When shopping for a new countertop microwave, make sure to look for a microwave with adjustable heat settings: while most microwave tasks are performed on “high,” lower power levels are usually built-in to defrost frozen foods or tackle delicate tasks like softening butter or melting chocolate (one of our favorite uses: it’s quicker and less likely to scorch if you look away for a second).1BEST OVERALL MICROWAVEQuick Touch MicrowaveBREVILLEBREVILLEamazon.comSHOP NOW
This top-seller on Amazon is state of the art. It offers 10 power levels, an LCD screen, and a Sensor IQ Reheat and Cook setting that auto-adjusts to the perfect cook time. Plus, this stainless steel beauty is one of the only microwaves in our test that aced popping popcorn and comes with an easy-to-grip bar handle (versus a push-button release).
For years, there wasn’t much innovation in microwave technology — that is, up until Amazon introduced its own AmazonBasics microwave that works with Alexa. Now, you can use your voice to command your appliance to heat foods and the built-in tech will know exactly how long and at what power level to use. It’s also the most affordable microwave you can buy.
Perhaps best of all, it can also reorder popcorn automatically using Amazon Dash Replenishment. Just keep in mind you’ll need your own Amazon Echo device to perform voice commands.
Dimensions: 17.3 x 10.1 x 14.1 inchesAdvertisement – Continue Reading Below
Thanks to its sleek stainless steel exterior, this Panasonic microwave oven will be a beautiful addition to your countertop. And as if microwaving meals wasn’t fast enough already, you’ll love that this champ can take on defrosting ground meat, cooking a frozen pizza, or baking potatoes in almost no time at all.
With a capacity of .9 cubic feet, this Toshiba microwave won’t hog too much space on your countertop. Thanks to its intuitive controls, bold display, and six preprogrammed functions plus a one-touch Express Cook setting, this model earned top scores in our ease-of-use evaluation.
Plus it comes with a special “sound off” mode, meaning you can mute beeps and alertswhen heating up leftovers past midnight (we’ve all been there).
Dimensions: 19.2 x 15.9 x 11.5 inchesAdvertisement – Continue Reading Below
With a capacity of 2.2 cubic feet, the stainless steel GE Profile microwave boasts a smooth easy-to-clean control panel and a large interior, making it a great model for big families. Seriously, you can heat an entire casserole or pizza on the 16-inch turntable and still have plenty of room to spare. It cooks evenly so you won’t find a cold spot in the middle of your ziti and delivers perfectly steamed veggies.
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This GE microwave oven with a 16-inch turntable proves you don’t need to spend a bundle to get perfectly “baked” potatoes, steamed broccoli, or evenly heated mac ‘n cheese. Thanks to a smooth control panel with lettering that contrasts well with the background, it’s super easy to read the display and wipe it clean. If stainless steel isn’t your style, this model also comes in black and white.
Dimensions: 23.87 x 13.625 x 19.25