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.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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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