Did you know that the microwave is the most used appliance in the kitchen after the refrigerator? While most use it to reheat food, microwaves are great way to cook food safely. In fact, today’s microwaves with their high technological capabilities are loaded with presets for cooking different types of food.
There are various factors to consider before buying a microwave: size, style, price, turntable, venting and more. Microwaves also come in different styles: countertop, over the range and built-in. In this article, we have listed some of the best countertop microwaves for you.
Panasonic’s Countertop Microwave is loaded with attractive features; has a solid, sleek, and stylish exterior; and delivers a powerful performance. It automatically adjusts power levels and cooking or defrosting time, saving you from tiresome guesswork. The sensor measures the steam produced and signals the microprocessor to calculate the remaining cooking time. It has 1.3-cubic-foot capacity with a wide turntable that can easily accommodate larger containers. It also has a 30-second timer that lets you set your own cooking and reheating time.
The best feature of the AmazonBasics Microwave is that it can be integrated with Amazon Echo and can be operated via voice commands. You can make it work with a simple command like “Alexa, microwave popcorn for two minutes”. The interface is straightforward and easy to work with. Connecting the microwave to the Echo is a simple one-step process. It is a compact device that performs basic heating processes at an impressive 700 Watts. Because there is no inbuilt speaker in the microwave, you have to place the Echo beside it, which can be a tad inconvenient. However, it is a great deal for under $60!
This is a full features microwave and convection oven, equipped with a heating range between 175 and 425 degrees. It comes with a pre-programmed sensor menu for foods like potatoes, veggies, and pizza. The interior is made of stainless steel, which ensures even heat distribution and effortless cleaning. It also comes with a grill rack for multiple cooking options. All these additions make this unit a little heavy.
Daewoo’s retro microwave stands outs for its old-school, metallic box design. It has 5 power control presets with an impressive 700w microwave output. It also offers a two-way defrost option. The turntable can accommodate plates of up to 10 inches in diameter. It is a budget microwave that looks different from standard minimalistic models.
Profile’s stainless steel countertop microwave has a capacity of 2.2 cubic feet, making it ideal for bulk cooking and big families. You can heat an entire 16-inch pizza on the turntable and that too evenly. It is also easy to clean and comes with a child lockout option for extra safety. It is moderately affordable given the cooking capacity.