Which is the Best Caravan Microwave? Reviews & Buyer’s Guide for the UK

Most caravanners couldn't imagine touring without a caravan microwave. But which are the best caravan microwaves on the market? And what do you need to consider before buying one? Keep reading to find out!

Electric hook-ups have become a standard feature at most caravan parks, which means microwaves have become a near-essential item. Many caravans come with microwaves pre-fitted, but if yours doesn't it's easy to buy one separately.

The problem is that buying a caravan or campervan microwave has extra considerations compared to an appliance for your home. You need to find a microwave that meets your cooking requirements and is also suitable for caravans.

On this page, we'll take you through our top three caravan microwave reviews. There's also a section on how to choose a mobile microwave further down the article.​

Top 3 Caravan and Motorhome Microwaves

ImageProductPower OutputCapacityExternal WidthExternal DepthExternal HeightOur RatingView Price
Daewoo QT1600W14 litres42.4 cm31.6 cm22.5 cm5/5!View Price
Argos Simple Value MM717CN700W17 litres44.0 cm34.0 cm26.0 cm4/5View Price
Currys Essentials C17MW14700W17 litres43.9 cm35.5 cm25.7 cm4/5View Price

Please Note: To the best of our knowledge the microwaves on this list are suitable for a caravan or campervan, but we can't guarantee this. If you want to make sure, always contact the manufacturer before you buy.

 #1  Daewoo QT1 Caravan and Motor Home Microwave

The Daewoo QT1 is one of the most popular microwaves for caravans.

Who Should Buy:

Our top recommendation for a caravan microwave oven is the excellent Daewoo QT1. It's a compact model with 600 Watt power output and a 14L capacity.. Click here to view its price.

Key Features:

  • Capacity: 14 litres
  • Power: 600W
  • Dimensions (WxDxH): 42.4 x 31.6 x 22.5 cm

On our list of the best small microwaves we ranked the Daewoo QT1 as #1, so it's no surprise it's also our favourite microwave for campervans, motorhomes and caravans.

It's a manual white microwave with a compact 14 litre design, making it a great choice if you're tight on space. The width of just 42.4cm makes it perfect for campervans or caravans - but it can still hold a 25cm dinner plate. This, according to Daewoo, means it has the same effective capacity of much larger microwaves.

Despite the small external size and low power output of 600W, it can cook food evenly and relatively quickly. There are seven power levels, so you can adjust your cooking depending on the type of food, and the interior is built with a diamond cavity wall for more even cooking.

Overall, the Daewoo QT1 compact microwave is a great choice for caravans or other mobile homes. It can't cook as fast as more powerful models, but the low power output means it's better suited for the demands of a caravan environment. It's also a manual model which makes it easy to use (although it doesn't come with any advanced programmes).

Type: Freestanding Solo | Our Rating: 5/5

 #2  Argos Simple Value MM717CN

The Argos Simple microwave is another popular options for mobile homes.

Who Should Buy:

If you're looking for a more powerful microwave than the Daewoo, this is a good alternative. It has slightly bigger external dimensions though. Click here to view its price.

Key Features:

  • Capacity: 17 litres
  • Power: 700W
  • Dimensions (WxDxH): 44 x 34 x 26 cm

One of the most basic - yet effective - microwaves on the market is the Argos Simple Value MM717CNF. Admittedly, it's not much to look at. But if you want a no-frills microwave that does the job, it's one of our top recommendations.

The first thing to note is that this is a 700W microwave with a 17 litre capacity. It also has a power consumption of up to 1150 Watts, so make sure this is suitable for the power supply at sites you visit. While the 700W output requires greater input power than the QT1, it also allows you to cook, reheat and defrost faster.

Like the Daewoo, the Argos microwave is a manual model controlled via two simple dials. It has five power levels, including a defrost option, and a 17 litre interior capacity. The maximum plate size is 24.5cm though, which is slightly smaller than the Daewoo despite the larger capacity.

If you want a microwave that can cook faster than the QT1, and have a bit of extra space in your caravan, the Argos Simple Value microwave is a good choice. There's nothing fancy about it - but it's an effective model that provides great value for money.

Type: Freestanding Solo | Our Rating: 4/5

 #3  Currys Essentials C17MW14

Another microwave for a motorhome is the Currys Essentials

Who Should Buy:

If your main consideration is price, the Currys Essentials is the cheapest microwave on this list. Even so, it does a great job at cooking and reheating.. Click here to view its price.

Key Features:

  • Capacity: 17 litres
  • Power: 700W
  • Dimensions (WxDxH): 43.9 x 35.5 x 25.7 cm

The C17MW14 is another basic appliance (this time from Currys) that's a great option if you don't want to spend much money on a microwave for your caravan. It's a manual model without any advanced features, but it cooks food evenly and is simple to use.

Like the Argos model, it's a 700W microwave. This means it can cook food faster than the Daewoo, although it also his bigger external dimensions. It comes with five power levels, including a defrost and reheat option, and a timer with a maximum of 35 minutes.

The best thing about the Currys Essential microwave is the price. If you want a reliable appliance that doesn't cost much, then this is the best choice.​

Type: Freestanding Solo | Our Rating: 4/5

A caravan microwave needs to be suitable for mobile use

How to Buy a Caravan or Campervan Microwave

As we mentioned earlier, there are a number of things you need to consider when choosing a small microwave for a caravan. Aside from its basic specification, such as microwave power, cooking programmes and digital display, caravans have a host of other requirements. Here are the main considerations:

  • Standard Microwave Specification. This is everything you would usually consider when buying a microwave. Key points include the price, warranty, brand, external dimensions, internal dimensions, internal capacity, manual or digital, microwave power (800W is average but smaller microwaves tend to be less powerful) and automatic programmes. The features you need depend on the type of cooking you'll be performing.
  • Ability to Cope with Travel. Home microwaves aren't always designed to cope with continuous jiggling and bumps. For this reason, it's important to buy a microwave with circuits and components that are able to withstand life in a caravan. You may need to contact the manufacturer to confirm this.
  • Size. Caravans and motorhomes don't have a lot of space, so external dimensions are one of the most important factors when buying a microwave. Make sure you take into account the space around the microwave required for air circulation. Ventilation is essential to prevent a microwave from overheating, so don't ignore this requirement.
  • Power Consumption. Power is much more limited in a caravan or mobile home. For this reason, you need to be aware of how much a microwave consumes. A microwave's power rating is its output - not its consumption. If a microwave is rated as 800W, it actually requires around 1600W to function (the same ratio applies for any power), along with an extra power boost on startup. If you only have a 5 amp supply, this wouldn't be enough and could overload the circuit. Make sure you check with the manufacturer how much power is required, and then compare it to the type of sites you regularly visit. As a side note, using a lower power setting on your microwave may help, but it's not guaranteed to solve power supply issues.
  • Appliance Weight. Most microwaves are relatively light, but it's still important to check before you buy. If your caravan or motorhome is reaching its payload, an additional microwave may push it over the edge.
  • Fitting Height. Whether you're fitting your microwave yourself or purchasing a caravan with a pre-fitted appliance, the height of the fitting is something to consider. If a microwave is placed too high, it can be difficult to remove food without spilling. This can be dangerous when dealing with hot fluids.
  • 12V Microwaves. There are 12V microwaves on the market, which on the surface appear to be a great option for caravans. Keep in mind that the 12V supply requires a high current, so you'll need a cable designed to handle this. Using the microwave for any length of time can also quickly run down your battery.
  • Warranty. Most microwaves come with a warranty, but some specify that the appliance can't be used in a touring caravan. Check this with the manufacturer before you buy to avoid any nasty surprises.

Summary

If you're looking for a simple microwave for your caravan or motorhome, all the models on this list are excellent choices. Our favourite is the Daewoo QT1, as it's the most compact yet has a large effective capacity - but you can't go wrong with any of these models.

Do you have any questions about choosing a caravan microwave? Or do you already own one and want to give feedback? Let us know in the comments section!​