If you have a tiny kitchen, studio apartment, dorm, or simply don’t want to sacrifice precious counter space, the Slimmest microwave Options will change the way you prep and cook food, without robbing you of much-needed room. There are two factors to pay close attention to when shopping for a compact microwave: cubic feet and wattage. When dealing with cubic feet, it can be easy to get lost trying to imagine what 0.7 cubic feet would actually look like in your space. So, for reference, an average microwave will measure from 1.4 to 1.7 cubic feet.
The slimmest microwave Reviews
In this section, we take a closer look at each model. Find out what we think of each microwave and which one we’d choose over all others.
Panasonic SD372S *** Tiny House, Huge Ideas – TOP PICK ***
Now let’s get one thing straight before we explain why we like this tiny microwave so much. This is not THE smallest microwave on the market.
It is, however, very small as microwaves go and a very fine piece of kitchen technology.
If you’re only interested in the smallest of the very small microwave ovens then stick around for the Whirlpool review coming up next.
With that out of the way, let’s get down to business.
This Panasonic model is in our opinion the best small microwave currently available. There are a variety of reasons for this, and over the course of the next few paragraphs, we’ll explain why. But we’d better start with some stats…
At 0.8 cubic feet of capacity, this ranks as one of the larger of our recommended microwaves. Having more space for food means that it does, of course, take up a bit more space in the kitchen than some of the others.
At 14.8″ it is also one of the longest of our choices and that may be enough to put some off, but if you can afford that extra inch or two of space then you won’t be disappointed as the Panasonic SD372S is feature packed.
For a start, it packs a serious punch. At 950 watts of power, you don’t need to be worried about sacrificing cooking times by downsizing your microwave.
The patented Inverter Technology and Turbo Defrost add to the cooking power at your disposal. Expect evenly cooked food in less time than your old microwave and a defrost function that’s better than ever.
Besides controlling the power output you also have the options of defrosting by weight or time, and also a simple timer mode.
These basic modes work nicely with the six automatic settings, which offer one-touch heating of specific foods. These 9 pre-programmed automatic functions include potato, popcorn, pizza, frozen vegetables, dinner plates, and beverages.
A ‘keep warm’ feature is also included so that food can be kept warm and delicious until it’s ready to be served.
So why would we choose this tiny microwave over all others?
Well, sorry to use the old cliché but it’s the complete package.
It’s compact, feature-rich, powerful, and maybe above all, it’s good value for money.
It’s a really thoughtfully put together little microwave that includes little design touches that are overlooked by the competition.
No, it’s not the smallest, but if you can spare a couple of inches here or there then you won’t regret it.
Whirlpool WMC20005 ** The Smallest Microwave on the Market **
Taking up just 213.1 square inches of counter space in the kitchen, this tiny 0.5 cu ft microwave from Whirlpool is as small as they get. It has a unique rounded back so that it will fit nicely in the corner of a countertop too.
Be warned though, what it lacks in countertop inches, it makes up for in height. This is the tallest of our recommended small countertop microwave ovens. Standing at 14.1″ tall, just be sure you have the extra clearance.
Let’s get the other big negative out of the way while we’re at it. It’s expensive.
It’s actually the most expensive model on our list by some margin. It seems there’s a price to pay for saving space on the kitchen countertop.
The Whirlpool WMC20005 actually puts out a fair amount of power and despite being smaller, isn’t underequipped by any means. At 750 watts of cooking power, it’s the 3rd most powerful microwave on our list.
The power modes are split into 10 levels. There are also ‘Quick Touch’ buttons to add an extra 30 seconds and for popcorn. The further cooking modes allow for easy defrosting and reheating.
It’s not as feature rich as some of the other models on this list, but that’s a sacrifice you’ll have to pay in the quest for the ultimate in compact microwaves.
Daewoo KOR-7LREW * Stylish & Small *
Daewoo’s new retro line of appliances includes this classic microwave that looks amazing and has all the modern functions that you’d expect too.
In our opinion, it’s the most attractive model on this list by some margin and one of the few microwaves in the world that a teenager might describe as looking “cool”.
It could definitely bring a bit of ‘life’ to a dreary kitchen with its stylish finish. It comes in a choice of colors, but the standard cream/white is our favorite.
Aside from looking great, it has all the features and performance that you’d expect from a modern microwave oven. It’s one of the smallest models on the market too with a 0.7 cubic feet capacity and space saving design to minimize its footprint in the kitchen.
This model takes up very little vertical space (just 10.5 inches) so it could be just the ticket for those struggling in this department.
There are three quick settings for heating food. There’s the standard timer (with 5 adjustable power settings), an auto-defrost setting and even an autocook function. These sit beside the 5 pre-sets for specific food types (beverages, soup, baked potato, fresh vegetable, and frozen vegetable).
It puts out 700 watts at full power which is a little on the lower side, but then this is significantly smaller than your average microwave oven. A nice touch is the ‘Eco’ mode which uses zero power when the device is not in use.
Electrical appliances are still a drain on power when in standby mode, so this feature will save you energy and money in the long term all be it not vast amounts of it.
Westinghouse WCM770B *** Cheapest Small Microwave ***
This little gem from Westinghouse has a lot going for it. It was an easy decision including it on this list of the top models in this class.
Let’s start with the price. It’s the cheapest model in this guide and represents amazing value for money. If you’re on a strict budget then this is the tiny microwave oven for you.
And it really is tiny. At just 12.5 inches depth it’s the shortest of our picks. If you’re dealing with shallow shelves or narrow countertop space then this microwave might be the one you need.
It’s also the shortest. At only 10.25 inches tall, it’s able to squeeze into those tight spaces that others just can’t.
With such slender dimensions, you won’t be shocked to hear that it only has a capacity of 0.7 cubic feet. You won’t be heating up whole turkeys in here, but single meals are no problem.
The side effect of keeping the cost low is a cutback with the user interface. Instead of LCD displays and one-touch buttons, this model uses old-fashioned mechanical rotary dials.
The positive here is that there’s absolutely no confusion in the operation of this microwave oven. Dial interfaces like these are so simple to understand and operate that you shouldn’t really even need to look at the instruction manual. Some digital interfaces, on the other hand, aren’t exactly very user-friendly.
This model keeps things very simple and uses two of these rotary dials for operation. One controls time and the other controls the cooking modes. The cooking modes are simply 5 power levels controlled by a timer (low, medium-low, medium, medium-high, high) and a defrost by weight setting.
Panasonic NN-SN686S * Multiple Features & Bigger Capacity *
Though we class this as a mini microwave it is the largest of our recommendations and probably not the one for you if space is really tight. It is however full of modern features that make cooking with it easy, efficient, and convenient.
It uses patented Inverter Technology which Panasonic says will preserve the flavor and texture of your food that microwave cooking can sometimes destroy. This technology is also said to cook more efficiently at lower power settings.
Microwaves struggle with consistency when heating food, with thin or small pieces heating up much quicker than larger pieces. Inverter Technology reduces this inconsistency and delivers more even cooking.
It delivers a massive 1200 watts of power which is a lot, especially for its size. The power delivery is divided into 10 levels that are selectable via a dedicated button.
There’s plenty of control over the cooking settings too. With 14 pre-sets for different foods, a ‘Quick Minute’ button. ‘More’ and ‘Less’ buttons, a ‘Keep Warm’ function, quick defrost, popcorn function, and our personal favorites the ‘Sensor Reheat’ and ‘Sensor Cook’ functions. Here the microwave is able to automatically choose the correct cooking cycle settings for the food in question.
This model really is the exact opposite of the Westinghouse. While the Westinghouse keeps things really simple, this model from Panasonic has so many options that you might never use them all.