Microwaves are one of your most versatile kitchen appliances. They heat, reheat, cook, defrost, and save you lots of time. Countertop microwaves are no longer only for homes. You can find them in restaurants, gas stations, offices, dorm rooms, and RVs. With professional designs and convenient features, such as customized cooking options, timer settings, and multiple power levels, you can choose from the best countertop microwaves for your purposes. Top picks from Appliances Connection's experts are listed below.
This countertop microwave from Sharp has a 1.4 cu. ft. capacity and offers 1,000 Watts of power to cook foods quickly and thoroughly. Enjoy perfectly popped gourmet popcorn using this microwave's Orville Redenbacher's® Certified Popcorn Preset. Choose the specific size of your Orville Redenbacher® popcorn, and get delicious popcorn that is popped to perfection. Enjoy more one-touch settings for optimal cooking times of other popular foods and beverages. Automatic sensor programs and 10 power levels accessed via the bright LED display help you get great results, so you don't have to worry about under or overcooking your food. This smart countertop microwave is programmed to work with Alexa Voice Commands, giving you hands-free control over your cooking.
Check out this ADA compliant countertop microwave from GE Profile with a 1.1 cu. ft. capacity and 800 Watts of cooking power. This appliance has the flexibility to be placed on the countertop, built into your cabinets with a separate matching trim kit, or hung below your cabinets with an optional hanging kit. A child lock function prevents children from accidentally using the microwave. Enjoy the convenience of sensor cooking controls, including a defrost function that sets an optimal time and power level based on the weight of your food. You can also press the "Add 30 seconds" button to get an instant additional 30 seconds of cooking time. The glass turntable inside the microwave can be turned on or off.
This Viking 5 Series countertop microwave has a spacious 2 cu. ft. of capacity and cooks powerfully with 1,100 Watts. With 13 sensor settings and dinner preset recipes that take only 15 minutes, you'll be cooking faster and easier than ever before. The Warm/Hold feature keeps food at serving temperatures for an extended period of time, and the Add-a-Minute feature gives you a one-touch option to add a minute to the timer without resetting. Keep children from accidentally using the microwave by activating the child safety lock. This unit can be placed on the countertop or built into your cabinets with a separate customizable trim kit.
Here's another spacious and powerful countertop microwave. This one comes from Dacor's Professional Series, and it has 2 cu. ft. of capacity and 1,100 Watts of cooking power. Its sensor technology automatically adjusts the time and temperature for certain favorite foods, and it also includes six menu options to help you get the best results when preparing foods. The Keep Warm function keeps foods at serving temperature for up to 30 minutes. There are three defrost options, and an Easy Minute option for one-touch cooking. Place this microwave on the countertop, or purchase the optional trim kit for a built-in installation. A Child Lock function prevents accidental usage of the microwave.
Whirlpool's budget-friendly countertop microwave has a compact 0.7 cu. ft. capacity and 700 Watts of power. This ADA compliant appliance features 10 variable power levels for better cooking control. The glass turntable is removable for easy cleaning. This microwave includes convenient cooking, reheat, and defrost cycles to assist you in meal preparation. A safety control lock ensures small children do not accidentally use the microwave.
What wattage microwave should I buy?
The higher the wattage, the more cooking power the microwave produces. You can also expect higher wattage microwaves to cook more evenly. Microwaves generally range from 500 to 1,250 Watts. A larger microwave with higher wattage may be more appropriate for family usage. A smaller microwave with less wattage may be more appropriate for a dorm room.
What should I look for when buying a microwave?
As you look for a microwave, consider important factors such as the location you are going to put it, which will determine the size of the microwave you will buy. Will you be using the microwave often for family-size dishes? Then, you will want to look at microwaves with a higher wattage. Decide whether you enjoy the convenience of sensor cooking and preprogrammed menu settings. If you have small children in the house, you will probably want to choose a unit with a child control lock. Another feature that some people prefer is the ability to turn the turntable on and off.