There are plenty of top-notch microwaves out there that are inexpensive, reliable and easy to use. Here are some of today’s best-selling models and their features:
Best Compact Microwave Oven to Buy
Westinghouse has the name and the reputation for producing high-quality, reliable products. That trend continues with its 600-watt, 0.6 cubic feet Westinghouse WCM660B, which neatly falls in the $70 (and below) price range. This model is small enough to fit comfortably on a counter top, yet large enough to heat a large plate or bowl of food.
Westinghouse has also kept it simple with the WCM660B thanks to mechanical dials that are easy to use. It’s perfect for anyone who may have trouble with digital controls – especially a multitude of digital controls. Other features include six microwave power levels, a 30-minute timer with end of cooking signal, and a grip handle.
Top Budget Counter-top Microwave
This model – Kenmore 73092, manufactured by Sears, is proof that good things do come in small packages. It’s a 900-watt, 0.9 cubic inch machine that is great for cooking a variety of foods thanks to 10 power levels and a memory feature.
It’s ease of use includes a push-button door, as well as a glass turntable that can be easily removed and cleaned in the dishwasher.
It’s multi-stage feature enables users to set multiple stages of cooking. Moreover, it’s memory settings add increased value and benefit, as does a feature that allows users to increase cooking times in 30-second increments. All in all, it’s very user-friendly and intuitive to use. Like the Westinghouse model above, the Kenmore falls nicely into the $70 price range.
Best Cheap Retro Counter-top Microwave
Like the name suggests, this new model by Nostalgia Electrics is a blast from the past thanks to a sleek retro design. But the Nostalgia Electrics RM0770RED has all the modern features that make it a versatile unit which fits comfortably on a counter top.
While it’s almost irresistible because of its old-time exterior design, this model isn’t just about its looks. The 0.7 cubic feet machine (700 watts), includes 12 pre-programmed features, easy-to-use dial control, and LED display, a digital clock and safe child lock.
The RM0770RED is perfect for the home countertop or a dorm room. It’s interior cavity comfortably holds a dinner plate, and has a spinning carousel like bigger, pricier models.
Top Rated Inexpensive Microwave on the Market
This model – Danby Designer Countertop Microwave also offers a generous 1.1 cubic feet cooking space, 10 different power levels, simple one-touch cooking for six popular uses such as popcorn, pizza and frozen dinners, plus a very readable LED timer and clock unit. It also comes with an automatic oven light and carousel.
Best Counter-top Microwave for the Buck
Just a bit more expensive than the models listed above – which all fit comfortably into the $70 price range – the Frigidaire FFCMO724LB has a variety of features that make it definitely worth the price.
This oven features 0.7 cubic feet of capacity, 700 watts of cooking power, a 9.6-inch glass turntable, and 10 power levels.
But there’s more: The model has an easy defrost option that makes it a breeze to defrost things quickly and evenly. It’s Easy Set start feature enables users to quickly start cooking with just one touch of a button. The until also includes six quick-start cooking options from defrosting to reheating.
All in all, the models listed provide ideal value without skimping on features or design. And while they don’t take up a lot of space, they can handle virtually any cooking project.