Microwave deals 2023 on our tried, tested and top-rated favourites
The very best deals on classic microwaves and combination microwaves across a range of top brands, as recommended by BBC Good Food reviews experts
Many of us simply couldn’t live without our microwave. In fact, Lakeland polled 3,000 people in 2022, and the humble microwave came out on top as the respondents' favourite kitchen gadget. Quick, convenient and super versatile, they’re the appliance of choice for heating through soup, quickly cooking a jacket potato or defrosting pre-cooked dishes and meat.
We've seen microwave deals dropping from a range of UK retailers, including Amazon, AO, Appliances Direct, and Currys. We'll be continuing to track the products on this list and update any changes in price, to help you find the biggest and best microwave deals.
As budgets are also being impacted by the cost-of-living crisis, many households are looking for alternative and cheaper cooking methods. Microwave cooking is a brilliant, energy-efficient option, as there’s no need to wait for the oven to heat up or to turn on the hob – making it a more sustainable option in some cases. To help you with your choice, we've highlighted the wattage of each microwave in this list too.
While a standard microwave can do a lot, a combination microwave can do so much more. Combination microwaves are larger and perform some of the same functions as an oven; many have baking and grilling settings, and some even have air frying or steaming functions.
We’ve tested a range of standard and combination microwaves to suit a variety of different homes and have been scouring the internet for all the biggest and more impressive deals on our best microwaves. We’ll be checking the microwaves on this list for any price changes, ensuring you only get the very best savings.
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Microwave deals at a glance
- Amazon – deals across a range of appliances
- Currys – save on small and large appliances
- Boots Kitchen Appliances – deals across dishwashers, fridge freezers and more
- Harts of Stur – offers on microwaves, blenders, and coffee machines
- Very – up to 50% off in the Very Big Sale
- AO.com – savings across microwaves, coffee machines, air fryers and more
- Robert Dyas – end-of-season clearance sale is live
- Appliances Direct – hundreds of deals on small and large gadgets
- Argos – up to 30% off selected homeware
- John Lewis and Partners – deals across electricals and homeware
- JD Williams – discounts available on kitchenware and electricals
All of these brands are competing for your attention, so they’ll be watching their rival brands’ deals and discounts closely and adjusting their prices accordingly. We’ve also seen brands like John Lewis and Partners, AO and Currys offering a price-match promise in the past. Keep an eye out for added extras on prices that appeal to you, such as free delivery.
Best microwave deals
Sage The Combi Wave 3-in-1 microwave oven
Best combination microwave overall
Star rating: 5/5
£329.95£299.95 at Amazon | (save £30 or 9%) £399£378.95 at Harts of Stur | (save £20.05 or 5%) £399.95£379.95 at Sage | (save £20 0r 5%) £419.99£379.99 at Lakeland | (save £40 or 10%)
This microwave is ideal for families with endless clever functions and is easy to use. It's not only handsome looking, but solidly built with a self-closing door, which is a game-changer. The 3-in-1 model merges air-frying, convection and microwaving cooking, making it a breeze to cook with different methods and the Element iQ inverter system cleverly diverts power to where it's needed most.
Read the full Sage The Combi Wave 3-in-1 microwave oven review.
Sharp Digital combination microwave
Best flatbed microwave
Star rating: 4.5/5
£230£149 at Appliances Direct | (save £81 or 35%) £209.99£169.90 at Amazon | (save £40.09 or 19%) £229£179 at Currys | (save £50 or 22%)
With a 25-litre capacity, this flatbed microwave has a large footprint but is impressively versatile. It comes with grill, convection and defrost settings alongside its standard microwave function, and a baking tray and grill rack are also included.
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The microwave hums quietly in use and retains heat well, and the flatbed interior is easy to wipe down. We also achieved great results when using the jacket potato preset – our potato had crisp skin and was soft and fluffy in the centre.
Russell Hobbs RHM1731 Inspire microwave
Best value microwave
Star rating: 4.5/5
£84.16£74 at Amazon | (save £10.16 or 12%) £85£74 at Very | (save £11 or 12%) £83.99£74.99 at Currys | (save £9 or 11%)
- £79 at ASDA
Available in three colours, this compact microwave comes with five power levels and a defrost function. It's also lightweight and easy on the eye, and we liked the textured dial and panel along the right-hand side.
Because this model uses a dial, the timings are less precise than you might get with a digital timer. It also slides across the worktop a little too easily, particularly when you pull the door open. On the plus side, it cooked our jacket potato very well and speedily defrosted a frozen chicken in just five minutes.
Panasonic 4-in-1 combination microwave NN-DS59NBBPQ
Best combination microwave for families
Star rating: 4.5/5
Wattage: 1000W (microwave), 1350W (grill)
£449.99£399 at Amazon |(save £64.99 or 11%) £449£399 at Marks Electrical | (save £50 or 11%) £449.99£399.99 at John Lewis | (save £50 or 11%)
This chunky appliance is expensive but incredibly versatile, and now is the perfect time to make a saving on it. It has microwave, fan convection and grilling functionalities, not to mention an excellent steam setting and easy-to-use control panel.
We also loved the flexibility of having two levels to cook, and the rapid cooking results were equally impressive. While less suitable for a smaller kitchen, if you have the space it will make a valuable addition to your countertop.
Read the full Panasonic 4-in-1 combination microwave review.
Smeg 34-litre combi-microwave oven
Best combination microwave for style
Star rating: 4.5/5
This 34-litre model is a great choice for anyone wanting a stylish microwave that's quiet to use and functional. It offers 40 settings and 10 programs that are easy to decipher and select. We loved the nifty shortcuts for melting butter and chocolate, too.
Beko Solo digital touch microwave MOC20130SF
Best microwave for medium-sized households
Star rating: 4/5
Ideal for a household of three or four, this 22-litre Beko microwave comes with a variety of functions for specific tasks, including melting chocolate and reheating drinks. There are presets for pizza, pasta, fish, rice, steak and veggies, too, though we had to rely on the manual to identify some of the icons.
We liked its sleek touchscreen display and understated design, and though some of our cooking results were mixed, this model's defrost setting was impressively speedy – and it consistently heated soup without splattering at all.
Russell Hobbs RHMD714G Scandi microwave
Best budget microwave
Star rating: 4/5
£104£80 grey at Very | (save £24 or 24%)
- £89.99 blue at Amazon
£99.99£90.83 grey at Amazon | (save £ or 9%)
- £99.99 grey at B&Q)
Featuring soft-touch, wood-effect accents and a shiny mirrored door, this offering from Russell Hobbs is a fantastic model for those on a budget.
For basic microwaving tasks, this Russell Hobbs model did a pretty good job. Its 700-watt motor struggled to defrost chicken as quickly as we’d have liked, but if you’re looking for something on the more energy-efficient side, it's worth considering.
Read our full Russell Hobbs Scandi microwave review.
Russell Hobbs Buckingham digital microwave
Best microwave for ease of use
Star rating: 4/5
£94.97£89.99 at Amazon | (save £4.98 or 5%) £109£99 at Asda £109£99.97 at Appliances Direct | (save £20 or 9%)
This Russell Hobbs Buckingham microwave got the basics right. For everyday defrosting and reheating tasks, this is a basic but sturdy and reliable option.
There are eight auto-cook functions for everything from reheating pizza, cooking pasta to cooking that microwave staple, a jacket potato. There are also useful child lock and auto-start functions.
Read our full Russell Hobbs Buckingham microwave review.
Swan Retro digital microwave
Best microwave for small spaces
Star rating: 4/5
- £78.06 blue at Amazon
- £88.37 grey at Amazon | (save £30.01 or 23%)
£129£99 grey at Very | (save £30 or 23%)
With an eye-catching retro style, this microwave works really well in reduced spaces. The footprint is small so it isn't one for large families but would be ideal for a couple. The microwave is easy to use with a helpful instruction manual and a range of auto programmes which come in really useful for defrosting (there are options by weight so you can accurately defrost) as well as 12 different preset cooking options.
Read our full Swan Retro digital microwave review.
Swan Nordic digital microwave
Best microwave for Scandi kitchens
£119.99£104 at Amazon | (save £15.99 or 13%) £119.99£109.95 at Harts of Stur | (save £10.04 or 8%) £149£129 at Currys | (save £20 or 13%)
This microwave has a matte finish which would make a stylish addition to any kitchen. With a 20-litre capacity this isn't one for larger families but would work well for individuals, couples or small groups and, with a compact footprint, takes up minimal countertop space.
The microwave comes with eight pre-settings including pizza cooking, popcorn and reheating, and on test we found it intuitive and easy to use.
Read our full Swan Nordic digital microwave review.
How do we find microwave deals?
When looking for microwave deals, we explore a wide range of retailer websites to see what discounts they’re offering. We’ve often found that the bigger retailers – Amazon, John Lewis and Partners, Currys, AO, for example – have dedicated sale days or weeks, where we’re able to find their best deals.
As retailers compete with one another, we’ve noticed that often prices can vary throughout the day. As such, we track all prices and keep this page up to date with the newest deals.
But our deals searches aren’t just reserved for the larger sites, we also look at smaller ones too. Often they’re able to offer a price that the larger retailers simply cannot. Our aim is to help you make informed purchasing decisions and find the best price, whatever the retailer.
How do we select microwave deals?
You’ll spot plenty of microwave deals around and it’s easy to become overwhelmed. But with BBC Good Food, you can rest assured that we will never recommend a product we’ve not tested ourselves. All recommendations are for products we feel are genuinely worth buying. Each microwave was put to the test by BBC Good Food reviews experts, using triple tested recipes to find out whether the microwaves were able to perform everyday tasks. Head over to our guide to the best microwaves to find which models made the list, as well as lots of useful buyer’s information.
How to get a good microwave deal?
- Head to the reviews: it’s easy to quickly buy a microwave with an impressive discount, but there’s every chance the model you’re looking at is a poor performer. The best way to figure out whether a model is going to give you what you want is buy reading reviews. At BBC Good Food, we’ve tested a range of both combination and standard microwaves to let you know what’s really worth buying.
- Stick to a budget: before you even begin on your research journey, work out how much you’re willing to spend. It’s great to be able to save money during sales, but the only way to really make the most of them is to stick to your budget.
- Buy when the price is right: many deals may only be around for a limited period of time, so once you’ve found a price you like: buy.
- Use tools to find out if you’re getting a good deal: CamelCamelCamel will let you know the price history of Amazon products.
All savings percentages have been rounded up or down to the nearest whole number.