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Which Microwave is Perfect for your Home?

A microwave has been a staple in the modern kitchen for the last 20 years, and it is no surprise as to why. They are durable, easy to use, and convenient when heating up or cooking food. In this article, we are looking to explore features of the more modern microwave, addressing what kind of programs the latest and greatest have to offer. As well as this, we will also look into how freestanding, integrated, and combi microwave ovens differ.

mICROWAVE Key Features and Programs

Regardless of what microwave you have your eye on, we think there are a couple of important features that you should be looking out for to get the most ‘bang for your buck’.

Having a Child Lock – A microwave with a child lock is super-useful as it prevents children from opening the microwave and exposing themselves to risk, particularly if there is hot food inside. If you are living with young kids or have the microwave in a place where kids can access it, then certainly consider a microwave/ microwave oven with a lock. Most models allow you to enable the lock by pressing the start button three times, then to disable the lock, simply press cancel three times.

Removable Racks – Having a microwave with removable racks allows you to cook several things at a time, and this can be useful if you are short on time and hoping to cook food in a hurry.

Eco Mode – Are you looking to save money on those electricity bills? Well if so, then eco-mode is for you. Ideal for bringing your electricity bill down, eco mode offers the lowest standby power consumption, which reduces both power, and electricity bill prices as a result.

Deodorisation – This is quite a modern feature and has yet to become available in many freestanding microwaves, but we think this is a game changer. This feature forces out any interior air, so no bad smells are left in your microwave.

Freestanding vs Combi vs Integrated Microwaves – What Suits you Best?

Combi Microwaves

A combination microwave, also known as a combi microwave, is what it sounds like. It is a device that offers a combination of cooking options; this includes grilling, steaming and baking. Great for a busy kitchen eager to try lots of new recipes. 

Because of the capabilities of a combination model, the possibilities for cooking are endless. You can heat, crisp, roast and even brown your food just how you like it. You can vary your cooking, creating different dishes and trying new things with an appliance like this. A combination microwave will allow you to do a lot more than just a standard microwave, but they tend to be more expensive because of the premium features. 

Freestanding Microwaves

A freestanding microwave is a microwave that stands on its own feet and can sit on top of your countertop. It gives you flexibility in location as you can place it where you need it. It can also be called a countertop microwave. They are the most common and the cheapest style of microwave and are a great option for any home.

Built-In Microwaves

Built-in microwaves are fitted into a cabinet, or you can buy a wall-unit microwave with a slimmer profile. These styles of microwaves are out of the way and allow you to free up space on your worktop. Many of the built-in models in our collection have various features ranging from defrosting to roasting to general heating or reheating. Built-in microwaves are a popular choice for modern kitchens, providing a convenient and space-saving solution for cooking and heating food. As the name suggests, these microwaves are designed to be installed into a kitchen cabinet or wall, creating a streamlined and integrated look. Built-in microwaves come in a range of sizes, styles, and features, from basic models to those with advanced cooking options, including convection and grilling. They are typically more expensive than freestanding microwaves, but the investment can be worth it for the sleek and practical design, especially for those who want to maximize counter space in their kitchen. 

tHE Microwave Buying Guide

Our mICROWAVE Collection

Here at DID, we take pride in being the place that you can go to get whatever electrical appliances you need at a great price. Microwaves with each of the features that we have listed above can be bought both in-store and online, and thanks to our various online and in-store deals, you can pick one up for an unbeatable price. So whether it is a Russell Hobbs freestanding microwave, a Samsung microwave, or a Panasonic built-in microwave that you require, at DID, we’ve got you covered.


Can you cook food in a freestanding microwave?

Note that though speedier at cooking, freestanding microwaves won’t crisp or brown your food as well as a regular oven will. But you can cook plenty of meals in one, including steamed puddings, porridge, and ready-made meals.

Is it safe to cook food in a microwave?

If you microwave your food, ensure it is evenly heated to reduce your risk of food poisoning. Also, be careful when heating water above boiling point as it can erupt out of the container and burn you. Microwaves are a safe, effective, and highly convenient cooking method.

How does microwaving food affect it? 

Microwaves primarily affect water molecules but can also heat up fats and sugars to a lesser extent than water. Microwave ovens turn electric energy into electromagnetic waves. These waves stimulate molecules in your food to heat it up.

How should I clean my microwave?

Cleaning a microwave is essential to ensure that it works efficiently and remains hygienic. One of the best ways to clean a microwave is to fill a microwave-safe bowl with water and add a few slices of lemon or a tablespoon of vinegar. Microwave the bowl for 2-3 minutes until the water boils and the steam softens the grime inside. Then, use a damp cloth to wipe away the dirt and food debris. For stubborn stains, mix baking soda and water to form a paste and apply it to the affected area before wiping it away with a cloth.