some premium designs are well worth the extra cash. This stunning glass and stainless-steel microwave is fast, precise and offers a versatile cooking experience. You’ll never consider another cheap microwave again after experiencing its superior craftsmanship and technology.

Featuring a 25 litre capacity and 900W of potential power, it offers a large enough space to fit most dishes yet is compact enough to fit into almost any kitchen. Also, 900W of power is just enough for fast, high-temperature cooking while still remaining energy efficient. You can also expect to be able to make the absolute most out of its 900W with fast, thorough cooking at using one of the eleven power levels.

Both the interior and exterior of this microwave are easy to maintain. The enamel-lined interior wipes clean, as does the front of the microwave. I’m also a fan of the pull-handle door in lieu of the more common push-button door latch. The door opens easily yet closes securely.

So, what’s the catch? The KENWOOD K25MSS11 can’t be perfect. In fact, this microwave is quite loud compared to some of the other models here. While that’s understandable considering how powerful it is, it’s still important to note. It’s also worth mentioning that the stainless steel on this model is only on the front, and does not extend to the sides or top of this microwave. 

PROS:

· Maximum microwave power: 900 W

· 25 litre capacity

· 11 power levels

· Includes defrost and auto-cook features

· Touch controls

· Clock timer

· LED display

· Turntable diameter: 315 mm

· Attractive stainless steel front

· Easy clean enamel lining

· Includes a quick start feature

CONS:

  • The stainless steel is only on the front
  • It can be quite loud when working at full power

KENWOOD K25MSS11

The Kenwood K25MSS11 is ideal for preparing a wide range of food, from heating up frozen meals to getting a full Sunday dinner on the table.
£79.00 £170.00

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For Small Spaces – RUSSELL HOBBS RHM2064C

RHM2064C Best Microwave OvensThis compact microwave features 20 litres of internal space and a top power of 800W, making it suitable for most dishes, including dense items like potatoes. This smaller external size makes it suitable for small families and anyone looking to save room on their limited countertops. Available in Black, Silver, or Cream, the RUSSELL HOBBS RHM2064C will suit any kitchen decor.

This model’s minimalist interface is smart and easy to use once you get the hang of it. Five total buttons control basic functions, while the turn wheel sets time, changes menu options and sets defrosting weight. This sleek design looks much more sophisticated than other microwaves and has eight auto cook settings along with two defrost options.

This is an easy to use microwave with more than enough features to accommodate most cooks. The sleek mirrored door looks attractive on whichever colour you choose. The only issue I found was that the labels for the controls are written in a very faint silver and can be very difficult to see. 

PROS:

· Maximum microwave power: 800 W

· 20 litre capacity

· Smart, compact design

· 8 auto-cook programs

· 2 auto-defrost programs

· 5 power levels

· Button and dial controls

· Child-lock

CONS:

  • Button labels can be hard to read

RUSSELL HOBBS RHM2064C

Cook your favourite dishes with the Russell Hobbs RHM2064C microwave. Whether you're reheating leftovers or defrosting a frozen dish, it will deliver reliable results.
£69.97

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Best Budget Microwave – Sharp R220WM 

R220WM Best Microwave OvenYou don’t need always need the best microwave ever invented; sometimes your budget is more important. If that’s the case, I’ve got the perfect microwave for you. The affordably priced Sharp R220WM is modest and without pretension, proving that simple is sometimes better.

Offering a 20 litre capacity matched with 800W of power, it is a bit smaller than the average microwave. It’s best suited for singles and couples and maybe not the best choice for large families who need to microwave large items. In fact, my biggest complaint is that some large dinner plates and other dishes don’t quite fit.

Other than that, it’s difficult to find flaws with this budget model. The design is attractive and intuitive – most of us have used microwaves with a similar layout. There are six total automatic cooking settings, but the Defrost and Kitchen Timer buttons will be more commonly used and add versatility to the machine. You also have eleven individual power levels, to give you ultimate control over cooking temperature. Overall, the Sharp R220WM is reliable, easy to use, and has precision heat control. You won’t find a better microwave at this price.

PROS:

· Maximum microwave power: 800 W

· 20 litre capacity

· 6 auto cooking programs

· 11 power levels

· Touch controls

· Electronic clock timer

CONS:

  • Too small for some larger dishes.

Sharp R220WM

The Sharp R220WM provides automatic programmes to take the guesswork out of cooking alongside special functions that can thaw food quickly and hygienically.
£65.00

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Summary

All of these microwave ovens provide impressive functionality combined with high-power and additional features. Whatever you need yours for, you will find a model here that will do the job well. Despite the wide range of prices, I believe that each of these offers some of the best value you’re likely to find in the UK.

Hopefully, you’ve found this list useful and it’s given you a place to start on your hunt for a new microwave. If you have had any experience with any of those mentioned, we would love to hear about them – so drop me a comment and I will get back to you ASAP.

Paul has been working in the electrical and large-appliance industry for over a decade, alongside some of the biggest manufacturers in the world. Whilst taking on his own kitchen renovation in 2017, he saw that there was a lack of quality cooker reviews and took it upon himself to make it his job to create a site that offered in-depth and independent advice for other potential consumers.