Choosing a microwave can be challenging - with so many options out there, it can be tough to make the right choice! To help you choose the perfect microwave for your home, we’ve put together a handy microwave buying guide that contains all the information you need to make an informed purchasing decision.
The first step in selecting the best microwave for you is identifying which type of microwave you would like. Our range of microwaves offers a variety of different types, including standard models, convection microwave ovens, freestanding models, and built-in microwaves. Read on to discover which type of microwave is best for you and your home:
A standard (or solo) microwave is perfect for those looking to complete simple tasks with their appliance. Whether you are reheating food, making popcorn, or defrosting meals, these microwaves are sure to get the job done quickly and effectively.
Combining a microwave with a heating element, microwaves with grills can do everything that a standard microwave can, but also grill food, perfect if you want a multipurpose addition to your kitchen.
For a microwave that can do everything, opt for a convection microwave. Using microwave energy and convection heating, these flexible appliances can bake bread and brownies, as well as defrosting and reheating food.
There are two ways that you can incorporate a microwave into your kitchen:
Designed to sit on the top of your worktop, a freestanding microwave is the perfect choice for those with plenty of counter space. They’re easy to move around and come in a range of sizes and styles.
Perfect for those looking to create a sleek, modern kitchen, built-in microwaves are designed to be fitted into your kitchen units. Available in a variety of types, including standard, grill, and convection, our integrated microwaves are designed to save you time and effort in the kitchen. Why not match your integrated microwave with one of Beko’s stylish built-in ovens?
Whether you’re reheating leftovers, steaming vegetables to accompany your weeknight dinner, or defrosting your meal, microwaves are an energy-efficient option when it comes to cooking. By heating the food directly, rather than heating the air around it, microwaves waste less energy than standard ovens. Equally, cooking times are much shorter when using a microwave, meaning you can reduce your energy consumption simply by cooking food in a microwave rather than a standard oven. For more information, please read our dedicated are microwaves energy efficient FAQ.
Integrated microwaves are growing increasingly popular, creating a sleek, cohesive look in your kitchen. If you’re looking to install a built-in microwave, make sure you have enough space. Most standard microwaves are around 60cm wide and between 45-60cm deep. Compact microwaves are around 50cm wide and 29-39cm deep, so be sure to check the space you’d like to install your microwave in when you’re shopping around.
Considering a built-in oven as well? Read our detailed built-in oven buying guide for more information.
No matter how much space you have, there is a Beko microwave to suit every kitchen design. Sizes range from 17L to 32L:
Perfect for when space is at a premium, our slim-depth microwaves take up less cabinet space, while offering you some fantastic features. You’ll still be able to reheat leftovers in moments - just in a slightly smaller space.
The standard size for a microwave oven, 20 litres is great for smaller families where the microwave is frequently used. These time-saving appliances are perfect for those looking for a microwave that nails all the basics.
A step up from the standard size, these spacious microwaves are perfect for larger families. You’ll typically find grill and combination microwave ovens with this capacity as more space allows for more functionality.
Family-size portions are easy to rustle up in 32-litre microwaves. Our biggest size, you’ll find many grill and combination microwaves to choose from that can handle the needs of a big family and those who love to cook.
Depending on the look and feel of your kitchen, selecting the best microwave in a stylish finish can elevate the design more than you may think. Our range of Beko microwaves come in a variety of styles and finishes, with a large selection of our integrated microwaves matching our built-in ovens, helping you to create a sleek kitchen design. If free-standing microwaves are more your style, check out our range of styles and colours here:
A white or cream microwave may be the best option if you want to give your kitchen a brighter feel, but a stainless steel or black microwave can also provide a polished and modern look to your kitchen.
Other styles of microwave include:
Perfect for those looking to make a statement with their microwave, our stylish retro microwaves are packed full of modern features that make reheating food and defrosting freezer items a breeze.
Small but mighty, compact microwaves can give you amazing results without taking up a lot of room. You can get them in both built-in and freestanding styles.
A stunning design exclusive to Beko, our Cosmopolis microwave is finished with a striking geometric pattern and gleaming chrome accents. Match it with our black Cosmopolis toaster and kettle to bring your kitchen style together.
Microwaves have come a long way since the days of simply pressing a button and guessing at when your food would be ready. Here are some extra key features to look out for when you're looking for your new microwave:
Microwaves are measured in Watts and usually range from 800 to 1100 Watts. The higher the wattage, the quicker your food will cook!
A compact microwave can still pack a big punch - even though they don’t take up much room in your kitchen. You can choose to place it where you like, and they still offer around 20 litres of cooking capacity.
With preloaded settings, you can reduce your cooking time with a microwave. This programme offers eight functions that set your microwave to the perfect time and power level depending on what you’re cooking, whether vegetables or a batch of popcorn for movie night.
Don’t wait for your food to defrost - simply pop it in the microwave and prepare it to come out perfectly thawed. By sensing the weight of your frozen food, this time-saving function automatically sets the defrost time for you.
Exclusive to convection microwaves, grilling offers a healthier way to cook your food. And, for even faster results, our combination grill function can grill and microwave your food at the same time.
Convection microwaves not only reheat your food, but they can also cook meals - almost like a miniature oven. Great for when you’re in a hurry, convection microwaves can reheat your food faster thanks to a fan that better circulates the heat, so you can enjoy perfect results every time.
When considering the numerous types and styles available, finding your perfect microwave for your needs can seem like a challenge. Why not start browsing our range of microwaves to get some inspiration today?