SPACE-SAVING COOKING APPLIANCES
Microwave technology has developed over recent years, and some models now offer multiple cooking options – including grilling, steaming, and convention heating features.
Ovens can massively vary in size. If you’re tight on kitchen space, there are a couple of options which still let you cook all the meals you need.
Regular solo microwaves are great for a range of uses, as they usually feature controls to adjust the temperature, time, and weight.
While they’re often used with full-sized ovens, they can be used to cook a full meal alone. They’re ideal if you’re restricted by space in a caravan or small flat.
MICROWAVE & GRILL
High-end models often offer a grill function which lets you achieve a crisp golden finish to your meals.
Unlike standard microwaves, these models can brown food, making them a great space-saving option in comparison to an oven with grill.
Integrated models are ideal for smaller kitchens where space is tighter.
Combi microwaves come with a convection oven.
Alongside grilling functions, they can also work as conventional microwaves. These models tend to be more expensive but can remove the need to purchase a regular oven.
Integrated models are fitted into your kitchen units to save space, and they’re a perfect choice if you prefer your microwave at eye level. There are also freestanding models, which can be placed on a worktop or in a kitchen unit cupboard.
Combi microwaves come with a convection oven. Alongside grilling functions, they can also work as conventional microwaves.
Single, compact ovens are built into your kitchen units and are a great option if you’re looking to save space. They’re usually fitted with a grill, offering more flexibility.
At around 45 cm tall, they’re a similar size to larger integrated microwaves. This size would be suitable for a single person or a couple, but you may have to cook a larger meal in stages.
If you don’t have space for a full hob set, you can pick up a smaller hot plate model. This portable appliance can be placed on your worktop and features one or two electric burners.
You’ll still be able to control the heat, and typically one of the burners is larger and more powerful than the other. The power is strong enough that you can still boil, simmer, and fry just as you would with a standard hob.
Hot plates are also great for caravans and mobile homes, as they’re lightweight and easily transported.
Freestanding cookers don’t vary hugely in sizes – the width is usually the only variable which ranges from 50 to 60 cm wide. The smallest full-size cooker is around 90 cm (H) x 50 cm (W) x 60 cm (D).
For kitchens without enough space, there are several tabletop cookers available. These models have a main oven, around 21–30 litres, and sometimes feature two electric hob rings on top. They’re closer in size to a microwave than a standard cooker, with sizes starting from around 30 cm (H) x 47 cm (W) x 35 cm (D).
Integrated ovens provide the most practical finish, but it can be more expensive to design an integrated kitchen.