Purple Microwave Oven

Buy the best purple microwave oven selected and recommended by interior designers. By Tara Gosselin.

Something fun for the kitchen, and complementary of you can pair it with the other matching appliances, is the colored microwave oven. There is something just whimsical about a purple microwave, or one that has a vintage look of the fifties. It is not only interesting, but will always make you smile whenever you use it. And they work as well as regular models.

Nostalgia Retro 19" 0.9 cu ft. 800-Watt Countertop Microwave Oven

Nostalgia Retro 19" 0.9 cu ft. 800-Watt Countertop Microwave Oven

$119.99

Nostalgia Retro 19" 0.9 cu ft. 800-Watt Countertop Microwave Oven

Nostalgia

$119.99

Description

Add a touch of retro charm to your kitchen with this sleek microwave. With 12 pre-programmed cooking settings and a bright LED display, it offers easy usability. Featuring five power levels and 800 watts of power, it's perfect for reheating leftovers or cooking meals. This microwave measures 11'' H x 19'' W x 15'' D and includes a turntable. Upgrade your kitchen with this stylish and functional appliance today.

19" 0.9 cu. ft. Countertop Microwave

19" 0.9 cu. ft. Countertop Microwave

$119

19" 0.9 cu. ft. Countertop Microwave

GE Appliances

$119

Description

Enhance your kitchen with the 19" 0.9 cu. ft. Countertop Microwave. This sleek countertop microwave offers a space capacity of 0.9 cubic feet and operates at 900 watts for efficient heating. The turntable included ensures even cooking. With its compact size of 11.5'' H x 19'' W x 14.5'' D, this microwave is a perfect addition to any kitchen. Upgrade your cooking experience with this stylish and functional countertop microwave.

30" 1.6 cu.ft. Over-The-Range Microwave

30" 1.6 cu.ft. Over-The-Range Microwave

$198

30" 1.6 cu.ft. Over-The-Range Microwave

GE Appliances

$198

Description

Introducing GE Appliances' 1.6 cubic feet microwave - designed to make your life easier at home. With 1000 watts of power and a spacious interior, this microwave is perfect for all your cooking needs. Measuring 16.5'' in height, 29.875'' in width, and 15.25'' in depth, it fits seamlessly into any kitchen. Features include a turntable for even cooking and a timer for precision. From cooking meals to warming snacks, GE Appliances is here to support you in every task. Upgrade your kitchen today with this reliable and efficient microwave.

17" 0.7 cu. ft. 700 Watt Countertop Microwave

17" 0.7 cu. ft. 700 Watt Countertop Microwave

$109

17" 0.7 cu. ft. 700 Watt Countertop Microwave

GE Appliances

$109

Description

Upgrade your kitchen with the GE Appliances Countertop Microwave. With 0.7 cubic feet of space capacity and 700 watts of power, this microwave is perfect for everyday use. The sleek design measures 10.1875'' H x 17.3125'' W x 12.75'' D and includes a convenient turntable. From heating up leftovers to cooking a quick meal, the GE Appliances Countertop Microwave is crafted to support every task in the home. Add this high-quality appliance to your kitchen and experience the difference that GE Appliances brings to life.

Farberware Classic Countertop Microwave Oven, 1.1 Cubic Feet cu. ft., 1000 watts, with Child Lock

Farberware Classic Countertop Microwave Oven, 1.1 Cubic Feet cu. ft., 1000 watts, with Child Lock

$101.29

Farberware Classic Countertop Microwave Oven, 1.1 Cubic Feet cu. ft., 1000 watts, with Child Lock

Farberware

$101.29

Description

The Farberware Classic Microwave combines power, style, and convenience in your kitchen. With 10 power levels and a Memory Function, this microwave offers easy operation and customization. Enjoy 6 pre-programmed cooking functions and +30-Seconds control for quick meals. The 1.1 cubic feet capacity, 1000 Watt power, and turntable make it a multitasking must-have. Sleek design, LED display, and timer complete the package. Dimensions: 12.03'' H x 16.93'' W x 20.2'' D. Whether cooking popcorn or reheating dinner, the Farberware Classic Microwave is the perfect addition to your kitchen.

24.125" 2.2 cu.ft. Countertop Microwave

24.125" 2.2 cu.ft. Countertop Microwave

$438

24.125" 2.2 cu.ft. Countertop Microwave

GE Profile™

$438

Description

Experience the future of cooking with GE Profile Appliances. Our countertop microwave with 2.2 cubic feet of space capacity and 1100 watts will revolutionize your kitchen. Featuring sensor cooking technology, this sleek appliance measures 14'' H x 24.125'' W x 19.75'' D, giving your kitchen a modern and innovative touch. Make daily life simpler with GE Profile Appliances.

Nostalgia Mid-Century Retro 0.9 Cu. Ft. 900-Watt Countertop Microwave Oven With LED Display, 5 Power Levels, 8 Cook Settings

Nostalgia Mid-Century Retro 0.9 Cu. Ft. 900-Watt Countertop Microwave Oven With LED Display, 5 Power Levels, 8 Cook Settings

$140.21

Nostalgia Mid-Century Retro 0.9 Cu. Ft. 900-Watt Countertop Microwave Oven With LED Display, 5 Power Levels, 8 Cook Settings

Nostalgia

$140.21

Description

This sleek Mid-Century retro microwave offers both style and convenience. With 0.9 cubic feet of space and 900 watts of power, it's perfect for reheating leftovers or cooking food. The 8 pre-programmed cooking settings and LED display make it easy to use. This microwave also includes five power levels and sensor cooking for added versatility. Measuring at 13'' H x 19.5'' W x 13.5'' D, it includes a turntable for even cooking. Upgrade your kitchen with this stylish and functional microwave.

GE Appliances 30" 1.7 cu ft. 1000 - Watt Convertible Over-The-Range Microwave with Sensor Cooking

GE Appliances 30" 1.7 cu ft. 1000 - Watt Convertible Over-The-Range Microwave with Sensor Cooking

$247

GE Appliances 30" 1.7 cu ft. 1000 - Watt Convertible Over-The-Range Microwave with Sensor Cooking

GE Appliances

$247

Description

Transform your kitchen with GE's innovative 1.7 cubic feet microwave. With 1000 watts of power and sensor cooking technology, this appliance is designed to make your life easier. The overall dimensions of 16.5'' H x 29.875'' W x 15'' D make it a perfect fit for any kitchen space. The included turntable ensures even cooking for all your favorite meals. Upgrade your cooking experience with GE appliances that are built to support any task in the home.

30" 2.1 Cu. Ft. Over-the-Range Convertible Microwave with Sensor Cooking

30" 2.1 Cu. Ft. Over-the-Range Convertible Microwave with Sensor Cooking

$458

30" 2.1 Cu. Ft. Over-the-Range Convertible Microwave with Sensor Cooking

GE Profile™

$458

Description

Incorporate cutting-edge Smart Home technology into your kitchen with GE Profile Over-The-Range Microwave. With a spacious 2.1 cubic feet capacity and 1050 watts of power, this microwave offers sensor cooking for precise results. The sleek design measures 16.125'' H x 29.875'' W x 15.5625'' D, bringing a modern and efficient touch to your space. Upgrade your kitchen with GE Profile Appliances for the best innovative performance and a stylish look. Simplify your daily life with the most up-to-date technology at your fingertips.

Comfee' 0.7 Cubic Feet Countertop Microwave

Comfee' 0.7 Cubic Feet Countertop Microwave

$88.45

Comfee' 0.7 Cubic Feet Countertop Microwave

Comfee'

$88.45

Description

Step back in time with our retro-style microwave oven, combining nostalgia with modern convenience. With 9 auto menus, defrosting function, 10 power levels, and express cooking button, this compact microwave is perfect for any space. The position memory turntable, eco mode, mute button, clock, and kitchen timer cater to your needs. Boasting a 0.7 cubic feet capacity and 700 watts, it's ideal for apartment kitchens, offices, and dorms. With a sleek design featuring an LED digital display, easy control panel, and cool-touch buttons, this microwave adds charm and efficiency to your home.

1.9 cu. ft. Over-the-Range Microwave with Sensor Cooking

1.9 cu. ft. Over-the-Range Microwave with Sensor Cooking

$344.65

1.9 cu. ft. Over-the-Range Microwave with Sensor Cooking

Samsung

$344.65

Description

Prepare multiple dishes effortlessly with the Samsung Over-The-Range Microwave. Its large 1.9 cu. ft. capacity easily accommodates big dishes. The Sensor Cook technology automatically adjusts cooking time for perfect results, while the fingerprint-resistant finish reduces smudges and minimizes cleaning. This microwave does not feature convection cooking but offers sensor cooking for added convenience. The dimensions are 17.06'' H x 29.88'' W x 16.5'' D, and it includes a turntable for even cooking. With a timer function, this microwave is a practical addition to any kitchen.

ZLINE 24" 1.2 cu. ft. Built-in Microwave Drawer

ZLINE 24" 1.2 cu. ft. Built-in Microwave Drawer

$1214.96

ZLINE 24" 1.2 cu. ft. Built-in Microwave Drawer

ZLINE

$1214.96

Description

Introducing the Zline 24" 1.2 CU. ft. Built-in Microwave Drawer in Stainless Steel. Designed in Lake Tahoe, USA, this microwave combines luxury with functionality. With a spacious 1.2 cubic feet capacity and 1000 watts of power, it offers unmatched performance. The timer feature adds convenience to your cooking experience. At a dimension of 14'' H x 23.6'' W x 25.2'' D, it fits seamlessly into your kitchen space. Elevate your culinary skills with Zline Attainable Luxury - where professional quality meets timeless style.

GE Profile 24.125" 2.2 cu.ft. 1100 - Watt Built-In Microwave with Sensor Cooking

GE Profile 24.125" 2.2 cu.ft. 1100 - Watt Built-In Microwave with Sensor Cooking

$444

GE Profile 24.125" 2.2 cu.ft. 1100 - Watt Built-In Microwave with Sensor Cooking

GE Profile™

$444

Description

Elevate your kitchen with the GE Profile appliance, featuring a sleek design and cutting-edge technology for a modern lifestyle. The 2.2 cubic feet capacity, 1650 watts power, and sensor cooking ensure optimal performance. Measuring 14'' H x 24'' W x 19.75'' D, this appliance includes a turntable for convenient use. Upgrade your kitchen with the best innovative solutions for a simpler daily life.

Farberware Countertop Microwave .7 Cu. Ft. 700-Watt Compact Microwave Oven

Farberware Countertop Microwave .7 Cu. Ft. 700-Watt Compact Microwave Oven

$79.99

Farberware Countertop Microwave .7 Cu. Ft. 700-Watt Compact Microwave Oven

Farberware

$79.99

Description

The Farberware Classic Microwave is the perfect addition to your kitchen, offering power and convenience in a compact design. With 10 power levels, a Memory Function, and easy-to-use digital interface, this microwave makes cooking a breeze. It features six pre-programmed cooking functions, including popcorn and pizza, along with time or weight-based defrost controls. The 0.7 cubic foot cooking capacity, 700 Watts of power, and rotating turntable ensure even and efficient cooking. Don't miss out on the Farberware Classic Microwave, a multi-tasker that will become your kitchen's best friend. Dimensions: 10.1'' H x 17.75'' W x 12.91'' D. Turntable and timer included.

Farberware Professional Microwave Oven, 1.3 Cu. Ft., 1000-Watt, with Child Lock and Sensor Cooking

Farberware Professional Microwave Oven, 1.3 Cu. Ft., 1000-Watt, with Child Lock and Sensor Cooking

$134.99

Farberware Professional Microwave Oven, 1.3 Cu. Ft., 1000-Watt, with Child Lock and Sensor Cooking

Farberware

$134.99

Description

The Farberware Professional Microwave is a powerful and stylish addition to any kitchen. With 10 power levels and a Memory Function, cooking your favorite dishes is a breeze. The easy-to-use digital interface includes Express Cook buttons, defrost controls, and six pre-programmed cooking functions. Multi-Stage cooking ensures perfect results, while the LED display features a clock and timer. This microwave offers a generous 1.3 cubic foot capacity, 1000 Watts of power, and a rotating turntable. Don't miss out on the convenience and versatility of the Farberware Professional Microwave for all your cooking needs. Dimensions: 12.36'' H x 20.43'' W x 16.65'' D.

Magic Chef Retro 0.7 Cubic Feet Countertop Microwave with Sensor Cooking

Magic Chef Retro 0.7 Cubic Feet Countertop Microwave with Sensor Cooking

$155.99

Magic Chef Retro 0.7 Cubic Feet Countertop Microwave with Sensor Cooking

Magic Chef

$155.99

Description

Enhance your kitchen with our classic white microwave, featuring a 0.7 cubic feet capacity and 700 watts of power. With rotary dial controls and sensor cooking technology, this microwave provides convenient cooking options. The interior light and glass turntable ensure your food is cooked evenly. Measuring 10.2'' H x 17.7'' W x 12.8'' D, this stylish microwave is the perfect addition to any countertop. Don't miss out on this sleek and functional appliance for your kitchen!

30" 1.6 cu. ft. Over-The-Range Microwave with Recirculating Venting

30" 1.6 cu. ft. Over-The-Range Microwave with Recirculating Venting

$339.98

30" 1.6 cu. ft. Over-The-Range Microwave with Recirculating Venting

GE Appliances

$339.98

Description

Upgrade your home with the GE Appliances 1.6 cubic feet microwave, designed to make your daily tasks easier. With a wattage of 950W, this appliance can handle all of your cooking needs while the spacious interior can accommodate even the largest dishes. The overall dimensions of 16.44'' H x 29.88'' W x 15.88'' D make it the perfect addition to any kitchen. The turntable ensures even cooking results, and the timer function allows you to keep track of your cooking progress. Invest in quality appliances that truly support your everyday tasks at home.

Cosmo 1.9 Cubic Feet Over-The-Range Microwave with Sensor Cooking

Cosmo 1.9 Cubic Feet Over-The-Range Microwave with Sensor Cooking

$247.99

Cosmo 1.9 Cubic Feet Over-The-Range Microwave with Sensor Cooking

Cosmo

$247.99

Description

Efficiently ventilate your kitchen with our sleek over-the-range microwave. With a space capacity of 1.9 cubic feet and 1000 watts of power, this microwave is perfect for any cooking needs. The sensor cooking feature ensures perfectly cooked meals every time. The sleek touch controls and large digital display make it easy to use. Overall dimensions are 16.4'' H x 30'' W x 15.4'' D. Save space and add style to your kitchen with this efficient and modern microwave.

30" 1.9 cu. ft. Over-the-Range Microwave with Sensor Cooking

30" 1.9 cu. ft. Over-the-Range Microwave with Sensor Cooking

$267

30" 1.9 cu. ft. Over-the-Range Microwave with Sensor Cooking

GE Appliances

$267

Description

Discover the ultimate convenience with GE Appliances' 1.9 cubic foot microwave. Boasting 1000 watts of power and sensor cooking technology, this appliance is designed to make meal prep a breeze. The spacious interior accommodates all your cooking needs, while the included turntable ensures even heat distribution. With an overall size of 16.31'' H x 29.87'' W x 15'' D, this microwave fits seamlessly into any kitchen space. Upgrade your cooking experience with GE Appliances, where innovation meets real-life functionality.

30" 1.6 cu. ft. Over-The-Range Microwave

30" 1.6 cu. ft. Over-The-Range Microwave

$321.98

30" 1.6 cu. ft. Over-The-Range Microwave

GE Appliances

$321.98

Description

Experience the best in home appliances with our 1.6 cubic feet microwave oven. With 950 watts of power, this appliance is designed to support any task in the home. Featuring a turntable and timer, this microwave oven is versatile and easy to use. The overall dimensions of 16.44'' H x 29.88'' W x 15.88'' D make it a perfect addition to any kitchen. Improve your home life with our quality appliance that is crafted for real life.

HADEN .7 Cu. 700-Watt Countertop Microwave With 5 Power Levels & Express Functions

HADEN .7 Cu. 700-Watt Countertop Microwave With 5 Power Levels & Express Functions

$129.99

HADEN .7 Cu. 700-Watt Countertop Microwave With 5 Power Levels & Express Functions

HADEN

$129.99

Description

Upgrade your kitchen with the sleek and efficient Haden microwave. With a .7 cubic foot capacity and 700W power, this microwave offers easy cooking, defrosting, and reheating options. The digital controls and convenient functions make it perfect for everyday use. Featuring a stylish design and unique colors, the Haden microwave is a must-have addition to your countertop. Dimensions: 10.25'' H x 17'' W x 12.5'' D. Includes turntable and timer for added convenience. Elevate your cooking experience with this simple yet sophisticated appliance.

30" 1.7 cu. ft. Over-The-Range Microwave

30" 1.7 cu. ft. Over-The-Range Microwave

$247

30" 1.7 cu. ft. Over-The-Range Microwave

GE Appliances

$247

Description

Discover the innovative and reliable GE Appliances Microwave Oven - designed to make your life easier and more efficient. With a spacious 1.7 cubic feet capacity, powerful 1000 watts of cooking power, and a convenient turntable included, this microwave is perfect for all your cooking needs. The sleek design measures at 16.5'' H x 29.88'' W x 15'' D, fitting seamlessly into any kitchen. Plus, with a timer feature, you can effortlessly keep track of your cooking progress. Upgrade your kitchen with GE Appliances, where quality meets convenience.

Hotpoint 29.88" 1.6 cu ft. 1000 - Watt External over-the-Range Microwave

Hotpoint 29.88" 1.6 cu ft. 1000 - Watt External over-the-Range Microwave

$272.84

Hotpoint 29.88" 1.6 cu ft. 1000 - Watt External over-the-Range Microwave

Hotpoint

$272.84

Description

The kitchen appliance you've been searching for is here! With a space capacity of 1.6 cubic feet and a powerful 1000 watts, this durable and reliable appliance will keep your family going for years to come. Measuring at 16.5'' H x 29.88'' W x 15.25'' D, this appliance includes a turntable and timer for added convenience. Don't compromise on value or reliability when it comes to your kitchen appliances - trust this century-old brand to meet your needs and stand up to any challenge. Order yours today and experience the difference!

Panasonic 1.3 Cubic Feet Countertop Microwave with Sensor Cooking

Panasonic 1.3 Cubic Feet Countertop Microwave with Sensor Cooking

$219.99

Panasonic 1.3 Cubic Feet Countertop Microwave with Sensor Cooking

Panasonic®

$219.99

Description

Upgrade your kitchen with our sleek microwave, featuring a spacious 1.3 cubic feet capacity and powerful 1100 wattage. This appliance is designed with sensor cooking for precise results. Enjoy the convenience of the auto cook and reheat function, and customize the menu display with multiple language options. The overall dimensions are 12.37'' H x 20.43'' W x 16.12'' D, and a turntable is included for even cooking. Modernize your cooking experience with this reliable and efficient microwave.

Retro Purple Microwave Oven

Retro Purple Microwave Oven

Retro Purple Microwave Oven

Description

With a stylish, retro design and six convenient power levels, this unique purple microwave makes cooking a joy. It has a 20-liter capacity, so it’s suitable for cooking everything from ready meals to reheating family dinners.

Designer Advice

The light purple finish on this microwave gives it a pretty, feminine look — a breath of fresh air compared to the typical bulky black and silver microwaves. You certainly won’t be hiding this microwave away in a cupboard. The glass turntable is removable, making it easy to clean, and the compact design makes it suitable for kitchens of all sizes.

Custom Painted Purple Microwave Oven

Custom Painted Purple Microwave Oven

Custom Painted Purple Microwave Oven

Description

Featuring a stunning custom Purple Crush finish, this microwave oven is perfect for adding a splash of color to your kitchen. It has an easy-to-use touchpad with an LED display and a variety of settings with ten variable levels.

Designer Advice

This purple microwave oven is a great choice for family kitchens. As well as adding a splash of color to your space, it’s refreshingly easy to use and even has a built-in child safety lock — perfect for families with inquisitive toddlers! The bold purple color will look great against white or grey walls, giving your space a modern, clean look.

Bespoke Purple Microwave Oven

Bespoke Purple Microwave Oven

Bespoke Purple Microwave Oven

Description

If you’re looking to make a bold statement in your kitchen, then this purple microwave oven is an excellent choice. This distinctive appliance has been custom painted and finished with a special glaze to protect the coating.

Designer Advice

With its sleek, modern design, and convenient LED display, this custom-painted purple microwave is a must-have item for any modern kitchen in need of a splash of color. Whether you are hoping to make meal prepping easier, or just looking for something that will stand out with personality and style, this purple microwave is sure to impress!

Iridescent Pink Purple Microwave Oven

Iridescent Pink Purple Microwave Oven

Iridescent Pink Purple Microwave Oven

Description

Featuring a stunning iridescent finish in tones of pink and purple, this microwave is perfect for adding a big dose of personality and fun to your kitchen. It’s easy to use, too, with six convenient settings to choose from.

Designer Advice

The bold pink-purple iridescent finish of this microwave oven will look amazing against black countertops, which will allow the bright colors to really stand out. It’s large enough to fit a full-sized dinner plate, and it also has a child safety lock making it a suitable choice for family kitchens.

Purple Microwave Oven Cover

Purple Microwave Oven Cover

Purple Microwave Oven Cover

Description

Transform your standard microwave into a stylish feature with this purple microwave oven cover. As well as adding a touch of elegance to your kitchen, this cover will also help to keep your microwave clean and dust free.

Designer Advice

This purple microwave cover is an ideal choice for anyone on a budget, transforming the look of your existing microwave in seconds. It’s machine washable, so if it gets dirty, you can simply put it in with your household laundry. A wonderful way to add color to your kitchen without blowing your budget.

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Buying Guide

Selecting small appliances for the kitchen is a challenge for some, and the microwave oven is no exception. Instead of choosing a standard black or stainless steel model, considering color microwave ovens is an interesting way of adding unique style and interest to your decor. You'll find this is especially true if you're purchasing this microwave for a dorm room or small apartment. With that in mind, we’ve put together this buying guide to help you sort through your decisions.

There’s something about adding pops of color in unexpected places when decorating kitchens. By adding colored microwave ovens, you’re changing up the space in an exciting way. For example, if your kitchen is tan or features stone tile, you could incorporate a purple microwave over. Another example is if you have black fixtures and white cabinetry, you could use orange or red colored microwave ovens.

Creating a vintage look is also possible by combining pastel colored microwaves with accessories and elements. If you’re decorating a dorm room, the possibilities are endless. You could select the student’s favorite color, one that matches the colors they’re already featuring in their room, or their school’s color.

It’s possible to integrate colored microwave ovens into kitchen décor in a myriad of ways including:

  • Recessing them into the wall to create a clean and cohesive look that saves space.
  • Grouping it with other appliances like installing it above a second oven, for example.
  • Hiding it behind a cabinet door on the counter.
  • Adding a trim kit to shelving it’s sitting on to create a finished look.

Just as there are many colors available, you'll find several categories as well. Here are some examples:

  • Built-in or Countertop: these models will either sit on the countertop or tuck onto a shelf. If they're on a shelf, they look like they're built-in and save space on the counter. Some of these models have mounting kits allowing them to mount within cabinetry, under countertops, and on the wall.
  • Drawer-style: you'll find these most often installed in islands for those who have limited counter space.
  • Over the range: this is the most common microwave for kitchens with space limitations because they feature a light and vent underneath.

When selecting colored microwaves, consider how often it will be in use. Answering this question is particularly important if this microwave is going into a dorm room. The main reason is that, if it’s going to have considerable use, the need for purchasing a high-quality microwave featuring optimal cubic feet and wattage is critical. Otherwise, it won’t as long as its intended purpose.

Cleaning a colored microwave on the outside is a bit different than a standard black or stainless model. Because you don’t want to damage the color, avoid using bleach or harsh chemical cleaners. Under some circumstances, those substances could cause the color to fade. Otherwise, mild household cleaners are safe to use.


Microwaves are some of the most versatile and necessary pieces of equipment in modern life. In the Western World, there are very few households that do not have a microwave - and for a good reason.

Not only can microwaves cook simple meals like popcorn with startling ease, they can also cook complex things like baked chicken and cakes. Plus, they make defrosting a quick and painless process - not a 24 - hour ordeal watching a turkey melt.

Since you're probably on the search for a new microwave, we've set up a thorough guide to help you make the best possible choice in microwaves.

As familiar as you probably are with microwaves, you may not be aware of the various types of microwaves available. Let's get started with the most common, the Countertop Microwave.

Countertop Microwaves

Countertop Microwaves are typically the most suitable models for the majority of homes. They typically require little to no setup and come ready for use out of the box. Most times, you don't even have to set your microwave clock before jumping straight into use.

Countertop microwaves come with only the most common features expected in a microwave, namely things such as:

  • Auto defrost
  • Popcorn
  • Defrost by Weight
  • Add 30 Seconds
  • Cook by Time
  • Power Levels

If you're looking for a microwave that can provide a bit more versatility, or help you with pre-cooking, rotisserie or baking, you'll want to look into over-the-range, built-in models or convection microwaves which tend to be more feature-rich.

Over-The-Range

An over-the-range microwave is a combination of a microwave with a range hood that is designed to sit "over a range" of other cooktops. A range hood, in a nutshell, is a typically cone-shaped device that contains a mechanical fan that sits above a cooktop or stove.  The fan allows for the easy removal of smells, airborne grease, smoke, cooking fumes, and even steam that are all created during cooking.

Over-the-range microwaves are extremely useful in homes that have minimal counter space. They do tend to be more expensive than their countertop cousins, but the utility of a range hood and the greater number of features available in these microwaves can make up for that. You will need a professional to install this microwave type.

Built-in and Drawer Microwaves

Built-in and drawer microwaves operate on a similar principle to over-the-range microwaves when it comes to space-saving. They are usually installed in a kitchen cabinet or wall freeing space on the counter. Whereas built-in microwaves are primarily installed at the eye-level and often above an oven, a drawer microwave is installed at the convenient, lower heights.

A big advantage of a drawer microwave type is that it can be easily reached by children, and they can heat the food up without your help. Both types of microwaves usually require professional installation and can be more expensive to maintain.

Turntable vs. Flatbed

You probably take it for granted that your food is rotated when you set the timer on your microwave and press start. As you well know, this is to ensure that your food is evenly cooked. Now imagine - in a parallel universe somewhere - that your food can be evenly heated without being rotated. That's the basis of a flatbed microwave.

Instead of the usual "turntable" method of heating, which involves rotating your food, flatbeds utilize different technology to ensure that your food gets evenly cooked or heated. Flatbeds are sometimes more energy efficient and are suitable for those who may want more options when it comes to microwave cooking. Flatbeds allow for a variety of containers in a variety of sizes to fit all at once into your microwave.

Convection Microwaves

If you're someone who prefers the more traditional methods of food prep, like baking, cooking on an open fire, or rotisserie, then a convection microwave could be ideal for you. Convection microwaves use the combination of the fan (to circulate the hot air) and radio waves for cooking food. These microwaves often come with a number of features like grills or rotisserie skewers, not to mention a bevy of cooking functionalities.

Convection microwaves provide far more variety when it comes to texture and flavor in comparison to all other microwaves. These microwaves are ideal for those who would love the flexibility and ease of use of traditional microwaves, without sacrificing the flavor and functionality that could come from other kitchen utilities.

Once you have an idea of the kind of microwave is most suitable for your situation, you should consider the space it'll take up in your kitchen. If you're living in an apartment that won't allow for major installations, a countertop model is probably necessary. On the other hand, if you're building a house or remodeling a kitchen, then a built-in or over-the-range microwave could be ideal for you.

If you're strapped for space, then consider choosing a countertop microwave with an internal volume of .5 cubic feet. This size of microwave is on the smaller end but can accommodate common dinner plates (10-inches in diameter) as well as other common dishes like cereal bowls and cups.

Most microwaves range from 1-2 cubic feet in volume, so you won't have to worry too much about larger cooking dishes fitting properly. However, if you're trying to figure out if a particular size of microwave is optimal for you, here are a few tips you can use:

  • Take one of your typical dinner plates to your store of choice and see if it fits

This may seem silly, but actually sizing your microwave's interior with a plate, in your local point of purchase can go a LONG way to making sure you don't waste money or need to return a microwave that you ordered online.

  • Take a ceramic baking tray or another cooking dish you typically use in the microwave

If you're looking to use your microwave for more complex processes than a simple microwave dish, then take whatever cooking dishes you expect to use along with you and repeat the process with them.

  • Measure out the necessary space on your countertop with visual markers, like a dry erase marker or masking tape.

It's a more effective use of your time to actually "draw out" the space your microwave may take up instead of just eyeballing it or making an assumption. By measuring out the physical space (including a couple of inches of clearance for ventilation), you'll be able to anticipate problems you may not have thought of, like friction against a low cabinet or a leaning countertop.

Be sure to account for electrical outlets as well, since it would be incredibly awkward to map out a space that has nowhere to plug in your microwave. If you're purchasing an over-the-range or built-in microwave, then consult the professional performing your installation for detailed instructions on designating your space.

Also bear in mind, machines tend to vary when it comes to their external dimensions. Two microwaves that both have two cubic feet of internal volume can have very different external dimensions. So, mapping out space can help eliminate certain microwaves from your list of options, simplifying your decision making.

Now that we've figured out sizing and what type of microwave to settle on, let's take a quick look at what features you can include in your purchase.

  • Auto-reheat - Many microwaves have basic reheat functions that allow for ease of use when reheating leftovers. Some have specific settings for different foods.

  • Auto-defrost - Auto defrosting is an almost mandatory feature in every microwave. Having a microwave that can defrost 2 lbs of meat at the touch of a button can save hours of waiting on a natural defrost. Some microwaves come with built-in scales to make defrosting even more precise.

  • Power levels - Being able to adjust your microwave's output is not only convenient but sometimes necessary. Some microwaveable meals have specific requirements for cooking food properly, which may require adjusting of your default microwave heat.

  • Sensors to detect food temperature - Some microwaves come with sensors that can detect food temperature and shut off once your food is ideally warmed or cooked. This can prevent food "explosions" that tend to happen due to foods being wildly overheated and can save you from excess energy usage.

  • Removable Racks - Racks are useful if you're a dedicated microwave chef or simply want the flexibility to cook more meals than one at once.

  • Rotisserie Skewer - These typically come with convection microwaves, since it isn't really possible to rotisserie in a traditional microwave, but if you're getting a convection microwave, having a rotisserie skewer is a must.

  • Basic Timer - Having a basic kitchen timer can be far more useful than you think, and it's a feature that won't necessarily carry the pricing up on your microwave, we recommend getting one if possible.

  • Buttons you're used to using - Finally, make a solid effort to ensure that your new microwave comes with buttons that offer a similar level of convenience as your old one. If you're used to using the "add 30" button - check for that. The same goes for other convenient buttons like auto-defrost, popcorn or pizza.

The wattage of your microwave will - outside of unique model-specific technology - largely determine how effective and quickly your microwave will cook food. A good baseline to work with when choosing a microwave is 1000 watts. This will ensure that your microwave will be able to perform most functions optimally.

Having a 1000 watt or higher microwave doesn't mean that your cooking options are limited. For example, meals that require "medium" heat aren't now off-limits, higher power microwaves can also come with adjustable power. If you're used to cooking on medium heat or prefer some versatility, selecting a higher-wattage microwave with power options is your best bet.

  • Countertop Microwaves are typically the most suitable models for most homes
  • An over-the-range microwave is a combination of a microwave with a range hood that is designed to sit "over a range" of other cooktops
  • Built-in and over-the-range microwaves help you save space
  • Be sure to check the features that come with your microwave
  • Make sure the buttons available match the ones you're used to
  • Convection microwaves give you a wide array of cooking options
  • "Fit" your microwave of choice with dinner plates or larger cooking dishes to ensure that you have enough room to cook
  • Pay special attention to the features you choose

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