Microwave Oven Wattage: What to Look For

If you’re considering buying a new microwave, you’ll find that there are many points of comparison between the models on the market. One of the most important factors when it comes to selecting the perfect microwave, is the wattage. Listed in the microwave technical specifications, the wattage refers to how much power is produced by a microwave. The higher the wattage, the more powerful a microwave will be.

Different Microwave Wattages

Whether your purchase a microwave with high wattage or a low wattage, there are pros and cons to each that can help you decide which one will suit the majority of your needs. For instance:

  • A higher wattage microwave cooks foods much more quickly than a lower wattage microwave. In some cases, you may even need to reduce the cooking time of recipes or set the timer for shorter than the recommended time on product packaging if you have a high wattage microwave.
  • Higher wattage microwaves are those with ratings of 850 watts and above. A 1,000-watt microwave is generally recommended for those who will be using their microwave for cooking raw foods and defrosting frozen items on a regular basis.
  • Medium wattage microwaves are those with ratings of 650 to 850 watts. These microwaves are ideal for those who primarily reheat foods in the microwave but occasionally use the microwave for cooking meals.
  • Low wattage microwaves have ratings of 650 watts and under. These microwaves are typically the least expensive and are best used just for basic tasks like reheating foods and making popcorn.

Keep in mind that the performance of any microwave can change over time. Even a high wattage microwave can begin to show poor cooking results with age. If you’re considering buying a new microwave because your old one is no longer cooking as quickly or as well as it used to, our representatives can help you learn more about choosing a microwave to suit your needs – we may be able to repair your microwave for much less than the cost of a new one! Call us on 02 9709 6188.