Featured below are a selection of cheap microwaves – all of which cost around (or under) £60. Each budget microwave features a full review and specification, as well as the latest price and where to buy.
We’ve compiled a selection of the best cheap microwaves for your reading pleasure – our cheap microwave ovens reviews will help find the perfect appliance for your household.
We recognise that not everyone is looking for an expensive microwave – some simply require a basic cheap microwave oven for cooking and heating food, and as such we have compiled a list of these cheaper microwaves below, most of which represent excellent value. If you’re on a budget and are looking for an inexpensive microwave, then read on below.
The Akai A24001B solo microwave is a generous 20 litres in capacity, with a sleek and stylish blue exterior.
The Akai A24001 is an elegant dial based solo microwave, with a practical 20L capacity and 800w of power.
Finished in a delightful pink colour scheme, the Elgento E24006 provides an ideal solution for those looking to buy a pink microwave oven.
The wonderfully white Elgento E24001 microwave provides an extensive and spacious interior, with a reasonable 700w power output.
The Elgento E24002 microwave is finished in a sleek, bewitching black colour scheme and features an appreciable 17 litre capacity.
The cute cream Elgento E24004 microwave features a handy 17 litre capacity and a noticeable 700 watts of power - ideal for those looking for a cream coloured kitchen appliance.
The pretty purple Elgento E24005 microwave includes a hefty 17 litre volume, easy to use controls, and an ample power output.
The Elgento E24003 is a radiant red solo microwave oven, with an ample overall capacity and substantial power output.
The Cuisina C20LMS-SS provides 700w of power, a silver finish and 20 litre capacity in an affordable package.
The Cuisina C20LTSSV solo microwave provides a 20 litre capacity, 700w of power all for under £50.00.
The Sanyo EM-S155AW microwave features a 17 litre capacity, complete with a 700w power output and 10 different power levels.
The Sharp R658WM is a 20 litre 800w grill microwave, featuring a 1000w grill and finished in white.
The Panasonic NN-E281BMBPQ solo microwave provides 20 litres of capacity, 800w of power and is finished in a black exterior.
The Daewoo KOR6N7RS is a stainless steel solo microwave providing 5 power levels, 800w of power and a 20 litre capacity.
The Daewoo QT3 is a white and pink microwave, featuring a small 14 litre capacity, 600w of power, with 7 different power levels and a 10 inch turntable.
Priced at around £60 is the Panasonic NN-E271WMBPQ, a 20 litre compact solo microwave, offering 800w of power, and finished in a crisp white exterior.
The Daewoo KOR6N9RR is a red microwave, offering a modest 20 litres of capacity and 800w of power. Read on for more details.
The Daewoo QT1 is a modern quirky microwave finished in white - offering a small 14 litre capacity and 600 watts of power.
Featuring 5 different power levels and 2 shelves, the Daewoo KOR6L6BD is a 20 litre, 800w cheap microwave finished in white.
If you're looking to buy a cheap microwave, but are on a budget, then our guide below should help you to locate the perfect microwave to suit.
Firstly you need to establish which kind of microwave you would like to buy. A solo microwave provides the basic microwave heating and cooking features, and is typically the cheapest type of microwave oven. For this kind of oven, the cheapest models start at around £40.
If you require a microwave with a grill fitted, then you'll be looking to purchase a grill microwave. As the name suggests, these provide all the core functions of a regular solo microwave, but with the addition of a handy grilling feature to crisp and brown food. Cheap grill microwaves tend to start at around £70, and increase up to a maximum of around £150.
Lastly, if you're looking to buy an inexpensive microwave with an oven built in, then you'll be looking for a cheap combi microwave. This will allow you to bake and roast food, as well as cook, reheat and grill. Cheap combi microwaves tend to start at around the £90 mark and increase to around £300.
Now that you've established what kind of microwave you are after, how do you go about obtaining a bargain?
Firstly you can look at second hand models, which can be found online at Ebay and Gumtree, as well as locally in newspaper classifieds, second hand stores, car boot sales and auctions. Buying used has it's advantages - your microwave will be considerably cheaper, meaning you either spend less, or get a lot more microwave for your money, when compared to new. However there is a slight risk that the microwave may not work properly, or even worse be dangerous, so you need to proceed with caution if choosing this route. It is unlikely you will be able to get a warranty for a second hand microwave, so bear this in mind prior to purchasing.
Secondly you could look to buy a new microwave, with the option of either looking at budget models, or at more expensive microwaves which are in a sale. The advantage of buying new is that you will receive a warranty, so in the event of it breaking then you can either replace it or receive a refund with relatively little effort. Cheaper microwaves tend to have lees features and are typically less well built than more expensive microwaves, and mainly constructed of cheaper materials such as plastic, as opposed to brushed stainless steel or aluminium. Good places to locate a cheap new microwave would be some of the larger supermarkets are retailers, such as Tesco, Asda, Sainsbury and Argos, as their greater buying power means they can often afford to lower their profit margins. It can also be worth looking on Ebay for warehouse clearance sales from the larger retailers, where they reduce prices drastically to get rid of older stock.
Lastly you could look at purchasing a refurbished microwave. These microwaves tend to be items which have been returned to the manufacturer with a defect, which is then fixed, tested, and then offered for sale at a reduced price. Occasionally they can show signs of use, and may come without the original packaging, but for the most part they tend to be as new. Refurbished models also have the bonus of not only being cheap, but are often more thoroughly tested than new models, simply as every time an appliance is returned to the manufacturer, it costs them money. In order to minimise returns, refurbished items will be extensively tested, and will also come with a warranty for peace of mind, and will also be up to half price of the original retail price.
We have provided some reviews of cheap microwaves in this section, so that you can help decide which model is most suitable for you. Where possible we have also included the full specification, size and latest price of each model, so that you can establish which model suits your budget and requirements.
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