microwave 25 litre

25L microwaves are often powerful combination or grill appliances. The extra five litres capacity compared to the most common 20L capacity is immediately noticeable, microwave 25 litre models perfect for families or people who regularly use the microwave for more than just basic tasks. Sharp, Russell Hobbs and Whirlpool all manufacture 25L microwave ovens.

Microwave ovens have rapidly become more of a need rather than a treat these days. Gone are the times when microwave ovens were simply used to warm up and cook meals. Microwaving today has become the typical approach of preparing meals. But, there are several vital aspects worthy of taking notes before you pick microwave oven of your choice.

Who should buy a 25L microwave?

If you’re looking for a larger microwave than the standard 20L models (the most popular size) then a 25L microwave could be a good option. They provide a noticeably larger interior capacity, although this does come with the downside of taking up more kitchen work surface space. If this isn’t an issue, however, then a 25l model makes it easier to cook large amounts of food.

25L microwaves tend to either be grill or combination models, although there are also solo microwaves available in this category. Not all manufacturers produce 25L models, but some of the more popular ones include Kenwood, Whirlpool, Russell Hobbs and Bosch.

How much do 25L microwaves cost?

The cost of any microwave depends on a variety of factors, including its features, type and size. 25L microwaves can be bought for a range of prices, from relatively inexpensive solo models costing less than £70 to much pricier combination microwaves. The important thing is to buy a microwave that provides value for money while performing all the features you need.

Listed below are all of our reviews for 25L microwaves. We regularly add more, so keep checking back.

Best Microwave 25 litre

Bosch HMT84M421B Electronic Freestanding Microwave Review

Bosch HMT84M421B Electronic Freestanding Microwave Review

Bosch HMT84M451B Brushed Steel 25L Microwave Review

The Bosch HMT84M451B brushed steel freestanding microwave is a 25 litre model that can also be installed beneath a wall cupboard. It features an attractive and stylish design, spacious capacity and 900W microwave power output.

Bosch HMT84M621B Built-In 25L Microwave Review

Bosch HMT84M621B Built-In 25L Microwave Review

The Bosch HMT84M621B built in microwave is a 900W model with an interior capacity of 25L. It features an attractive and stylish front panel, along with a variety of power levels and auto cook programmes.

Kenwood K25MW12 White Microwave Oven Review

Kenwood K25MW12 White Microwave Oven Review

The K25MW12 is no longer sold on many shopping sites, but the Russell Hobbs RHM2563 is a great option if you need a 25 litre model. Click here to see the latest price. The Kenwood K25MW12 white microwave oven is a basic model that’s available for a relatively low price.

Kenwood K25MMS12 25L Microwave Review

Kenwood K25MMS12 25L Microwave Review

 This model is no longer widely available. For this reason, we recommend the 25 litre Russell Hobbs RHM2563 instead – click here to view its latest price. The Kenwood K25MMS12 black microwave oven is a powerful, large solo model with an attractive black design. It’s certainly a contemporary microwave

Kenwood K25MSS11 Stainless Steel Microwave Review

Kenwood K25MSS11 Stainless Steel Microwave Review

This microwave isn’t easy to find on shopping sites anymore. If you need a 25 litre model, the Russell Hobbs RHM2563 is a good alternative – click here to see its latest price. The Kenwood K25MSS11 stainless steel microwave oven is a relatively inexpensive yet powerful appliance.

Russell Hobbs RHM2561BCG 25L Black Combination Microwave

Russell Hobbs RHM2561BCG 25L Black Combination Microwave

The RHM2561BCG isn’t widely available anymore. A great combination microwave alternative is the Daewoo KOC9Q3TC though – click here for its price. The Russell Hobbs RHM2561BCG 25L black microwave with convection oven and grill is one of the most stylish, attractive models we’ve ever reviewed.

Sharp R82STMA Stainless Steel 25L Combination Microwave Review

Sharp R82STMA Stainless Steel 25L Combination Microwave Review

The Sharp R82STMA 25L stainless steel combination microwave features an imposing design, powerful microwave output and a variety of settings. It’s also reasonably priced compared with other combination models.

Whirlpool GT285BL Gusto 25L Microwave With Grill Review

Whirlpool GT285BL Gusto 25L Microwave With Grill Review

This model isn’t easy to find anymore. If you’re looking for a grill microwave, the Russell Hobbs RHM2031 is a good alternative. Click here to view its price. The Whirlpool GT285BL Gusto microwave is an interesting new model that looks fantastic. 

How to buy a microwave

Your Pizza Rolls deserve a good microwave. This countertop wonder, whose origins date back to the 1940s, is probably one of the most frequently used appliances in your kitchen thanks to its ability to reheat food fast (and cook a mug cake or two). There are a variety of options when it’s time to select a microwave, so we’ve broken down the options you have when you’re ready for a new microwave.

Location

The first decision you need to make about a new microwave is where in your kitchen you want to put it. The location affects the price, features, size and installation of the appliance. You have three main options:

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Countertop

This is the most common type of microwave. They generally cost less and are significantly easier to install than other models. Just find a spot on the counter for it to sit, plug it into an outlet and you can use it right away.

The biggest issue with the countertop microwave is how much space it needs. If you have limited room on your countertop, you may either want to look at the smaller countertop models available, look into placing your microwave on a small cart, or consider another style of microwave.

Price: $40 to $700

External dimensions: From roughly 10 by 18 by 14 inches for compact models to roughly 14 by 24 by 20 inches for larger models

Internal capacity: Less than 1 cubic foot to more than 2 cubic feet

Wattage: Typically 600 to 1,200 watts

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Some of GE’s stoves and over-the-range microwaves are connected via Bluetooth.Tyler Lizenby/CNET

Over-the-range

You install this style of microwave above your range, which will save you some counter space. These models have vent systems that take the place of the oven hood and lights to illuminate your cooktop.

Price: $190 to $1,300

External dimensions: Usually wider than countertop models, about 16 by 30 by 15 inches

Internal capacity: Less than 1 cubic foot to more than 2 cubic feet

Wattage: Typically 600 to 1,200 watts

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Built-in

Built-in models that you place among custom cabinets or paired with built-in, full-sized wall ovens are the most high-end (aka expensive) types of microwaves. Some microwaves in this category are even designed specifically as drawers with a compartment you pull out for your food.

Price: $500 to $5,000 and up

External dimensions: This varies widely depending on type, and drawers tend to have more depth than countertop or over-the-range models, hitting about 15 by 30 by 26 inches

Internal capacity: Less than 1 cubic foot to more than 2 cubic feet

Wattage: Typically 600 to 1,200 watts

Size

It’s important to find the right-sized microwave that will meet your food needs and fit in the space you have for it. First, you want to measure the counter or other space where you plan to put your microwave. Then, measure the height, width and depth of any model you’re considering to find out if it will fit on your counter top, over your range or in a custom spot. The external dimensions can vary a lot, from 10 by 18 by 14 inches on the smaller side to 14 by 24 by 20 inches on the larger side.

Then there’s also the internal capacity, which can range from less than 1 cubic foot to 2 cubic feet or more. There doesn’t seem to be any set rule for how internal capacity correlates to size (like 1 cubic foot = small, 1.5 cubic feet = medium, etc.), but here’s an attempt to break it down:

Compact: Under 1 cubic foot

Midsize: 1 to 1.5 cubic feet

Full-size: 1.6 to 2 cubic feet

Extra-large: More than 2 cubic feet

Most microwaves are somewhere around 1.4 to 1.8 cubic feet. Still not sure which size you need? If you’re out shopping, bring in a plate or bowl from home that you plan to use often to make sure that it fits inside the microwave.

Still in doubt? Measure everything, take notes and check with your appliance retailer for help deciding what would work best. For over-the-range and other built-in models, you most likely won’t be the one installing your new microwave, so you can always avail yourself of their expertise.

Wattage

Microwave wattage equals power. In general, the higher the wattage, the faster and more evenly your food will cook. Most microwaves sit somewhere between 600 to 1,200 watts. Larger, more expensive microwaves tend to have a higher wattage, so this is a price and size consideration that can strongly influence microwave cooking performance.

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This GE microwave has scan-to-cook tech via a related app.Chris Monroe/CNET

Features

Many microwaves share common functions. Here are some microwave cooking essentials: cook time, defrost, power level and timer. Each one requires your direct input, but they are usually very easy to set. Most microwaves have touch panel controls and a rotating carousel to spin your food for more even cooking.

Default settings

Many microwaves come with preset cooking modes so you only have to press one button to automatically cook a dish. For example, many microwaves have a “popcorn” button that will cook your bag based on factory settings. This can be handy for common dishes you heat in the microwave, but you’ll have to figure out if the microwave’s default cook times work for your own food. Other common presets include: baked potato, pizza, beverage, frozen dinner and reheat.

Broil

Manufacturers are increasingly including features in microwaves that mimic what we see in full-size ovens, such as a broiler. This is a good addition for finishing off a dish or cooking something for which you’d prefer more direct heat.

Convection

A convection fan that’s built into the back of a microwave oven circulates the heat around the food to cook things more quickly and evenly. (Many new full-size ovens come with at least one convection fan.) However, microwaves with convection fans are generally more expensive than those without.

Inverter technology

Inverter heating is another option available on some high-end models. If you want to heat something at a 50 percent power level, most microwaves actually switch between 100 percent power and 0 percent power to average in at 50 percent power. This doesn’t yield great results if you want to heat something on a lower heat and achieve an even result. So, some models now use inverter technology, which maintains a consistent 50 percent power. That way, you can poach salmon, make a fluffy omelet, etc.

Other advanced features

In addition to new heating technologies, higher-end models usually have more presets than just the basic pizza, popcorn and baked potato standard. Some use moisture sensors to detect food doneness. And we’ve started to see models include LED lighting on the interior.

“Smart” technology, i.e. options that connect microwaves to the internet and other products, aren’t as widespread in microwaves as we’ve seen in other kitchen appliances. However, we’ve seen GE Appliances include Bluetooth technology in some of its over-the-range microwaves. This connection, which GE calls “Chef Connect,” pairs the microwave with compatible GE ranges so the light and fan beneath the microwave automatically turns on when you turn on a burner.

More options

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Will the June Intelligent Oven become the next microwave?Tyler Lizenby/CNET

Other small appliances have started to make a case for forgoing the microwave, such as steam ovens that use water to cook for more moist heating or the basic toaster oven that mimics a full-size stove. These options promise to cook more effectively than a microwave, but it might take longer to reheat your food.

Smart countertop ovens have also started to become an option. The June Intelligent Oven uses facial recognition technology to identify food and cook it automatically, and the Tovala Smart Oven will scan packaged meals for automatic cooking, including frozen meals from Trader Joe’s. These options are promising, but the technology is too new to determine whether or not these will become kitchen staples.

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