If you’re looking to purchase a new solo microwave, then you’ll soon realise that there’s a lot of choice on the market. All of the major kitchen appliance manufacturers produce a range of solo microwaves, from budget 20 litre 800w models, to large family sized units designed for more frequent use. Cheaper solo microwaves tend to be constructed from mainly plastic, whereas the higher end solo microwave models often feature a stainless steel construction.
The controls and functions also vary depending on the amount of money you can stretch to. The more basic models feature a timer and a few different power settings, usually ranging from defrost to high. More expensive microwaves often feature programmable preset options to save you time, as well as auto cook options – simply enter in the food type and weight, and the microwave will calculate the rest.
Build quality also increases with budget – cheaper components are often used in the less expensive models in order to reflect the lower budget, whereas higher end models typically will feature better and more reliable components.
Despite all of these points, more expensive doesn’t necessarily equal more suitable – if you simply require a microwave to heat up food, then a cheaper model will be ideal. More expensive microwaves are typically slightly more difficult to operate – more options usually results in additional buttons and menus to navigate through before being able to start a sequence. Essentially if you have fairly basic requirements, then a basic microwave can save you time and effort, as well as money.
Finally it is worth making sure that spares are available for the model you choose – removable turntables can be dropped during cleaning, and light bulbs can blow – choosing a common solo microwave with a decent and widely available spares catalogue will save you trouble in the long run.