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Appliances History Learning Center

Hit Those Waves

In 1945, Percy Spencer was the man responsible for accidentally discovering microwave heating qualities during his radar research. He noticed that the chocolate bar in his pocket began to melt when the “microwaves” from a nearby active radar was released. Creating an electromagnetic field by feeding microwave power to a metal box, it contained the energy and he saw that the temperature of the food increased. He applied his findings to the oven, which created the microwave oven and was commercially sold to the public.


By the late 1970’s rapid technological growth led to price decreases and were called “electronic ovens” until it got its name as the “microwave oven.” They are now formally known as microwaves because of the evolution of design.

Depending on your kitchen size, you can determine which type of microwave is best for you. Countertop microwaves are easy to install. Over-the-range microwaves give you free counter space and can be placed right over your range with possible vent options. Built-in microwaves are sleek and give you the option to show off or hide it for a sophisticated surprise. The choice is yours but for the most part they get the job done! Microwaves have not changed as much as other household appliances have over the decades but it will still explode a whole egg if you place it in there. DONT TRY THIS AT HOME.