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Wilko copper-effect microwave review

A microwave can be an investment, so does how does a budget-friendly appliance stand up to competitors? Read our review of this inexpensive Wilko microwave.

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Wilko copper-effect microwave

Pros: sleek design, compact, matching items available
Cons: basic functions, no light inside, slightly off-target auto-cooking

Star rating: 3.5/5

Available from Wilko (£70)

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At only £70, this cheap-and-cheerful microwave is a great basic buy. Although it only offers microwave (rather than combination) cooking, it’s simple and straightforward, and does the job well enough.

A stand-out in terms of looks, the copper effect and curved edges are stylish, and there’s also the option of buying a matching kettle and toaster, which is a bonus in the utilitarian world of microwaves.

A handle makes it easy to open and close, and a two-year guarantee means it should last. It’s also very compact, making it ideal for smaller kitchens.

Offering a generous 800W and five power settings, eight auto-cooking programmes are available to reheat pizza, cook meat, and produce fluffy jacket potatoes.

In testing, jacket spuds needed a couple more minutes to be totally cooked through, while chicken was slow to defrost and a little dry when cooked – but only small adjustments to the pre-set timings are needed to fix these issues.

Wilko copper microwave in a kitchen setting

Functions include a 30-second express button for heating liquids, defrost and autocook, all of which are instinctive to use and easy to grasp. It also offers a child lock, digital timer and delay start. A great basic buy, perfect for starter homes, students and smaller kitchens.

Available from Wilko (£70)

Wilko microwave specifications
Capacity: 20l
Wattage: 800w
Dimensions: H258mm, W451mm, D354mm

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