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Microwave Ovens Buying Guide

While microwaves have certainly evolved since their commercial invention in 1945, some of the basic features remain. They're small, self-contained kitchen appliances that help cooks with heating, melting, thawing, and cooking foods in a short amount of time. Whether you're buying new or replacing an old one, here's a guide to choosing a new microwave oven.

Types of Microwave Ovens

Types of Microwave Ovens

Beyond the basics of heating and cooking, microwave ovens now have options such as a convection mode for even cooking and browning, and steam cooking for a healthier approach to heating. Some microwaves feature a built-in coffeemaker or toaster. Whatever your upgrade preferences, a few of the basic functions should include proper wattage, defrost mode, a large enough turntable, and easy-to-read (and clean) buttons or icons for programming.

Full Size

With an interior capacity of up to 2 cubic feet, this model's cooking power is usually 1,000 watts or more. It will take up more counter space than other models.

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BLACK+DECKER
$64.99 $46.99

Find Microwave Ovens at Target.com! This BLACK&DECKER 0.7 cubic foot Stainless Steel Microwave Oven is ideal for college stude...nt or anyone who has limited space. The microwave oven has a sleek, modern design. It has 700 Watts of output power and 11... read more

BLACK+DECKER
$74.99 $51.99

Find Microwave Ovens at Target.com! This BLACK&DECKER 0.9 cubic foot Stainless Steel Microwave Oven is a great addition to the... kitchen. The countertop microwave oven with 11 power levels provides quick, even cooking or reheating of any meal. It... read more

BLACK+DECKER
$46.99

Find Microwave Ovens at Target.com! This BLACK&DECKER 0.7 cubic foot Stainless Steel Microwave Oven is ideal for college stude...nt or anyone who has limited space. The microwave oven has a sleek, modern design. It has 700 Watts of output power and 11... read more

BLACK+DECKER
$74.99 $51.99

Find Microwave Ovens at Target.com! This BLACK&DECKER 0.9 cubic foot Stainless Steel Microwave Oven is a great addition to the... kitchen. The countertop microwave oven with 11 power levels provides quick, even cooking or reheating of any meal. It features electronic controls and LED display which are easy to see and use. This 900 Watt microwave oven has 6 quick set menu buttons and 30 second express cooking. It also contains a setting for weight and time defrost. Color: Stainless Steel. read more

Compact

Smaller in size and with about 700-800 watts, this less-powerful model does not cook as quickly as a full-size microwave. It also lacks some of the programmed cooking features.

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Sharp
$116.99

Prepare delicious meals and snacks with this Sharp Carousel 0.9 cu ft Stainless Steel Microwave Oven. It is an ideal addition to a... kitchen. This model features a carousel turntable system for even cooking and a scratch-resistant glass door. The Sharp microwave oven makes preparing and reheating your favorite foods, snacks and beverages easier. It also has a convenient +30 seconds key for instant start and auto defrost for quick and accurate thawing. This 900W microwave oven lets you choose conve read more

Sunbeam
$62.91

compact digital microwave oven0.7 cu. Ft. Capacity700 watts total power10 power levelsdigital displaydefrost by weight/timeexpress... cooking6 pre-programmed cooking menuschild safety lock read more

Sharp
$135.36

The Mid-Sized Sharp 1.1 cu ft. microwave is a great choice for everyday cooking and re-heating. Its compact footprint allows it to... fit easily on a countertop without taking up too much space. The 1000 watts of power give you rapid reheating and fast cooking. The Easy-to-clean glossy black finish with scratch-resistant glass door complement most kitchen decor styles. read more

GE
$209.52

| 700 Watts (IEC-705 test procedure) | Frees up counter space | Operating made quick and easy | Defrosting times and power levels ...are programmed automatically or manually for optimal results | Rotates food throughout the cycle | One-touch instant operation | Helps prevent accidental activation | Minute timer helps keep you on track | Know when your food is ready^^| Color: White | Overall Height: 9.875 | Overall Depth: 12.75 | Overall Width: 17.3125 | Base Model: JE740 | Commercial Category: Countertop | Total Capacity (cubic feet): 0.7 Cu. Ft. | Microwave Watts (IEC-705): 700 | Power Levels: 10 | Turntable: Glass | Microwave Convenience Cooking Controls: Beverage (Instant-On)Pizza (Instant-On)Popcorn (Instant-On)Potato (Instant-On)Reheat (3 Codes)Vegetables (4 Codes) - Manufacturer: Ge - Country of Manufacture: China - Manufacturer Part Number: JE740DRWW. read more

Over the Range

Generally full size, these ovens free up counter space, as they include a vent and are designed for installation over a stove. Another advantage is the oven is positioned at eye level for easy monitoring.

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Smeg
$479.00

Smeg 30 inch over-the-range microwave with hood function. 1000W microwave in stainless steel has simple and multi-stage microwave ...cooking with 4 functions. read more

LG
$329.99

Complete your kitchen with this modern LG 2.0-cubic foot over-the-range microwave oven with 1000 watts. Featuring a stainless stee...l finish that will complement any interior decor, this microwave measures 29.88 inches wide to accommodate any need. 400 CFM Venting System10 Power Levels8 Sensor Cook OptionsQuietPower Ventilation SystemSmoothTouch Glass ControlsEasyClean InteriorEnergy Savings Key and Bi-Level Cooking RackProduct Features: Clock DisplayWattage: 1000 WattsCapacity: 1.6 - 2.0 cfExact Color: Stainless SteelColor: Stainless Steel29.875 inches wide x 15.8125 inches deep x 16.4375 inches high read more

Frigidaire
$519.00

Save up to 10% when you purchase this microwave as a kitchen package (refrigerator + range + over the range microwave + dishwasher...). Search "FFMV162L " to see all the kitchen packages available. Please call us to speak to our appliance experts about pricing, manufacturer rebates, delivery options, and whole kitchen package discounts.1.6 Cubic Foot Microwave with Fits-More Capacity, 1,100 Watts and 2 Speed 300 CFM FanPut this stylish microwave over your range to provide a powerful range hood and a versatile microwave. 2 fan speeds mean this is ready for any amount of grease and steam coming off of your stove. Ready-select controls allow for quick and easy operation. A must have for any modern kitchen needing a range hood and microwave. Features: One-Touch OptionsFits-More CapacityReady-Select ControlsEasily select options with the touch of a buttonOver-the-range microwave doubles as a hood with two fan speedsExtra-Large 13-1/2" Diameter Glass TurntableAuto-Reheat OptionsControl LockElectronic Clock / TimerCharcoal Vent FiltersAuto-start Heat Sensor Vent FanDuctless Vent Installation Option IncludedAttractive Stainless Steel ExteriorSpecifications: Capacity (Cu. Ft.): 1.6Watts: 1,000Microwave Turntable Diameter: 13-19/32"Interior Light Wattage: 30Frequency (MHz): 2,450Microwave Interior Dimensions: 20-3/4"W x 14-13/32"D x read more

Microwave/Convection

Two ovens in one, this model lets you cook in microwave mode, convection mode, or a combination of the two. Unlike a microwave, the convection mode helps brown and crisp foods.

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SHARP
$338.18

Sharp microwave oven R-930AK black convection sensor cook, interactive display, compudefrost plus 11 power level.

SHARP
$380.35

Sharp microwave oven R-930AW white convection sensor cook, interactive display, compudefrost plus 11 power level.

Sharp
$529.00 $489.00

Take on your cooking tasks with ease with this Sharp 1.5 cu. ft. Countertop Microwave. It has 11 variable power levels and 8 one-t...ouch settings that give you many cooking options. Featuring a 7-digit interactive 2-color display, this powerful microwave... read more

Sharp
$489.00

Take on your cooking tasks with ease with this Sharp 1.5 cu. ft. Countertop Microwave. It has 11 variable power levels and 8 one-t...ouch settings that give you many cooking options. Featuring a 7-digit interactive 2-color display, this powerful microwave... read more

Purchase Considerations

Purchase Considerations

Replacing a microwave will be about as frequent as replacing an appliance; it should last roughly nine years. You'll get what you pay for in terms of basics to lots of features. So if you want a convection microwave, be prepared to spend more. If you have basic, limited use for a microwave, don't pay for all the extras you won't utilize.

Size

If you plan to cook meals and main dishes in the microwave, be sure to purchase a full-size model so there is enough space for larger dishes. If you are using a microwave for reheating foods only, then a compact model is sufficient.

Power

The higher wattage you purchase, the faster and more efficient a microwave will heat. A good baseline to start with is an oven with 1,000 watts. If you opt for a smaller microwave, 700 watts will work, but don't plan to use it for more than simple cooking, reheating, and defrosting.

Turntable

Check out the inside cavity of the microwave and the size of the rotating turntable. If you plan to cook meals in a microwave, make sure the microwave has a turntable and that it can fit your most-used baking dishes.

Convection Mode

With a convection-mode feature, a fan is built into the microwave for better heat distribution. This combination allows for browning of certain foods and crisp pizza crusts.

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SHARP
$338.18

Sharp microwave oven R-930AK black convection sensor cook, interactive display, compudefrost plus 11 power level.

SHARP
$380.35

Sharp microwave oven R-930AW white convection sensor cook, interactive display, compudefrost plus 11 power level.

Sharp
$529.00 $489.00

Take on your cooking tasks with ease with this Sharp 1.5 cu. ft. Countertop Microwave. It has 11 variable power levels and 8 one-t...ouch settings that give you many cooking options. Featuring a 7-digit interactive 2-color display, this powerful microwave... read more

Sharp
$489.00

Take on your cooking tasks with ease with this Sharp 1.5 cu. ft. Countertop Microwave. It has 11 variable power levels and 8 one-t...ouch settings that give you many cooking options. Featuring a 7-digit interactive 2-color display, this powerful microwave... read more

Sensors

A moisture-sensor cycle on many microwave ovens cooks food automatically based on the amount of steam it emits.

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Frigidaire
$281.01

Frigidaire FFCE2278LS Features: -Sensor one-touch options: Microwave automatically adjusts power levels and cooking times to cook ...a variety of items, effortlessly.-10 Cooking power levels: Offers versatility with different power levels so you have great cooking results from everything from frozen pizza to pot roast.-Easy-set start: Quickly start cooking - one to six minutes - with just one touch.-Effortless defrost: Makes it easy to defrost almost anything, quickly and evenly.-Effortless reheat: Reheat almost anything at the touch of a button.-Multi-stage cooking option allows you to program power levels and cooking times in advance, customizing your microwave to your cooking needs.-Electronic clock / timer: Helps you keep track of cook times.-Control lock option: One touch keep food warm until everything - and everyone - is ready.-Ready-Select controls: Easily select options with the touch of a button.-Melt and soften: Use the microwave to quickly melt or soften butter or cheeses for your recipes.-Illuminates the contents of the microwave for increased visibility.-Control: Membrane.-Touch pad buttons: 23.-Timer function: 99:99.-Stop / Cancel button: Yes.-Start button: Yes.-Add 30 seconds: Yes.-Interior light wattage: 20 W.-Popcorn button: Options for 1.75 / 3.0 / 3.5 oz..-Vegetable cook sensor: Yes.-30-Minute warm hold: Yes.-Auto defrost options: Yes.-Power supply connection location: Rear.-Connected Load (kW Rating) @ 120V: 1.55.-Finish: Stainless Steel.-Delay Start: No.-Cleaning Accessories: No -Compatible Cleaning Accessories Part Number: ..-Mounting Bracket Included: No -Compatible Mounting Bracket Part Number: ..-Trim Kit Included: No -Compatible Trim Kit Part Number: ..-Handles Included: No -Handle Finish: .-Heatproof Handles: ..-Frequency: 60.Specifications: -Commercial OR Residential Certifications: Yes -CE Certified: .-CPG Compliant: .-TAA Compliant: .-TB 117-2013 Compliant: .-TB 133 Compliant: .-FDA Approved: .-ADA Compliant: .-NSF Certified: ..Dimensions: -Baking dish: 13" W x 9" D.-Overall Width - Side to Side: 24.-Overall Depth - Front to Back: 21.38.-Overall Product Weight: 46.3.Warranty: -Product Warranty: 1 Year. read more

Frigidaire
$239.00

Frigidaire 1. 5-cu ft over-the-range microwave allows you to choose between 10 cooking power levels to accommodate the food youre ...making. 900 watts offer plenty of cooking power while a turntable cooks food evenly. One-touch buttons allow you to cook baked potatoes prepare popcorn or add 30 seconds with ease. Reheat feature provides 3 quick preset settings based on serving size to conveniently reheat food. Electronic clock and timer help you keep track of cook times. 2 vent speeds and an auto-start heat sensor remove excess smoke from your stovetop. Ductless vent installation included for an internal ventilation option. Control lock provides safety preventing children from accidentally hurting themselves in the kitchen. Non-stick interior is easy to clean. read more

Frigidaire
$219.00

1-touch options - our microwaves feature easy-to-use 1-touch buttons so you can cook baked potatoes popcorn or even add 30 seconds... with the touch of a button. Fits-more capacity extra-large microwave provides 1. 6 cu ft of cooking space and will hold almost any dish - even a 13-in x 9-in baking dish. Multi-stage cooking option allows you to program power levels and cooking times in advance so you can program it to defrost cook and keep a meal warm all at once. Ready-select controls easily select options with the touch of a button. 2-speed ventilation over the range microwave doubles as a hood with 2 fan speeds. Extra-large 13-12-in diameter glass turntable. Auto-reheat options. Control lock. Electronic clock and timer. read more

LG
$349.00

EasyClean - LGs EasyClean interior resists stains and buildup so cleaning your microwave doesnt have to be a chore simply wipe wit...h a damp cloth - no chemicals no scrubbing no problem. QuietPower ventilation system - with an over the range microwave oven strong ventilation is key that is why LG has created the QuietPower vent which does the job quietly without interrupting your life. Sensor cook - eliminate the guesswork in cooking humidity-sending technology determines when food is cooked and automatically turns off the microwave to help prevent the over or under-cooking of meals. Sleek design - with SmoothTouch glass controls located at the bottom of the glass door this microwave delivers on both style and ease of use. Eco-on feature - saves energy by turning off the display when not in use the display will turn off when the unit is not active for 5 minutes when this feature is in use the power consumption drops to below 0. 1 watts. Auto-defrost - automatically defrosts for a specified amount of time. 1-touch settings- makes it easy to cook and warm a variety of foods from a cup of coffee to chicken nuggets. Add time controls - adds cook time in 30 second or 1 minute increments. Hidden vent - LG microwaves live up to stylish design with hidden vents so that it looks as smooth as it works the ventilation can be installed either updraft or front whichever meets your needs for the perfect kitchen. read more

Programmed Options

Many ovens have preset time options for cooking or warming different types of food or for certain time increments—a time-saver for cooks rushing to get a variety of warm dishes to the table at the same time.

Trim Kits

For a custom appearance and built-in convenience, trim kits are available to fit specific microwaves. Opt for a microwave with the trim-kit option if your kitchen has a space within the cabinetry for microwave placement.

Safety Features

For households with small children, some microwave ovens incorporate a child-safety feature that prevents the oven from starting without entering the proper code.

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Sunbeam
$54.99 $34.99

Find Microwave Ovens at Target.com! The Sunbeam Digital Microwave Oven has a capacity of 19.82 liters. It has a turntable that all...ows uniform heat distribution, and with its 1-touch control you can easily select the desired cooking options. This... read more

Sunbeam
$54.99 $39.99

Find Microwave Ovens at Target.com! Sunbeam 0.7 Cu. Ft. Digital Microwave Oven - Black Size: .7 Cu.Ft.. Color: Black.

Emerson
$69.99 $59.99

Find Microwave Ovens at Target.com! With 700 watts of power, this 0.7 cu. Ft. Full stainless steel microwave will quickly cook or ...reheat any meal. 10 power levels provide versatility while 8 one-touch settings allow for speedy operation for many items such as popcorn, potato, pizza, soup and fresh or frozen vegetables. Time and weight defrost for easy programming with LED display. Child lock feature for safety and removable glass turntable for complete, even cooking. Size: .7 Cu. Ft.. Color: Stainless Steel. read more

Emerson
$74.99 $59.99

Find Microwave Ovens at Target.com! From baked potatoes to popcorn, frozen food to pre-cooked meals, the sleek and functional Emer...son 900-Watt Stainless Steel Microwave Oven is ideal for everyday home, office or dorm use. This countertop microwave offers .9 cubic feet of space, 11 power levels, and 6 easy pre-set buttons. The microwave features an LED display with a clock, a cooking light, a child lock, and a rotating turntable for even heating. Size: .9 CF. Color: Stainless Steel. read more

Panasonic
$135.95 $114.99

Find Microwave Ovens at Target.com! Get that convenience you want in your home with the Panasonic Silver 1.2 Cu. Ft. Microwave Ove...n. Patented Inverter Technology prevents overcooking on the edges and surfaces with a linear approach. The 1200 watts of high cooking power is a strong option for big items but the interactive menu-action screen will be your favorite, allowing you more versatility. Packed with more controls, more conveniences and designed to cook the items you want made in a microwave oven; this is going to be your favorite new home cooking tool. Explore modern microwave cooking and discover the difference. Size: 1.2CF. Color: Silver. read more

Oster
$69.99 $54.99

Find Microwave Ovens at Target.com! With 900 watts of power, the Oster 0.9 cu. Ft. Stainless steel microwave will quickly prepare ...or re-heat any meal. This microwave includes touchpad controls and an easy to read digital display. With 6 pre-set menus, including baked potato, beverage, popcorn, frozen dinner, pizza and reheat, and 10 power levels, cooking and reheating is simple. The size and contemporary style of this microwave is perfect for any countertop, dorm room, or home entertainment area. Features include, a child lock, cooking complete reminder, time defrost, auto defrost, kitchen timer and turntable. Color: Stainless Steel. read more

Oster
$109.99 $99.99

Find Microwave Ovens at Target.com! This modern Oster 1.6 cu. Black and stainless steel countertop microwave is a great addition t...o your kitchen. With 1100 watts of power, this microwave can quickly re-heat or prepare any meal. The microwave includes touchpad controls and an easy to read digital display. With 6 pre-set menus, including pasta sauce, soup, pizza, dinner plate, beverage rolls/muffins, along with 10 power levels, cooking and re-heating has never been easier. Features include a child lock, cooking complete reminder, defrost, melt, soften and a turntable. Color: Black. read more

Oster
$84.99 $64.99

Find Microwave Ovens at Target.com! This sleek Oster 1.1 cu. Black and stainless steel countertop microwave is the perfect additio...n to your kitchen. With 1000 watts of power, this microwave can quickly re-heat or prepare any meal. The microwave includes touchpad controls and an easy to read digital display. With 6 pre-set menus, including popcorn, potato, pizza, beverage, frozen dinner and reheat, along with 10 power levels, cooking and re-heating has never been easier. Features include a child lock, cooking complete reminder, time defrost, auto defrost, express cook, minute plus and a turntable. Color: Black. read more

Oster
$84.99 $67.99

Find Microwave Ovens at Target.com! The Oster 1.1 Digitial microwave is a great addition to your kitchen. It has a capacity of 1.1... Cu Ft, 1100 watts of power and 11 power levels. With touch pad control and express cook, cook or reheat your meals in minutes. Child Lock Auto Defrost /Time Defrost Kitchen Timer Turntable Cooking Complete Reminder Size: 1.1 cu. Ft. read more

Sunbeam
$79.00 $54.97

Heat foods or beverages quickly and easily with the Sunbeam 0.9 cu ft Microwave. Compact yet powerful, it has 10 different power l...evels to help ensure your favorites are prepared safely and to your liking. With multiple settings, this 900 watt Sunbeam... read more

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