Best microwave for office break room

Food with hot fumes is what every employee likes to have in the lunch/snack time because the real taste comes when the food is hot. A happy tummy employee gets more energy to work further too… For this hot fumes food, the microwave oven is the best appliance as it works better in reheating purposes. If you own an office then the question arises in what is the best microwave for office break room, isn’t it?

best microwave for office break room

A microwave oven for an office is a good choice of mostly reheating purposes. But not only reheating, but it also needs to have some other feature that should reduce the traditional way of microwaving. On that note, let’s have a look at some of them.

1. Nostalgia RMO4RR Retro Countertop Microwave Oven

Nostalgia RMO4RR Retro Countertop Microwave Oven

Here comes another retro-styled microwave oven from the famous Nostalgia products. This company is known for preserving the past, that vintage looks in the product with good technology. Unlike the above one, it has pre-programmed cooking functions of 12 types and a digital clock with an LED display. The 12 cooking functions with a delay timer cooks your food at the optimal heating level. This oven also has the dial for setting the cooking function and it especially has the cooking options for Vegetables, frozen food, potatoes, bread, fish, beef, beverages, popcorn, rice, chicken. In addition, a rotating table will rotate to cook food evenly. The power wattage it takes is a little higher than the above one like it has 800 wattages. Again this would be a great choice for those who have little space for the microwave oven, it has an area of 0.9 cubic feet. And the countertop model helps you to move it anywhere you want. Adding an extra feature of it also has the new child lock system and a toaster.


  • 12 cooking pre-programmed functions
  • Dial to tune/set the cooking options
  • Digital clock technology
  • Child lock system
  • 800 wattage with 100% to 20% power level
  • Fits in a small area
  • LED display
  • Toaster


  • Takes time to start over again
  • Shut down suddenly after a while
  • Takes time to heat 

2. Panasonic Compact Microwave Oven NN-SN67KS

Panasonic Compact Microwave Oven NN-SN67KS

There is no doubt that this well-known Panasonic company provides the products at its best. Microwaves from this company are now coming up with the latest technologies. NN-SN67KS model of microwave consists of a special feature of inverter technology. The inverter technology helps in inverter microwaves, cooking the food evenly and also consumed less energy than the normal microwave which doesn’t consist of an inverter. The sensor technology in it is a perfect one to run the microwave with suitable heat and timer which shuts off the working when it is not required automatically. In addition, it also has the inverter turbo defrost option to defrost the food within no time. When it comes to the dimensions of the oven, it fits in in the areas larger than 1.2 cubic feet, and in the inner cavity spacious 13.4-inch turn-able plate is present to rotate the food. The most important factor power wattage is 1200 wattage which has 11 power levels. 


  • Inverter technology 
  • 11 power levels – 1200 wattage
  • Turbo defrost
  • Automation with sensors
  • 13.4 spacious turn-able plate
  • 3 level popcorn button
  • 16 cooking options
  • Auto and manual control


  • Overheating on high power levels
  • Spreads heat to outside
  • No melt button

3. Panasonic Microwave Oven Stainless Steel Countertop NN-SN97JS 

Panasonic Microwave Oven Stainless Steel Countertop NN-SN97JS 

Another model from Panasonic with new technology in heating the food has been introduced by it. It is called Cyclonic Wave Technology, which means that the heat produced in the oven does not destroy the flavor and nutrients in it. Similar to the above model it also works on inverter technology, with turbo defrost option. It has 1250 wattage of power to operate at different power levels. The area it occupies is more than 2.2 cubic feet and the inner cavity has a turn-able plate of 16.5 inches which is enough space to cook for a large family. Mainly, it has 20 cooking options, along with delay start, quick minute, child safety lock. This model is suitable for those who are looking for a warm option because the warm option will keep the food warm until it served and it is best for the employee to reheat or warm the food within no time.


  • Suitable for large size family
  • Warm food option
  • Cyclonic Wave Technology to heat the food without the flavor or nutrients loss
  • 20 cooking options
  • Turbo defrost
  • Automation 
  • Sensor technology
  • Easy to Clean


  • Overheating
  • Large in size
  • No Longeitivity

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4. Panasonic Microwave Oven NN-SN686S Stainless Steel Countertop

Panasonic Microwave Oven NN-SN686S Stainless Steel Countertop

As this microwave oven comes from the same Panasonic company, it fits in less area compared to the above model i.e. it occupies the place larger than 1.2 cubic feet. It also has inverter technology as well as the noninverted model also. Smaller in size also serves for small family which consists of the inner cavity with a 13.4-inch turn-able plate. This model of Panasonic has the 1200 power wattage. Though the model is countertop it is provided with a trim kit which will help the microwave oven to fit in-wall/cabinet designed for it. The elegant look of it will give new stylish appliances to your kitchen or it is suitable even for the office use also. The built-in inverter technology will prevent the food from overcooking/uneven cooking with the evenly spread heat. It also has the 14 pre-programmed cooking options to cook food with less effort.


  • Requires less space for placement
  • 13.4-inch turn-able plate
  • Stylish look
  • Inverter technology 
  • 14 cooking functions
  • Sensor technology
  • Automation


  • No longevity 
  • Takes time to cook

5.Magic Chef MCD770CR Red Retro Countertop Microwave Oven

Magic Chef MCD770CR Red Retro Countertop Microwave Oven

If you observe the name of the microwave oven which says that it is a retro model. Yes, the traditional model of it gives the retro look and the countertop model is really helpful to move the appliance anywhere in the office. In addition to the outer looks, it is provided with 2 knobs one is for power/heat level and the other is for time. The towel bar door handle will give the finishing retro look completely. It has a very little size of 0.7 cubic feet which makes it fit in any small area. If your office contains less space this might be the best microwave oven to choose to save the area. When it comes to the technical point, it has the 7 level power system with 700 wattages. The inner space can occupy a medium dinner plate i.e 9 inches in diameter. 


  • Fits in small space
  • Less beep sound
  • Easy and smooth Dail knobs
  • Suitable for small meals
  • Vintage look


  • No light
  • No other cooking functions

6. Toshiba EM131A5C-BS Microwave Oven

Toshiba EM131A5C-BS Microwave Oven

The best office use microwave ovens mostly need the warm/melt/reheating option, this Toshiba company came up with a new model of microwave oven with the melt option. It also has the sensor technology which detects the steam in the oven and operates the time and power according along with 6 pre-programmed cooking options which also adjust the time and power with the sensor technology. If you don’t like to disturb the office environment the mute option is also present which can be enabled by holding the 8 buttons for 3-5 sec. It enables the mute option after a long beep sound. It is important to know about the custom defrost option as it will set the power and timer after entering the weight of the food you want to defrost. The oven capacity depends on the inner cavity dimension, so the inner rotating table size is about 12.4 inches. Most importantly, the power wattage of the oven is about 1100 watts with 10 power levels.


  • Custom Defrost
  • Smart sensor technology 
  • Mute option
  • Melt button
  • 6 cooking functions
  • 12.4 inches of a rotating table 
  • Eco-mode


  • Noisy sound
  • Sudden circuit breaks

How to buy a microwave

Your Pizza Rolls deserve a good microwave. This countertop wonder, whose origins date back to the 1940s, is probably one of the most frequently used appliances in your kitchen thanks to its ability to reheat food fast (and cook a mug cake or two). There are a variety of options when it’s time to select a microwave, so we’ve broken down the options you have when you’re ready for a new microwave.


The first decision you need to make about a new microwave is where in your kitchen you want to put it. The location affects the price, features, size and installation of the appliance. You have three main options:

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This is the most common type of microwave. They generally cost less and are significantly easier to install than other models. Just find a spot on the counter for it to sit, plug it into an outlet and you can use it right away.

The biggest issue with the countertop microwave is how much space it needs. If you have limited room on your countertop, you may either want to look at the smaller countertop models available, look into placing your microwave on a small cart, or consider another style of microwave.

Price: $40 to $700

External dimensions: From roughly 10 by 18 by 14 inches for compact models to roughly 14 by 24 by 20 inches for larger models

Internal capacity: Less than 1 cubic foot to more than 2 cubic feet

Wattage: Typically 600 to 1,200 watts

Some of GE’s stoves and over-the-range microwaves are connected via Bluetooth.Tyler Lizenby/CNET


You install this style of microwave above your range, which will save you some counter space. These models have vent systems that take the place of the oven hood and lights to illuminate your cooktop.

Price: $190 to $1,300

External dimensions: Usually wider than countertop models, about 16 by 30 by 15 inches

Internal capacity: Less than 1 cubic foot to more than 2 cubic feet

Wattage: Typically 600 to 1,200 watts



Built-in models that you place among custom cabinets or paired with built-in, full-sized wall ovens are the most high-end (aka expensive) types of microwaves. Some microwaves in this category are even designed specifically as drawers with a compartment you pull out for your food.

Price: $500 to $5,000 and up

External dimensions: This varies widely depending on type, and drawers tend to have more depth than countertop or over-the-range models, hitting about 15 by 30 by 26 inches

Internal capacity: Less than 1 cubic foot to more than 2 cubic feet

Wattage: Typically 600 to 1,200 watts


It’s important to find the right-sized microwave that will meet your food needs and fit in the space you have for it. First, you want to measure the counter or other space where you plan to put your microwave. Then, measure the height, width and depth of any model you’re considering to find out if it will fit on your counter top, over your range or in a custom spot. The external dimensions can vary a lot, from 10 by 18 by 14 inches on the smaller side to 14 by 24 by 20 inches on the larger side.

Then there’s also the internal capacity, which can range from less than 1 cubic foot to 2 cubic feet or more. There doesn’t seem to be any set rule for how internal capacity correlates to size (like 1 cubic foot = small, 1.5 cubic feet = medium, etc.), but here’s an attempt to break it down:

Compact: Under 1 cubic foot

Midsize: 1 to 1.5 cubic feet

Full-size: 1.6 to 2 cubic feet

Extra-large: More than 2 cubic feet

Most microwaves are somewhere around 1.4 to 1.8 cubic feet. Still not sure which size you need? If you’re out shopping, bring in a plate or bowl from home that you plan to use often to make sure that it fits inside the microwave.

Still in doubt? Measure everything, take notes and check with your appliance retailer for help deciding what would work best. For over-the-range and other built-in models, you most likely won’t be the one installing your new microwave, so you can always avail yourself of their expertise.


Microwave wattage equals power. In general, the higher the wattage, the faster and more evenly your food will cook. Most microwaves sit somewhere between 600 to 1,200 watts. Larger, more expensive microwaves tend to have a higher wattage, so this is a price and size consideration that can strongly influence microwave cooking performance.

This GE microwave has scan-to-cook tech via a related app.Chris Monroe/CNET


Many microwaves share common functions. Here are some microwave cooking essentials: cook time, defrost, power level and timer. Each one requires your direct input, but they are usually very easy to set. Most microwaves have touch panel controls and a rotating carousel to spin your food for more even cooking.

Default settings

Many microwaves come with preset cooking modes so you only have to press one button to automatically cook a dish. For example, many microwaves have a “popcorn” button that will cook your bag based on factory settings. This can be handy for common dishes you heat in the microwave, but you’ll have to figure out if the microwave’s default cook times work for your own food. Other common presets include: baked potato, pizza, beverage, frozen dinner and reheat.


Manufacturers are increasingly including features in microwaves that mimic what we see in full-size ovens, such as a broiler. This is a good addition for finishing off a dish or cooking something for which you’d prefer more direct heat.


A convection fan that’s built into the back of a microwave oven circulates the heat around the food to cook things more quickly and evenly. (Many new full-size ovens come with at least one convection fan.) However, microwaves with convection fans are generally more expensive than those without.

Inverter technology

Inverter heating is another option available on some high-end models. If you want to heat something at a 50 percent power level, most microwaves actually switch between 100 percent power and 0 percent power to average in at 50 percent power. This doesn’t yield great results if you want to heat something on a lower heat and achieve an even result. So, some models now use inverter technology, which maintains a consistent 50 percent power. That way, you can poach salmon, make a fluffy omelet, etc.

Other advanced features

In addition to new heating technologies, higher-end models usually have more presets than just the basic pizza, popcorn and baked potato standard. Some use moisture sensors to detect food doneness. And we’ve started to see models include LED lighting on the interior.

“Smart” technology, i.e. options that connect microwaves to the internet and other products, aren’t as widespread in microwaves as we’ve seen in other kitchen appliances. However, we’ve seen GE Appliances include Bluetooth technology in some of its over-the-range microwaves. This connection, which GE calls “Chef Connect,” pairs the microwave with compatible GE ranges so the light and fan beneath the microwave automatically turns on when you turn on a burner.

More options

Will the June Intelligent Oven become the next microwave?Tyler Lizenby/CNET

Other small appliances have started to make a case for forgoing the microwave, such as steam ovens that use water to cook for more moist heating or the basic toaster oven that mimics a full-size stove. These options promise to cook more effectively than a microwave, but it might take longer to reheat your food.

Smart countertop ovens have also started to become an option. The June Intelligent Oven uses facial recognition technology to identify food and cook it automatically, and the Tovala Smart Oven will scan packaged meals for automatic cooking, including frozen meals from Trader Joe’s. These options are promising, but the technology is too new to determine whether or not these will become kitchen staples.

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