Microwave Buying Guide

Microwaves let you prepare food quickly and conveniently at home; they’re more versatile than you might think. Not only heating and defrosting, you can find versions that grill, roast, and bake like a conventional oven. Of course, selecting the right microwave depends on your needs. To help you decide which microwave to buy, first think about how you’ll use it day-to-day, where it will sit; compare by type, size, and feature to find the best microwave for you.

Samsung black microwave at an angle. Samsung black microwave at an angle.

Microwave Oven Types

Three types of microwaves are available: solo, grill and convection.

Microwave Dimensions

Microwaves come in a range of sizes; consider a microwave’s external dimensions and its capacity in liters before purchasing. This will help you to ascertain whether you have the space for it, and if it can accommodate the meal sizes you require. Domestic microwave ovens have a capacity of around 20-35 liters; the more people you typically cook for, the larger the microwave capacity should be.

Microwave Wattage

Microwave power is measured in Watts – greater the Wattage, the quicker food cooks. So, if speed is important to you, look out for microwaves with a higher wattage.

Features to Look Out For

Microwaves come with a host of features that make cooking quicker and easier. Different appliances will have different features, so it's worth understanding which of these are going to be most beneficial to you.

Microwave Maintenance

A microwave will perform best when taken care of. Follow the basics and you should get years of use from your new appliance.

Hand wiping down microwave interior. Hand wiping down microwave interior.

Microwave Dos

Clean regularly with warm, soapy water and a cloth, checking the door and hinges for corrosion. A dirty interior will mean food cooks slowly and less evenly. You should always unplug your microwave while cleaning.

  • Only use cookware that’s labelled ‘microwave safe.’

  • If you have a freestanding microwave, check the user manual to understand how large a ventilation gap you should leave behind and above the appliance.

  • Vent covered food when cooking, so steam can escape safely.

Microwave don't cleaning instructions. Microwave don't cleaning instructions.

Microwave Don’ts

  • Clean with abrasives like steel wool or scouring sponges.

  • Press start when the microwave is empty; the microwaves released could damage the interior walls.

Whether you’re looking for a straightforward solo microwave, a versatile grill microwave, or a do-it-all convection microwave, you will find the perfect match from Samsung.