A microwave oven is a resilient piece of kitchenware. Incredibly fast, automatic and yet virtually maintenance free, there is a lot of truth to the widespread perception that microwave ovens are the best implement the kitchen owes to the innovative close of the 20th century. To make your search for the best microwave oven even easier, we have featured comprehensive yet objective reviews for the most resilient top 10 best microwave ovens of 2020.
Table of Contents
- 10. Cuisinart CMW-100 1-Cubic-Foot Stainless Steel Microwave Oven
- 9. Whirlpool WMC20005YD 0.5 Cu. Ft. Stainless Look Countertop Microwave
- 8. Kenmore 0.9 cu. ft. Countertop Microwave White 73092
- 7. Nostalgia Electrics RMO400RED Retro Series .9 CF Microwave Oven, Red
- 6. Panasonic NNSD681S 1.2 cu. ft. 1200W Microwave
- 5. Breville BMO734XL Quick Touch Microwave Oven
- 4. Sharp 1-1/2-Cubic Feet 1100-Watt Over-the-Counter Microwaves
- 3. LG LCRT2010ST 2.0 Cu Ft Counter Top Microwave Oven With True Cook Plus and EZ Clean Oven, Stainless Steel
- 2. Panasonic Genius 1250-Watt Sensor Microwave with Inverter Technology, Stainless Steel
- 1. Frigidaire FGMV175QF Gallery FGMV175QF 1.7 Cu. Ft. 1000W Stainless Over-The-Range Microwave Oven
10. Cuisinart CMW-100 1-Cubic-Foot Stainless Steel Microwave Oven
Affordable yet still functional and energy efficient, this is yet another impressive product from Cuisinart. Its 1 cubic foot interior may not be the most cavernous there is, but it is still adequate for most of the dishes you are likely ever to need. The touchpad control panel is also very responsive and users will also appreciate the feedback provided on the conveniently located LCD display. The oven comes with 25 programmed settings and allows for 10 adjustable power levels.
Enjoy the convenience of eight preset functions with serving size options included and a redoubtable 2-stage cooking operation. The twelve-inch glassware turntable is versatile enough to allow for variety of cookware dishes too. There are also two defrost functions already set and did we mention that the oven ships with a comprehensive instruction manual as well as set of tasty recipes?
9. Whirlpool WMC20005YD 0.5 Cu. Ft. Stainless Look Countertop Microwave
With its unconventional curved design, the Whirlpool WMC20005YD is an oven which will prove attractive for many bargain hunters. The expansive control panel is located at the bottom which may prove an inconvenience for some users but the well spread out controls and display are likely to win many doubters after a couple of usage sessions.
The oven’s interior capacity is just half a cubic foot but that is enough to fit in an average sized dinner plate without consuming much of your kitchen countertop space. This is a piece of equipment which will prove irresistible for people living in confined spaces such as students. The price helps as does the energy saving qualities of the microwave oven.
8. Kenmore 0.9 cu. ft. Countertop Microwave White 73092
Kenmore is reputed by some to be the leading kitchen appliance brand in America and this may be yet another testament to their resilience. As the most affordable of all the ovens featured in this review, this white microwave certainly punches way above its weight. The 0.9 cubic foot capacity is considerably large enough to fit any dinner plate and leave some for the turntable’s operation. Its 900 watt power element is more than adequate for most of the challenges you will put it through in the kitchen.
The preset 10 adjustable power levels are enough to cook many foods and snacks to perfection. The oven comes with a convenient memory feature which saves and remembers your favorite cook time and power level combinations. Another impressive feature is the 10.6 inch diameter turntable which is functional and safe for your dishwasher.
7. Nostalgia Electrics RMO400RED Retro Series .9 CF Microwave Oven, Red
Finished to a bold red and featuring a uniquely sleek retro styling with chrome accents, this is a microwave oven designed to please and stir debate in equal measure. It will make a perfect gift idea for a variety of users and occasions too. Its 0.9 cubic foot capacity is versatile enough to allow for different ceramic dishes and leave plenty of room for the turntable. The radial dial control will appeal to the classical inclinations in you.
The smooth turning dial control features a dozen different pre-programmed settings for different foods. Enjoy all the feedback you would need with a convenient and responsive LED display with a countdown digital clock. The oven can power up to 800 watts, often more than enough for your favorite snacks and dishes.
6. Panasonic NNSD681S 1.2 cu. ft. 1200W Microwave
This new Panasonic microwave oven features a twin set of turbo features to enrich your cooking experience massively. The inverter technology allows you to produce evenly cooked fare with the most natural flavors preserved and enhanced. The inverter turbo on the other hand is primed to allow for quick defrosting. The elegant and conspicuous 4-digit LED display with programming icon dial allows for easy programming of your cooking settings.
The oven is powered by a powerful 1200 watts element; making heating, cooking and defrosting as smooth experiences as possible. The stainless steel face guarantees you a functional, durable and easy to clean item for your kitchen’s countertop. The oven comes with a veritable array of special features including genius microwave functionality, inverter melt soften button, pop out dial and a child safety lock. You may also ask that your oven be shipped with an optional matching trim kit for easy installation on a wall.
5. Breville BMO734XL Quick Touch Microwave Oven
This is a microwave oven which to a cursory viewer seems pretty unpretentious yet on closer examination, it has more than meets the eye. With its unique dynamic power adjustment, the user can change both the power being radiated and the time needed for cooking. A handy set of ten power levels also allow you to conveniently adjust power from 10 to 100% with a simple twist of the responsive dial. No more fiddling and pinching a tetchy touch panel.
The oven is also equipped with a sensor IQ reheat and cook function so that you can automatically adjust cooking time to suit the food being cooked. The “A Bit More” control lets you put in a little more cooking with a simple press of a button. The oven also features a singularly impressive self-locating turntable which slides effortlessly into place once you close the oven door.
4. Sharp 1-1/2-Cubic Feet 1100-Watt Over-the-Counter Microwaves
As functional and stylish as they come, this Sharp microwave oven will easily become your favourite piece of equipment in the kitchen. The 1100 watt microwave element is robust enough for every heating, cooking or defrosting challenge you would expect of a microwave oven but still guarantees a remarkably energy efficient microwave oven. You will also enjoy the convenience and user-friendly design of the touch-key control panel with its conspicuous LED display for convenient feedback.
The pretty sizable one and a half cubic inch capacity coupled with a 14 and an eighth inch turntable will prove versatile enough for different dishes in the kitchen. The oven has a functional moisture sensor and can be programmed for up to 4 auto cooking sequences. It comes with an auto defrost feature and a convenient “keep-warm” functionality.
3. LG LCRT2010ST 2.0 Cu Ft Counter Top Microwave Oven With True Cook Plus and EZ Clean Oven, Stainless Steel
This LG 2 cubic feet counter top microwave oven features LG’s inimitable technology combined with ease of use. Enjoy the added value functionality of the TrueCookPlus technology to forget all about setting the different parameters to heat or cook your foods and snacks to perfection. All you need to do is key-in the food code found on the packaging and the LCRT2010ST does the rest for you. It is a level of quality and convenience which you will struggle to find in a similar oven.
The LCRT2010ST is fitted with an apparently cavernous interior, curved out to accommodate, large, unconventionally shaped cookware. The 16 inch turntable is also primed to hold large cookware vessels and turn them round and round with impressive ease. The cavity is also roundly shaped and coated to allow for easy cleaning without need for chemicals or scrubbers as there are no hard-to reach corners and crannies.
2. Panasonic Genius 1250-Watt Sensor Microwave with Inverter Technology, Stainless Steel
This 1250 watt microwave oven again comes with Panasonic’s high performance inverter technology for perfectly even cooking and guaranteed flavour preservation. For defrosting purposes, the oven is handily equipped with a high performance Turbo Inverter Defrost feature. The 16 and a half inch turntable is massive and powerful enough to spin just about any item of ceramic cookware your love to heat your snacks in. The upper left corner of the oven’s door features a small indentation for easy and smooth opening of the door.
The One-touch genius sensor technology is a handy option for the average user as it takes the guesswork out of the task of cooking or defrosting. The oven automatically sets the power levels and adjusts the cooking or defrosting time. The multi-lingual action menu will also prove attractive to multiple users as it easily switches from English to Spanish or French as the case may be. A pulsing delivery of microwave energy helps keep the food warm at the right temperature without overcooking them. As such, you such you can keep foods like stews, gravies and desserts in the oven for up to an hour and still serve them later at the right temperature and flavour when you are ready to.
1. Frigidaire FGMV175QF Gallery FGMV175QF 1.7 Cu. Ft. 1000W Stainless Over-The-Range Microwave Oven
Frigidaire’s FGMV174KF is a robustly functional microwave oven perfectly suited for a variety of cooking tasks including reheating and defrosting. It comes equipped with a comprehensive set of easy choices, enough to make your kitchen tasks doubly easier. These include the effortless reheat option and one-touch control which lets you select multiple oven options with a single touch of a button. What is more, cooking multiple dishes at once has never been easier with the oven’s SpaceWise rack and sensor cooking technology.
Built from hardy stainless steel, you are guaranteed a durable piece of kitchenware. Cleaning the oven is also easy with its protective coating which reduces smudges and fingerprints. You will also be delighted by the auto turn on feature of the oven’s fan which switches on as soon as it senses heat.
No matter where you live, you cannot afford to ignore the resilience added to a kitchen by a high quality microwave oven. Handy and yet roundly efficient, a good microwave will reheat food in minutes, cook snacks even more expeditiously and defrost frozen ingredients with amazing ease. But not every other oven is suited for your kitchen. You have to consider factors such as capacity of the oven, the programmed power levels and settings as well as ease of cleaning. When all factors are brought to bear though, the above ten products meet the highest standards and specifications in our review.