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Best Microwaves in The Netherlands - Reviews & Comparison 2021

We picked the 7 best microwaves in 2021 for your budget and use cases.

We have to agree that microwave ovens have eased our lives more than we can imagine, from heating food in a jiffy to making time-consuming food items seeming like a cakewalk. Ovens are exciting and magical equipment in a kitchen, and as much as we could be proud of having this perfect kitchen companion, buying the same can be a herculean task to many. And well, it is.

But no worry, you have every reason to be delighted that you landed here! We bring an extensive and exciting guide that will help you have a deeper insight into your next microwave.

UPDATED

9/20/2022

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NN-CS89LBGPG 4-in-1 combi microwave

Panasonic

NN-CS89LBGPG 4-in-1 combi microwave

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Modern and space-saving design
With 10 combi patterns and 36 auto programs, you can use it for almost anything
The Auto cook feature determine when your food reaches the optimum temperature
Save time with auto cleaning programs
Enjoy nutrient-rich meals with a steaming function
Combi
21.5 kg
48 x 50 x 39.1 cm
31 L
Steam, bake, grill, and microwave
7
36
Flat
Static touch
1300 W
Down
Built-in
Microwave oven, enamelled baking tray, metal grid, grill rack, and glass tray

Sharp

R843INW 3-in-1 microwave

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900 W

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Child lock
Food weight indicator (in gram)
Timer
Easy to clean painted interior
Two years warranty
Combi
17.62 kg
30.7 x 51.2 x 49.7 cm
25 L
Grill, convection, and microwave
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10
30.1 cm
Tact+Dial
1100 W
Left
Free-standing
Microwave, grill rack, coupling, and turntable

Samsung

MG23F302TAK microwave

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Child lock
Memory
Deodoriser dissipates any lingering smell from the interior cavity
Keep-warm function maintains the food’s ideal temperature
Eco mode ensures low power consumption when the device is on standby
Combi
12 kg
42.3 x 55.2 x 32.6 cm
23 L
Grill and microwave
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Tact+Dial
1100 W
Left
Free-standing
Microwave, turntable and user manual

Whirlpool

MWP 303 SB Combi Microwave

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Auto clean
LED display
Quick start
Keep-warm function maintains the food’s ideal temperature
1 year comprehensive + 1 year on magnetron warranty
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16 kg
35.8 x 35.4 x 24 cm
30 L
Grill and microwave
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31.5 cm
Static touch
1050 W
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Free-standing
Microwave, turntable and user manual

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NN-E20JW microwave

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Two knobs make it easy for the user
Select the suitable cooking method easily out of five options
High performance
35 minutes timer
Easy to use
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11 kg
34 x 44.3 x 25.8 cm
20 L
Microwave
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25.5 cm
Dial
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Free-standing
Microwave, turntable and user manual

H.Koenig

microwave VIO2 Compact Digital

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Child lock
60 minutes timer
LED display with electronic programming
Elegant, modern and mirror finish
Two years warranty
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10.10 kg
34 x 45.5 x 25.7 cm
20 L
Microwave
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Tact+Dial
Not applicable
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Free-standing
Microwave, turntable and user manual

Severin

MW 7752 3-in-1 microwave

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LED touch display
You can save power, programme and cooking time for favourite dishes
The features (microwave, grill and hot air) can be used together as well
Sturdy and easy to clean stainless steel cooking chamber
Quick Select functions
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16.8 kg
45 x 48.3 x 28 cm
25 L
Microwave, grill and hot air function
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27 cm
Tact+Dial
1950 W
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Free-standing
Microwave, turntable, non-stick coated pizza plate, and user manual

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NN-CS89LBGPG 4-in-1 combi microwave


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Modern and space-saving design
With 10 combi patterns and 36 auto programs, you can use it for almost anything
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Save time with auto cleaning programs
Enjoy nutrient-rich meals with a steaming function

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48 x 50 x 39.1 cm

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Steam, bake, grill, and microwave

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Microwave oven, enamelled baking tray, metal grid, grill rack, and glass tray

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Buyer’s Guide - Best Microwaves in The Netherlands

Get warm food in no time!

1

Features: Most important purchase criteria for a microwave

Here’s a sneak peek into the most significant components to consider before buying a microwave.

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Use Cases: The best microwave for you

Which type of microwave is best for your use cases?

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FAQ: Learn more about the details

Any questions left? Here they are, including answers.

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How-To: Usage hints and care instructions for microwave

Best practices for microwave ovens usage and care.

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Our Picks: How we picked the best microwaves

Find out how we selected and ranked the products.

1. Features: Most important purchase criteria for a microwave

1.1 Types

There are mainly two types of microwaves that are available in the market. First, the solo microwave and second, the combi microwave.

  • Solo Microwave

Solo microwave is the basic microwave that is used for uniform heating of food, reheating and defrosting. It has only one function and therefore no oven or grill function.

Solo microwaves achieve the right results when it comes to heating food and drinks. However, to cook food, you need more than a solo microwave because it is suitable for simple preparations but nothing more. This type of microwave is entirely safe and effective for the job they are made for, i.e. heating and defrosting food.

If your budget has a limit and you do not need other functions, the solo microwave is ideal.

  • Combi Microwave

A combi microwave always has an oven function, a grill function or both. An oven function in a microwave function is a good choice not only for heating the food but also if you prefer a crispy layer. For example, special pizza or pie baking functions are there for making pizzas or a delicious cake. 

While buying a combi microwave, you can choose between an oven with top and bottom heat or the one that has a convection function. If you want a crispy crust on your pizza or lasagna, get a microwave oven with a hot air setting. It will also allow steaming. Nowadays, you can do almost everything with a good microwave oven.

There are mainly two types of microwaves that are available in the market. First, the solo microwave and second, the combi microwave.

  • Solo Microwave

Solo microwave is the basic microwave that is used for uniform heating of food, reheating and defrosting. It has only one function and therefore no oven or grill function.

Solo microwaves achieve the right results when it comes to heating food and drinks. However, to cook food, you need more than a solo microwave because it is suitable for simple preparations but nothing more. This type of microwave is entirely safe and effective for the job they are made for, i.e. heating and defrosting food.

If your budget has a limit and you do not need other functions, the solo microwave is ideal.

  • Combi Microwave

A combi microwave always has an oven function, a grill function or both. An oven function in a microwave function is a good choice not only for heating the food but also if you prefer a crispy layer. For example, special pizza or pie baking functions are there for making pizzas or a delicious cake. 

While buying a combi microwave, you can choose between an oven with top and bottom heat or the one that has a convection function. If you want a crispy crust on your pizza or lasagna, get a microwave oven with a hot air setting. It will also allow steaming. Nowadays, you can do almost everything with a good microwave oven.

1.2 Styles

There are two styles of microwave ovens that you'll usually see in the market, i.e. free-standing and built-in.

  • Free Standing Microwave

Also known as countertop microwaves, these are portable ones that can be placed anywhere. These can perform most of the functions such as thawing frozen food, reheating, and cooking.

Having a 1 cubic foot capacity, these ovens typically work on a power range of up to 500 to 1000 watts. Therefore, it's advisable to have a separate electricity outlet for these, preferably with a circuit breaker. The limitation with these ovens is that they occupy a lot of space.

 Freestanding models are ideal for smaller households.

  • Built-in Microwave

Also known as the above-range microwave ovens, these are the ideal options if you are looking to save a considerable amount of kitchen space.

Relatively new to the Indian market, these ovens are placed above the cooking range in the kitchen. They feature multispeed fans that recirculate air with the help of charcoal filters. Also, external ventilation is also not needed. Many high-end models have automatic exhaust fans that are turned on when the microwave oven turns hot from the inside.
These ovens must be installed by professionals, and some adjustments may also have to be done before the installation.

They are slightly expensive than freestanding variants. When buying this type of microwave, also consider which side the door opens to so that you can easily reach it.

There are two styles of microwave ovens that you'll usually see in the market, i.e. free-standing and built-in.

  • Free Standing Microwave

Also known as countertop microwaves, these are portable ones that can be placed anywhere. These can perform most of the functions such as thawing frozen food, reheating, and cooking.

Having a 1 cubic foot capacity, these ovens typically work on a power range of up to 500 to 1000 watts. Therefore, it's advisable to have a separate electricity outlet for these, preferably with a circuit breaker. The limitation with these ovens is that they occupy a lot of space.

 Freestanding models are ideal for smaller households.

  • Built-in Microwave

Also known as the above-range microwave ovens, these are the ideal options if you are looking to save a considerable amount of kitchen space.

Relatively new to the Indian market, these ovens are placed above the cooking range in the kitchen. They feature multispeed fans that recirculate air with the help of charcoal filters. Also, external ventilation is also not needed. Many high-end models have automatic exhaust fans that are turned on when the microwave oven turns hot from the inside.
These ovens must be installed by professionals, and some adjustments may also have to be done before the installation.

They are slightly expensive than freestanding variants. When buying this type of microwave, also consider which side the door opens to so that you can easily reach it.

1.3 Capacity

The capacity or content of a microwave oven is measured in litres. The larger the number of litres, the larger interior the microwave has. So, if you buy it for a large household, a 40-litre microwave will prove to be good.

If you have a small household, a combi microwave with a capacity of 21 litres will be good. Similarly, if you live alone, you don't need a very large one. However, the contents differ among small microwave ovens. They can be available in the capacity of 20 litres, but there can also be microwaves that can only have a maximum of 13 litres.

The capacity or content of a microwave oven is measured in litres. The larger the number of litres, the larger interior the microwave has. So, if you buy it for a large household, a 40-litre microwave will prove to be good.

If you have a small household, a combi microwave with a capacity of 21 litres will be good. Similarly, if you live alone, you don't need a very large one. However, the contents differ among small microwave ovens. They can be available in the capacity of 20 litres, but there can also be microwaves that can only have a maximum of 13 litres.

1.4 Functions

The solo microwave comes with just one function, i.e. reheating the food. However, a combi microwave has a lot of features.

A combi microwave can have just a few settings. Then there are those combi microwaves that offers features such as hot air function, grill, oven, crisp, steam.

Choose between the two types of the microwave as per your requirements.

Let’s know about a few combi microwave special features in detail:

Crisp Function
This function lets you cook a crispy dish. The advantage of a crisp dish is that it heats up extra fast and is heated from the bottom. If this function is present, you can even bake crispy oven fries.

Steam Function
This function has become more and more popular over the last few years since it healthily prepares your food while retaining nutrients. The steam function makes your meals extra healthy and tasty. A microwave with this feature works with a steam tray with water. In contrast, some models require a separate steam reservoir with water.

Pizza Mode
Nowadays, many people use a microwave for baking a pizza. We suggest buying a microwave oven with a pizza setting as that will heat the pizza from the bottom side and gives you a crispy base. The hot air function will ensure that your pizza is baked thoroughly.

Grill

The grill function allows you to cook elaborate recipes. This feature helps you in setting up various recipes even faster and easier. Microwaves with a grill function have a slightly higher price than a solo microwave.

Here is a table to guide you on what features you actually need to perform certain functions.

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Microwave Type

Reheat

Solo microwave

Defrost

Solo microwave

Cook

Microwave with grill function/Combi microwave

Roast

Microwave with grill function/Combi microwave

Gratin

Microwave with grill function/Combi microwave

Baking

 Combi microwave

The solo microwave comes with just one function, i.e. reheating the food. However, a combi microwave has a lot of features.

A combi microwave can have just a few settings. Then there are those combi microwaves that offers features such as hot air function, grill, oven, crisp, steam.

Choose between the two types of the microwave as per your requirements.

Let’s know about a few combi microwave special features in detail:

Crisp Function
This function lets you cook a crispy dish. The advantage of a crisp dish is that it heats up extra fast and is heated from the bottom. If this function is present, you can even bake crispy oven fries.

Steam Function
This function has become more and more popular over the last few years since it healthily prepares your food while retaining nutrients. The steam function makes your meals extra healthy and tasty. A microwave with this feature works with a steam tray with water. In contrast, some models require a separate steam reservoir with water.

Pizza Mode
Nowadays, many people use a microwave for baking a pizza. We suggest buying a microwave oven with a pizza setting as that will heat the pizza from the bottom side and gives you a crispy base. The hot air function will ensure that your pizza is baked thoroughly.

Grill

The grill function allows you to cook elaborate recipes. This feature helps you in setting up various recipes even faster and easier. Microwaves with a grill function have a slightly higher price than a solo microwave.

Here is a table to guide you on what features you actually need to perform certain functions.

Functions

Microwave Type

Reheat

Solo microwave

Defrost

Solo microwave

Cook

Microwave with grill function/Combi microwave

Roast

Microwave with grill function/Combi microwave

Gratin

Microwave with grill function/Combi microwave

Baking

 Combi microwave

1.5 Power

The power consumption of a microwave is measured in watts (W). The more power a microwave has, the faster your food will be ready. Usually, microwaves have power between 700 W and 1000 W. In fact, there are microwaves where you can enter the power yourself. In other words, some microwaves allow you to choose the power level, which usually lies between 1 to 10 as per the food weight.

The power consumption of a microwave is measured in watts (W). The more power a microwave has, the faster your food will be ready. Usually, microwaves have power between 700 W and 1000 W. In fact, there are microwaves where you can enter the power yourself. In other words, some microwaves allow you to choose the power level, which usually lies between 1 to 10 as per the food weight.

1.6 Programs

In a combi microwave, you get various automatic programs. You just have to choose the dish, press start and the rest is done automatically. It calculates the ideal cooking time and chooses which functions to use. For instance, if you want to defrost minced meat, then you indicate which meat it is, and you enter the weight. The microwave calculates how long it takes to defrost the minced meat.

The combi microwave also uses a combination of different functions to get the desired result. For example, most combi microwaves first choose the microwave function for a lasagna, followed by the grill function to get a crispy layer. 

In a combi microwave, you get various automatic programs. You just have to choose the dish, press start and the rest is done automatically. It calculates the ideal cooking time and chooses which functions to use. For instance, if you want to defrost minced meat, then you indicate which meat it is, and you enter the weight. The microwave calculates how long it takes to defrost the minced meat.

The combi microwave also uses a combination of different functions to get the desired result. For example, most combi microwaves first choose the microwave function for a lasagna, followed by the grill function to get a crispy layer. 

1.7 Turntables

Some of the microwaves have a turntable ensuring that the food is heated evenly. This proves useful for a dish to be heated in a larger bowl as such a size bowl will be too big to turn around. So pay attention to this when you buy a microwave. 

Some of the microwaves have a turntable ensuring that the food is heated evenly. This proves useful for a dish to be heated in a larger bowl as such a size bowl will be too big to turn around. So pay attention to this when you buy a microwave. 

1.8 Child Lock

If you have children at home, then a child lock facility is the utmost feature to consider because not only does the oven have the risks associated with electricity, it also bears a significant amount of heat within itself. Therefore, a child lock must be put in place while a kid is around.

If you have children at home, then a child lock facility is the utmost feature to consider because not only does the oven have the risks associated with electricity, it also bears a significant amount of heat within itself. Therefore, a child lock must be put in place while a kid is around.

1.9 Rotisserie

The rotisserie brings an absolute delight to non-vegetarians. The rotisserie is a grille that can be used for barbecuing meat, poultry, paneer, and vegetables.

The rotisserie brings an absolute delight to non-vegetarians. The rotisserie is a grille that can be used for barbecuing meat, poultry, paneer, and vegetables.

1.10 Defrosting

The defrosting feature is the one that helps you to unfreeze food without thawing frozen food. This easy to use facility needs you put the food weight and the oven well handle the rest for you. The defrosting can be done manually depending if the need arises.

The food can then be consumed straight out of the oven while the taste and nutrition value is retained.

The defrosting feature is the one that helps you to unfreeze food without thawing frozen food. This easy to use facility needs you put the food weight and the oven well handle the rest for you. The defrosting can be done manually depending if the need arises.

The food can then be consumed straight out of the oven while the taste and nutrition value is retained.

1.11 Pre-heat

Certain food types such as baked food viz. cake and pastries take a lot more time to cook than the usual. Also, they require the oven to be pre-heated before baking can be done.

Certain food types such as baked food viz. cake and pastries take a lot more time to cook than the usual. Also, they require the oven to be pre-heated before baking can be done.

1.12 Timer

The timer is useful comfort functionality that allows you to heat/cook the food depending on the nature of the food. The timer can be set manually as well.

Setting the timer allows you to take care of the other tasks in the kitchen without being concerned about the food, as the system will automatically turn itself off after the expiry of the time set.

The timer is useful comfort functionality that allows you to heat/cook the food depending on the nature of the food. The timer can be set manually as well.

Setting the timer allows you to take care of the other tasks in the kitchen without being concerned about the food, as the system will automatically turn itself off after the expiry of the time set.

1.13 Control Panel

Some of the microwave ovens feature single touch control mechanical buttons. These controls help in adjusting the temperature set the time, and select any pre-set programs.

Some of the microwave ovens feature single touch control mechanical buttons. These controls help in adjusting the temperature set the time, and select any pre-set programs.

1.14 Sensor Functions

The sensor feature enables the microwave to analyse the time required for cooking and adjusting as per need.

The sensor feature enables the microwave to analyse the time required for cooking and adjusting as per need.

1.15 Infrared Check

Luxury microwaves even have an infrared function. With this feature, the microwave, fix the required time and measures at last if your dish is completely warm. So, your dish is always fully reheated, and you no more have to find out halfway through your lasagna that the centre is still frozen. 

Luxury microwaves even have an infrared function. With this feature, the microwave, fix the required time and measures at last if your dish is completely warm. So, your dish is always fully reheated, and you no more have to find out halfway through your lasagna that the centre is still frozen. 

1.16 Memory

As the name suggests, microwaves with memory functions remember the most used setting. They remember the time and power needed to prepare specific recipes.

As the name suggests, microwaves with memory functions remember the most used setting. They remember the time and power needed to prepare specific recipes.

1.17 Quick Start

The quick start function gives you the option to add 30 seconds/ 1 minute/10 minutes more to the cooking time whether the microwave is operating or to. So, you do not have to select each second/minute one by one, but you can choose a particular time straight away. In fact, there is a specific button with a specific time mentioned on it. It is very useful.

The quick start function gives you the option to add 30 seconds/ 1 minute/10 minutes more to the cooking time whether the microwave is operating or to. So, you do not have to select each second/minute one by one, but you can choose a particular time straight away. In fact, there is a specific button with a specific time mentioned on it. It is very useful.

1.18 Auto Cook Menu

The auto-cook menu has a defined set of programs that helps to simplify the preparation of recipes. You just have to select the type and weight of the dish and the oven automatically calculates the required time to cook the ingredients.

The auto-cook menu has a defined set of programs that helps to simplify the preparation of recipes. You just have to select the type and weight of the dish and the oven automatically calculates the required time to cook the ingredients.

1.19 Price

The prices of microwave ovens vary a lot, a basic model can be pretty cheap, but there are also many models with extended functionalities. A basic model is beneficial if you only want to heat food. There are also types with a built-in grill.

The prices of microwave ovens vary a lot, a basic model can be pretty cheap, but there are also many models with extended functionalities. A basic model is beneficial if you only want to heat food. There are also types with a built-in grill.

2. Use Cases: The best microwave for you

2.1 Which type of microwave is best for baking and roasting?

A combi microwave with a conventional setting is best for baking and roasting.

A combi microwave with a conventional setting is best for baking and roasting.

2.2 Which type of microwave is best for getting crispy brown crust?

Microwave with the grill function can give your food a crispy brown crust.

Microwave with the grill function can give your food a crispy brown crust.

2.3 Which type of microwave is best to ensure that the meal is cooked healthily?

Microwave with steam function is a great way to cook a healthy meal while retaining its taste.

Microwave with steam function is a great way to cook a healthy meal while retaining its taste.

3. FAQ: Learn more about the details

3.1 How is a traditional oven and a microwave oven different?

Traditional ovens primarily work through the conduction of heat principal. Heat goes from the outside to the centre of the food. In a microwave oven, the radio waves pass through the food and stimulate the water and fat molecules evenly, and hence the heating happens uniformly.

The food in the microwave oven is cooked faster, and it's less time consuming than the traditional oven.

Traditional ovens primarily work through the conduction of heat principal. Heat goes from the outside to the centre of the food. In a microwave oven, the radio waves pass through the food and stimulate the water and fat molecules evenly, and hence the heating happens uniformly.

The food in the microwave oven is cooked faster, and it's less time consuming than the traditional oven.

3.2 What are the differences between a solo microwave and a combi convection microwave oven?

3.3 Can microwave ovens remove the bad/food odours by themselves?

The microwave ovens these days have deodorisers to get rid of the bad smell and germs inside.

The microwave ovens these days have deodorisers to get rid of the bad smell and germs inside.

3.4 Does microwave ovens have an impact on the nutrients present in the food?

Ovens do not eliminate the nutrients present in the food. Instead, they tend to retain the nutrient levels unless the temperature is wrongly set.

Ovens do not eliminate the nutrients present in the food. Instead, they tend to retain the nutrient levels unless the temperature is wrongly set.

3.5 How long does a microwave oven last?

The microwave oven has a lifespan of approximately 9-10 years with moderate usage. 

The microwave oven has a lifespan of approximately 9-10 years with moderate usage. 

3.6 How to clean the interiors of the microwave?

Check point 4.2 to know how to clean a microwave properly.

Check point 4.2 to know how to clean a microwave properly.

3.7 How safe are microwave ovens to cook food?

Microwave ovens are absolutely safe to use for cooking, and it even retains the nutrients of the food. However, the food may burn quickly from excess heat if not monitored closely.

Microwave ovens are absolutely safe to use for cooking, and it even retains the nutrients of the food. However, the food may burn quickly from excess heat if not monitored closely.

3.8 What type of cookware is the best for a convection microwave oven?

Usually, cookware made of food-grade plastic, ceramic glass, wax paper, and glass is used in ovens. The metal cookware is a big NO for microwaves as the microwaves cannot penetrate into the metal completely, and the food remains undercooked. 

Usually, cookware made of food-grade plastic, ceramic glass, wax paper, and glass is used in ovens. The metal cookware is a big NO for microwaves as the microwaves cannot penetrate into the metal completely, and the food remains undercooked. 

3.9 What is a warranty on magnetron?

The microwave radiation of microwave ovens is produced by a device called a magnetron. The warranty against this device is called a magnetron warranty.

The microwave radiation of microwave ovens is produced by a device called a magnetron. The warranty against this device is called a magnetron warranty.

Samsung, Sharp, Severin, Pilgrim, Inventum, Panasonic are some famous microwave brands in the Dutch market.

Samsung, Sharp, Severin, Pilgrim, Inventum, Panasonic are some famous microwave brands in the Dutch market.

3.11 Can a microwave calculate food calories?

Yes. There are smart microwaves in the market that can calculate the calories in food kept in it for reheating. It estimates how much sugar, fibre, protein, fat and water the food contains.

Smart microwaves even have an infrared camera, allowing you to see precisely whether your meal has been adequately warmed up inside. 

Yes. There are smart microwaves in the market that can calculate the calories in food kept in it for reheating. It estimates how much sugar, fibre, protein, fat and water the food contains.

Smart microwaves even have an infrared camera, allowing you to see precisely whether your meal has been adequately warmed up inside. 

3.12 How much does a combi microwave weighs?

Most combi microwaves weigh approximately twenty kilos. The weight also depends on the size of the device.

Most combi microwaves weigh approximately twenty kilos. The weight also depends on the size of the device.

3.13 Is a combi microwave the same as a convection oven?

No, a combi microwave is not the same as a convection oven. The former type of microwave has a hot air function which you can use for baking and oven dishes.

No, a combi microwave is not the same as a convection oven. The former type of microwave has a hot air function which you can use for baking and oven dishes.

3.14 How much does a microwave cost?

The price range for microwaves varies from model to model. However, usually, it costs between 150 and 300 euros.

The price range for microwaves varies from model to model. However, usually, it costs between 150 and 300 euros.

3.15 Are microwaves safe to use?

Yes, microwaves are safe to use, and the following table will clear your doubts better.

Question/Doubt

Explanation

Do the waves escape out?

No, as the microwaves have a security system to prevent this.

Does the radiation change the food composition?

No, microwave radiation does not change the food composition.

Are all plastic packaging suitable for a microwave?

No, there are plastic packaging that cannot be used in a microwave.

Yes, microwaves are safe to use, and the following table will clear your doubts better.

Question/Doubt

Explanation

Do the waves escape out?

No, as the microwaves have a security system to prevent this.

Does the radiation change the food composition?

No, microwave radiation does not change the food composition.

Are all plastic packaging suitable for a microwave?

No, there are plastic packaging that cannot be used in a microwave.

3.16 What are the advantages of using a microwave?

The most significant advantage of using a microwave is it saves time. Another plus of using a microwave is that they are simple and fast to use.

The most significant advantage of using a microwave is it saves time. Another plus of using a microwave is that they are simple and fast to use.

4. How-To: Usage hints and care instructions for microwave

4.1 How does a microwave works?

A microwave work by producing electromagnetic waves. There is a generator inside which converts the energy into waves. These waves are reflected by the walls and carried by means of a waveguide to the part where the food is placed. Since the food is on a turn plate, the waves hit the food from all sides, and you get an evenly cooked meal.

A microwave work by producing electromagnetic waves. There is a generator inside which converts the energy into waves. These waves are reflected by the walls and carried by means of a waveguide to the part where the food is placed. Since the food is on a turn plate, the waves hit the food from all sides, and you get an evenly cooked meal.

4.2 How to clean a microwave?

Cleaning a microwave is vital to get rid of the grease and dirt that’s stuck firmly to the walls. There are various ways to clean the combi microwave in practice.

  • Use a special cleaner for smooth parts, and a scouring sponge can be used to clean heavily soiled parts. As far as the glass plate is concerned, simply put it in the dishwasher. 

  • If you do not want to use chemical products, then place a bowl with water and lemon in the microwave. Next, heat it at full power while keeping the door closed, of course. This will not only clean the microwave oven but also make it smells a lot fresher.

Cleaning a microwave is vital to get rid of the grease and dirt that’s stuck firmly to the walls. There are various ways to clean the combi microwave in practice.

  • Use a special cleaner for smooth parts, and a scouring sponge can be used to clean heavily soiled parts. As far as the glass plate is concerned, simply put it in the dishwasher. 

  • If you do not want to use chemical products, then place a bowl with water and lemon in the microwave. Next, heat it at full power while keeping the door closed, of course. This will not only clean the microwave oven but also make it smells a lot fresher.

4.3 What are the best care practices for a microwave?

  • Always use oven friendly utensils for cooking food in the oven. The excess heat generated by the ovens may cause severe damage to the oven and the utensil itself.

    • Do not keep plastic utensils inside a microwave when you set it on medium or high power levels.

    • Cover the food with paper to retain its moisture and support even heat distribution.

    • The ideal temperature for cooking and reheating food items is 4˚-60˚C. Try to operate the oven at this.

    • If you set the cooking mode to a high power level, you should set the timer for fewer minutes. Otherwise, the food gets spoiled easily.

    • Read the instructions, warning labels, safety tips and precautions carefully provided on the user-friendly manual before using and cleaning an oven.

    • Check for the leakage of food items from the microwave oven to ensure efficient functioning.

    • The packaged food should not be heated directly in the oven. Instead, it should be placed in a bowl before heating.

    • To address foul odours and fungal contamination, clean the oven regularly using a soft wet/dry cloth. Avoid using hard and abrasive cleaning items.

    • Always seek professional help to repair a microwave oven.

    • Never sterilise water bottles or other food utensils in the microwave.

  • Always use oven friendly utensils for cooking food in the oven. The excess heat generated by the ovens may cause severe damage to the oven and the utensil itself.

    • Do not keep plastic utensils inside a microwave when you set it on medium or high power levels.

    • Cover the food with paper to retain its moisture and support even heat distribution.

    • The ideal temperature for cooking and reheating food items is 4˚-60˚C. Try to operate the oven at this.

    • If you set the cooking mode to a high power level, you should set the timer for fewer minutes. Otherwise, the food gets spoiled easily.

    • Read the instructions, warning labels, safety tips and precautions carefully provided on the user-friendly manual before using and cleaning an oven.

    • Check for the leakage of food items from the microwave oven to ensure efficient functioning.

    • The packaged food should not be heated directly in the oven. Instead, it should be placed in a bowl before heating.

    • To address foul odours and fungal contamination, clean the oven regularly using a soft wet/dry cloth. Avoid using hard and abrasive cleaning items.

    • Always seek professional help to repair a microwave oven.

    • Never sterilise water bottles or other food utensils in the microwave.

5. Fun Facts: Interesting facts, figures and things to know about microwaves

5.1 Inventor of the microwave oven is Percy Spenser. While working on an active radar set, he noticed that a bar of chocolate that he had in his pocket has started melting. 

5.2 The first commercially available microwave oven was 1.8 meters in height and weighed 340 kilograms. Also, it consumed thrice more electricity than a modern-day oven.

5.3 The heating effect of microwave radiation was accidentally discovered in 1945.

5.4 The first food to be cooked with a microwave was popcorn.

5.5 The industrial/commercial ovens usually use 915 megahertz, while the normal microwaves use 2.45 gigahertz.

5.6 The commonly used short, wide shape of a microwave oven was developed by Litton Industries in the 1960s.

5.7 Microwave ovens do not affect the nutrient content of foods any differently than conventional heating, several studies have shown. 

5.8 Microwave heating is the most efficient on the water and less efficient on sugar and fats.

5.9 Before they became known as microwave ovens, they were called electronic ovens. 

5.1 Inventor of the microwave oven is Percy Spenser. While working on an active radar set, he noticed that a bar of chocolate that he had in his pocket has started melting. 

5.2 The first commercially available microwave oven was 1.8 meters in height and weighed 340 kilograms. Also, it consumed thrice more electricity than a modern-day oven.

5.3 The heating effect of microwave radiation was accidentally discovered in 1945.

5.4 The first food to be cooked with a microwave was popcorn.

5.5 The industrial/commercial ovens usually use 915 megahertz, while the normal microwaves use 2.45 gigahertz.

5.6 The commonly used short, wide shape of a microwave oven was developed by Litton Industries in the 1960s.

5.7 Microwave ovens do not affect the nutrient content of foods any differently than conventional heating, several studies have shown. 

5.8 Microwave heating is the most efficient on the water and less efficient on sugar and fats.

5.9 Before they became known as microwave ovens, they were called electronic ovens. 

6. Our Picks: How we picked the best microwaves

Power, functions, number of programmes, power level, and capacity are essential features that customers must consider while buying a microwave. Therefore, we also gave importance to these functions. In addition to this, customer reviews and ratings were also considered to select the top seven microwaves of 2021.

The microwave comes in variety in terms of type, function and capacity. We aimed to select products for all types of users. Therefore, we have chosen both solo and combi microwaves. Additionally, the capacity range is between 20 L to 30 L. Moreover, the list includes microwaves that solely offer microwave function, a combination of microwave, grill, convection, oven, etc.

Power, functions, number of programmes, power level, and capacity are essential features that customers must consider while buying a microwave. Therefore, we also gave importance to these functions. In addition to this, customer reviews and ratings were also considered to select the top seven microwaves of 2021.

The microwave comes in variety in terms of type, function and capacity. We aimed to select products for all types of users. Therefore, we have chosen both solo and combi microwaves. Additionally, the capacity range is between 20 L to 30 L. Moreover, the list includes microwaves that solely offer microwave function, a combination of microwave, grill, convection, oven, etc.

6.1 Panasonic NN-CS89LBGPG 4-in-1 combi microwave

  • Our comparison winner, Panasonic NN-CS89LBGPG, has maximum capacity and functions amongst all the selected microwaves.

  • It is a 31 L capacity microwave that can serve a large family easily.

  • The 4-in-1 combination consists of steam, bake, grill, and microwave.

  • It has a modern, space-saving design. It is an ideal microwave to keep in your kitchen and that too without compromising on style. The frameless drop-down glass door paired with a touch control panel and LCD display shouts a sleek, minimalist look.

  • It has two steam settings to ensure that you get perfect food without losing its nutrients. It is equipped with an 800 ml steam water tank to make your job easier and quicker.

  • The bake and grill function like a traditional oven with a temp range of 30°C - 230°C.

  • The microwave needs 1000 W power, whereas the steam function and grill need 1300 W power.

  • It is equipped with seven microwave power levels (1000W/ 800W/ 270W/ 600W/440W/ 300W/ 100W), three grill power levels (high, medium, low), and two steam power levels (medium and low).

  • It offers ten combination settings. You can use it for cooking faster, more delicious, more authentic meals.

  • Some other notable and unique features are steam shot, turbo defrost, turbo cook, and sensor cook.

  • The turntable has been replaced by a flatbed to offer you convenience.

  • The clever design and auto cleaning program make it easy to clean from the inside, and since the exterior is free of buttons and knobs, it is a breeze to clean it from the outside as well.

  • The Auto Cook function combined with Genius Sensor does the guesswork when it comes to reheating the food. When you select the ‘Auto Cook’ and hit Start, the Genius Sensor determine when your food reaches the optimum temperature.

  • It features 36 unique Auto Programs to save your time and offer convenience for a range of popular dishes.

  • Our comparison winner, Panasonic NN-CS89LBGPG, has maximum capacity and functions amongst all the selected microwaves.

  • It is a 31 L capacity microwave that can serve a large family easily.

  • The 4-in-1 combination consists of steam, bake, grill, and microwave.

  • It has a modern, space-saving design. It is an ideal microwave to keep in your kitchen and that too without compromising on style. The frameless drop-down glass door paired with a touch control panel and LCD display shouts a sleek, minimalist look.

  • It has two steam settings to ensure that you get perfect food without losing its nutrients. It is equipped with an 800 ml steam water tank to make your job easier and quicker.

  • The bake and grill function like a traditional oven with a temp range of 30°C - 230°C.

  • The microwave needs 1000 W power, whereas the steam function and grill need 1300 W power.

  • It is equipped with seven microwave power levels (1000W/ 800W/ 270W/ 600W/440W/ 300W/ 100W), three grill power levels (high, medium, low), and two steam power levels (medium and low).

  • It offers ten combination settings. You can use it for cooking faster, more delicious, more authentic meals.

  • Some other notable and unique features are steam shot, turbo defrost, turbo cook, and sensor cook.

  • The turntable has been replaced by a flatbed to offer you convenience.

  • The clever design and auto cleaning program make it easy to clean from the inside, and since the exterior is free of buttons and knobs, it is a breeze to clean it from the outside as well.

  • The Auto Cook function combined with Genius Sensor does the guesswork when it comes to reheating the food. When you select the ‘Auto Cook’ and hit Start, the Genius Sensor determine when your food reaches the optimum temperature.

  • It features 36 unique Auto Programs to save your time and offer convenience for a range of popular dishes.

6.2 Sharp R843INW 3-in-1 microwave

  • Sharp R843INW 3-in-1 microwave is a complete package with grill and convection.

  • It requires 900 W power. While the top grills, bottom grills, and convection need 1100 W, 500 W, and 2500 W power.

  • This 25 L capacity microwave oven comes with a grill rack and 30.1 cm turntable, which is large enough to keep large bowls as well.

  • The control panel has all the digital displays and indicators.

  • It has a microwave, convection, grill, defrost, child lock, auto-menu, temperature, and weight indicator.

  • It is equipped with ten auto menu options, including reheat, meat, fish, soup, pasta, to name a few.

  • You can rotate the dial to enter the cooking time, time, power level, temperature, weight, cooking mode, portion, and select the auto menu.

  • It has a unique pizza button as well, which can cook pizza in five to nine minutes.

  • Sharp manufacturers also give a ‘timer’ function to their R843INW microwave users.

  • Sharp R843INW 3-in-1 microwave is a complete package with grill and convection.

  • It requires 900 W power. While the top grills, bottom grills, and convection need 1100 W, 500 W, and 2500 W power.

  • This 25 L capacity microwave oven comes with a grill rack and 30.1 cm turntable, which is large enough to keep large bowls as well.

  • The control panel has all the digital displays and indicators.

  • It has a microwave, convection, grill, defrost, child lock, auto-menu, temperature, and weight indicator.

  • It is equipped with ten auto menu options, including reheat, meat, fish, soup, pasta, to name a few.

  • You can rotate the dial to enter the cooking time, time, power level, temperature, weight, cooking mode, portion, and select the auto menu.

  • It has a unique pizza button as well, which can cook pizza in five to nine minutes.

  • Sharp manufacturers also give a ‘timer’ function to their R843INW microwave users.

6.3 Samsung MG23F302TAK microwave

  • Samsung MG23F302TAK combi microwave is a 23 L capacity appliance.

  • It offers both microwave and grill functions.

  • It is a modern & stylish microwave featuring a black glass front, polished silver handle, a crystal blue display and a detailed silver dial.

  • It has a Tact+Dial control method and LED display.

  • Its smooth ceramic interior can be cleaned easily, won't scratch or discolour over time. In addition to this, the interior is anti-bacterial and scratch-resistant.

  • It features 20 pre-set cooking modes that let you prepare a variety of fresh food in minutes.

  • The microwave power consumption is 800 W, and the grill consumes 1150 W power.

  • It has a max cooking time of 99 minutes, which is a lot.

  • It is also equipped with defrost, auto cook, weight/serving control, quick start, and child lock functions.

  • The clock system offers you two options - 12H and 24 H.

  • The keep-warm function maintains the ideal temperature of the food.

  • The Deodorization feature dissipates any lingering smell from the interior cavity.

  • It also has an eco mode, which you can use when the microwave is on standby to save power.

  • Samsung MG23F302TAK combi microwave is a 23 L capacity appliance.

  • It offers both microwave and grill functions.

  • It is a modern & stylish microwave featuring a black glass front, polished silver handle, a crystal blue display and a detailed silver dial.

  • It has a Tact+Dial control method and LED display.

  • Its smooth ceramic interior can be cleaned easily, won't scratch or discolour over time. In addition to this, the interior is anti-bacterial and scratch-resistant.

  • It features 20 pre-set cooking modes that let you prepare a variety of fresh food in minutes.

  • The microwave power consumption is 800 W, and the grill consumes 1150 W power.

  • It has a max cooking time of 99 minutes, which is a lot.

  • It is also equipped with defrost, auto cook, weight/serving control, quick start, and child lock functions.

  • The clock system offers you two options - 12H and 24 H.

  • The keep-warm function maintains the ideal temperature of the food.

  • The Deodorization feature dissipates any lingering smell from the interior cavity.

  • It also has an eco mode, which you can use when the microwave is on standby to save power.

6.4 Whirlpool MWP 303 SB Combi Microwave

  • Whirlpool is a trustworthy brand, and its products are excellent.

  • This microwave from the brand is a great combi microwave with a grill feature.

  • It has both defrost and 21 auto-cook functions.

  • You can defrost the food easily based on its weight, with the preset options of time and power.

  • The power level is seven which are enough for most types of cooking.

  • The 30 L capacity makes it a perfect microwave for a large family.

  • The numbers are shown on a new and improved LCD display.

  • The control type features a feather touch membrane.

  • Its cavity-type has a superior powder coated which adds to the appliance's life.

  • The express cooking feature lets you cook/reheat the food at maximum power in no time at single touch of a button.

  • Whirlpool is a trustworthy brand, and its products are excellent.

  • This microwave from the brand is a great combi microwave with a grill feature.

  • It has both defrost and 21 auto-cook functions.

  • You can defrost the food easily based on its weight, with the preset options of time and power.

  • The power level is seven which are enough for most types of cooking.

  • The 30 L capacity makes it a perfect microwave for a large family.

  • The numbers are shown on a new and improved LCD display.

  • The control type features a feather touch membrane.

  • Its cavity-type has a superior powder coated which adds to the appliance's life.

  • The express cooking feature lets you cook/reheat the food at maximum power in no time at single touch of a button.

6.5 Panasonic NN-E20JW microwave

  • This is our best value microwave.

  • This is a solo microwave with very basic features.

  • The 20-litre capacity makes sit ideal for a family of four members.

  • The microwave is not equipped with defrost, auto cook, and such other automatic functions.

  • The microwave comes with a turntable of 25.5 cm in diameter.

  • It has a power output of 800 W, and the power levels are five.

  • It features 35 minutes timer.

  • The control panel has two rotary dials. Both timer and power are to be managed by the dial.

  • It produces 46 dB noise while operating.

  • This is our best value microwave.

  • This is a solo microwave with very basic features.

  • The 20-litre capacity makes sit ideal for a family of four members.

  • The microwave is not equipped with defrost, auto cook, and such other automatic functions.

  • The microwave comes with a turntable of 25.5 cm in diameter.

  • It has a power output of 800 W, and the power levels are five.

  • It features 35 minutes timer.

  • The control panel has two rotary dials. Both timer and power are to be managed by the dial.

  • It produces 46 dB noise while operating.

6.6 H.Koenig microwave VIO2 Compact Digital

  • H.Koenig VIO2 is the second and last solo microwave on our list.

  • It consumes 700 W power.

  • It has 20 litres capacity, which is enough for a family of four members.

  • It has eight cooking programmes and six power levels, including defrost and auto cook.

  • It is equipped with the QuickStart function. Simply touch it a certain number of times for express cooking without setting power level and cooking time on a prior basis.

  • The microwave has 60 minutes timer as well.

  • The glass door has a mirror effect.

  • It has a combination of a button and a dial. The rotary dial is used to select clock time and food weight.

  • The product has two years warranty on it.

  • H.Koenig VIO2 is the second and last solo microwave on our list.

  • It consumes 700 W power.

  • It has 20 litres capacity, which is enough for a family of four members.

  • It has eight cooking programmes and six power levels, including defrost and auto cook.

  • It is equipped with the QuickStart function. Simply touch it a certain number of times for express cooking without setting power level and cooking time on a prior basis.

  • The microwave has 60 minutes timer as well.

  • The glass door has a mirror effect.

  • It has a combination of a button and a dial. The rotary dial is used to select clock time and food weight.

  • The product has two years warranty on it.

6.7 Severin MW 7752 3-in-1 microwave

  • Severin MW 7752 is a 3-in-1 microwave with microwave, grill, and hot air function.

  • You can use these three functions either individually or together.

  • The microwave’s capacity is 25 litres.

  • The hot air (goes up to 200°C) feature facilitates versatile baking and preparation.

  • This appliance has a power of 900 W, while the grill and hot air functions have a power output of 1950 W.

  • It has a modern LED touch display.

  • The box includes a non-stick coated plate (28 cm diameter) as well, besides, main machine & turntable (27 cm diameter). This plate allows you to make a perfect pizza.

  • It has ten power levels and eight programs.

  • The microwave has defrost feature that lowers the appliance's power and defrosts food without cooking it.

  • The integrated "Favourite Dish" function lets you save the settings for your favourite dish.

  • The rotary control ensures an easy selection of the required power levels and programmes.

  • The stainless steel chamber is sturdy, has 17.5 cm height and is easy to clean.

  • It is equipped with the ‘Be Silent’ function, which you can deactivate/activate anytime.

  • Severin MW 7752 is a 3-in-1 microwave with microwave, grill, and hot air function.

  • You can use these three functions either individually or together.

  • The microwave’s capacity is 25 litres.

  • The hot air (goes up to 200°C) feature facilitates versatile baking and preparation.

  • This appliance has a power of 900 W, while the grill and hot air functions have a power output of 1950 W.

  • It has a modern LED touch display.

  • The box includes a non-stick coated plate (28 cm diameter) as well, besides, main machine & turntable (27 cm diameter). This plate allows you to make a perfect pizza.

  • It has ten power levels and eight programs.

  • The microwave has defrost feature that lowers the appliance's power and defrosts food without cooking it.

  • The integrated "Favourite Dish" function lets you save the settings for your favourite dish.

  • The rotary control ensures an easy selection of the required power levels and programmes.

  • The stainless steel chamber is sturdy, has 17.5 cm height and is easy to clean.

  • It is equipped with the ‘Be Silent’ function, which you can deactivate/activate anytime.