We all know that microwave ovens heat, reheat and cook food in a fast and simple way. They have been around forever and are now a staple in today’s modern kitchen. Whether you use them on the daily for leftovers or just when you need your popcorn fix, microwaves are here to stay.
That being said, it might be time to upgrade to some of the latest, unique and more compact versions listed below. Our favorite options include from Amazon’s spin on the traditional microwave, which incorporates voice control and its Echo device to help you start cooking. Simply ask Alexa to reheat your cup of coffee and it will start reheating with the appropriate power and time settings.
If talking to your microwave isn’t your thing, there is a cool, retro-looking option from Daewoo that has all the bells and whistles of today’s modern appliance. Or you can always spring for a traditional, no guess-work required model that looks as good as it functions. Either way, here are three affordable microwaves that deliver reliable heating and cooking functions for your kitchen, office, dorm or den.
1. AmazonBasics Microwave
This microwave, by AmazonBasics, simplifies cooking by letting you microwave using your voice and Echo device. While you don’t need an Echo device to power this microwave (it is a regular microwave), it is a nice perk when you can simply ask Alexa to reheat your coffee and the microwave will start reheating it with the appropriate power and time settings. The microwave also comes with quick-cook presets, 10 power levels, a kitchen timer, child lock and a turntable so you can cook all kinds of food.
PROS: This microwave evolves as Alexa evolves and is always getting smarter and adding new presets.
CONS: The Echo device required to “talk” to the microwave is sold separately.
2. Daewoo Retro Countertop Microwave Oven
The Retro Countertop Microwave by Daewoo is the latest model in a new line of retro products that deviates from traditional-looking compact appliances by giving it an old school touch. Don’t fret though: this microwave reflects retro on the outside only, as the inside has been filled with all the modern touches of today, including five power levels, four auto cook programs and a zero standby “ECO” function. Other features, including auto defrost, a reminder end signal and child safety lock round out this stylish-looking microwave.
PROS: This microwave comes in six different color options.
CONS: There is no clock display when the microwave is not in use.
3. Toshiba EM925A5A-SS Microwave Oven
The Toshiba Microwave Oven is compact in size and ideal for smaller kitchens, dorms or even office break rooms. It offers ten power levels, a digital display and one-touch buttons that make food prep quick and easy. There are six pre-programmed settings and you can easily program multi-stage cooking with the panel. A large easy to grip handle makes opening and closing easy and the black stainless steel exterior matches most kitchen decor styles.
CONS: The stainless steel exterior is only on the front door of the microwave, the sides are all plain black.