Do you want the flexibility of a combination microwave but don't have much space on your kitchen counter? We've researched the best small combination microwave ovens in the UK to make your decision easy. Keep reading to see our top picks!
Combination microwaves are a versatile appliance to have in the kitchen. Aside from everything a regular microwave can do, they can also grill, bake, roast and brown food. They also tend to come with advanced features and powerful built-in microwaves.
The problem is most combi microwaves are large and bulky. This is understandable - the manufacturers need to fit more technology into the machine. Most people also use combination models as a second convection oven, so it makes sense to build them with large internal capacities.
But what if you want a small combi microwave? Don't worry! The good news is there are plenty of combination models with a relatively compact exterior. They aren't as small as the solo models on our list of the best small microwaves, but they are less bulky than most combi models.
On this page, we've put together a list of the best small combi microwaves. Each model has the features you'd expect from a microwave in this category, but with relatively small external dimensions.
Before we get to the list, a quick word of warning. When compiling our lists of the best small microwaves, we usually look for models with a maximum capacity of 17 litres. This isn't possible with combination models, however, as the smallest are around 23 litres.
For this reason, we've used a different criteria for deciding whether a combi was "small" or not. Check out the table below to get an idea of the average size. If you compare them to models on our solo microwave page, you'll notice combi models are noticeably wider, deeper and taller. Keep this in mind if you have limited space in your kitchen.
We think the best microwave in this category is the Daewoo KOC8HAFR. It's a stylish small black microwave with a range of features for cooking almost any type of food. It also has a relatively compact design for a combi.
The KOC8HAFR is built with a 900W microwave, 2300W grill and 1850W convection oven. There are 10 power levels, for adjusting the strength of cooking, along with various auto-cook programmes. Interestingly, there's also a home fryer mode which is great for producing crispy food.
In terms of external dimensions, the KOC8HAFR is larger than the smallest solo microwaves. This is to be expected, however, as it has many more features and cooking options. The larger external size also provides 24 litres internal capacity, making it better suited to families.
Other features include an ECO function, reminder signals when it's finished cooking and a stainless steel interior. The microwave also has a defrost function (weight or time) and a steam cleaning feature.
Overall, the Daewoo KOC8HAFR combination microwave is an excellent choice. It's more compact than many combis yet still comes with a wide range of useful features. We highly recommend this model.
Type: Freestanding Combination | Brand: Daewoo
Another excellent small combination microwave is the Russell Hobbs RHM2572CG. It's not quite as compact as the Daewoo, but it comes with plenty of useful features. It's also cheaper, so it's a better option if you're on a tight budget.
Like the Daewoo, the RHM2572CG has 900W power output. It has a more powerful 2500W convection oven, although the grill lags behind at just 1100W. This is still enough to brown and crisp food relatively quickly though. It also has a true fan-assisted oven, which helps speed up cooking times and ensure food is cooked evenly.
As we mentioned, it's around 1cm wider and slightly deeper than the Daewoo. It's also 1.5cm shorter though, so it may be a good option if you have low cabinets (make sure you include enough space for ventilation though).
Other features include a digital timer, 10 automatic programmes, time/weight defrost mode and a child lock. The interior is stainless steel for quick cleaning, although it doesn't have the steam cleaning function of the Daewoo.
If you're looking for a small combi microwave but don't want to pay extra for the Daewoo, the Russell Hobbs is a great alternative. It doesn't have as many advanced features, such as a frying mode or steam cleaning function, but it's an efficient combination appliance that provides great value.
Type: Freestanding Combination | Brand: Russell Hobbs
The final model on this list is also the smallest. While its width is noticeably thinner, the depth is a full 8cm less than the other models on this list. So if your kitchen counters are too thin for a larger microwave, the K23CM13 could be a great option.
It's a 23 litre microwave with 800W microwave output. It also has a 1200W grill and 1200W convection oven. This makes it the least powerful combination microwave on this list, although this is to be expected with the cheaper price and small external dimensions.
Other features of the Kenwood include a grill rack, 1 metre cord length and a defrost mode. It also comes with a variety of pre-set cook programmes and five microwave power levels.
In summary, the Kenwood K23CM13 is an excellent choice if you're looking for a small combi microwave. We've given it third-place, despite being the smallest model on this list, as it's not as powerful as the Daewoo or Russell Hobbs. Even so, if the most important thing to you is size, this is the one to buy.
Type: Freestanding Combination | Brand: Kenwood
Combination microwaves are always going to be bigger than solo models, but that doesn't mean there aren't compact options available. In this article, we've listed the three best small combination microwave ovens to help make your decision easier. Our favourite is the Daewoo, but any of the models on this list provide great value.
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