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Microwaves are a widely used appliance in the kitchen, often used for heating and defrosting food and drinks. Radiation heats the water molecules to get the food ready to eat in a few minutes. To use the appliance effectively, a few aspects need to be taken into account when using and installing the microwave.

Different types of microwaves

For you as a consumer, mainly three types of microwaves are relevant: The standard microwave is a simple appliance that can only be used for heating and defrosting. This type of microwave is small, inexpensive and takes up very little space in your home.

A microwave with an integrated oven expands the range of applications considerably, as you can prepare a tasty meal using this appliance, which is impossible with standard microwaves. A built-in microwave can be accommodated in the kitchen to save space and perfectly complements the design of the kitchen. Microwaves are often sold with a complete installation kit. This saves you time as you don't have to gather all the individual parts beforehand.

What is the best way to use a microwave?

Before switching on the appliance, you should familiarise yourself with the operating instructions. The inside of the appliance contains a glass plate that rotates during operation. Place the food in a microwave-safe bowl. Under no circumstances should you place a metal object in the bowl, as this may cause a fire. Aluminium packaging can be used if you follow the instructions. Keep stirring the dish while heating it up. This distributes the heat evenly. If it is a soup or other dish with a high water content, it is advisable to cover it. This makes it easier to clean the microwave afterwards.

Select the appropriate setting if you only want to defrost a dish. For food with a high water content, a low power setting is sufficient. After the dish has been heated up, you should allow it to cool down for a while. Be especially careful when taking it out of the microwave, as a lot of heat and steam will be generated.

Which microwave is right for me?

If you want a microwave that is small and space-saving, you will find a wide range of suitable appliances that are primarily intended for defrosting and reheating food. A built-in microwave is the best choice for you if you have a suitable kitchen in which you can integrate the appliance. A microwave with integrated oven can even replace a cooker in small households if you only want to prepare small dishes.

Microwave FAQ's

How high should the power of the microwaves be?

A performance between 700 and 800 watts is usually sufficient, more than 1000 watts are rarely necessary. Make sure that the power can be adjusted in small intervals and a defrost function is available.

Which types of material are suitable for the microwave?

Ceramic, glass, plastic or porcelain bowls are best. The radiation penetrates these materials without any difficulty. Under no circumstances should you ever use metal.

What is the best way to clean a microwave?

The best way to clean a microwave is to put a bowl of water and vinegar inside and let the appliance run for a few minutes. After cooling down, clean the appliance with a damp cloth.
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