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#1 Panasonic Microwave Oven NN-SN966S

The Panasonic NN-T945SF offers 2.2 cubic feet of interior space and 1,250 watts of power to heat food in less time than much of the competition. “It offers power levels from 1-10 with 10 being the highest,” explained one of our testers, “and I found that even using level 5, the microwave is able to heat the food very quickly and evenly.”

Other pluses include the sleek stainless steel appearance and 14 auto cook options. If you frequently use your microwave to cook, steam, or defrost, you’ll appreciate the built-in inverter, which delivers consistent heating power that won’t leave food rubbery or unevenly heated.

People find the display and controls to be easy enough to use, but a few online reviewers said they experienced button failure for the door after several years. The microwave is also quite large, so it’s not a good choice for small homes.

#2 Toshiba EM131A5C-BS

The Toshiba EM131A5C-BS Microwave Oven is by far one of the best microwave on the market. It comes equipped with a pre-programmed menu for cooking all of your favorite foods and even contains a sensor that takes the guess-work out of choosing the perfect cooking time for your favorite meals. This microwave provides you with optimal cooking results at a fraction of the price.

This microwave comes with a built-in sensor that senses the amount of steam produced while it is cooking and adjusts for optimal cooking results. Now, you don’t have to worry about getting the cooking time exactly right. Instead, the microwave does the work for you and adjusts to cook everything just right.

This microwave also comes with 10 power settings, a clock, and a timer. With 1100 watts of power, this machine can cook anything and readily adjusts to your cooking needs. The extra features also mean that is can play multiple roles in your kitchen. A one-touch screen allows you to cook foods such as popcorn without messing with the timing. Just press the button, and the microwave does the rest. If that isn’t enough, it also comes with a custom and auto defrost setting. Now you don’t have to leave frozen foods out on the counter overnight before you cook them. Just throw them in the microwave and hit defrost.

#3 Daewoo KOR-7LREW Retro Countertop Microwave 

Thanks to its compact form, retro appearance, and efficient functionality, the Daewoo Retro Microwave is our top pick for heating up food in a dorm room. Available in three colors—turquoise, red, and white—the microwave features a digital control pad that lets you choose your function and set power levels, while a retro-inspired turn knob is used to set cook time.

Its 10-inch turntable is large enough for most single servings, and its 700-watt power should be sufficient for heating up leftover pizza and ramen. It also powers down in between uses, saving you money on your energy bill. There’s no timer or clock display, however. A few customers noted issues with button functionality over time, but most people find this microwave more than suitable for everyday needs.

#4 Amazon Basics Microwave

Amazon have really knocked it out of the park with this one. It’s smart, it’s functional, and it’s modern, plus the price range is on point. This amazing microwave allows you to control cooking with your voice through Alexa, so you can pop something in, ready for cooking later on in the day, or if you’ve got your hands full, then simply ask Alexa to start microwaving. It’s also compact and powerful, with up to 10 power levels, a kitchen timer, and child lock. Setup is easy and straightforward, allowing you to plug in and go, or simply connect to the internet through the Alexa app and get talking.

#5 Commercial Chef CHM660B

If you’re looking for a functional and practical microwave that does what it needs to do, without all the bells and whistles, then the Commercial Chef Microwave Oven is ideal. Although not the prettiest or most attractive on our list, the Commercial Chef knows what its job is and gets to work. The mechanical dials and door handle make this a popular choice for people who prefer something simple and straightforward, without the need for advanced technology to be involved.

It’s lightweight, so be moved around in your kitchen easily, but unfortunately only comes in black, which might not suit everyone’s tastes. However, you really do get what you pay for with the Commercial Chef and there’s no hidden agenda.

#6 Panasonic Microwave Oven NN-SN686S

Another Panasonic on the list! Following on from the initial model mentioned, NN-SN686S microwave oven is also stainless steel, with a push button door, and compact design. Again, high wattage means great performance and the Inverter Technology and smart sensor means that the microwave can adjust its cooking levels to suit the food that you place inside. it also got a Keep Warm feature, which allows to keep anything, such as gravy or soup, warm until you need it. Great for those big meals you might be preparing for friends and family. The Turbo Defrost function does exactly what you would expect and speeds up the defrosting time dramatically. This is a great functional microwave, that should not only stand the test of time in regards to cooking, but also from a design point of view too. Price point is a tad more than what you might like to spend, but it is well worth it.

#7 Sharp R-21LCFS Medium-Duty Commercial Microwave

One of our most expensive microwaves on this list, the Sharp commercial microwave oven is perfect for the more professional chef, who’ll be using the appliance multiple times throughout the day. The price point is probably a little too steep for those of us choosing to defrost a chicken breast or get the popcorn sorted for a movie night.

However, this 1000 watt device is powerful and robust, perfect for a commercial environment. Stainless steel design and easily accessible door handle means that even the messiest and clumsiest of chefs won’t have a problem. It also has a huge interior, which can accommodate larger food options, such as platters and pans.

#8 Emerson 1.2 CU. FT. 1100W Griller Microwave 

Beautifully designed and reasonably priced, the Emerson Griller Microwave Oven</a> is a great asset to any kitchen. With 9 pre-set programmes, it’s easy to find the perfect setting for your choice of dish, whether that’s pizza or frozen vegetables.

It has touch control functions, which mean not annoying dials or knobs to clean around. With a removable grill feature, the Emerson is definitely a multifunctional appliance and allows you to choose healthier methods of cooking for your family. There are also 9 pre-set programmes, which include popcorn, frozen vegetables, beef, pork, and more.

The glass turntable inside is easy to remove and clean and the pull open door means you don’t have to worry about sticking push buttons. It’s compact but durable, and at a reasonable price point too, so a worthwhile investment.

#9 Farberware FMO12AHTBSG

This is one of the heavier products on our list, so make sure you have a helping hand when installing it. The Farberware Microwave Oven is black stainless steel, so offers a unique and slick look to any kitchen. This combination microwave provides the use of both oven and grill, giving you lots of different cooking options.

It’s a smart machine that can adjust its power levels whilst cooking, providing you with the very best outcome for your food. There’s also a digital clock and timer, giving you peace of mind that everything is on track, as well as a child safety lock, so little fingers can’t get caught. With a 1.2 cubic foot capacity, you can easily heat up soup or pizza, but ensure that it fits neatly onto your countertop. It’s a great quality piece of equipment from a lesser known brand.

#10 Comfee EM720CPL-PM

the Comfee microwave oven has everything you would want to see in a microwave oven. It is made in different colors and finishes such that you select the color that is ideal for you. One good thing about this oven is that it comes at a very affordable price.

The oven is equipped with a large LED display which aids in the operation of the microwave. Its compact size will fit in all kitchens even those will limited spaces. What’s more, it accompanies a warranty of one year to prove its quality.