One of the most important tools that you need in your kitchen is a simple microwave oven. Reheating leftovers in your oven can take 30 minutes or longer, but a microwave can reheat those leftovers in five minutes or less. You can also make frozen dinners or whip together a quick side dish from frozen vegetables in your microwave. There are even cookbooks out there that teach you how to make fluffy cakes and other delicious desserts and some that show you how to make main dishes in your microwave. Look over our list of the top 10 microwave ovens of 2015 to find one for your home.
1. Panasonic NN-SN651BAZ Black 1.2 Cu. Ft Countertop Microwave Oven with Inverter Technology
Microwaves let you cook food faster, but this model from Panasonic lets you cook even faster. This model uses inverter technology that cooks food to the perfect temperature without drying out those foods. Individual buttons on the front make it easy to cook certain foods and dishes, including popcorn. Other buttons let you use the microwave for just one minute, add more or less power, adjust the turntable inside or keep food warm until you open the door.
2. Danby DMW7700BLDB 0.7 cu. ft. Microwave Oven
With 10 different power levels, the 0.7 cubic foot microwave from Danby provides you with all the power you need for making popcorn, reheating leftovers and making your family’s favorite dishes. Though this model is a little smaller than others, it has some great push button controls that let you make perfect meals each and every time. Use those buttons to heat up pizza, make popcorn, cook a baked potato or warm up a cup of coffee.
3. Panasonic NN-SN661SAZ Stainless 1200W 1.2 Cu. Ft Countertop Microwave Oven with Inverter Technology
This model from Panasonic has a larger design that lets you use your microwave as another cooking tool in your kitchen. It has an amazing 1,200 watts of power, which lets you cook and reheat in a fraction of the time that it would take in other microwaves or in your oven. Sensors inside the microwave automatically detect the type of food inside and adjust the amount of power to give you perfectly cooked dishes.
4. Westinghouse WM009 900 Watt Counter Top Microwave Oven
A glass turntable inside this Westinghouse microwave ensures that your food comes out plump and juicy. That turntable slowly rotates inside the microwave to keep the waves from focusing in on just one area of your dish. The sleek stainless steel microwave also has black buttons on the front that let you adjust your cooking time, cook or defrost by weight and make specific dishes like pizza, popcorn, potatoes and frozen foods.
5. Westinghouse WCM770B 700 Watt Counter Top Microwave Oven
Westinghouse makes the list a second time with this 0.7 cubic foot microwave oven that has a durable glass turntable inside. Though it’s smaller in size, it still comes with some of the same features found on larger models. You can defrost by weight, speed up the defrosting process, decide on the exact amount of time you want to cook and use the handy buttons to turn out perfect frozen meals, popcorn and more in minutes.
6. Westinghouse WCM660B 600 Watt Counter Top Microwave Oven
The 0.6 cubic foot Westinghouse microwave is great for singles and couples who want to save on space in a small kitchen. Its tiny size is just right for making frozen dinners, cooking vegetables and heating up a cup of cold coffee or hot chocolate. Instead of push controls, this model has two knobs on the front that let you set the heat strength and time needed.
7. Danby Designer 0.7 cu.ft. Countertop Microwave
This Dabny Designer microwave proves that good things do come in small packages. The combination of stainless steel and black on the front provides a modern look to your kitchen, and you’ll find that it cleans easily. Use the buttons to set up express cooking, select a cook time, give your food an extra 30 seconds, defrost by weight or time, use the timer or even cook dishes like popcorn and pizza.
8. Panasonic NN-SD372S Stainless 950W 0.8 Cu. Ft. Countertop Microwave with Inverter Technology
Panasonic designed this microwave with ease of use in mind. Individual buttons let you turn on turbo defrosting to defrost frozen meats and vegetables quickly, and other buttons let you adjust the power. You can even use the keep warm function to keep food at the right temperature before serving. The dial on the front easily pops out from the microwave to give you full access to features you can customize based on your cooking needs.
9. Kenmore 0.9 cu. ft. Countertop Microwave
Give your kitchen a contemporary look with this sleek and modern microwave from Kenmore, which looks like something from the future. Its bright white design is the perfect complement to the jet black buttons and accents on the front. A removable glass turntable comes out easily for cleaning, and the microwave has simple buttons that let you adjust your cook time, add a few more seconds to the time, defrost foods and view the time while cooking.
10. Danby Designer 1.1 cu.ft. Countertop Microwave
The 1.1 cubic foot microwave from the Danby Designer line has a small button on the bottom that lets you instantly open the door to check on your food. It also has 10 power levels that use up to 1,000 watts of cooking power. Use the one touch cooking features to bake potatoes, warm coffee and make other dishes. Put your food inside, press the button and let the microwave do all the work.