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Microwave ovens buying guide

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We have created a helpful buying guide to select your now or even next microwave oven as we know things may have changed since you last purchased one. You may need to know how to choose size of microwave oven, or which capacity can fit with your family as well as what features you need.


Microwave ovens are no longer used exclusively for reheating meals or making cake, they have come a long way on the technology front, and you will be surprised to know you could probably cook a 5-course meal in them if you tried.

With the ability to purchase microwave ovens that have the speed of your traditional convection microwave but the functions of an oven, you have an opportunity to get creative with microwave oven cooking. Let start reading now to find out how to choose the right one.

Size of microwave ovens

When looking at microwave oven capacity, you will typically find them between 20-40 liters. Generally, the only advantage to a larger one is purely capacity and the ability to place larger dishes in it. If you are purely using it for defrosting and reheating a smaller size would be more than suitable.

Types and capacity of microwave ovens

Built-in microwave ovens

Built-in microwave ovens
Microwave ovens are not like they used to be, they are designed to be advanced in features and fit seamlessly into your kitchen with matching designs to your other appliances.

Ideal for:

  • Small family - large family
  • Apartment living
  • Entertainer



1800 – 2200W

Designed to fit  

The clean lines and design cues to the full Electrolux kitchen collection allow our built-in range to seamlessly fit into any kitchen. With the ability to have your microwave oven installed into a cavity within your cabinetry, you will not have another appliance taking up your bench space.

Versatile cooking  

With predefined options, you will be able to create dishes that seem like they come out of a convection oven at microwave oven speeds, with them being browned, crisped and packed with flavor. You are spoiled for choice with the ability to choose convection cooking or grill cooking on their own or combined.

Sleek and stylish  

Coming in two finishes with the standout being our dark stainless steel, you will be able to add a modern touch to any kitchen aesthetic.
Full touch control panel 

Full touch control panel

Simple to use and easy to clean, our touch control panel on our built-in microwave ovens make it an easy one or two-button touch, and you have total control over cooking temperatures, times and function settings. With the added safety feature of child lock, you can keep your family safe with ease.

Take out the guesswork  

With a range of auto-cook features, including auto-defrost, you can select the weight of the food or power setting, and from there you can get perfect results every time.

Faster and even cook with 900W  

Our built-in range of microwave ovens allows you to create an even and quick result with 900W of power, giving you flexibility in the kitchen to focus on other things.

Freestanding microwave ovens

Freestanding microwave ovens

Perfect for any household, a freestanding microwave oven allows you to plug and play. With its simple and modern design, you can place your freestanding microwave oven in a dedicated microwave oven spot or wherever you can fit it. With their easy-to-use control panel and easy-to-understand features, freestanding microwave ovens don't complicate the simple tasks or reheating and defrosting food.

Ideal for:

  • Family
  • Apartment living
  • Student accommodation





Get started quickly  

With a quick-start button, you don't have to wait around to figure out how to work your new microwave oven out. With pre-set programs, you can select a type of food and weight for your new freestanding microwave oven to do the work for you.

Easy to install

Easy to install
With the ability to place on your countertop and plug into power, a freestanding microwave oven allows you to move and use your microwave oven with ease.

Keeping your family safe  

With the ability to stop small hands from using your freestanding microwave, you can select the child lock option.

Popular Electrolux microwave ovens

Design & other considerations

Design & other considerations
Contrast or complement your cabinetry

When selecting appliances, it is essential to consider complementing or contrasting your splash back, cabinetry and other design accents in your kitchen aesthetic. 

Choose from one brand

It might be worth thinking about what brand your other appliances are in the kitchen to create seamless design cues across your kitchen as there are different finishes, handles and controls across competing brands. 

Where are you going to install your microwave oven?

Are you going to plug in and use wherever you can find a spot for your microwave oven? Or do you have a dedicated area where you would like to place your microwave? The answer to these questions can determine what style you could go with.

If you want to plug and play, freestanding is the way to go. Whereas if you have a dedicated spot or want to pair with your oven, you may want to look at a built-in or integrated model which will have a trim kit keeping it flush to the surrounding cabinetry for seamless integration.

Do you need basic or more advanced functions?

Do you want a microwave oven that is easy to understand and reheat, defrost and cook with a simple touch of a pre-set function? Or do you like to have more control with setting the temperature and length on time? There are models for both kinds of microwave oven users; it is important to be clear what you ultimately need your microwave oven for and whether all the extra advanced functions will be wasted in your household.

Warranty & service


Subject to terms and conditions our microwave ovens come with 24 months warranty in Vietnam, following the date of purchase. Click to view Electrolux Warranty Terms and Conditions.

Support & service

We have a Customer Care team available to assist you over the phone seven days a week, and a national network of experienced technicians and selected service agents. Offering a fixed price guarantee with no additional hidden labor costs, giving you peace of mind that your appliance is in good hands. Click to
contact customer care or find more useful troubleshoots and support here. 

Top FAQs

  • What is a built-in microwave oven

    Built-in microwave ovens are designed to fit into cabinetry, which allows for free space on the counter. Built-in microwave ovens need to be installed permanently and are normally fixed in walls or cabinets. The installation needs to be done by a licensed contractor and you need to be aware of any restrictions around height position from the floor and breathing space around the sides.

    Read more: Things you need to know about microwave oven

  • What size is a built-in microwave?

    Built-in microwave ovens are designed to fit standard cabinet widths, which can have different capacities from 25L to 30L, or more.

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