Compact countertop microwaves are a popular and cost-effective option for many, from those in living in small homes to anyone simply trying to do more with less. And size really does matter—so be sure to measure the microwave’s dimensions along with the space available in your kitchen before buying one of these Best microwave for small kitchen.
Best microwave for small kitchen
Whirlpool 0.5 Cubic Feet 750-Watt Countertop MicrowaveWHIRLPOOL
This countertop microwave from Whirlpool can do it all. And it takes only .5 cubic feet to do everything—even those quick reheats (it can start at 30 seconds at 100% power and has an add 30 seconds option). It’s incredibly compact but it certainly gets the job done. There’s enough room for a dinner plate without taking up valuable counter space. There’s also a control lock feature to avoid unintended use or unintended changes to cooking settings by disabling the control panel, all with the touch of a button.
Daewoo Retro 0.7 Cubic Feet 700-Watt Countertop MicrowaveDAEWOO
Daewoo Retro 0.7 Cubic Feet 700-Watt Countertop Microwave
This super cute retro microwave comes in fun and unique colors (like mint green) and has four auto-cook menu options, two-way defrost, zero standby function, and five microwave power levels up to 700 watts. There’s also an easy-to-read dial knob control panel and an all-important child safety lock.
Panasonic 0.8 Cubic Feet MicrowavePANASONIC
This small but mighty compact microwave has 950 watts of high power and comes in at 0.8-cubic-foot capacity for a seamless (and even) stream of cooking power. The microwave is also helped along by a built-in automatic Genius Sensor that instantly can adjust power and times based on different foods. There are also preset menu items, quick-minute timer, delay start, and child lock. Another smart feature is the Keep Warm button that maintains heat on stews, soups, gravy, or desserts until you’re ready to take them out and eat them.
GE 0.9 Cubic Feet MicrowaveGE
This 0.9 cubic feet G.E countertop microwave oven has automatic and manual controls that can be programmed for all levels of defrosting and cooking needs. With its control lock (so you don’t accidentally change the settings when you don’t mean to), kitchen timer, auto and time defrost, and 900 watts of cooking power, there’s a whole lot of strength in a small package.
Bella 0.7 Cubic Feet Compact MicrowaveBELLA
This 700-watt Bella countertop microwave comes equipped with ten power levels for tons of options and versatility when cooking, but the digital controls make it all easy and seamless. It’s compact at 0.7 cubic feet and has a 10-inch removable turntable—making it a perfect fit for a serving bowl or dinner plate.
Farberware Classic 0.7 Cubic Feet Compact MicrowaveFARBERWARE
This classic design compact microwave comes in at 700 watts of power, and an array of easy preset menu items. It also includes a 9.6-inch turntable, large enough for a plate of food or a bowl or soup, or, of course, that bag of popcorn.
Avanti 0.7 Cubic Feet Compact MicrowaveAVANTI
This compact microwave features an electronic control panel with nine power levels, and six one-touch cooking programs, making it simple to reheat that meal—even if you have no idea what you are doing in the kitchen. It has 700 watts of cooking power and enough room to reheat that pizza, popcorn, or frozen dinners. There’s also an easy-to-use speed defrost option and a cook–defrost by weight option perfect for more precise defrosting and cooking.
Oster 0.9 Cubic Feet Compact MicrowaveOSTER
This compact microwave features six auto-cook settings, and 900 watts of cooking power with 10 adjustable power levels, making it easy to defrost and reheat and prepare all sorts of meals and snacks with one button. There’s also a glass turntable that allows for evenly heated food. Other great features include time defrost, weight defrost, LED display, a kitchen timer, and a cooking complete reminder.