A microwave is essential for any modern day kitchen. Whether you want to reheat leftovers, bake bread, or just defrost chicken, microwaves deliver meals in minutes. Purchasing new appliances can be stressful, but we’ve scoured reviews to find the best microwaves to fit your budget and needs. Here are our top eight picks.
Toshiba Microwave Oven with Smart Sensor
This sleek, stainless steel unit is a solid choice for guys who need a basic microwave that looks good. You can even mute the beeping sound when your food is ready so you don’t wake the house during those midnight snacks.
Panasonic Microwave Oven Stainless Steel Countertop
Customers rave about this unit’s inverter technology with warms food quickly. As the company explains, this technology delivers continuous power, which speeds up defrosting time and allows foods to cook evenly. It sounds like marketing speak, but online reviewers claim that their food really did reheat faster without cold spots.
GE Over-the- Over-the-Range Microwave
If you’re short on space and would rather mount your microwave, this GE unit is a solid choice. Reviewers say it’s easy to install, and the venting system eliminates smoke and odors.
Panasonic Countertop Built-In Microwave Oven
Sick of food that’s still cold despite exploding in your microwave? Customers say the inverter technology in this microwave evenly warms food without any splatters. There’s even a feature that lets you keep foods warm until they’re ready to serve.
Want a budget microwave that will arrive to your door in two-days flat? This option allows you to heat up your meal with voice-activated commands. Of course, you’ll need to purchase an Echo device to use this feature.
Nostalgia RMO4RR Retro Large 0.9 cu ft
This retro microwave adds personality up your kitchen counter top. Available in aqua and red, this 800-watt unit heats up food quickly.
Emerson 1.2 CU. FT. 1100W Griller Microwave Oven
Want the crispy brown appearance without actually firing up the grill? This microwave offers a grill feature that browns hot dogs, hamburgers, and more.
Sharp 1.5 cu. ft. Microwave Oven with Convection Cooking
This microwave and convection oven does double duty. You can reheat last night’s dinner or cook small meals, bake pies, or even bread.