Swan 20l Nordic digital microwave

Pros: good value, simple-to-use, compact
Cons: very basic, no baked potato preset


Star rating: 3.5/5

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If you're looking for a microwave that will look good on your kitchen counter, is easy and intuitive to use, and is compact enough not to be intrusive, the Swan Nordic microwave is a solid option.

Available in three matte shades (pine green, cotton white and slate grey), its curves, along with wood-effect finishes on the handle and control dial, make this model a clear stand-out in terms of looks.

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With a small footprint, it will fit in the smallest kitchens, although this isn’t ideal for large families.

A soft-touch handle makes for easy opening, and it has tactile buttons which are a welcome change from touch-sensitive panels which can be fiddly.

Eight cooking presets include pizza cooking, popcorn and reheating, although there's no baked potato preset, which feels like an unusual omission for a modern microwave. Despite this, we managed to produce a fluffy, cooked-through potato using the standard microwave setting.

There are five power options, which can be adjusted using the dial in 30-second increments, as well as an express setting for cooking in bursts of 30-90 seconds.

The defrost settings (based on time or weight) results in good, even defrosting, and chicken cooks through quickly – although with no preset, you need to keep an eye out for over-cooking and shrinkage. There’s also a child lock to ward off little hands.

Overall, although this isn't the cheapest basic microwave out there, it surpasses the rest through sheer style, making it a good buy for those who need a simple model, but aren’t keen on inviting a monochrome beast to lurk on their kitchen counter.

Swan Nordic microwave specifications
Capacity: 20l
Wattage: 800w
Dimensions: H257mm, W451mm, D342mm

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This review was last updated in February 2020. If you have any questions, suggestions for future reviews or spot anything that has changed in price or availability, please get in touch at goodfoodwebsite@immediate.co.uk.


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