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Best Budget Microwaves - Russell Hobbs vs. Sharp

By Edited Jul 29, 2016 0 0

If you're equipping a new kitchen you probably have a whole list of appliances that you need to buy, representing a pretty big investment on your part. From fridges to ovens to dishwashers, it seems that kitchen appliances can cost a fortune. Fortunately, that's not true for all appliances. Microwaves, for example, can be extremely reasonably priced. A decent budget microwave should only set you back around £60 or so. You might be wondering if you really need a microwave, when you already have an oven. The truth is that it's not a necessity, but as a convenience it's hard to beat. A microwave can reheat and defrost food in a fraction of the time of a normal oven. Not only that, but it will use a fraction of the energy of a normal oven too, saving you on utility costs. So it might not just be a luxury buy. Today we're looking at two of the most popular budget microwaves on the UK market. The first is the Russell Hobbs RHM2060B, and the second is the Sharp R272SLM. Both of these are reasonably priced, but is there any difference between them? Read on to find out which one you should choose...

Size...

Given that a microwave generally sits on the kitchen work surface, size is an important consideration. You don't want to give up any more valuable work space than you have to, after all. Fortunately, both these models fall well within what's considered compact size for a microwave. They're both 43.95 cm wide, the Russell Hobbs model is 34.26 cm deep and 25.8 cm high, and the Sharp is 35.8 cm deep and 25.78 cm high. So not much difference there between the two.

Cooking...

Of course, you want a microwave that cooks efficiently. Both these appliances are 800 W microwaves, which isn't extremely high powered, but is a fairly standard wattage for budget models. Higher power will allow you to cook a little more quickly, but not a lot more. They're both twenty litre capacity, which is again standard for compact budget models. Twenty litres isn't a huge amount of cooking space, but is enough for what most people do with a microwave. Neither appliance has a grill, which has become fairly standard in mid-range microwaves, but isn't a necessity, particularly if you already have a regular oven with a grill setting.

Special Features...

Obviously, budget models are low on special features. These two models both have a defrost setting though (which surprisingly is not always the case with budget microwaves), and rotating plates (which help to cook food more evenly).

Price...

Both models retail for the same £60 price...

How to Choose?!

There really isn't any functional difference between these two models. They're the same price, have the same dimensions and the same features. They're both from reputed brands, and are good quality. Choosing between them is probably a matter of aesthetics rather than anything else. And in that respect, the Sharp probably wins out, it's matte silver finish just making it look a little sleeker and nicer than the Russell Hobbs model. But it is a matter of opinion. As far as bargains go, these are both great appliances that are very reasonably priced indeed.

Sharp R-520KS 2-Cubic-Foot 1200-Watt Microwave Oven, Stainless Steel
Amazon Price: $189.99 Buy Now
(price as of Jul 29, 2016)
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