The Best Simple Microwave Review 2020

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Commercial Chef Counter Top Rotary Microwave Oven

Top Pick
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The Commercial Chef Counter Top Rotary Microwave Oven is a super compact and simple appliance. The mechanical rotary dials make it great for those seeking a basic operation. The dials allow you to set a timer ranging from 1 to 30 minutes and to choose from among the six cooking power levels.

This is a great option for someone with minimal space, looking for a simple microwave to prepare small items.

Key Features

  • Mechanical rotary dials
  • Easy to grasp grip type handle to open and close the door
  • Speed and weight defrost
  • 6 power levels
  • Removable glass turntable

Specifications

  • Brand: Commercial Chef
  • Dimensions: 17.75 (W) x 12.5 (D) x 10.25 (H) inches
  • Capacity: 0.6 cu. ft.
  • Power: 600 watts
  • Weight: 23.1 lbs
  • Color: white

Pros

  • Simple to operate, easy to read dials
  • No electronic controls to malfunction

Cons

  • Doesn’t have a digital display

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COMFEE’ Countertop Microwave Oven

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This COMFEE’ microwave oven features convenient one-touch cooking buttons, 11 power levels, and a removable turntable. The large LED digital display has a clock function and can also display a kitchen timer. This model includes an energy-saving eco mode where the LED display can be turned off to save energy.

Key Features

  • Easy auto-cook functions including; popcorn, potato, pizza, frozen veggie, beverage, and reheat
  • One-touch cooking function with 1-6 minutes and +30 seconds functions
  • Two defrost settings (by weight or by time)
  • Energy saving eco mode
  • Child safety lock
  • Large LED digital display

Specifications

  • Brand: COMFEE’
  • Dimensions: 17.3 (W) x 13 (D) x 10.2 (H) inches
  • Capacity: 0.7 cu. ft.
  • Power: 700 watts
  • Weight: 20.3 lbs
  • Color: Black

Pros

  • Easily popular food items with the touch of a button
  • Stylish black stainless steel color

Cons

  • Does not have a handle or push button door open feature

3
BLACK+DECKER EM720CB7 Digital Microwave Oven

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The Black + Decker model comes with a 10-inch removable glass plate that rotates when the microwave is on to prevent hotspots and allows food to cook more easily. The plate is easily removed and cleaned with warm soapy water.

This model comes with a large LED digital display that serves as a clock, countdown timer and displays remaining cooking time. The microwave can be turned on for one to six minutes at 100 percent power by simply touching the number. The door is easily opened with the push of a button. Stop the microwave at any time by pressing the stop button.

Key Features

  • Pre-programmed buttons for popcorn, potato, pizza, frozen vegetable, beverage and dinner plate
  • 10 power settings
  • Large LED digital display
  • Removable 10” glass turntable
  • Push-button door release for easy access

Specifications

  • Brand: Black + Decker
  • Dimensions: 17. 3 (W) x 13 (D) x 10.2 (H) inches
  • Capacity: 0.7 cu. ft.
  • Power: 700 watt
  • Weight: 24.1 lbs
  • Color: Black and stainless steel

Pros

  • Clean modern design

Cons

  • Print on the function keys can be difficult to read
  • The door might be difficult to open for some

4
Toshiba EM925A5A-SS Microwave Oven

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With 900 watts the Toshiba EM925A5A-SS Microwave oven is one of the most powerful in our review. In general the higher the wattage of the appliance, the faster the cooking time. This model is also slightly larger than other models in our review.

It is equipped with an LED light, glass turntable, energy-saving eco mode, a mute button, and clock and kitchen timer functionality. We love that the door handle is super easy to grip.

Key Features

  • 6 preset menus – popcorn, potato, pizza, frozen vegetable, beverage and dinner plate
  • One-touch start from 1 to 6 minutes or 30 seconds cooking at full power
  • Easy defrost – choose defrost by time or by weight
  • 10.6-inch glass turntable
  • Mute buzzer feature

Specifications

  • Brand: Toshiba
  • Dimensions: 19.2 (W) x 15.9 (D) x 11.5 (H) inches
  • Capacity: 0.9 cu. ft.
  • Power: 900 watts
  • Weight: 27.3
  • Color: Black and stainless steel

Pros

  • 10 cooking power levels – offers more flexibility while cooking
  • Works quietly

Cons

  • The only way to input defrost weight is in ounces
  • Turntable may slip off track for some

5
Magic Chef MCD770CW White Retro Countertop Microwave Oven

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Step back in time with the Magic Chef Retro Microwave Oven featuring a towel bar door handle and rotary dials. This appliance has a compact footprint, 700 watts of power, and 7 power levels.

We love the clean stylish look of this option. It is very compact and would be a great option for those looking to heat up small simple items.

Key Features

  • Stylish towel bar door handle
  • Dual rotary dials
  • 7 power levels

Specifications

  • Brand: Magic Chef
  • Dimensions: 12.8 (W) x 17.7 (D) x 10.2 (H) inches
  • Capacity: 0.7 cu. ft.
  • Power: 700 watts
  • Weight: 22 lbs
  • Color: White

Pros

  • Stylish retro look

Cons

  • No light when you open the door
  • No digital display
  • Roman numerals for microwave power can be difficult to read

6
AmazonBasics Microwave, Works with Alexa

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An Echo device (not included) is required to use the voice control features and quick-cook voice presets on the AmazonBasics Microwave.  To start cooking, use your voice or just press the Ask Alexa button and say your cook time. The button will instantly wake up your paired Echo, just like saying “Alexa” does. You can say commands like “cook for 3 minutes” or “cook frozen vegetables,” and the microwave will start cooking.

We love how simple this appliance makes heating something up. This would be a great option who is familiar with how Alexa works and is looking for a simple appliance to heat up small items.

Key Features

  • 10 power levels
  • Child lock feature
  • Removable turntable
  • Kitchen timer and clock

Specifications

  • Brand: Amazon
  • Dimensions: 17.3 (W) x 14.1(D) x 10.1 (H) inches
  • Capacity: 0.7 cu. ft.
  • Power: 700 watts
  • Weight: 21.9
  • Color: Black

Pros

  • Voice activated with Alexa makes microwaving super simple

Cons

  • Some reviewers had serious malfunctioning issues

7
COSTWAY Retro Countertop Microwave Oven

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The COSTWAY model is one of the largest microwave ovens in our review, and at 0.9 cu. ft. capacity, it is considered a mid-sized microwave.

We love that this model is super user-friendly and simple to use with just two knobs, two buttons and an LED display time screen. The microwave comes with a rotating glass turntable and offers multiple functions and default cooking presets.

Key Features

  • Two mechanical knobs and two buttons allow you to select power level and time from 0-60 minutes
  • 5 cooking levels
  • Rotating glass turntable
  • Easy-to-read LED display
  • Cooking presets for popular foods such as popcorn, pizza, potatoes
  • Child lock function

Specifications

  • Brand: Costway
  • Dimensions: 19.5 (W) x 14 (D) x 11 (H) inches
  • Capacity: 0.9 cu. ft.
  • Power: 900 watts
  • Weight: 26 lbs
  • Color: Mint Green

Pros

  • Unique and stylish design
  • Super simple turn knobs to set power level and cooking time

Cons

  • Continues to beep after the timer has gone off until the door is opened

When it comes to purchasing a new microwave oven, it is important to research the different features each one offers. Make sure you understand what each can do, how you will use it, and if it will suit your needs. Before you go shopping, consider the following:

What You Cook

Microwaves ovens will have variable wattages ranging from 600 to 1200 watts. Higher wattage microwaves will cook food faster but often come with a higher price tag. If you are planning to use this primarily for cooking, do note that most recipes specify at least 800 watts to ensure that food is cooked thoroughly and evenly.

If you are a light user and plan to use your microwave primarily for reheating items or making popcorn, you likely won’t need a higher wattage or a lot of fancy features.

Size

The internal capacity of microwaves ranges greatly from 0.5 cubic feet (big enough to fit 10-inch dinner plate) to over 2 cubic feet (accommodates larger cookware). Most simple microwaves will fall into the compact of mid-sized range, coming in at 0.5 to 1.3 cubic feet.

Consider what you will be using your microwave for, the type of cookware you will be using and if the capacity will be adequate.

Features

If you have young children in your home, or those that visit often, consider the child lock feature to keep them safe.

Consider if you plan on using your microwave for common items such as; pizza, popcorn or frozen vegetable. If so, having a model with cooking preset buttons may be a convenient option.

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