Best Microwave Ovens

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Whether you’re looking forward to a nice, hot bowl of soup, an instant meal or just need to make some hot chocolate or an egg in a mug, microwave ovens have no doubt saved us many a time after late nights from work.

One of technology’s many wonders, the microwave is undoubtedly now a part of the family and the household. In fact, it’s now a common feature, just as much as a fridge or television. It’s a staple, and many-a-time we’ve relied on it to satisfy late night cravings or whip up a quick meal when we’re feeling peckish. It can also heat water, tea, and do a slew of other things efficiently, so it only makes sense that it is nothing short of stellar.

If you’ve been thinking of upgrading your microwave, now’s a good time as any. Of course, expect to be avalanched by hundreds of options which could very easily confuse you. Or, you could opt to read our list here, where we’ve conveniently put together some of our choices for the best microwave ovens around.

Emerson 0.9 CU. FT. 900 Watt, Touch Control

Product Info
  • 10 Power Levels
  • Time and weight defrost
  • Express Cooking
Why we like it: Plenty of options to choose from, and super efficient

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We honestly didn’t know that microwaves came in so many different options in terms of colour and variety, but as it turns out, they do. This microwave by Emerson is one such option, and it comes in Black, Solid Black, Black with Gray, Black with Stainless Steel Trim, Black with Silver, and Stainless Steel. But the best part is that it not only looks good, it also functions impressively.

Firstly, it has 10 different levels of power, so you have plenty of choice in terms of what you want to do. It also has a time display and we loved that it has a weight defrost as well, which basically means that you just need to input the weight of the food, and the microwave will do the rest. It’ll assess the optimal defrosting time respectively as well as the power level, although if you’d like to do it yourself, you can. The removable glass turntable makes for easy cleaning up and child safety ensures complete security.

Panasonic Microwave Oven NN-SN966S Stainless Steel

Product Info
  • Panasonic Microwave: This 1250 Watt high power, 2.2 cubic foot capacity stainless steel countertop/built in microwave...
  • Inverter Technology with Turbo Defrost: Patented Inverter Technology generates a seamless stream of power and delivers...
  • Large Family Size: This countertop microwave with 16.5 inch turntable is thinner, lighter and more efficient, allowing...

Why we like it: A sight for sore eyes. No seriously.

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If you are looking for power and dependability in a reliable microwave oven, then the Panasonic Microwave Oven NN-SN966S Is a great appliance to start looking at. The Panasonic microwave features 1250 watts of cooking power for all your heating ad reheating needs. The inside of the microwave oven allows you to have 2.2 cubic feet of cooking space. This power and space allows you to use some of the best cooking power to achieve great flavor in your meals. Some great features you can take advantage of included the inverter technology with turbo defrost. This inverter technology is what allows you to have a seamless stream of cooking power. It is also this inverter technology that allows you to have an evenly cooked plate without it overcooking. You also won’t have to deal with any hot spots in your meals thanks to this even cooking. When it comes to the dimensions, you can take advantage of a 16.5 inch turntable that is not only lighter and thinner, but it is more effective in giving you thoroughly cooked meals every time. When you couple the dimensions and the internal power with the different settings available, you will find that you have a great appliance on your hands. 

Some of the key features you can take advantage of include the smart cooking settings with Genius Sensor. This Genius Sensor will adjust the power and the cooking time on your meals depending on the type of foods you are either cooking or reheating. This feature significantly simplifies your overall cooking experience. Additionally, there are 14 preset menu options that will allow you to find the right function for your mail. Other features you can take advantage of include the keep warm feature which allows you to keep already cooked meals nice and warm until they are ready to be served. There is also a quick minute timer and a delay start option as well as a child safety locks. The overall construction of the Panasonic Microwave Oven NN-SN966S is stainless steel. This enables your Panasonic Microwave Oven NN-SN966S  to blend into any stainless steel kitchen. If you have a more dated kitchen, then this appliance can be the perfect one to help revamp and modernize the look of your kitchen space. 

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Panasonic NN-SN686S Countertop/Built-In Microwave

Product Info
  • Panasonic Microwave: This 1200 Watt high power, 1.2 cubic foot capacity stainless steel countertop/built in microwave...
  • Inverter Technology with Turbo Defrost: Patented Inverter Technology generates a seamless stream of power and delivers...
  • Compact Design: This countertop microwave with 13.4 inch turntable is thinner, lighter and more efficient, allowing you...
Why we like it: Absolutely stunning, and with superior technology, the Panasonic is an absolute winner

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Well, we’re blown. This one looks unbelievably chic and (we can’t believe we’re saying this about a microwave but), sexy. It’s incredibly streamlined, and nothing looks out of place. It would fit so beautifully into any space, and can even be kept in a dining area instead of a kitchen since it doesn’t stand out so glaringly. Though it’s pricier at around $140, it comes with an integrated touchpad. They do have another for around $170, but that comes with a dial so it’s up to you on which you’d prefer.

Aside from this, we were particularly impressed by the Patented Inverter Technology, which is responsible for delivering a consistent cooking power, no matter the setting. So even if you choose to cook on low, it would still ensure rich flavours and texture. With a 1.2 cubic foot capacity, we think this will be more than sufficient for the average family, while the five menu buttons also ensure you have options. Oh, there’s also 10 power levels for even more flexibility and convenience.

Westinghouse WM009 900 Watt Counter Top Microwave Oven

Product Info
  • Kitchen countertop microwave oven for preparing snacks, heating up last night’s leftovers or food preparation.
  • Durable strong construction with a stainless steel front display and black cabinet for compact durability.
  • 10 cooking power levels provide tremendous flexibility and helps deliver a quality meal every time
Why we like it: Also comes in many variations, hardy and versatile

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While microwaves are in general versatile, this one by Westinghouse is particularly so because it comes with 6 one-touch quick cook options, which means that you can pretty much conjure up pizza, popcorn, potatoes, and reheat frozen food with ease. Basically, party food, which can only mean one thing. Party! No, but honestly think about how easy movie nights just became.

This one right here is the Black with Stainless Steel Trim, offered at around $75. Their other types are all decidedly more expensive, but of course, you can take a browse through them if you’d like to see. It’s super easy to operate and use as well, thanks to the push button touch controls. They’ve also thought about design, making sure to include a stainless steel door that’s as attractive as it’s hardy. And in a home with small children? No problem, there’s a child safety lock.

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LG LCRT2010ST 2.0 Cu Ft Counter Top Microwave Oven

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Why we like it: Another reputed household name, and because Life’s Good.

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It really is, when you’ve got a microwave like this at your disposal. Made out of stainless steel for both quality and durability, this microwave is a great buddy for all your culinary needs. This too is very sleek and features a patented TrueCookPlus technology that pretty much does all of the work in the kitchen for you. You just need to figure out what you’re going to cook. This means that it guarantees your food is thoroughly cooked, every single time.

On top of this, it was impressive to see the Sensor Cooking technology in action, which means that it senses and sucks out humidity in the air to optimize cooking time without affecting the food. In other words, it ensures heat is always constant and evenly distributed so your food is evenly done. They’ve also added an EasyClean interior, so you needn’t fiddle about with your elbows deep in grease; the rounded edges help remove every trace without a hassle.

Sharp Countertop Microwave Oven

Product Info
  • Convenient +30 seconds key for instant start
  • One-touch start for the most popular cooking times
  • Precise Cook Sensor Technology takes the guesswork out of cooking
Why we like it: 16” Carousel® turntable, absolute convenience, and just all-around excellence

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Sharp is a name we all know, and this microwave Sharp Carousel, looks just as sharp as its name sounds. Its 2.2 cubic foot capacity makes it perfect for entertaining and large families in particular and works on 1200 watts, which ensures optimal functionality at all times. With a convenient +30 seconds key included and one-touch start, it’s so efficient and makes life really easy when you need to whip something up in a hurry.

The microwave has been designed to be user-friendly in general, which is why its streamlined appearance and functionality are especially targeted. The Auto Defrost means you needn’t panic anymore when you forget to leave the meat out to thaw next time, and it also defrosts accurately. All of the functionalities you’d expect in a typical microwave and more are available here. With a brand that’s sold microwaves since 1979, you don’t have much to worry about.

Daewoo KOR-7LREW Retro Microwave Oven

Product Info
  • 4 auto cook menu. 10 inches(255mm) turntable
  • Two-way defrost
  • Zero standby function
Why we like it: Straightforward and no-nonsense

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While this might not be the most modern looking microwaves around, that doesn’t mean it looks bad or compromises on functionality. However, this does have fewer options than the microwaves listed so far. So for instance, instead of six auto-cook functions, this has four. It has a simple two-way defrost as well and comes with five power levels instead of ten. So if you’re looking for something that’s easy to use and doesn’t have too many functions, this would be great.

On top of all this, we liked that they added a child safety lock as well. It’s also not very big, though its design makes it a look a little bulkier than it is. It’d fit well into a corner, and it’s very easy to clean. The sturdy structure both inside and outside means you can also use this for some time. Make sure to keep it clean though, because this brilliant white will become dirty very quickly.

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Toshiba EM245A5C-BS Microwave Oven

Product Info
  • Stylish Black Stainless Steel with timeless design, external Dimension (w*d*h): 21. 8*19. 2*13 inches, internal...
  • Inverter technology provides even heating and defrosting, enables faster cooking and more satisfying user experience
  • Pre-programmed sensor menu for optimum heating of popular foods like pizza, potato, vegetables and more
Why we like it: Another great name and another phenomenal microwave

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Toshiba has never been one to disappoint when it comes to electronics, and this case is no different. Made of a lovely black stainless steel that glistens very nicely, this 1.6 cubic foot microwave comes with what they call Inverter technology, which means that it enhances reheating and thawing. There’s a pre-programmed sensor menu integrated as well, so you can cook a range of options quickly and efficiently.

We also found 10 power settings, clock, and timer, all features preferred in microwaves we think. Just makes it all easier doesn’t it? Plus, the interior LED light and user-friendly control panel only add to the convenience. The glass turntable not only pulls the interior together but is also super easy to clean. Just use a damp cloth, and wipe it down.

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