Best Microwave Ovens

Last update March 17, 2017
A microwave oven is an appliance most modern kitchens have. It helps us cook and heat food very fast thanks to the effect of microwaves that penetrate food and heat it up from inside. We have selected 5 best and most popular microwave ovens to make your pick easier! ...Read more ...Read less
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OUR VERDICT
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Power
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Auto Cook Options
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PROS

Premium design with a handy LED display.

Grilling element (with ceramic plate) for crispy food and pizza.

Scratch-resistant surface.

Includes a '+30 seconds' button for additional heating.

CONS

Grilling element is not removable so you need to be careful when cleaning the interior of the oven.

OUR VERDICT

That is an awesome mid-sized microwave oven that includes a lot of Auto Cook pre-programmed settings. Good pick for any home kitchen.

detailed parameters
Control
Electronic sensor controls with LED display
Power
1000 Watts
Features
Even microwave distribution system, Cavity backlighting, Sound signal, Child lock, Odor removal
Turntable Diameter
~12 inches
Capacity
1.1 cu. ft.
Auto Cook Options
Popcorn, Potato, Pizza, Veggies, Cook, Kids meals, Auto reheat, Soften / melt, Snacks
Inner Surface
Ceramics
Warranty
Parts and labor: 1 year, Magnetron: 10 years
PROS
This microwave oven is designed so that you can build it into your kitchen furniture. The interface is simple and intuitive. The cooking cavity is big enough for the whole family.
CONS
The microwave beeps every 60 seconds if you don't open the door after the cooking time is over.
OUR VERDICT
It's a great microwave oven for any family with several children. The unit has such innovative options as One-Touch controls, Precise Cook sensor, and so on.
detailed parameters
Control
Electronic push-button controls
Power
1100 Watts
Features
Precise Cook Sensor technology, Auto Defrost, Convenient +30 seconds key
Turntable Diameter
15 inches
Capacity
1.8 cu. ft.
Auto Cook Options
Popcorn, Potato, Reheat, Beverage, Frozen entree, Frozen vegetables
Inner Surface
Enameled
Warranty
Parts: 1 year, Magnetron - 5 years
PROS
Panasonic microwave oven features a patented inverter technology that ensures an even cooking. The inverter power unit is fairly small so the whole oven is quite compact.
CONS
The cavity light is on when the microwave is running only and it's switched off if you just open the door.
OUR VERDICT
This microwave oven boasts the most innovative technologies that allow you to cook delicious and healthy food that will never get burnt.
detailed parameters
Control
Electronic sensor controls with LED display
Power
1200 Watts
Features
Quick-minute timer, Delay Start feature, Child safety lock, Turbo Defrost, 10 power levels, Keep Warm feature
Turntable Diameter
13.5 inches
Capacity
1.2 cu. ft.
Auto Cook Options
Frozen Entrees and Vegetables, Soup, Oatmeal, Pizza, Pasta, Popcorn, Reheat
Inner Surface
Enameled
Warranty
Parts: 1 year, Magnetron: 5 years
PROS
This Danby microwave oven provides two defrost modes: either by weight or by time. The unit doesn't make much noise during the operation. Stylish stainless steel and black exterior.
CONS
It might be somewhat difficult to see the readings on the LED display in bright light.
OUR VERDICT
Danby microwave oven is the best pick for small kitchens as well as for offices or dorms. The unit will always help you cook your favorite food!
detailed parameters
Control
Electronic sensor controls with LED display
Power
700 Watts
Features
10 power levels, Child safety lock, +30 sec key, LED clock and timer
Turntable Diameter
~10 inches
Capacity
0.7 cu. ft.
Auto Cook Options
Popcorn, Potato, Pizza, Beverage, Dinner plate, Frozen vegetable
Inner Surface
Enameled
Warranty
18 months (parts and labor)
PROS
Auto weight and Speed defrost functions greatly simplify the cooking process. The stainless steel housing of this microwave oven adds to durability and it is very easy to clean. Several color options are available.
CONS
The power cord of this compact microwave oven is quite short.
OUR VERDICT
Westinghouse microwave oven is a great choice for offices, dorms, and small families. It's a kitchen appliance that is both convenient and pretty functional.
detailed parameters
Control
Electronic sensor controls with LED display
Power
900 Watts
Features
10 cooking power levels, Child safety lock, Timer, Defrost by weight, Speed defrost, Cook by weight, +30 seconds key
Turntable Diameter
9 inches
Capacity
0.9 cu. ft.
Auto Cook Options
Popcorn, Potato, Pizza, Beverage, Reheat, Frozen food
Inner Surface
Enameled
Warranty
Parts: 1 year, Magnetron: 5 years

What is a Microwave Oven

In the following review, we will help you choose the most appropriate microwave oven for your kitchen.

A microwave oven is a popular kitchen appliance, which is used not only at home but even in cafes and restaurants. Today, it is hard to imagine a house without a microwave oven in the kitchen. This appliance helps you cook quickly by just choosing a respective setting (also called a cooking program). Also, you can easily defrost any food within just several minutes. Unlike a conventional oven, a microwave oven heats up food from inside (that is how microwaves work) and it takes very little time.

If you like to make toasts and some other pastry, we recommend you to consider buying one of the best toasters.

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What To Look For

There are many microwave oven reviews online but still the choice of this appliance is dumbfounded. Many customers get confused over the technical specification of every microwave and that is why we have made our comparison as simple, yet informative, as possible. We have picked 5 best microwave ovens and analyzed them according to the most important features without going too deep into a tech stuff.

If you want to just heat some food up - the simplest microwave oven with a couple of dials will be enough for you. However, if you are going to use this appliance for cooking, you should, first of all, pay attention to the Functionality of every model. This criterion depends on 2 major features - capacity and power. Small capacity (under 1 cu. ft.) is suitable for defrosting and heating food. A mid-sized cooking cavity (1-1.1 cu. ft.) is an optimal choice for a small family; many appliances of this kind have a built-in grill, so you can cook some delicious and crusty courses. A large microwave oven with a cavity of more than 1.2 cu. ft. is the best choice for a big family with several kids. Such ovens usually come with a special grate and, moreover, boast such technologies as grill and convection. The power heavily depends on capacity - the higher the latter is, the more power a microwave requires for cooking and heating. No need to mention, all modern microwave ovens allow you to choose the level of power: from the minimum to the highest one possible (it depends on each model). The optimal power for a microwave oven ranges from 700 to 1200 Watts.

The next important aspect to take into account when choosing a microwave oven is the Usability. Of course, the faster an appliance heats the food up, the simpler it is to use it. However, any microwave oven requires care and maintenance. First of all, you should always keep the appliance clean, particularly inside. And the easiness of regular clean-ups depends on the coating of the cooking cavity. As usual, manufacturers use enamel, ceramics, or stainless steel. An enameled inner surface is very popular and it's quite easy to remove grease and dirt from it. A ceramic coating is durable and highly scratch-resistant. All grease drops are quickly wiped out with any sponge or kitchen brush in a single pass. A stainless steel coating looks great and ensures superb durability; moreover, such surface is very heat-resistant. That's why a stainless steel inner surface is often used in microwave ovens having convection or a grill. Next, the controls should be intuitive so that you don't spend ages deciding which cooking mode to choose. There are 3 major types of controls: mechanical, push-button, and sensor. Mechanical controls are very reliable and simple. Such microwave ovens have a couple of mechanical dials that you turn to select the power level and the cooking time. This type of microwaves is suitable for elderly people and kids. The next type is push-button controls: you need to pick the type of food and its weight while the software of an appliance will do the rest. You can see all the necessary information on a handy LED display. Next, such sophisticated appliances very often have memory cooking support. Finally, there are sensor controls, which are the same as push-button ones in terms of convenience, but you configure the settings, using a sensor panel.

And the last step in your way to the best microwave oven is to consider all Additional Options each model provides. If many appliances are more or less the same in terms of power and capacity, their capabilities might differ a lot. For example, some appliances have a special child lock - your toddler won't be able to open the door of the oven if you lock it. And some microwaves provide steam purification of the cavity - all bacteria are killed by a high-temperature steam.

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Review of Samsung MG11H2020CT Counter Top Microwave

Samsung MG11H2020CT Counter Top Microwave

Samsung MG11H2020CT Counter Top Microwave

Functionality

Samsung microwave oven is a mid-sized kitchen appliance with the capacity of 1.1 cubic feet. The maximum power is 1000 Watts, so this unit has everything needed for cooking. The functionality of this microwave is quite typical: precise heating / defrosting and auto cooking. A grill is a useful advantage this microwave offers. It allows you to cook some delicious crispy food - chicken, meat, fish, etc. Actually, this appliance boasts a special feature called "Crusty Plate" - there is a special ceramic plate for preparing crispy food - it heats up to 200 degrees centigrade (due to the effect of microwaves) and acts as a frying pan.

Review of Samsung MG11H2020CT Counter Top Microwave

Usability

The inner surface of Samsung microwave oven is coated with durable, fat- and heat-resistant ceramics, which is extremely easy-to-clean. You just need to use a soft brush or a sponge for removing grease from the cooking cavity. Next, the ceramic coating is quite scratch-resistant. Therefore, this microwave oven is far more durable than the models, having an enameled interior. When closed, the unit looks pretty much like a flat rectangle (mostly thanks to the sensor buttons), so it makes cleaning the unit trouble-free. Samsung microwave oven has lots of auto cook options, so you can cook a certain food with a single push of a button. Of course, you should carefully read a user manual, which contains detailed descriptions of all of the available auto cook options. If you think your dish isn't hot enough - use a handy +30s button and the food will be heated for additional half a minute.

Samsung MG11H2020CT Counter Top Microwave in the use

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Review of Sharp Countertop/Over The Range  Microwave Oven

Sharp Countertop/Over The Range Microwave Oven

Sharp Countertop/Over The Range Microwave Oven

Functionality

This is the best microwave oven if you have a really big family with lots of kids to feed. The reason is simple - this appliance has a huge capacity, 1.8 cubic feet. You can cook or heat a lot of food at a time. For example, it's possible to cook the whole goose in this kitchen appliance! Of course, the unit yields sufficient maximum power - 1100 Watts, though you will need it only for grilling. Whereas a quick heat-up will require from 700 to 900 Watts of power output. A grill is certainly a handy add-on since you can enjoy the crusty food.

 

Review of Sharp Countertop/Over The Range  Microwave Oven

Usability

SHARP microwave oven has an enameled inner surface. This type of coating is quite simple in cleaning and, moreover, heat-resistant. Of course, we recommend you to keep the cavity clean, so, do a clean-up every week. Or you should use a plastic cover to prevent grease splashes. The push-button electronic controls are simple. Also, all the buttons are placed on a uniform panel, so no tiny crevices to accumulate dirt. You can use a handy Sensor Cook Menu that has the following modes: potato, frozen entree, popcorn, beverage, and some others. Thanks to these buttons, a single push is required to prepare the meal. If you worry whether you can put a plate or a tray with food into the oven, allay your fears since the turntable is huge - 15 inches in diameter. Therefore, you can place even a fairly big ceramic plate with your favorite dish.

 

Sharp Countertop/Over The Range  Microwave Oven in the use

Additional Options

This extra-large microwave oven can be used either as it is, or you can build it into your kitchen furniture. If you prefer the latter, you will be able to save up a lot of space in your kitchen. However, you should plan the layout of kitchen furniture in advance. As for the features this microwave oven has, we should mention a useful +30 sec option - you can heat your food or drink a bit longer if it hasn't got hot enough. Finally, this microwave has as many as 3 different defrost settings: meat, poultry, and fish.

 


Sharp Countertop/Over The Range  Microwave Oven
Sharp Countertop/Over The Range Microwave Oven
 
Review of Panasonic NN-SN651BAZ Countertop Microwave Oven with Inverter Technology

Panasonic NN-SN651BAZ Countertop Microwave Oven with Inverter Technology

Panasonic NN-SN651BAZ Countertop Microwave Oven with Inverter Technology

Inverter Technology

Modern microwave ovens are used not only for heating or defrosting food. These kitchen appliances help us cook different meals very quickly but there's always that minor issue - uneven heating. Now, you've got a solution! We recommend you to use the Panasonic NN-SN651BAZ since this appliance has an inverter technology that creates a steady stream of microwaves allowing you to cook food evenly. Therefore, you will always be able to cook delicious and appetizing meals for you and your family. Moreover, the inverter technology is utterly helpful for cooking delicate foods (like muffins, for example). This inverter microwave oven offers 12 Auto Cook options that greatly facilitate the cooking process. This function picks the right time and power settings for cooking soup, oatmeal, pizza, pasta, vegetables, and so on. Moreover, the inverter technology is also used for defrosting food - press the Inverter Turbo Defrost key on the control panel and frozen foods will be thawed in no time!

Also, we would like to draw your attention to a small footprint of this microwave oven. Panasonic engineers managed to squeeze all the cutting-edge hardware into a compact body of this unit. Thus, this amazing inverter microwave oven requires little space on a counter. Great for small kitchens!

If you don't want to damage the surface of your counter or kitchen table with sizzling hot cookware, make sure to use a pot holder.

Review of Panasonic NN-SN651BAZ Countertop Microwave Oven with Inverter Technology

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Panasonic NN-SN651BAZ Countertop Microwave Oven with Inverter Technology
Panasonic NN-SN651BAZ Countertop Microwave Oven with Inverter Technology
 
Review of Danby Designer Countertop Microwave Oven

Danby Designer Countertop Microwave Oven

Danby Designer Countertop Microwave Oven

Extra Functions

There are hundreds of microwave ovens on the market and the only way for the manufacturers to boost sales is adding some extra features to their kitchen appliances. The more extra features a microwave oven has, the more multifunctional it is. The Danby DMW077BLSDD model is affordable but really functional and easy-to-use. For example, the microwave oven allows for one-touch cooking: there are 6 most popular uses such as popcorn, pizza, potato, beverage, dinner plate, frozen vegetable. Thus, you can easily cook your favorite pizza without overpaying for it. But that's not all! This Danby microwave oven also has 6 Express Cook settings - set the time and power level for a certain dish and the appliance will keep it in its memory. No need to mention, you can control the cooking process through the door window. The LED display shows the remaining time when you are cooking something and the clock when the appliance is idling. As for safety, this model has a reliable child safety lock, so don't worry about your small kids - they won't be able to accidentally use the microwave.

As you know, metal dinnerware can't be used in microwave ovens so we recommend you to purchase the one made of porcelain. This material is heat-resistant and totally BPA-free. Cook your favorite food and enjoy it!

Review of Danby Designer Countertop Microwave Oven

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Danby Designer Countertop Microwave Oven
Danby Designer Countertop Microwave Oven
 
Review of Westinghouse WM009 Countertop Microwave Oven

Westinghouse WM009 Countertop Microwave Oven

Westinghouse WM009 Countertop Microwave Oven

Functionality

This high-tech microwave oven is compact, functional, and very convenient in use. Despite a small size, the appliance allows you to cook quite a lot of dishes, to defrost, and to heat up food. The cavity is quite small - 0.9 cubic feet, which is enough for a family of 2 people. The power of this microwave is 900 Watts, so if you need a device for heating food (rather than cooking) and want to minimize electricity bills, this Westinghouse microwave oven is a reasonable choice. The appliance has 10 power levels, though we advise you to choose the power of 600 or 700 Watts for defrosting and heating.

Review of Westinghouse WM009 Countertop Microwave Oven

Usability

Westinghouse WM009 countertop microwave oven boasts an intuitive sensor control panel with an LED display. Therefore, learning how to use the appliance takes just several minutes. The unit has a number of important features. First of all, there are 6 pre-programmed cooking options and 2 auto defrosting settings. Moreover, the appliance is equipped with the 'Cook by weight' function - digital sensors weigh the food up and automatically decide on the necessary cooking time. The inner surface of the cavity is enameled, so it's quite durable and easy-to-clean. Of course, you must never use a wire mesh because it will severely damage the enamel.

Westinghouse WM009 Countertop Microwave Oven in the use

Additional Options

Compact Westinghouse microwave oven boasts a number of features that make the use of this appliance very convenient and safe. The child lock blocks the keys on the sensor panel, so small kids can't turn the microwave oven on. Also, there's a '+30 seconds' key that you can push for heating food a bit more. In general, this microwave oven is small and yet functional appliance. It will make cooking as easy as possible. Top-class purchase!

Detailed review of Westinghouse WM009 Countertop Microwave Oven

Westinghouse WM009 Countertop Microwave Oven
Westinghouse WM009 Countertop Microwave Oven
 
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