Designs and features of microwave ovens have advanced dramatically over the past few years. Some even come with an inbuilt conventional oven or griller. Here are five of the best microwaves for sale in Australia. They are listed by the brand with the most popular model for each supplier.
The type of microwave you buy will depend on your personal requirements so think about the purpose of the oven. A small compact model may be all you need if it is to be used simply for defrosting and reheating. Whereas the larger designs with inbuilt grillers or conventional ovens will suit where the oven is to be used for all your cooking.
For a compact oven that is almost the cheapest in Sharps range, the Sharp R230LS Compact 800W is quick and efficient for fresh and frozen foods. It has a reheat option and instant cook for things like a jacket potato or dinner plate as well as five power levels. This is a nice affordable unit that will take care of the basics.
The Panasonic NNT704QF 44L Inverter Microwave comes with a satin stainless steel fascia to blend in with your other home appliances. This is a powerful 1100 Watt oven with a 380mm turntable for the bigger cooking jobs. With ten power levels and a one touch sensor for cooking and reheating there won't be much you can't cook. It uses the inverter cooking technology and a humidity sensor and is in the medium price range bracket.
In the lower price range bracket sit the Daewoo KOR1A5A 31L Stainless Steel Microwave. This is a value for money option with five automatic cooking menus and ten power levels. It has an easy, stage cook and time holding functions and ideal for reheating and defrosting.
Before you head for the shops take a look on line at stores that supply home appliances. There are some great bargains to be had with online shopping including the LG MS1949G 19LT 700W Microwave Oven in a clean white finish. It is a basic unit but for the price it will do all you want for automatic defrost and menu with quick start function.
The Westinghouse 28 Litre Grilling Built in Microwave Oven is designed to integrate perfectly with the rest of your stainless steel appliances. With a built in grill function comes a greater of dishes. Start the cooking using microwaves then grill the food to a golden brown and crisp finish.
Microwave power is generated at 900 watts while the grill is 1100 watts. Eight programs give you a wider selection for creating great meals.
Deciding on the microwave oven that best suits your needs will depend on the reason for the purchase in the first place. If you only want something that's going to defrost and auto cook then the basic model of any range will do the trick. On the other hand if you are feeding a big family and need a heavy duty oven with an inbuilt grill perhaps you need to research a little further before taking the plunge