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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Retro microwave
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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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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