A small, inexpensive model that does the basics, especially heating, well
If you’re in the market for a compact cheap microwave that heats and defrosts well, then you should put the Sharp R272KM on your shortlist.
This sleek black microwave from Sharp is on the small side, with dimensions of 43.9 cm (W) x 35.8 cm (D) x 25.7 cm (H). Inside there’s a 20 litre capacity and a glass turntable with a diameter of 25.5 cm. This is fine for ready meals, but some larger plates will struggle to fit.
It’s easy to wipe clean and has a standard display and touch button control with 11 power levels and eight different auto cook settings. There are six one-touch buttons for cooking popcorn, jacket potatoes, pizza, frozen vegetables, reheating tea or coffee and also a ‘dinner plate’ option. There’s a handy child lock function to prevent little hands from spoiling your programme, too.
The 800 W output power of the Sharp R272KM ensures everything is heated quickly and evenly – and it does a sterling job of defrosting, too. You might notice a slight drop off in heating power if you cook several items one after another, so bear this in mind when choosing your cooking settings. Some have pointed out that to get the best out of the defrosting capabilities of this model you should use manual setting rather than the auto defrost feature.
- Heats quickly and evenly
- Superb defrosting
- Cramped inside
- Drop off in heating levels if used quickly again
- Not as many programmes as some competitors
Why you should buy it: Buyers searching for an inexpensive microwave in the UK should be aware that this is an excellent little model if you’re not bothered about heating large plates of food. It heats very well, with a nice even finish and defrosts with the very best out there.