We took it upon ourselves to find the best microwave oven in India out of the 190+ products available online today.
We assembled a panel of experts with over 87 combined years’ experience in cooking including a leading Delhi chef, to help us examine the cooking functions of the top three microwaves.
We also interviewed the owners of three microwave service businesses and the customer care representatives of each brand to find the quality of after sales service that each brand provides.
We then put each microwave through their paces for a full week, with the help of our panel, by conducting a series of real-world tests to determine their convenience, including usability, heating efficiency, cooking ability, and more.
You can find a more in-depth description of each test below, but for now, here are our top picks.
Best microwave oven
Morphy Richards 25L (Available in various sizes)
The Morphy Richards dominated the other microwave ovens in the tests in terms of cooking efficiency and time consumption, with its high-power 900W output letting you cook across 11 different temperature settings. It produces some truly delicious food, cooked perfectly, and does so faster than the other machines we tested.
It came with a raft of useful features, like child lock, deodorise, defrost, cake baking, and combi-tech, which made it a supremely convenient machine, and with a capacity of up to 25L it can easily cater to a family of up to five, and received mostly positive customer reviews. It is more popular on Flipkart than on Amazon.
Looks-wise, its silver stainless steel body and transparent glass door gives it a flawless design. It even comes with a 6 feet power cord so it sits comfortably in any kitchen, and with a two-year product warranty you can cook with confidence.
During our testing we also found that this microwave’s grill function was absolutely terrific. It gave us perfectly grilled and roasted paneer.
All that being said, despite our best efforts, we could never get an even cooking for popcorn. Another issue is that the touch panel can be a little difficult to use at first, but it gets easier as time passes by. The user manual also really helps to get you going.
Despite these issues the Morphy Richards is a fantastic microwave, and its cooking ability and extra features far outweigh any negative points. Starting at around Rs. 9990, it’s not a cheap purchase, but it’s a fast, user-friendly machine that will make your kitchen life easier.
If this size doesn't fit your family's needs you can easily find other bigger models online too. Most of the Morphy Richards' microwaves share similar features and warranty periods.
Best budget microwave oven
IFB 23L (Available in various sizes)
The IFB came in as our best budget pick owing to its excellent features and performance in the cooking tests. While not as powerful as the Morphy Richards, it still features a strong 800W output. It produced some really mouth-watering dishes.
Perfect for a family of four with a capacity of 23L, it cooks evenly and comes with two warranties: a 1-year product warranty and a 3-year magnetron warranty. With a silver plated handle and body, and stainless steel inner cavity, it’s easy on the eyes, and the 6 feet electrical cord gives it the best reach of any microwave we tested.
However, in our analysis we found that IFB has a really bad rep when it comes to their after sales service. This was the only reason why we didn't recommend IFB as the winner. So you should consider buying this one only if you are 100% confident that the local IFB will service you well or if you do not care about after sales service.
For the microwave itself, it only features 10 auto-cook settings, and didn’t come with a recipe book, so it was slightly lacking in this department as well. However, they do have higher end models that have a wider range of features including more auto-cook options and starter kits. It did have a useful combi-tech function which enables you to cook in multiple stages. The touch panel also is really intuitive and easy to use.
If this size doesn't work for you, IFB also has other similar models to this one with very similar features and warranty periods.
Why trust us
To find the best convection microwave oven in India, we analysed over 190 microwaves that were available, spending over 20 hours in research time. Our research narrowed our selection down to a top three, which we bought and tested for over a week each.
To help us test each convection microwave oven, we brought in the help of experts who have been using microwaves for over 80 years. Our panel also included a Delhi-based chef, who has had over 21 years of cooking experience with a microwave.
How we tested?
Before we start it is important to note that the microwaves we tested were all not of similar power outputs. The Morphy Richards was 100W higher than IFB and Kenstar and also more larger. But then again, the Morphy Richards was rated the best microwave oven in India not only due to the quality of cooking, but also its performance in after sales service and other features.
We would never recommend IFB currently as our best pick, due to its dubious service quality regardless of its power output. So our best pick still stands.
Regardless of which size or model you choose, we would stand by Morphy Richards as the best convection microwave oven. As we know:
- a lot of customers are very satisfied with it.
- its service is better than IFB's.
- quality and evenness of cooking is great.
But now to the fun part—let’s have a look at how we performed our tests.
We started with the basics, so we could get a feel for how each machine performed, to see if things like size, power consumption, design, and the more finer details like the opening, menu control, and usability would shape the user’s experience.
We used the auto-cook feature to see if the time the microwaves give for each recipe is accurate enough to give an even and complete cook, and went through the manual for each one to find similar recipes to test. We settled on popcorn, making tea, and boiling potatoes, as basic tests.
We then moved on to the big test—cooking—the main reason you’re using your microwave.
For all of our cooking tests we had the help of our panel of experts, including a leading chef, who determined the results of each test. They confirmed for us if the food was evenly cooked, and the time it took to reach the desired consistency.
Again, the Morphy Richards dwarfed the competition, delivering the best, tastiest food time and again, and in some cases several minutes quicker than the other two.
We started simply, by heating water, then moved on to defrosting.
We then tested a household staple: rice.
We made soup using a packet mix, to see how well each machine would incorporate the ingredients.
We boiled potatoes to judge how well the microwaves boil harder, starchier foods.
Popcorn was a fun test, and really showed how evenly each of the machines cooked.
Things got more exciting with our pizza test, where we tested the quality of the convection setting.
Testing the grill setting for each machine was interesting, as a lot of older microwaves don’t include a grill function. We conducted two tests, paneer and vegetables, to see how each grilled stacked up.
The cake baking test checked to see how each performed for longer periods of time, and produced some very tasty results.
Our analysis of after-sales service
A large part of your satisfaction depends on the quality of the installation and the after-sales service, so we decided to investigate how these three brands conduct theirs.
In our investigation we called all the three brands’ customer care numbers and spoke to three owners of local microwave service centres. We also grilled (figuratively) the installation guys who came to set up our microwaves for as much info as we could get on their service practices.
We learned that all three companies send a person right to your doorstep for to install and service your machine.
More importantly, we learned that IFB actually have their own service centres and use their own trained specialists to service their microwaves, whereas Morphy Richards and Kenstar partner with local mechanics to do the work.
You might think that IFB is hands-down better as they use their own branded technicians—but this isn’t necessarily the case.
Since IFB uses their own service personnel for this work this means they have to pay them a salary, therefore they can only hire a limited number of specialist technicians and only cover a limited amount of area in India.
Morphy Richards and Kenstar, however, partner with local mechanics which means that they only pay a commission per successful service they perform, meaning no fixed prices. This means they only have to pay their partners when they perform a service, so they can tie up with more local mechanics and cover more areas in India.
We also found a lot of reviews and customer complaints online that further corroborated our theory that IFB’s service in certain parts of India can be sub-par.
This should be a major concern for you if you don’t live in a big city.
Now, you might be worried that if Morphy Richards works with local third party mechanics then they might not have the necessary knowledge to do the job properly.
We thought so too. So, we called up three owners of three separate microwave after-sales businesses and identified five problems that microwave users face. We made sure that some of the problems were rare in their occurrence. The rare problems would be a good test to see if the Morphy Richards' service personnel was actually knowledgeable.
Once we identified the top five problems, we spoke to all the three brands’ installation and service personnel to test their knowledge on these problems. We checked to see if all brand reps/local mechanics understood these problems and knew how to solve them. We also got some quotes from them in the process. Take a look.
- Prob - 1
- Prob - 2
- Prob - 3
- Prob - 4
- PRob - 5
Problem 1 - No Heat generated from the microwave.
Occurrence - Common
This is one of the most probable problems that you will face with your microwave. This occurs mainly due to the Magnetron failing. Here's what it costs to solve it:
As you can see Morphy Richards is the most expensive to get serviced. But, this makes sense as Morphy Richards has the most powerful heat generation at 900W. The Kenstar and IFB are at 800W.
We found that all three brands were aware of this problem and had the necesssary knowledge to solve it.
Problem 2 - The microwave starts making loud noises.
Occurrence - Common
This occurs mainly due to a fault in the capacitor or diode. Here's the cost to solve it:
Here too all three companies had the necessary knowledge to solve the problem.
Problem 3 - Touch panel stops working
Occurrence - Common
The touch panel malfunctions mainly when you touch the buttons when your hands are wet. Here are the approximate rates you can expect to pay.
Here, surprisingly it cost much more to get it replaced from a 3rd party mechanic. This is probably due to the lack of spare parts available.
Problem 1 - Glass plate breaks
Occurrence - Common
This refers to the breaking of the glass plate inside of your microwave. This is very easy to solve.
1.6k - 2.9k
1.6k - 2.9k
1.6k - 2.9k
All of them were aware of this problem and could solve it in a day. Also, if you notice getting this solved by third parties is super cheap. This must be because they would use some unbranded or second hand glass plate instead of a new branded one.
Problem 5 - Inner cavity begins to rust.
Occurrence - Rare
This is a rare problem which happens 4 - 5 years after your purchase.
We found that all three brands were aware of this problem and had the necesssary knowledge to solve it.
However, of the 3rd party mechanics that we spoke to, a couple of them were not aware of this issue.
Yes! Not only did the local mechanics who tied up with Kenstar and Morphy Richards have an understanding of the problems we discussed, they also had prior experience solving them.
Plus, they also directly sourced their parts from Kenstar and Morphy Richards. So there should be no problem regarding quality of spare parts either.
If your microwave stops working and you can’t heat up your coffee or tea or your food, you want this solved quickly. This is why we prefer Morphy Richards’ service to IFB—it’s most likely quicker.
So think twice, or call the closest IFB service centre, before choosing IFB.
Our best pick (in detail)
As we’ve mentioned several times throughout this piece the Morphy Richards was far and away the best microwave oven in India when it came to cooking efficiency, and with its 25L capacity it can easily feed a family of up to five people
It’s simple use, with a handy touch panel and nicely-designed handle for the door, and its 81-inch cord means you can comfortably install it almost anywhere in your kitchen. The two-year product warranty gives you peace of mind that you’re covered should anything happen. However, keep in mind that this does not cover the microwave’s door.
While reasonably on-par with the IFB in features like menu buttons, time setup, clock, and wire lengths, everything about it just felt better. Its powerful 900W cooking capabilities means it has over 100W more output power available than the IFB, giving it faster and much better cooking.
We loved using the options available with the Morphy Richards. Its combi-tech functions helped us get the most evenly and perfectly grilled paneer and roasted vegetables. The cake we baked with the help of the microwave and convection combi-tech function was evenly baked too.
With over 200 auto-cook menu options, the Morphy Richards far and away had the best cooking features. Even the most inexperienced cook can create a meal with this machine, although it can get a little overwhelming if you don’t take the time to familiarise yourself with the manual first, which includes instructions for each cooking option, with the corresponding numbers stuck on top of the microwave. An added bonus was the extra recipe book that came with the machine, giving you very detailed instructions for an extra 150 dishes.
Out of all the features available, the Morphy Richards excels in cooling, and deodorising—a boon for when you don't want your coffee or paneer to be stinking of chicken.
It can boil water quickly and easily, and cooks a pot of rice in just 18 minutes, a full minute quicker than the IFB. It boiled potatoes perfectly, and excels at grilling paneer (some of the best we’ve ever tasted!) and beautifully-roasted vegetables.
For the convection oven, it comes with a handy convection plate, meaning you can get beautiful crispy pizzas in just nine minutes flat. It also baked a fluffy, delicious beautiful cake in only 22 minutes. We could go on and on about the food it produced, but we won’t. We’ll leave that up to you.
We did experience a few drawbacks, though. A disappointing outcome of the cooking test was when making popcorn, as despite its powerful engine it cooked unevenly.
Despite these few complaint, it’s still by far our favourite pick, and overall cooks better and faster than its competition. At around Rs. 9990, it’s not the cheapest of models, but it’s definitely worth the money once you start cooking.
Our budget pick (in detail)
IFB 23L Convection Microwave Oven (23SC3)
The IFB came in as our budget pick, and for the money you’re spending, the quality is almost as good as what you get with the Morphy Richards.
Its 800W power setting is no slouch, and gets food cooked quickly and evenly. The 23L capacity makes it perfect for families of three or four, and with all the use you’ll be getting from it, the one-year product warranty and three-year magnetron warranty lets you know you’re covered should anything happen.
All the buttons are clearly labelled on the touch panel, so it’s easy to use, and should anything go awry the customer care number is stuck firmly to the top of the microwave. It only has 10 auto-cook recipes, which left it lacking in comparison to the Morphy Richards, but these were all presented on the touch screen, and our panel commented that this actually made it much easier to use.
When it comes to features, there were a number of things that we liked. We thought the child lock was a great touch, and the deodorising and cooling features were helpful too. There are four cooking operations for different temperature levels, and its combi-tech options mean you can grill, bake, and microwave to your hearts’ content. It also had a handy defrost option, allowing you to defrost up to 1.8kg.
When it comes to cooking, the IFB cooks nice and evenly across the board, whether it’s boiling starchy potatoes, baking crispy pizza, grilling vegetables and paneer, or baking a beautiful cake. While it came out slower than the Morphy Richards in most tests (and a whole eight minutes slower when making a cake), it still cooked quickly and evenly, and actually produced some of the best and most evenly popped popcorn we’ve tasted
There are a few downsides though, the after sales service you are going to get with IFB is doubtful at best. Most of our analysis points towards them being very untimely. Our findings were corroborated by a lot of negative reviews online for their service.
The touch panel took a little more pressure to use, and two unnecessary features which we detail below. There was no recipe book either, so the culinary options for this machine felt like they were limited.
But overall, we think that the IFB is a great machine and will feel at home in any kitchen. It looks great, it works well, and at Rs.8755, you’re getting great value for money.
Useful vs. useless features
Technically, most features in a microwave are useless as all of them are a function of only three things: time, temperature, and weight of the food.
That being said, some features are marginally useful like the auto-cook feature. This will get you through the occasional problem you’ll face if you are heating something new and don’t know how long you have to heat it for. But as time goes on you’ll probably know how long things have to be heated, and you’ll resort to heating by just changing the time and temperature levels yourself.
The combi-tec feature, though, is actually useful as it helps you to switch back and forth between the grill and convection function, so you don’t have to go into the kitchen all the time to keep changing between the two.
Now, there are some features that are actually useless. The steam clean function is one of them. All it does is heats a bowl of water that you’ve put into it and the steam produced cleans the walls of the microwave. You can do this yourself by heating a bowl of water normally.
Simply fill a microwave-safe bowl with 200ml water, squeeze in the juice of one lemon, and set it on high for five minutes (or press the steam clean button). Once this is done, leave the door closed for a further five minutes. At the end of this time you can wipe the insides down with a dry cloth. It’s that simple, and doesn’t need its own function.
The keep warm feature, found only in IFB, is another useless one. While it sounds great in theory, it just makes more sense to reheat your food when it is ready to be served. You don’t need another button that does the exact same thing.
Cooking shouldn’t be a chore, and these days using a microwave makes it that much easier, so we wanted to find you the best microwave that can do everything you need.
After thorough testing of each of our three shortlisted models, the clear winner was the Morphy Richards. Its increased power gave it a faster cooking time, with a better end result, and with only a short read of the manual, its 200 auto-cook recipes make it easy for the beginner to start creating culinary masterpieces. It’s a little pricier than the IFB, but more than makes up for it in performance, and creates some truly exceptional food.
If you’re after a more budget-friendly choice, the IFB does the job. It cooks almost as fast as the Morphy Richards, and produces almost as good results—and if you’re a fan of popcorn, it’s got you covered. Although the service might be sub-par. So, check with their closest service centre before making a purchase.
So if you want fast, efficient cooking, go for the Morphy Richards. But if you want to save a bit of money and don’t mind waiting a few extra seconds, go for the IFB. But, make sure to verify if there is a service center close by.
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