The Bosch HMT84M461B holds 25 litres, making it slightly more spacious than the average microwave. The glass turntable inside is 31.5cm so you’ll easily get your dinner plates in. Though the best part is that at 51cm wide, it’s no bigger than any other microwave on the market. The interior is made from lacquered plastic, making it extremely easy to clean too.
The maximum power output is an impressive 900W, which is very handy if you zap the odd ready meal. Most instructions times for 900W machines, so you won’t have to make any half-guessed cooking time calculations. You’ve got 4 lower cooking powers too, making it very versatile if you’re preparing more gentle things like fish or vegetables.
There are automatic programmes for defrosting too. All you have to do is tell it how heavy your food is and it’ll work out the best thawing time. By using a power level of just 90W to get your frozen food ready, you’re less likely to get that half-cooked finish you get in other models.
You’re also getting a very useful LED display. It’ll clearly show all the options you’ve selected, plus you’ll be able to see how long is left on your cooking programmes. With the minute minder you can get on with other things, safe in the knowledge it’ll let you know when your food is ready.