Microwaves have been a staple of American kitchens for a couple of generations. Today, over 90% of American homes have this wonderful gadget. But not all microwaves work equally well. Some heat unevenly while others may leave unpleasant smells. Here are 5 of the best.
The Danby microwave just reheats, but does it well. It has 10 different power levels, one-touch cooking, and a turntable. Take advantage of its easy-to-read LED timer, clock, and an oven light. It’s perfect for small kitchens as it’s under 18-inches wide but offers 0.7-cubic-feet of capacity.
This nifty stainless steel microwave fits well in smaller kitchens. It cooks with 700-watts of power and features one-touch buttons. The glass turntable helps regulate even food cooking. The 0.7-cubic-foot capacity microwave features sound control, an easy-to-read sound display, and even an option for more cooking time if required. Parents will appreciate the child lock.
Home Depot: $91
Samsung MG14H3020CM Countertop Microwave
Samsung’s microwave is both sleek and effective. It offers and shiny mirror design and asymmetrical shape. It comes with a variety of auto-cook options as well as a fantastic grill option. The microwave is 950-watts and offers a 1.4-cubic-foot ceramic interior.
This over-the-counter microwave is a parent’s best friend if, for no other reason, than it comes fingerprint-resistant stainless steel. But, the reality is it comes with 2-cubic-feet of space, a turntable, and a rack that allows stacking. This microwave uses sensors to automatically adjust cooking time and power settings. The interior is also stainless steel interior which makes wiping up messes easier. Maytag’s microwave also comes with a charcoal filter to help prevent undesirable odors.
Best Buy: $269.99
KitchenAid KMHC319ESS Convection Microwave Oven
KitchenAid’s 1,000-watt convection microwave oven cooks food evenly and thoroughly in a matter of minutes. It includes a sensor steam/simmer cook cycle that provides the exact amount of time and power required to warm up different types of food. The stainless steel interior also acts as an oven with a 1,500-watt convection element. That means you can bake your favorite cookies without a problem. With 1.9-cubic-feet and a 14-inch turntable you can cook multiple foods evenly. Finally, there is a steam-cleaning feature to make wiping up spills easily.
Best Buy: $499