White microwaves can look great in almost any kitchen. But which are the best small white microwaves? And are there any you should avoid? Keep reading to find out!
White is one of the most popular colours for a home microwave. The great thing about white is that it matches almost any colour scheme, so you don't need to worry about it clashing. White tends to show more dirt and food than black microwaves, but as long as you're willing to clean it regularly this shouldn't be a problem.
Unfortunately, it's often difficult to find a high-quality compact white microwave - unless you know exactly what to look for. Many of the smallest microwaves are poor quality with cheap components.
That's why we've put together this list of the best small white microwaves. The three models below look great, cook and reheat quickly, and provide excellent value. If you're looking for a white appliance that doesn't take up too much room, we don't think you'll be disappointed with any of them. We've also provided a breakdown of power, capacity and external dimensions to help you make the right decision for your kitchen.
Our #1 small microwave is the Daewoo QT1, so it's no surprise it's also our top pick for a white microwave. It's a simple manual appliance that doesn't have flashy features or design. It makes up for this with excellent functional performance and one of the smallest footprints of any microwave.
The Daewoo QT1 is a 14 litre microwave. This makes it one of the UK's smallest microwave ovens, so it's a popular option for caravans or small kitchens. Despite the internal capacity, it can fit a 25cm diameter dinner plate (which is more than some models with a 17 litre capacity).
As we mentioned, the QT1 doesn't have any frills or extra features. You can quickly set the cooking time and power level using the two dials, but there's no option for automatic cook programmes or weight defrost. It's also a 600W microwave, so don't expect fast cooking.
There's nothing fancy about the Daewoo QT1, but it does an excellent job at reheating, defrosting and cooking considering the low price tag. If you want the smallest white microwave and don't mind slightly longer cooking times, it's our #1 pick.
Type: Freestanding Solo | Brand: Daewoo
If you need a small microwave that has a bit more power than the Daewoo QT1, the Currys Essentials C17MW14 is an alternative to consider. It's another manual microwave with a simple two-dial system, but is slightly larger and more powerful than the Daewoo.
Unlike the QT1, which has a 14 litre capacity, the C17MW14 has 17 litres. This means you can cook more food, but comes at the cost of a larger footprint. For comparison, the C17MW14 is 1.5cm wider, 4cm deeper and 3cm taller than the Daewoo. This might not sound like much, but it's a noticeably bigger appliance.
A benefit to this larger size is that Currys have been able to squeeze in a more powerful microwave generator. It offers 700W output, so you can cook food faster than 600W models. The top dial also allows you to choose from five power levels, including a defrost option.
As we mentioned on our page of the best small microwaves, our favourite thing about this model is its price. So if you want a bit more power than the Daewoo (or have a smaller budget), and are willing to sacrifice a stylish design to get it, the Currys C17MW14 is a good choice.
Type: Freestanding Solo | Brand: Currys
The final model on our list of small white microwaves is also the only digital model. With 9 auto-cook programmes, a weight defrost setting and digital clock, the Cookworks EM7 is more advanced than the Daewoo or Currys model.
Let's start with the basics. The EM7 is a 700W microwave with a 17 litre capacity. It sits between the other two microwaves in terms of external dimensions and has a 24.5cm turntable.
As it's a digital microwave, it includes auto-cook programmes for foods such as poultry, sea food and meat. Other features include two-stage cooking, a child lock and and a time-based defrost mode.
The downside to these extra features is that the microwave can take longer to learn how to use. Fortunately, the manual is clear and simple to read, so once you've used each feature a few times it'll become second nature.
Despite having auto-cook features and a digital control panel, the EM7 is priced similarly to the other white microwaves on this list. So if you're looking for more advanced features than the Currys Essentials or Daewoo QT1 can provide, it's a great choice.
Type: Freestanding Solo | Brand: Cookworks
White is one of the most common colours for a microwave - and for good reason. The neutral tone means a white appliance won't clash with your interior colour scheme, while providing a classy and understated appearance.
If you're looking for a small white microwave, any of the three models on this list can do a fantastic job. The best depends on your requirements though. For the smallest kitchens, the QT1 is a great choice due to its tiny size. If you want more advanced features, the Cookworks is an excellent option.