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Convenience characteristics on traditional and convection microwaves open your kitchen to an array of mealtime possibilities. Some microwaves offer you sufficient flexibility to prepare an entire meal as effortlessly as a bag of popcorn. Use our guide to find the best microwave for the kitchen.

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Microwave Possibilities & Styles

Home microwave ovens are sold in several sizes and types. The four major types of microwaves are countertop models, above-range units, microwave drawers, and combination microwave ovens. Each has certain advantages.

Countertop Microwave Ovens

Countertop microwaves, also called compact or portable microwaves, are the smallest type and the most popular choice among consumers for reheating foods, thawing frozen food, creating popcorn, and similar incidental cooking tasks. GE microwave ovens are a top seller in this category, according to Consumer Reports.

A typical size is 18 inches wide by 14 inches deep and 12 inches tall. Capacity is typically 1 cubic foot and their power is normally between 500 and 1000 watts. Countertop microwaves are portable-you can take them with you when you move. And they are affordable, with prices often below $100.

Do be aware that a countertop microwave will take up valuable kitchen work space. Some models come with kits that allow you to mount the appliance under a cabinet to avoid this problem.

Above-Range Microwave Ovens

Above-range (also called over-the-range) microwaves, as their name indicates, are designed to become installed above the kitchen range.

Among the main types of microwaves, they rank second in popularity. In recent years, improvements have been made towards the units’ exhaust fans for venting steam and filtering smoke from a stove’s top burners.

Most models have multispeed fans that recirculate air making use of replaceable charcoal filters. These units do not will need to become vented outside. Some exhaust fans also switch on automatically if a stove top becomes too hot, protecting the microwave oven. Since above-range models require space over your stove, you may have to remove a cabinet ahead of installation. Typically, above-range microwaves are purchased to replace existing ovens or when a kitchen is being remodeled. Some name brands-such as the GE and Sharp microwave ovens-start as low as $250, but above-range ovens can top $1,000, depending around the attributes.

Features, Size, & Power

Convection microwaves use an interior fan to evenly circulate hot air over the meals, resulting in toasty breads and browned meats, which is not possible with standard microwaves.

Microwave turntables are a common feature in new microwaves. Turntables rotate your meals and evenly expose every surface to the microwaves.

Removable cooking racks also enable to evenly brown foods. Cooking food on an elevated rack exposes both the top and bottom to additional even heat.

Inverter technologies cooks food at the exact energy level you select, as opposed to older microwaves which use short bursts of 100% power when you select lower power levels. This produces much more even cooking.

Frequent task buttons allow you to input common microwave functions, like creating popcorn or reheating pizza, at the touch of a button.

Sensor reheat functionality detects the temperature of the steam produced from food and automatically adjusts cook time and temperature on the fly.

Auto defrost saves you the trouble of entering power levels and defrost times by calculating those inputs based on the food's weight

Non-stick interior linings make it easy to wipe off any sauce splatters and stains.

Safety attributes of newer models include alarms that sound when your microwave door is left open and child safety locks to keep kids from making use of the microwave.


Prior to you obtain, consider:

1. The size of your cookware. Whether you’re preparing soups or rewarming a casserole, make sure your new microwave will accommodate your warming dishes for stress-free mealtimes.

2. Available kitchen space. If you’re buying an over-the-range microwave or a countertop unit, consider how substantially clearance is required to allow for the right amount of space.


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