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.
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
Elmira Stove Works
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.
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
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.
Bosch Home Appliances
This model's inverter technology delivers consistent energy for even heating. Sensors detect when food is done and automatically turn the microwave off.
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.
A door that opens from either side helps you avoid reaching over a hot range.
Reversible door microwave
Discreet buttons control this oven's microwave, convection, and toasting/grilling functions.
EM-C6786V microwave oven with convection and grill
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
Cook more food at once with an extra-large 2-cubic-foot capacity.
PEB2060DM Profile microwave oven
An auto-reheat function features five preset categories: soup/sauce, casserole, baked goods, dinner plate, and pizza.
Framtid microwave oven
This microwave and convection combo features automatic sensors and a stylish stainless-steel interior.
Here's a convection, speed-cook, microwave, and steam oven -- and it self-vents. A nonstick interior coating makes cleanup a breeze.
Cook with convection or microwave energy in a built-in featuring 10 power levels.
$999; trim kit $369
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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