Fast forward: It's in the oven

Where to find a microwave that'll do you a full English breakfast. By Michael Oliveira-Salac and Martin Skegg. Photographs by Phil Ward

Microwaves: the best thing since sliced bread, relied upon by the busy and lazy, or the devil's spawn, despised by chefs and `real' cooks. Whichever way you look at it they have become a standard feature in kitchens. They still might not cook food as well as an oven, but with a combi version you can have the best of both worlds, using the speed of the microwave with the traditional finishing of an oven. Today's microwaves are so sophisticated they work out everything for you, so all you literally have to do is put the food in and turn it on ...

LG `Talking Microwave', pounds 160, stockists on 01753 500 470. A combination oven designed primarily for the elderly or visually impaired, the Talking Microwave is in fact ideal for anyone who has a problem with appliances. When a key is pressed the oven announces the function selected, assuring you what is going on. If you enter the weight of the food it works out how long to cook it for and lets you know. It also has Braille keys and lets you leave voice reminders for other people.

Samsung M308 Microwave, pounds 80, stockists on 0181-391 0168. A basic and straightforward microwave, making up in style what it lacks in sophistication. It has a reasonable 500-watt oven and is extremely simple to use. Ideal for heating drinks or ready meals, and small enough to fit into any kitchen.

DeLonghi `Infinito' Intelligent Microwave, pounds 330, stockists on 0800 626 496 (available end of June). A combination oven, grill and 850-watt microwave with the ever-so-clever auto feature - you select the food type and it automatically sets the duration and power level and gets on with it. You don't even need to know anything about food or cooking, as long as you can follow the simple on-screen instructions.

Sanyo EMS153S Touch Control Microwave, pounds 130, from Comet, call 0500 425 425 for nearest store. A microwave with grill that does multi-stage cooking, a device that automatically varies temperature accordingly. The timer function lets you set the oven to come on later in the day, so you can get back from work and find your dinner already cooked. Should you be feeling adventurous, a cook book is supplied with ideas of other things to microwave apart from supermarket meals.

Sharp `View Cook', pounds 330, stockists on 0800 262 958. Possibly the ultimate microwave. It has a 900-watt microwave, top and bottom grill, and 2000- watt convection oven. It also has a 2" LED screen enabling you to access the 2000-page electronic cookery book. This contains more than 200 recipes and cooking tips and sets the oven's cooking times and modes automatically. Step-by-step instructions are provided for preparations, ingredients and quantities. You can even do a full English breakfast (fried egg, bacon, the lot) all in one go. Should you wish to take control (with all this why bother?) there is a manual mode.

Siemens HF24052 Microwave, pounds 290, available from Buyers and Sellers, orders on 0171-229 1947 (national delivery). An 800-watt microwave in stainless steel with functions to make things easier for busy families. The "keep warm" facility is useful for those members of the family who can never make meal times, and a memory function remembers two stages of your most used recipes. It has five power levels and automatic weight programmes where you give the weight of the food and it does the rest.

Suggested Topics
Have you tried new the Independent Digital Edition apps?
Life and Style
ebookNow available in paperback
ebooks
ebookA delicious collection of 50 meaty main courses
Latest stories from i100
Have you tried new the Independent Digital Edition apps?
Independent Dating
and  

By clicking 'Search' you
are agreeing to our
Terms of Use.

ES Rentals

    iJobs Job Widget
    iJobs General

    Recruitment Genius: Online Sales and Customer Services Executive

    £15000 - £18000 per annum: Recruitment Genius: An On-line Sales & Customer Ser...

    Recruitment Genius: Accounts Assistant - Fixed Term Contract - 6 Months

    £15000 per annum: Recruitment Genius: One of the largest hospitality companies...

    Recruitment Genius: Electricians - Fixed Wire Testing

    £28000 - £32000 per annum: Recruitment Genius: As a result of significant cont...

    Recruitment Genius: Customer Service Advisor

    £16575 - £19000 per annum: Recruitment Genius: An excellent opportunity is ava...

    Day In a Page

    Seifeddine Rezgui: What motivated a shy student to kill 38 holidaymakers in Tunisia?

    Making of a killer

    What motivated a shy student to kill 38 holidaymakers in Tunisia?
    UK Heatwave: Temperatures on the tube are going to exceed the legal limit for transporting cattle

    Just when you thought your commute couldn't get any worse...

    Heatwave will see temperatures on the Tube exceed legal limit for transporting cattle
    Exclusive - The Real Stories of Migrant Britain: Swapping Bucharest for London

    The Real Stories of Migrant Britain

    Meet the man who swapped Romania for the UK in a bid to provide for his family, only to discover that the home he left behind wasn't quite what it seemed
    Ajmer: The ancient Indian metropolis chosen to be a 'smart city' where residents would just be happy to have power and running water

    Residents just want water and power in a city chosen to be a ‘smart’ metropolis

    The Indian Government has launched an ambitious plan to transform 100 of its crumbling cities
    Michael Fassbender in 'Macbeth': The Scottish play on film, from Welles to Cheggers

    Something wicked?

    Films of Macbeth don’t always end well - just ask Orson Welles... and Keith Chegwin
    10 best sun creams for body

    10 best sun creams for body

    Make sure you’re protected from head to toe in the heatwave
    Women's World Cup 2015: How England's semi-final success could do wonders for both sexes

    There is more than a shiny trophy to be won by England’s World Cup women

    The success of the decidedly non-famous females wearing the Three Lions could do wonders for a ‘man’s game’ riddled with excess, cynicism and greed
    How to stop an asteroid hitting Earth: Would people co-operate to face down a global peril?

    How to stop an asteroid hitting Earth

    Would people cooperate to face a global peril?
    Just one day to find €1.6bn: Greece edges nearer euro exit

    One day to find €1.6bn

    Greece is edging inexorably towards an exit from the euro
    New 'Iron Man' augmented reality technology could help surgeons and firefighters, say scientists

    'Iron Man' augmented reality technology could become reality

    Holographic projections would provide extra information on objects in a person's visual field in real time
    Sugary drinks 'are killing 184,000 adults around the world every year'

    Sugary drinks are killing 184,000 adults around the world every year

    The drinks that should be eliminated from people's diets
    Pride of Place: Historians map out untold LGBT histories of locations throughout UK

    Historians map out untold LGBT histories

    Public are being asked to help improve the map
    Lionel, Patti, Burt and The Who rock Glasto

    Lionel, Patti, Burt and The Who rock Glasto

    This was the year of 24-carat Golden Oldies
    Paris Fashion Week

    Paris Fashion Week

    Thom Browne's scarecrows offer a rare beacon in commercial offerings
    A year of the caliphate:

    Isis, a year of the caliphate

    Who can defeat the so-called 'Islamic State' – and how?