UK households: ownership of microwaves 1994-2018

Percentage of households with microwave ovens in the United Kingdom (UK) from 1994 to 2018

by S. O'Dea, last edited Mar 27, 2019
UK households: ownership of microwaves 1994-2018 The statistic shows the percentage of households that own a microwave oven in the United Kingdom (UK) from 1994 to 2018. In 1994, when this survey started, 67 percent of households owned a microwave. As of 2018, that number had increased significantly to 93 percent of households. Microwave ovens heat the molecules directly using radiation and are therefore much faster at heating than a regular oven or pan. The first microwave oven was available for domestic use in the late 1960s, starting the home use of microwaves. They are often used to heat leftover foods, ready-made meals, or other ingredients used for cooking such as butter, but can also be used to heat up other items such as heating pads.
Microwave oven penetration seems to have been stagnant since the mid 2000s in the United Kingdom. This may be attributable to the development of other kitchen appliances such as food steamers or immersion cookers.
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Percentage of households with microwave ovens in the United Kingdom (UK) from 1994 to 2018

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