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.
|Image||Product||Power Output||Capacity||External Width||External Depth||External Height||Our Rating||View Price|
|Daewoo QT1||600W||14 litres||42.4 cm||31.6 cm||22.5 cm||5/5!||View Price|
|Argos Simple Value MM717CN||700W||17 litres||44.0 cm||34.0 cm||26.0 cm||4/5||View Price|
|Currys Essentials C17MW14||700W||17 litres||43.9 cm||35.5 cm||25.7 cm||4/5||View 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.
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
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
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
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:
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!