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Best Mid-Range Integrated Microwave - Hotpoint vs. Baumatic

By Edited Feb 13, 2014 0 0

Buying an integrated microwave is an expensive proposition. Whilst you get the aesthetically pleasing look of an integrated appliance as well as saving on kitchen counter space, integrated microwaves are far more expensive than their free-standing counterparts. Not only that, but they're more trouble to fit, repair and change. However, they are becoming more and more common. As integrated microwaves become more popular, they are starting to drop in price a little. There is now a variety of mid-range integrated microwaves that sell for more reasonable prices than the more top of the line devices. But which is the best deal? We looked at two such appliances to see how they compare, and to find out which one is a better buy. The first is the Hotpoint MWH 434 AX model, the second is Baumatic's BMC460SS model. These are both reasonably affordable, but which is the better bargain? Read on to find out our recommendation...

Dimensions...

Dimension can be an issue with integrated appliances, as they are designed to fit inside kitchen cabinets, making larger dimensions impractical. However, both these models are fairly standard size. The Hotpoint is 45.8 cm high and 59.2 cm wide, and the Baumatic is 45.5. cm high and 59.4 cm wide.

Cooking...

You want a microwave that can cook as efficiently as possible, which means looking for a powerful model. In that respect, the Hotpoint comes out on top. It's a 1000 W model, as opposed to the 900 W Baumatic, meaning that it can cook faster and more efficiently. As is standard with most integrated microwaves, both models come with a grill for extra cooking flexibility. There is a difference in capacity, however. The Hotpoint has a 40 litre capacity, the Baumatic only 37 litres. As is normal for integrated models they have a far larger capacity than free-standing microwaves, but the Baumatic at 37 litres is slightly below average capacity than one would expect from an integrated microwave.

Special Features...

Integrated microwaves tend to have more special features than free-standing microwaves, probably due to the huge price difference. Both models have defrost settings. But only the Hotpoint has a rotating plate (which ensures more even heat distribution when cooking) and a child lock.

Price...

The Hotpoint comes in a little more expensive, retailing for around £730. The Baumatic goes for a little less at around £700.

What's the Better Buy?

In our opinion, the Hotpoint is a better bargain. Sure, it comes in a little more expensive, but only a little. And the added capacity as well as added power make that extra cost more than worth it. Plus, of course, the rotating plate and child safety features make it more desirable too. An integrated microwave is an expensive purchase, and it's worth paying just a little more to get a better product. However, these are both great appliances. And what's more, their prices, whilst they may be expensive when compared to stand alone microwaves, are extremely competitive in the integrated product market.

 

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