Fast food: The 10 best microwaves

Made a new year’s resolution to cook more? You’ll need a reliable machine to heat up all those leftovers. Kate Hilpern rounds up the best


These days microwaves can grill and even steam alongside the conventional heating and defrosting. They're a handy bit of machinery to have in your kitchen, whether you're warming up some delicious leftovers, fixing yourself a nutritious baked potato, or grilling some bacon for a morning sarnie.

Performance is key and microwaves have a bad rep historically for producing frazzled, dry food. So we tested a range of machines, trusting them with our dinners to see which came out on top. There are all-singing and all-dancing versions from the top of the market like Miele’s sleek Generation 6000 Contourline down to Swan’s great value, more basic machine.


Curry's Logik microwave does a great job for the price whereas, if you have more money to spare, Whirlpool JetChef 369 is difficult to beat in terms of performance and is particularly good for those with many mouths to feed. If we're going on looks without breaking the bank (and a good performance, obviously), we liked Next's funky machine.

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1. Whirlpool Max 35, £160

2. Panasonic NN-CT552W Slimline Combi, £139.99

3. Next 800W, £65

4. Currys Logik L25MDM13, £69.99

5. De'Longhi Easi-Tronic Combi, £99.99

6. Whirlpool JetC hef 369, £319.99

7. Ikea Hushalla, £250

8. Swan SM2090R, £45

9. Samsung MG23F301TAK, £117

10. Miele Generation 6000 Contourline M6012, £579

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