How to buy a microwave

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What you should consider before you buy a microwave



A microwave oven is a common kitchen appliance used for heating or cooking food by utilizing electromagnetic radiation, as an alternative to the use of direct heat by fire. The attraction for the use of microwave oven is the shorter time achieved in cooking. Certain quarters have pointed to a likely hazardous effect of the use of microwave for cooking, but microwave ovens remain popular nonetheless.

In selecting the appropriate capacity for use, the average volume of food cooked should be a critical determining factor. Low capacity and low average volumes of food is a win-win situation in mitigating the energy costs associated with the use of microwave oven.


Power Consumption

Compact microwaves use between 500 and 800 watts during heating, while a regular sized microwave will use 850 to 1800 watts depending on the model. An average modern microwave will use around 1200 watts.



Always remember to check for warranty. The duration of the warranty determines the confidence the manufacturer has in the product. Therefore the longer the warranty, the more confident the manufacturer is that the product is durable. Never buy an appliance with no warranty! Finally, you should buy from an authorized dealer to ensure that the warranty is valid.



There are many microwave oven brands in the market. Always check for the SONCAP and the warranty certificates (as said above).

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