Video:Tips for Buying a Microwavewith Debbie Anderson
In this fast food, instant get-ification world, having a microwave is an essential kitchen appliance for any busy type of person. Before you hit the stores, learn a few things to consider before purchasing a new microwave.See Transcript
Transcript:Tips for Buying a MicrowaveHi, I'm Debbie Anderson for About.com. In a fast food, instant get-ification world such as ours, having a microwave is as essential to everyday living as a refrigerator. So today I'm going to cover a few things to consider before purchasing a new microwave.
Microwave Price and Size RangesThere are many sizes and price ranges for microwaves. Before you get started, decide on a price range and the kind of food you plan on cooking. If you do plan on cooking full meals, such as a casserole, always make sure the cooking compartment is large enough for any dishes you might want to use.
Microwave WattageOnce you have decided on a price range and size, shop around for the largest capacity and highest wattage microwave in your price range. Microwaves are offered from 600 to 1350 watts and most cooking recipes for microwave cooking require at least 800 Watts.
Microwave DesignNext, consider the design and finish of the microwave. Check that the design features removable turntables and racks for ease of cleaning, and that the outer finish looks compatible with the other appliances in your kitchen.
Microwave Digital FeaturesFinally, there are so many programmable push button options and pre-programmed food settings that allow you to cook, heat, and defrost food at the touch of one button, in order to save a little money, unless you plan on using all of the features available for a microwave, only buy what you will realistically use.
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