Whether you're warming up some soup, cracking popcorn, brewing a quick mugcake, or microwave-cooking an all-in-one meal in the microwave, we've got the perfect device for you.
So, what do you need to look for in your future microwave oven? Well, you have to consider the size of it. Do you need a microwave oven for the whole family or just you and your partner or roommate? Do you want a device that is also a convection oven or just a basic microwave? Whatever your needs, we have the microwave for you.
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Now let's take a look at the microwave ovens that are currently available for purchase.  Best All-rounder: Toshiba Eco-Mode Microwave with Smart Sensor 1.2 cu.ft 1100W ($ 117)
For a general-purpose microwave oven with all-round function, the Toshiba Eco-Mode Microwave Oven with Smart Sensor 1.2 cu.ft 1100W can not be surpassed. It has a large 1.2 cubic feet capacity, so there is plenty of room for whatever you cook. A rated power of 1100 watts means a lot of power and 10 power levels provide for large and small cooking requirements.
A preprogrammed sensor menu is also useful as it provides the optimal heating of popular foods like pizza, potatoes, vegetables, and popcorn (of course). There are 2 defrost settings – a common use for the average microwave. You name it, the Toshiba microwave oven has earned it its place as our best all-rounder.
Best for the Hands-Off Approach: Panasonic NN-SU696S Countertop Microwave Oven ($ 111)
Look, not everyone is an expert in cooking. Even when it comes to preparing food in the microwave. This is the audience targeted by the Panasonic NN-SU696S Countertop Microwave Oven. It is a 1100 watt based microwave with a large capacity of 1.3 cubic feet. It has less preprogrammed settings than the Toshiba, with only 7, but that's because it really has a decent trick up its sleeve.
Its one-touch Genius Sensor controller automatically cooks and heats food and determines exactly how things should be done and save you the trouble of finding out for yourself. It requires a little care such as adding water to the food before using the sensor, but it requires little effort to learn. If you have no idea about cooking, this is the microwave for you.
Best for Microwave / Convection Oven Combo: Toshiba EC042A5C-BS Microwave Oven ($ 192)
If you need a convection microwave oven, the Toshiba EC042A5C-BS microwave oven is an ideal solution. It has a huge capacity of 1.5 cubic meters with 1000 watts of power. And yes, it looks just like our favorite all-rounder, but with the added plus of a convection oven. There is an extensive auto menu for typical microwave functions such as thawing or cooking vegetables or pizza, but here's the convection oven to highlight.
This function allows you to cook from 175 to 425 degrees with a grill for even and comfortable cooking. Because of the size of the oven, you could just roast a whole chicken there. It's super handy if you do not have the space in your house for a conventional oven, or you just want to save energy by switching to a smaller counterpart.
Best budget option: Danby 0.7cu. ft Microwave ($ 68)
If you just want a microwave to make popcorn or occasionally heat meals, you do not need a feature rich one. Something like the Danby 0.7cu. ft microwave oven is good enough.
It has only 700 watts cooking power, so that certain items heat up longer than with a stronger microwave, but it's a good price for what it offers. There is a menu for 6 common items, including the important popcorn setting. You can also set it to cook and defrost by weight. There may be some fancier features missing, but it's still worth a visit.
Best Large Microwave: Panasonic Countertop / Built-In Microwave With Inverter Technology 2.2m ($ 185)
Great family to feed? Do you just want the biggest microwave out there? Buy the Panasonic Countertop / Integrated Microwave with Inverter Technology. It has an impressive capacity of 2.2 cubic feet, which should be more than enough for everyone.
1250 watts of power means that it prepares food relatively quickly, with an automatic sensor that adjusts power and time when needed. It promises to defrost faster than most foods. After all, there are 18 menu presets, so you do not really have to think twice about putting something in the microwave. It is ideal for frequent users with many feeds.