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Microwave Oven Picks

Today's cooks want good food fast. Microwave ovens meet that demand, and many of them multitask. Consider these small wonders, with manufacturer information included.

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    • Past Meets Present

      It looks five decades old, but this convection microwave has today's top features: 1,000 watts of power, a popcorn button, and stainless-steel trim. You have your choice of 10 retro colors.

      Northstar model 1953
      $749
      Elmira Stove Works
      800/295-8498
      elmirastoveworks.com

    • Microwave and Convection

      This efficient wall oven partners the even heat distribution of convection cooking with variable-energy microwave settings that save electricity yet cook any food to its core. The appliance features a porcelain turntable, a wire rack, and nine cooking modes programmed by a sensor-touch panel.

      Fusion BM-281-711
      $999
      Gaggenau
      877/442-4436
      gaggenau-usa.com

    • Space-Saver

      Free up counter space with this 1-cubic-foot drawer-style microwave oven. A one-touch mechanism opens or closes the drawer with just a tap. Choose solid black (shown), black glass and stainless steel, or solid stainless.

      Millennia Microwave In-A-Drawer
      $1,310-$1,370
      Dacor
      800/793-0093
      dacor.com

    • Built-In Microwave

      This 2.1-cubic-foot built-in microwave, design-matched for use in combination with a Bosch wall oven, features an amber-color LCD display, a flush-to-cabinet design, a keep-warm program, and 10 microwave power levels.

      HMB5050
      $749
      Bosch Home Appliances
      800/944-2904
      boschappliances.com

    • Heat Food Evenly

      This model's inverter technology delivers consistent energy for even heating. Sensors detect when food is done and automatically turn the microwave off.

      NN-SD697S
      $160
      Panasonic
      800/405-0652
      panasonic.com

    • Keep Food Warm

      Sensor-equipped and a spacious 2 cubic feet, this microwave uses a radiant warming lamp -- not a hot bulb -- to hold food for serving for up to 90 minutes.

      LMVM2085ST
      $449-$499
      LG Electronics
      800/243-0000
      us.lge.com

    • Pick a Side -- Either Side

      A door that opens from either side helps you avoid reaching over a hot range.

      Reversible door microwave
      $799-$899
      Kenmore
      888/536-6673
      kenmore.com

    • Three-in-One Oven

      Discreet buttons control this oven's microwave, convection, and toasting/grilling functions.

      EM-C6786V microwave oven with convection and grill
      $200
      Sanyo
      800/421-5013
      us.sanyo.com

    • Heat-Sensitive Microwave

      Sensor controls make it easy to cook all your favorite foods. With this model, you don't have to enter serving size, weight, or power level.

      SMH9187 over-the-range microwave oven
      $280
      Samsung
      800/726-7864
      samsung.com

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      Generous Capacity

      Cook more food at once with an extra-large 2-cubic-foot capacity.

      PEB2060DM Profile microwave oven
      $249
      GE Appliances
      800/626-2000
      geappliances.com

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      Pick a Preset

      An auto-reheat function features five preset categories: soup/sauce, casserole, baked goods, dinner plate, and pizza.

      Framtid microwave oven
      $249
      IKEA
      800/434-4532
      ikea.com

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      Microwave with Style Inside

      This microwave and convection combo features automatic sensors and a stylish stainless-steel interior.

      JMC9158BAS
      $659
      Jenn-Air
      800/688-1100
      jennair.com

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      Four Options

      Here's a convection, speed-cook, microwave, and steam oven -- and it self-vents. A nonstick interior coating makes cleanup a breeze.

      Velos GH7208XRS
      $969
      Whirlpool
      866/698-2538
      whirlpool.com

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      Top 10

      Cook with convection or microwave energy in a built-in featuring 10 power levels.

      Model MCES
      $999; trim kit $369
      Thermador
      800/656-9226
      thermador.com

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      Air Waves

      An extra-large capacity and four convection settings make this stylish microwave as versatile as your regular oven. Mint Julep (shown) is one of two dozen available finishes.

      Professional series VMOC205
      $1,200
      Viking Range
      888/845-4641
      vikingrange.com

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      Over-the-Range Microwave

      Microwave cooking is a breeze with this over-the-range model's two-step cooking program. Set your defrost and cooking times and let the microwave do the rest.

      AMV5206BAB over-the-range microwave
      $379
      Amana
      866/616-2664
      amana.com

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      Red Microwave

      If a classic appliance finish isn't your thing, add a splash of color with Emerson's red microwave oven. With stainless-steel accents and one-touch cooking, this model makes a statement without sacrificing convenience.

      MW8992RD microwave oven
      $60
      Emerson
      800/663-5954
      emersonelectronics.ca

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      Stainless-Steel Microwave

      This microwave has six defrost options, including a super defrost mode that can defrost food up to 50 percent faster than other microwaves.

      PLMV169DC over-the-range microwave
      $459
      Frigidaire
      800/374-4432
      frigidaire.com

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      Oven-Quality Microwave

      This model features the quality of an oven with the speed of a microwave, cooking food up to four times faster than a conventional oven.

      SCA1000H Advantium microwave oven
      $739
      GE Appliances
      800/626-2000
      geappliances.com

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      Two-Level Microwave

      This microwave has a wire rack so you can cook on two levels. The unit features a touch pad with a custom recipe option and allows you to add or subtract 10-second increments from the cook time.

      JMV8186AAS over-the-range microwave oven
      $759
      Jenn-Air
      800/536-6247
      jennair.com

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      Microwave with High-Power Ventilation

      Cooking odors are a thing of the past with this unit's powerful four-speed fan that whisks odors away from your cooktop. Inside, a 16-inch stoppable turntable can accommodate large dishes.

      KHMS2050SS Architect Series II over-the-range microwave
      $700
      KitchenAid
      800/422-1230
      kitchenaid.com

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      Microwave/Toaster Combo

      LG's stainless-steel microwave/toaster combination is the ultimate breakfast machine. The unit cuts down on wasted counter space. An LED toaster indicator and digital microwave display allow you to monitor both cooking functions at once.

      LTM9000 combination microwave toaster
      $140
      LG
      800/243-0000
      us.lge.com

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      Family-Friendly Features

      Homeowners with small kitchens will benefit from Sanyo's sleek, compact countertop microwave. A child lock function ensures safety, and the microwave is programmable for several popular foods.

      EM-U1000W compact countertop microwave
      $100
      Sanyo
      800/421-5013
      us.sanyo.com

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      Built-In Microwave Drawer

      Sharp's built-in microwave drawer cuts down on cluttered countertops but is large enough to hold a 9x13-inch dish. Ideally installed under a countertop, the microwave drawer is convenient for everyone in the family to use.

      KB6002LS Insight Pro built-in microwave drawer
      $759
      Sharp
      800/237-4277
      sharpusa.com

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      Microwave with Warming Feature

      This sleek microwave boasts a handy warming feature that keeps food warm for up to 30 minutes. The unit can be placed on a countertop, or you can purchase a trim kit and use it as a built-in.

      DMOS200 Designer Series microwave oven
      $525
      Viking Range
      888/845-4641
      vikingrange.com

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