Solo microwaves are also referred to as ‘standard’ microwaves or ‘microwave-only’ models. They’re ideal for simple tasks like reheating food, cooking ready meals, steaming vegetables and defrosting meat.
Why choose a solo microwave?
If you primarily want to heat up and defrost food, and don’t need extra features for more complex cooking, this is the option for you. Solo microwaves are the most affordable, and there’s a wide selection of models available.
Grill microwaves offer the same features as solo microwaves, with the addition of an internal grill. This means you can brown and crisp food as well as cook it, improving food texture and giving you better-looking results.
Cook everything from fish to pizza
Grill meat and fish, and even cook pizza too. Both the grill and microwave function can be used together or separately, giving you more flexibility when cooking.
Why choose a grill microwave?
Consider a grill type if you need a microwave that can provide a wider variety of dishes than standard (an efficient option for smaller kitchens). If you don’t currently have a grill, or if you want a second one, this is an ideal solution.
Combination or ‘combi’ microwaves use convection heating (fanned hot air), as well a grill and microwave functionality. You can use each feature separately, or grill and microwave together.
Roast, bake, steam and more
A combi microwave can perform like a conventional oven, offering quick cooking times on meals. It’s possible to roast chicken or bake a cake with a combi microwave, and some offer extras such as air frying (called HotBlast™ in Samsung models), steam cooking and yoghurt making.
Why choose a combi microwave?
If you need the widest range of functions, go for a combi microwave. You can defrost, heat, roast, brown, crisp and bake food using the same appliance, making it a smart space-saver for smaller kitchens, or a second oven for more complicated meals.
Clean regularly with warm, soapy water and a cloth - a dirty interior will mean food cooks slowly and less evenly
Check the door and hinges for corrosion
Always unplug your microwave whilst cleaning
Only use cookware 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
Make sure covered food is vented when cooking, so steam can escape safely
Clean with abrasives like steel wool or scouring sponges
Use metal containers or objects inside the microwave – including food twist ties
Press start when the microwave is empty; the microwaves released could damage the interior walls.