Writer Liam McCabe has covered appliances like washing machines, dishwashers, and vacuums for Wirecutter. Michael Sullivan is a Wirecutter senior staff writer who covers kitchen equipment, including toaster ovens, air fryers, and food processors. This guide builds on work by Ganda Suthivarakom, Jessie Kissinger, and senior staff writer Tim Heffernan.
We spoke with various experts, including the late Bob Schiffmann, whom we interviewed in early 2020. Schiffmann, a 50-year veteran of the microwave industry, was president of the International Microwave Power Institute (a membership industry group), and owner of R.F. Schiffmann Associates microwave consulting (which did work for microwave-adjacent companies, but did not represent any manufacturers directly and was not paid by them). We also interviewed Aaron Slepkov, a physics professor at Trent University, where he is the head of the Slepkov Biophotonics Lab; Sharon Franke, former director of the Kitchen Appliances and Technology Lab at Good Housekeeping (and a Wirecutter contributor); and representatives from a handful of microwave brands, including Breville, GE, Midea, and LG.
None of this is to say that all microwaves are truly identical. Although the cheapest models are essentially generic ovens designed and assembled by Midea, some brands do play a part in their microwave designs.
More than 100 microwaves are currently available, but because many of them are copies of one another, we narrowed our test group down to 21 models, with many different sizes and prices represented, and finished testing 18 of them before the coronavirus pandemic closed our office.
We also like the Toshiba ML2-EM25PAE (or whichever model of the 900-watt, 0.9-cubic-foot Toshiba is available). It shares most of the same traits as the slightly larger model, but it has slightly less power, no sensor, and a tighter oven cavity that might struggle to fit the largest dinner plates. This smaller model was actually the main pick in this guide for a while, and we changed the order only because more people seem to want a slightly bigger microwave than this one.
Toshiba has a few other microwaves. One is a convection-microwave combo unit. They also make a couple of inverter models, one of which seems especially prone to power failures, and another 1.6-cubic-foot model we may eventually test.
Cheaper Panasonic models, without the inverter, are most likely manufactured by Midea. There are plenty of shipping records indicating that Midea supplies microwaves and microwave parts to Panasonic of America, and when we disassembled a lower-end Panasonic, it was made from the same core components as other models we know are made by Midea.
An over-the-range microwave is a microwave and a range hood combined into one appliance, installed over your stove. We cover OTR microwaves more thoroughly in another guide. But below we offer a few brief notes.
We tried three different models (all almost certainly made by Midea) by running our typical microwave tests, and we also made some frozen french fries and roasted a whole chicken in each. All were similarly okay at cooking french fries, and the microwave performance was basically the same. But there were some important differences.
Most countertop microwaves are variations of the same cheap, decent machine, so they all offer the same level of safety and are actually considerably safer than many other cooking appliances. As long as you buy a model that is UL certified (that includes all of them at this writing, as far as we know), it should be as safe as you can reasonably expect.
Whether you are an avid home chef or just want a faster way to prepare your favorite foods, a microwave is a useful appliance for every kitchen. When you are whipping up a large meal for the family at the end of a long day, save time by cooking side dishes in a microwave oven. The powerful heating element will cook dishes with consistency, even if you are defrosting frozen ingredients or reheating leftovers from the day before.
Some of the most commonly used microwave ovens are built-in, countertop, and over-the-range. They differ mainly in the method of installation. Countertop models are installed on your kitchen counters by connecting the appliance to a power outlet, while built-in ovens are installed directly into cabinets or walls. The over-the-range models are installed above a range or cooktop to help save some counter space.
Consider where you wish to install the appliance in your kitchen. Also decide what functions you prioritize while cooking. Go with convection ovens if you wish to roast meats and bake dishes in quick time, because they come with an additional heating element. Some microwave ovens have sophisticated features like child lock, defrost, timer, pre-heat, auto-cook and more. Most brands manufacture appliances with these functions. You may shortlist them and compare the prices. Please check the user manual too before finalizing your pick.
Sears has categorized built-in ovens from GE, Whirlpool, Sharp and other top brands. These are available in a wide range of colors that improve your kitchen decor. We have GE Appliances JK3800SHSS Combination Microwave/Electric Oven and Frigidaire Gallery GMBD3068AF 30\" Built-In Microwave Oven that make a great addition to your kitchen.
Save valuable counter space in a cramped kitchen with an over-the-range microwave from Sears. Having the appliance at eye-level provides better visibility of baking ingredients, while a built-in range hood redirects strong odors and heat. Explore modern features of best-selling ovens like Frigidaire FFMV1846VS Over-The-Range Microwave Oven and GE Profile Series PVM9005SJSS Over-The-Range Sensor Microwave Oven.
A countertop microwave should be your choice if you have more space in your kitchen. We have Commercial Chef CHM990B Countertop Microwave Oven and GE Appliances JES1145SHSS Counter Cooktop Microwave that support advanced functions.
No matter which type of microwave is right for your kitchen, we have a diverse collection of colors and finishes that complement other appliances. Shop Sears to snag cooking appliances at best prices.
Cut your cooking time in half or just heat your go-to snack in a flash. LG microwave ovens feature clean lines and the latest technology for the ultimate in style and convenience.Whether you need to grab a quick bite between work and your workout, defrost dinner ingredients, warm up leftovers or make a midnight snack on the sly, LG microwaves can help you do it all faster. Boasting clean lines, sleek designs and innovative technology that will change the way you cook, our microwaves are available in two styles -- countertop and over-the-range -- and come with a wide variety of features, such as:
Sensor Cooking: Available in most of our microwave ovens, Sensor Cooking uses humidity-sensing technology to determine when food is fully cooked. It will also automatically turn off the microwave to help prevent over-cooking.
Convection Cooking: In addition to traditional microwave cooking, when you choose an LG microwave oven with convection technology, it can also serve as a second oven. From defrosting ingredients for dinner to baking or roasting a meal, our convection microwaves can do it all.
No longer reserved for just melting butter or defrosting chicken, microwaves have come of age. With features that make baking crisp pizzas and roasted vegetables possible, plus technology that keeps dishes from dehydrating while reheating, they're the perfect solution for your busy lifestyle. Browse our complete collection, and all of our newest kitchen appliances, and create a kitchen designed for the way you live.
Use this microwave buying guide to choose the best built-in, countertop or over the range microwave for you. Compare size, features, location, and type in order to buy a microwave that matches your making.
Kenmore over-the-range microwaves achieves a sophisticated, built-in look while maximizing countertop space. Our microwave lineup makes it easy to cook, defrost, or warm food with a pre-programmed button. Sensors that know what food is in the microwave oven adjust heat as it cooks.
Countertop microwaves are easy to move, compact, but with plenty of internal capacity. These powerful Kenmore appliances will make your meal preparation a breeze. Cooking for whole family can be time consuming, relax and let your microwave take the load off your mind.
Like over-the-range microwaves, built-in microwaves free up valuable countertop space. These microwave ovens are integrated into an oven, for a cohesive style in the kitchen. Combine with similarly styled appliances and you'll be the envy of your neighbors. Other models have more lenient placement options, anywhere from under the counter or into an island. Features can include sensor cooking and auto defrost, removing the guesswork from cooking.
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