Microwaves have become one of the most frequently used kitchen appliances and these days almost every home is equipped with one. There are different types of microwaves, but the countertop variety is probably the most common, offering maximum versatility in where it can be placed. If you're in the market for a new microwave, here are three of the best countertop microwaves of 2022.
The 24-in. Forté F2422MV5SS is part of the brands 5 Series. It provides with you a spacious capacity of 2.2 cu. ft. and up to 1,200 Watts of power for cooking and reheating your favorite foods and drinks. This microwave has a durable and stylish stainless steel exterior and the 27-in. & 30-in. trim kits that are available allow it to integrate seamlessly into your cabinetry and provide versatility in your kitchen decor., this unit includes a built-in sensor that automatically detects the best cooking time and power level for the foods you prepare, adjusting the settings based on vapor emitted from the food. The electronic touch controls make it easy for you to navigate through the 10 power levels and other settings that give you the ultimate flexibility to satisfy your needs. The child safety lock prevents your microwave from being turned on accidentally.
The Viking VMOS501SS is a beautiful stainless steel 24-in. countertop microwave from the 5 Series that gives you 1,100 Watts of power and a 2-cu. ft. capacity. You won't have a shortage of cooking options, with 13 food-specific sensor options, including breakfast and lunch options for cooking and reheating popular foods that are commonly part of those meals. Making dinner is quick and easy with a 15-minute dinner option and preset recipes, but if the food isn't exactly to your liking Viking gives you an Add-a-Minute function that adds a minute of cooking time with the touch of a button. The included warm/hold function keeps your food warm for up to 30 minutes in case everyone in the family isn't eating right away. The 16-in. turntable can fit large dinnerware and cooking vessels. With the optional trim kit, you can install this as a built-in unit, giving you maximum flexibility for how you use this microwave.
The GE Profile PEB9159SJSS microwave offers you four different color options including black, white, stainless steel and slate. With this unit you get a capacity of 1.5 cu. ft. and 1,000 Watts of power for cooking and reheating the food you eat. It also gives you more than your usual microwave cooking by utilizing the convection setting, which is perfect for recipes that call for baking or browning. A specially designed convection rack helps you achieve golden-brown results by allowing air to circulate around your food for even heat distribution during the convection cooking process. The sensor cooking function automatically adjusts the cooking power and time for delicious results every time, and if the food won't be eaten right away you can use this microwave as a warming oven so things don't cool down before you eat. A recessed turntable maximizes the oven space, while the turntable's flush design can easily accommodate multiple dishes. An optional matching trim kit lets you get a custom appearance for your unit and give you the convenience of a built-in model.
How long does a microwave last?
You should expect most microwaves to last up to 10 years. With proper use and maintenance you will maximize the unit's life span and get the most use out of it before needing to replace it.
Are built-in and countertop microwaves the same?
The difference between built-in and countertop microwaves is how they are installed in your kitchen. A countertop model can simply be placed on your kitchen counter and plugged into the electrical outlet. A built-in microwave is designed to be neatly tucked into a cabinet or wall.