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Flatbed Microwaves Explained

What are flatbed microwaves?
When it comes to buying a new microwave, there are numerous designs to choose from. From built-in combination models, to compact solo styles, there are a wealth of options out there. It’s a good idea to weigh up what will work best in your home – what will you be cooking? Do you need plenty of space, or are you set on staying compact?

One particularly important factor to consider is whether you’re after a flatbed or turntable appliance. Flatbed microwaves do away with the round turntable found in more traditional models, and heat your food via microwaves emitted from under the base. Let’s take a closer look at the benefits of a flatbed, and why one might work for you.

Capacity
One of the big benefits of a flatbed microwave is the extra space it gives you. Instead of capacity being taken up by an elevated turntable, you can make the most of your microwave’s internal volume. With a flatbed microwave, the extra room also offers greater versatility, so you can place dishes of any shape inside, without the worry of plates hitting the side of the microwave during rotation.

Cleaning
Easy cleaning is a major plus when it comes to flatbed microwaves. With a flatbed, there’s no more struggling to clean the turntable mechanism, or having to remove the plate to get a good clean. The smooth surfaces inside make cleaning a breeze, and there’s the added benefit of minimal splashes – your food doesn’t spill because the dishes don’t move around. There are also fewer crevices for cooking spills to collect in, meaning keeping your microwave gleaming isn’t so much of a chore.

Even cooking
You might be wondering if the lack of rotation in a flatbed means your food doesn’t cook evenly. Fortunately, this isn’t the case. Flatbed microwaves simply use different technique to traditional turntable models, and these advances in technology allow for a more even spread of microwaves through your food, without the need to rotate it.

With models that use flatbed technology, the microwaves are emitted from a rotating antenna, which is located underneath the ceramic base of your appliance. The emitted microwaves still bounce around the cavity, but at slightly different angles to a turntable microwave. In fact, a major benefit of the flatbed design over and above a turntable, is that they tend to cook and heat food more evenly. They simply do away with the hassle of having to constantly reheat to get rid of those cold patches at the bottom of your leftovers.

The verdict
If you’re fed up with turntables that constantly get stuck, take up space and add to your washing up, then a flatbed microwave is a smart option. If you’re looking for a design gives you lots of heating and cooking capacity, with the added benefit of being easy to clean, a flatbed microwave should take the top spot on your list.

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