There are three main different types of microwave oven – each one varying slightly in terms of cost and functions.
The most inexpensive microwave type would be a solo microwave – these essentially provide a basic microwave facility, and nothing else. They are ideal for everything from defrosting food to heating and cooking meals. These microwaves vary in size from around 17 litres up to 30+ litres in some cases. These kitchen appliances are an easy and effective method of heating and cooking, without the hassle of having the use the oven or hob. Prices range from around £40 up to around £150 for domestic appliances, although commercial microwaves can cost extra.
The next type of microwave in terms of price is a grill microwave. As the name suggests, a grill microwave provides all the functionality of a regular solo microwave, but with the addition of a grill. This enables you to not only heat and cook food, but also to crisp and brown foods. It also enables you to cook foods such as pizza and fish fingers, both of which would be impractical in a regular microwave. Due to the size of a typical microwave, using the grill function can be cheaper in terms of power consumption than heating up the regular grill built in to your kitchen oven. As always, read reviews of microwave ovens before deciding which to purchase to avoid selecting an unsuitable model.
The most expensive form of microwave oven is the combi microwave, or combination microwave oven. This appliance provides all the features of a standard microwave oven, and usually also includes a grill feature, as well as a built in convection oven. Essentially it’s a three in one cooking machine, enabling you to do everything from defrost, reheat, cook, grill and bake. Bread, cakes, stews , roasts and casseroles are all possible, with an easy to use timing facility to make sure you don’t accidentally overcook any meals. Microwaves are usually located at chest level, making removing food a lot easier than with a conventional oven placed at knee height. Energy consumption for a modern combi microwave is usually a lot less than a standard conventional kitchen oven as well, so it can save you money in the long run.