Which is the Best Small Black Microwave in the UK? Reviews & Top Models

Are you looking for a small black microwave for a compact kitchen, caravan or mobile home? On this page, we've reviewed the best black microwaves with a capacity of 17 litres or lower. Keep reading to see our top pick!

A black microwave can be a great option if you need an appliance to match your existing decor. Unlike brighter alternatives, the neutral colour won't clash with your current appliances. Black microwaves also don't tend to show dirt or grime as easily as white microwaves.

The problem is that many black microwave ovens are bulky. If you're looking for a compact appliance, it can be difficult to find one that matches your cooking and colour requirements.​

On this page, we've reviewed four of the best small microwaves that have a black exterior. Each of these appliances can cook food relatively quickly, provides a stylish appearance and is sold for a very reasonable price. We've also listed key features such as external dimensions, microwave power and internal capacity.

Top 4 Small Black Microwaves

Our RankingImageProductPowerCapacityExternal WidthExternal DepthExternal HeightView Price
#1!Russell Hobbs RHM1714B700W17 litres45.2 cm36.0 cm26.2 cmView Price
#2Cookworks EM7700W17 litres43.9 cm33.4 cm25.8 cmView Price
#3Russell Hobbs RHMM701B700W17 litres45.1 cm32.6 cm25.6 cmView Price
#4Hotpoint Curve Solo700W13 litres39.2 cm35.3 cm36.0 cmView Price

 #1  Russell Hobbs RHM1714B

One of the best 17 litre black microwaves is the Russell Hobbs RHM1714B

Who Should Buy:

Our top pick for a black microwave is the Russell Hobbs RHM1714B. It's a sleek digital appliance with useful features and a compact footprint. Click here to view its price.

Key Features:

  • Capacity: 17 litres
  • Power: 700W
  • Dimensions (WxDxH): 45.2 x 36 x 26.2 cm

We think the best black microwave oven is the Russell Hobbs RHM1714B. As you can tell from the image, it's a stylish microwave that's relatively cheap. It also comes with a range of features not found on manual microwaves.

Let's start with the design. The RHM1714B has a fully black exterior with a mirrored door, curved handle and a simple dial for adjusting time.​ There's no doubt it's one of the most stylish small microwaves on the market - although the external dimensions aren't quite as compact as 14 litre models.

​The RHM1714B provides 700W power output. This means it won't cook as fast as the average 20 litre microwave with 800W output, but this is an understandable trade-off considering the small size. It can handle medium-sized dinner plates, with its 17 litre interior capacity and 24.5cm turntable, but it's not big enough for large dishes.

Unlike many small microwaves, it's a digital appliance. This means it comes with features such as automatic cook modes, weight defrost settings and multi-stage cooking. There's also five power levels so you can adjust the intensity of cooking depending on the type of food.​

​Overall, the Russell Hobbs RHM1714B is a great choice if you want a small black microwave. It can cook food relatively quickly and has compact external dimensions. The auto-cook menus and other digital features are a welcome bonus.

Type: Freestanding Solo

 #2  Cookworks EM7

The Cookworks EM7 is another example of a small model with a black colour scheme

Who Should Buy:

Another excellent digital microwave is the Cookworks EM7. It has a 25.5cm turntable and 10 auto-cook programmes - so it's a great choice for a small kitchen. Click here to view its price.

Key Features:

  • Capacity: 17 litres
  • Power: 700W
  • Dimensions (WxDxH): 43.9 x 33.4 x 25.8 cm

If you're looking for a cheaper option than our top pick but also want a digital microwave, the Cookworks EM7 is one of the best options. Cookworks might not have the brand recognition of Russell Hobbs or other popular appliance manufacturers, but this is an excellent microwave that provides great value.

Like the Russell Hobbs at the top of this list, the EM7 is a 17 litre microwave with 700W power output. There are five power levels for adjusting your cooking, along with 10 automatic programmes and a defrost option. These settings are easy to access via the clearly labelled front panel.

An advantage of the Cookworks is that it has smaller external dimensions than the Russell Hobbs​ but with a slightly larger 25.5cm turntable. While it still can't hold large dinner plates, it's impressive that a bigger turntable has been snuck into a smaller overall appliance.

The biggest downside is the appearance. It's certainly not an ugly appliance, but it doesn't have the sleek appearance of the Russell Hobbs. There also isn't a dial for quickly adjusting cooking time - instead you need to use buttons.

Despite this, we think the Cookworks EM7 is an excellent small black microwave that only narrowly missed out on our #1 spot. If you want a slightly cheaper option than the Russell Hobbs, you won't be disappointed.​

Type: Freestanding Solo

 #3  Russell Hobbs RHMM701B

The Russell Hobbs RHMM701B is a manual appliance

Who Should Buy:

If you don't need or want digital features such as auto-cook programmes, the Russell Hobbs RHMM701B is an excellent manual alternative. Click here to view its price.

Key Features:

  • Capacity: 17 litres
  • Power: 700W
  • Dimensions (WxDxH): 45.1 x 32.6 x 25.6 cm

The second Russell Hobbs product on our list of the best black microwave ovens is the popular RHMM701B. Unlike our #1 and #2 picks, this is a manual microwave without advanced features. For simple cooking, reheating and defrosting, however, it does a great job.

Like most Russell Hobbs appliances, the RHMM701B is a stylish model. We like the combination of black exterior with silver handle and dials, as this provides a modern appeal that's missing from many appliances.​ It's also a microwave that will look great in almost any kitchen or caravan.

The RHMM701B is a 17 litre microwave with 700W power output. There's a defrost setting, along with five power levels depending on the type of food you want to cook. As it's a manual model, it doesn't have auto defrost or cook menus. On the plus side, the two-dial design makes it very simple to use.​

In summary, the Russell Hobbs RHMM701B is a great choice if you don't need the extra features found on digital microwaves. It's a no-fuss appliance that does a great job of cooking and reheating. It also looks fantastic.​

Type: Freestanding Solo

 #4  Hotpoint MWH 1311 B Curve Solo

The Hotpoint Curve Solo has a unique curved design for fitting in corners.

Who Should Buy:

The Hotpoint Curve Solo is a unique option if you don't have much space. The curved back makes it perfect for corners and it has a 28cm turntable. Click here to view its price.

Key Features:

  • Capacity: 13 litres
  • Power: 700W
  • Dimensions (WxDxH): 39.2 x 35.3 x 36.0 cm

The final entry on this list is something of a wildcard, as it's a relatively new model. Even so, the Hotpoint Curve Solo is a unique microwave that aims to replace Whirlpool microwaves (which are no longer being sold). It has a curved back that's great for fitting into corners, along with a relatively large turntable and a compact design.

Let's start with the biggest selling point of the Hotpoint - the curved back. This isn't a truly unique​ feature, as it's been available on microwaves in the past, but it's the only appliance with a curved back currently being sold. The great thing about this design is that you can fit the microwave into a corner to save space. The downside is that it only has a 13 litre capacity, although the 28cm turntable is surprisingly large.

One thing to note about this microwave is that it has a short width but is deeper and taller than the other models on this list.​ If you're short on work-surface space, this is likely to be a good trade-off. But it may not be suitable for fitting underneath low cabinets.

Other features include 5 microwave power levels, multi-wave technology for even cooking and a two-dial control system. It doesn't come with any automatic cook programmes​ though - and it's also by far the most expensive option on this list.

The Hotpoint Curve Solo is an interesting microwave. It doesn't have any advanced cooking features, nor is it the most stylish. But if saving space is important to you, the curved design makes it one of the most compact microwaves on the market.​

Type: Freestanding Solo


If you need a small black microwave oven but aren't sure which to choose, don't worry! The models on this list provide excellent cooking, stylish black designs and great value for money. Our top pick is the Russell Hobbs RHM1714B, but the Cookworks EM7 is a close second.

Do you have any questions about this page? Or are you looking for a small black microwave and still aren't sure which to choose? Let us know in the comments or via the contact form!