Different people look for different things when shopping for a microwave. Some people just want a basic unit that will heat up food, and there are good options for that purpose. But if you're looking for a more feature-packed microwave, those models may not be ideal. Some of the biggest names in the industry make powerful microwaves for consumers willing to go bigger with their budgets. Here's a look at three of the most powerful microwaves currently available.
You can do much more than reheat leftovers with this Sharp convection microwave with 1,450 Watts of cooking power. This unit, with a capacity of 1.5 cu. ft., gives you the best of both worlds with convection technology that allows you to bake, roast, and brown, in addition to the traditional microwave functionality. The presentation-worthy ceramic turntable is an elegant, glossy-white plate that is both oven-safe and dishwasher-safe. The Precise Cook Sensor technology automatically monitors cooking times, to make cooking easy, fast, and worry-free. The electronic touchpad controls make it easy for you to precisely choose the proper setting, including one-touch controls for things like frozen pizza, popcorn, and beverages. The bright, easy-to-read LCD display makes it easy for you to keep track of what is going on with your food. The auto defrost system reduces the need for maintenance, and the timer allows you to program the microwave to turn off or on at any time.
This powerful over-the-range microwave from Frigidaire's Gallery Series lets you cook at up to 1,450 Watts, with a large capacity of 1.5 cu. ft. that allows you to cook for everyone in your family at once. With the convection option, you can bake and brown items with the touch of a button. You can set the heat anywhere from 100°F to 450°F with 10 preset options. A built-in sensor automatically calculates and adjusts cooking times and power levels for your favorite foods. The extra-large glass turntable has a diameter of 13.25 in., allowing it to hold big bowls and large casseroles. The full-width door maximizes interior space while opening up to a 90° angle without touching adjacent walls. The Smudge-Proof® Stainless Steel construction resists fingerprints and is easy to clean. Charcoal filters remove cooking odors, and the three-speed ventilation fan allows the unit to double as a hood for your stove, generating up to 400 CFM of ventilation power
This unit from Panasonic is one of the most powerful microwaves available on the market because of it's large capacity at 2.2 cu. ft. and 1,250 Watts of cooking power. Panasonic's patented Inverter Technology gives you a seamless stream of cooking power even on low settings. The Inverter Technology allows you to braise, poach, and steam foods to perfection. The one-touch sensor cook and reheat functions take the guesswork out of preparing your favorite foods by automatically setting power levels and adjusting cooking and defrosting times. The Sensor Inverter Turbo Defrost helps you prepare food more efficiently than any other Panasonic microwave. It utilizes a microwave sequencing system that is based on the Inverter's continuous-power delivery method -- thawing foods more quickly and more evenly. The sleek chrome dial allows you to choose from the 19 convenient preset menu options.
What is a microwave convection oven?
A microwave convection oven adds an extra heating element and fan that circulate hot air around the interior of the unit.
How long should a microwave last?
With normal use, a microwave oven typically lasts about seven years. You can maximize the appliance's expected life with proper care and maintenance.