In the era of a seemingly endless choice of kitchen appliances, microwaves have remained essential in most of our kitchens. Speed and convenience coupled with a compact design also makes them great for taking on tour.

What is the best microwave for a caravan?

The most important thing to consider when buying any appliance for your caravan is wattage. Caravan microwaves are no different, with the ideal model being 800W or below. Manual options are generally cheaper and often easier to use. They also tend to be more convenient since you might end up resetting a digital display every time power is cut off. 

While you can find 12v microwaves for caravans, they are hard to come by and very expensive.

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Hisense Solo Microwave Oven 

Dimensions: 32.6D x 45.5W x 26.1H centimetres

Wattage: 700W

Capacity: 20L

Weight: 10.2kg

Reason to buy:

  • Large capacity

Reason to avoid:

  • Not as compact

This Hisense caravan microwave packs a punch with its capacity but remains a low wattage option. With 20 litres of cooking space powered by 700W, this compact microwave offers more room for cooking than other models but remains a good low wattage choice for caravan use.

This model also features 2 manual dials for controlling temperature and cook time. There are 5 cooking options to choose from, including a defrost preset, and the time can be set for up to 35 minutes.

Russell Hobbs Black Solo Manual Microwave 

Dimensions: 32.6D x 45.1W x 25.6H centimetres

Wattage: 700W

Capacity: 17L

Weight: 10.4kg

Reason to buy:

  • Light and compact

Reason to avoid:

  • Offers less capacity than other models

Offering in 4 attractive colours, this Russell Hobbs caravan microwave is space-saving and stylish. It’s one of the lightest models on our list, at 10.4kg, so it won’t be a strain on your payload. The chic design features 2 manual dials controlling 5 power levels, including a defrost option, and a timer with a top end of 30 minutes. 

Made from stainless steel, glass and plastic gives this small caravan microwave a chic finish so it will fit in nicely with any caravan kitchen.

Panasonic Compact Solo Microwave Oven

Dimensions: 33D x 44.3W x 25.8H centimetres

Wattage: 800W

Capacity: 20L

Weight: 11kg

Reason to buy:

  • Preset cooking options

Reason to avoid:

  • Basic design

 

Another 800W option is this small caravan microwave from Panasonic which offers 20 litres of cooking capacity, making it a great option for families. The unit is designed to be used with the touch of a button so you can make the most of a 9 option touch-control panel. The selection features 3 pre-set timings along with 3 auto-defrost and 3 auto-reheat options. The panel also includes 3 auto-cook pre-sets, including vegetables and jacket potatoes.  

Featuring a handy digital display and a large button for opening, this microwave is incredibly user friendly while the metal and acrylic unit itself is hardwearing and sturdy.

Toshiba Microwave Oven

Dimensions: 32.5D x 44W x 25.8H centimetres

Wattage: 800W

Capacity: 20L

Weight: 21.49kg

Reason to buy:

  • Large capacity

Reason to avoid:

  • A lot heavier than other models

One of the higher wattage options is this Toshiba microwave, which features 5 power settings and a timer for up to 35 minutes. The manual dial system is very easy to use and offers an integrated guide for defrosting. Since it’s equipped with 800W of power, this is the best caravan microwave for cooking larger amounts of food. It also offers 20 litres of capacity so it’s great for preparing or defrosting meals. 

The model also comes in basic digital and high end digital designs as well as a knob and digital combi option.

Russell Hobbs Scandi Compact Microwave

Dimensions: 25.8H x 45.1W x 35.3D centimetres 

Wattage: 700W

Capacity: 17L

Weight: 10.7kg

Reason to buy:

  • Unique, attractive design

Reason to avoid:

  • Time only reaches 35 minutes

This swish Russel Hobbs caravan microwave adds style and functionality to your caravan kitchen. The modern Scandinavian-inspired design features 2 simple dials for controlling temperature and time. The timer offers up to 35 minutes of cooking time and 5 heating settings, including a defrost option. With a capacity of 17 litres, the compact unit still offers plenty of room for cooking.

This caravan microwave is designed with an easily wipeable exterior and a removable glass turntable, along with attractive wooden details.

Sharp Silver Solo Digital Microwave 

Dimensions: 32.3D x 44.6W x 24.5H centimetres 

Wattage: 700W

Capacity: 17L

Weight: 9.4kg

Reason to buy:

  • Lightest option on the list

Reason to avoid:

  • You may not need all the presets

With 10 power levels and 6 pre-set cooking options, this small caravan microwave from Sharp is great for everyday cooking. The sleek design features a 24.5cm turntable, 17 litre capacity and a 99 minute timer, so it’s well-equipped for a caravan microwave. There is also a handy defrost setting and an easily-readable digital display for keeping an eye on timings. 

As well as being compact and user-friendly, the microwave features a child-lock for extra peace of mind, and comes with a 1-year guarantee.


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