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There’s a reason nearly 90 percent of American households still make space for Microwave ovens in their kitchens today. The best microwaves can nuke a potato in minutes, warm up last night’s pizza without waiting for the oven to heat up, and deliver movie-theater-level popcorn in the time it takes you to figure out what to watch on Netflix. In an age of fad appliances that too often end up in your garage sale pile, the microwave still boasts an impressively stable legacy as a go-to kitchen appliance.
The Toshiba EC042A5C-BS Countertop Microwave with Convection ($190) is our pick for the best multi-functional microwave.
Of course, today’s microwaves do a lot more than simply heat up TV dinners. There are options that double as convection ovens, touchless models that allow you to warm up last night’s lasagna with your voice, and nearly noiseless machines that won’t wake up your entire household when you want a midnight snack. So which microwaves won’t leave you cold? We’ve rounded up the best microwaves out there backed by enthusiastic consumer reviewers.
Think of this microwave as your sous chef. This Toshiba model can be integrated with Alexa, meaning you can tell it to start cooking your instant oatmeal or get it moving via your phone. As one Amazon reviewer put it, “I can be doing other things in my kitchen and just talk to Alexa and she will automatically start the microwave.”
Reviewers also love that it delivers even heating and a preset timing menu with 23 options for everything from pizza to vegetables. It also features a humidity sensor that automatically adjusts the microwave’s cooking power depending on what you are making. As another reviewer put it: “This is a 5 star in every respect, and using it with Alexa makes it a ten star!”
This microwave can defrost a full sized turkey, or accommodate a 9-by-13 inch casserole dish. But as one commenter point out, “The large interior capacity is great, yet the footprint is smaller than you may perceive.” Another big win with reviewers: The Panasonic has a “keep warm” feature, that allows you to hold soups, desserts, and gravy at temperature until ready to serve.
Reviewers love this this small-but-mighty model. The machine’s stainless steel exterior and 1.2 cubic foot capacity looks great in your kitchen, and saves space while evenly heating up leftovers, snacks, and breakfast burritos. A Turbo defrost function accelerates defrosting time, which can save you on the days you forget to take the frozen burgers out. As one commenter put it, “It doesn’t take up my counter space at all yet boasts a nice capacity.”
“I took the plunge on this cute little retro microwave, and not only does it fit so much better on our counter top, but it looks good too,” says one reviewer. Microwaves are not typically the most attractive appliance in the kitchen, but this mid-century model is legitimately stylish. The petite, retro design comes in colors that pop like candy apple red and pastel green. And unlike your grandmother’s microwave, this model is both user-friendly and completely contemporary featuring a mute button and a child safety lock.
This microwave by Toshiba serves up so much more than reheated food. It combines microwave and convection oven cooking technologies into one appliance, allowing home cooks to defrost, roast, and bake. One reviewer commented that the convection setting “really does act as a second oven.” That can come in handy if you are roasting chicken in your standard oven and want to have some still-warm chocolate cookies for dessert.
If you have a newborn, a spouse, or a roommate who does not want to be woken up by you reheating your coffee, microwaves can sound like a Mack Truck barreling through the kitchen. Many models now include a mute button, which silences the usual blips and bleeps that come with microwaving food. But this Breville model goes a step further by including a specially engineered “soft close” door that eliminates the loud thunk that accompanies most microwave doors. As one reviewer said, it’s the “quietest microwave I’ve never [not] heard.”