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A microwave is an essential part of any modern kitchen, allowing quick, easy and convenient cooking.
Whether it's a conventional or convection microwave, this Microwave Buying Guide outlines everything
you need to know buy the best microwave for your home.
Microwaves can be built into the kitchen cabinets, stand alone on your kitchen bench, or fit
into a specific spot, to match your existing décor. Microwave ovens also come in stainless
steel, white, silver, black and an increasing array of colour options, to suit your personal
A microwave's power is measured in wattage, with typical models ranging from around 800W to 1,500W.
Bigger may be better in this instance, but consider these factors before taking the plunge.
Higher wattage means faster cooking food, however if you're only using it for the occasional
ready meal, this may not be very important. On the other hand, a more powerful microwave
may be a good idea if you're knocking up big meals for the whole family.
When deciding on which microwave to buy, you’ll need to consider the size of the
product. Microwaves can range from roughly 20 litres up to 44 litres and which one
you choose will depend on a variety of factors, including:
If you buy a conventional microwave, chances are it will have limited functions such
as heating and defrosting food. However, more advanced models may have baking, roasting
and grilling options, as well as one-touch pre-programmed settings that mean you
don't have to guess how long to cook your food for. Make sure to investigate the
available settings and controls to gauge how easy they are to navigate, as well as
the likelihood you will use them.
Some microwaves have inverter technology that delivers a steady stream of consistent
energy into the microwave when you want to cook with a lower heat for perfect pulled
pork, salmon, eggs, sauces and more. Microwaves that don’t have inverter technology
have to switch between using 100 per cent and 0 per cent power when you choose 50
per cent power, whereas a microwave with inverter technology uses 50 per cent power
the entire time so your food is more evenly defrosted and cooked.
You’ll also need to work out whether you want a benchtop microwave that sits on
your kitchen benchtop and just plugs into your power point (perfect if you’re
renting), or, if you’re renovating or building think about a built-in microwave
that’s built into your kitchen cabinetry and connected by an electrician for
a clutter-free benchtop and clean kitchen lines. A few design-savvy brands have created
built-in microwaves that match their oven, microwave and coffee machines designs
for seamless kitchen continuity and modern style.
There are two quick and easy ways to clean the inside of your microwave:
Pour one cup of white vinegar and one cup of water into a microwave-safe bowl
or measuring jug, put a wooden spoon into the mixture, microwave for 5-10
minutes, remove with an oven mitt and wipe the inside clean with a sponge;
Pour half a cup of water into a microwave-safe bowl or measuring jug, cut lemon
in half, squeeze lemon juice into water and add the squeezed lemon to water
as well, microwave for 3 minutes on high, leave to steam in the unopened
microwave for 5 minutes, remove then wipe the inside with a clean, dry tea
towel or cloth.
To clean the outside of the microwave, spray it with rubbing alcohol then buff with a
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