Choosing a microwave
Types of microwave controls
- Manual controls, such as dials to set the time and power level. These are simple to operate, though they provide only basic features.
- Electronic controls have more features. They may have buttons for specific foods or allow you to programme multiple stages of cooking.
Putting food in
- Is the door handle easy to grip?
- If there is a push button for the door, is it easy to press?
- Does the door open wide enough for you to reach in easily? Make sure nothing gets in the way when you position the microwave in your kitchen.
- Is the turntable secure on its base?
- Is the turntable easy to take in and out?
- If the microwave has an electronic display, is it brightly lit?
- Are text and numbers large and clear enough?
- Is the information displayed easy to understand?
- Are labels and markings large and do they contrast well with their background?
- Are buttons easy to press? Large buttons that stick out are better.
- Do touch controls beep to help you count through the settings?
- Are dials large and easy to grip and turn?
- Are positions on the dial well-spaced? Cramped settings need more precise control.
- Are the controls well-spaced, so that you don't press the wrong one accidentally?
- Can you see the food while it’s cooking? There should be a bright interior light and not too much tinting/patterning on the glass.