The days of just using a microwave oven to heat up some hot dogs or a batch of nachos have passed us by. Today’s microwave ovens can accomplish so many more kitchen chores with the touch of a single button. If you’re looking for a new countertop microwave oven, here are four we recommend.
Toshiba Microwave Oven
If speed is what you’re looking for, this microwave oven from Toshiba has a half dozen reheating settings for standard food items like pizza, potatoes and vegetables so you can start cooking with one touch. The black stainless steel exterior should fit in with most modern kitchen sets.
Panasonic Family Size Microwave Oven
Panasonic’s microwave has the size and power (1200W) to handle any sized feast. It also features sensor reheat technology to determine the right power level and monitor cooking results. If your food is still in frozen form — no sweat — the oven’s Inverter Turbo Defrost feature will handle the thawing with ease.
Danby Countertop Microwave
Even with its compact size, this Danby microwave oven packs a punch with many of the same features as larger, more expensive competing ovens. Its 700 watts have 10 power levels and six one-touch cooking options. It also includes a defrost-by-weight option, kitchen timer and a child-lock safety mechanism.
Daewoo Retro Countertop Microwave Oven
The first countertop microwave oven reportedly was created in the late ’60s, so this retro look is definitely more style than an actual reproduction of an early model. (And those babies weighed a ton!) Still this Daewoo model does the job with great looks and five power levels up to 700 watts.