Let’s face it: we all wish we had the time to whip up gourmet meals each day. But slaving over the stove and waiting for something to bake is just not practical on a regular basis. That’s why having the invention of a microwave is a lifesaver for most families. In a matter of minutes, you can have breakfast, lunch or dinner heated and ready to serve.
Since it’s such a popular appliance, there are endless options. There are pricey ones that a chef would use in a restaurant all the way to cheap ones with limited functions. Most people want something in between that ensures food is evenly cooked, is easy to use and blends in well with the kitchen. Luckily, there are plenty of great options on the market that accomplish all of that. Here are the top ones, based on our research.
Comfee EM720CPL-PM Countertop Microwave Oven
The one-touch cooking is key. COMFEE
As if microwaves aren’t convenient enough, this 700-watt one has express one-touch cooking options to save you precious seconds while preparing a dish. You have the choice of one to six minutes and +30 second button plus the same one-touch cooking for six common foods like popcorn, potatoes, pizza, frozen vegetables, or reheat dinner plate. Aside from the quick cook feature, it also has 11 power levels to ensure you’re heating your food at a preferred temperature, a removable turntable to make cleaning easy, and a compact footprint to easily fit on the counter or in a cabinet. The best part of all has to be the mute button. You can turn off all those annoying microwave beeps by pressing the sound on/off button so that late-night cooking won’t disturb anyone.
Panasonic Microwave Oven NN-SN966S
The display is simple, with purposely small buttons to maximize the interior. Amazon
This spacious, 1250-watt, 2.2-cubic-foot appliance is a worthy investment. Inverter Technology with Turbo Defrost steadily streams power, heating up family-size meals fast and evenly, without overcooking. Genius Sensor Cook and Reheat buttons automatically adjusts power and time by food type. On super-busy days, you’ll be thankful for the Keep Warm option; it ensures the contents inside remain at an ideal temp until they’re ready to serve.
Daewoo KOR-7LREW Retro Countertop Microwave
A funky design adds a bit of fun to an otherwise boring household appliance. Daewoo
Just because a microwave is a modern invention doesn’t mean it has to contemporary. This retro-style one provides a hint of fun in your kitchen as it comes in mint green, red, and white cream gloss finishes. Even the knob you spin to set the time is cute. But it has more than just looks; the powerful output capacity ensures baking results in a compact design. It seems to heat things faster than some bigger microwaves, and the defrost function works quickly and evenly, without pre-cooking the food. Stylish and functional, what more could you want?