What every Microwaves has:
- A handy selection of presets.
- Cooking sensors.
- A turntable on/off button.
Offering powerful performance in an attractive package, the 2.0 cubic foot GE JES2051SNSS offers a nice array of one-button presets, an accurate sensor and a roomy interior. The JES2051SNSS is a particularly great choice for families that use their microwave a lot. This workhorse would even be appropriate for an office break room, especially since it gets decent reviews for long-term durability. It's available in stainless, black or white.
The LG LCS1112ST is the top-rated mid-sized microwave in one professional test, earning top scores for both performance and ease of use. Owners love it too, saying this LG microwave works very well and has plenty of features for the price, without being overwhelming to use. It also gets a lot of praise for being attractive and easy to clean. Many note that it seems spacious for its size.
It's the little sibling of our Best Reviewed large microwave, the GE JES2051SNSS (Est. $180), but don't be fooled, you get big performance from the 700 watt GE JES1072SHSS. It's perfect for a tiny apartment or dorm room and is very easy to use. While you may not be able to make a full meal in it, for everyday tasks like reheating coffee or nuking a frozen meal, this is a terrific value.
The 1,000 watt Samsung MC12J8035CT gets good ratings in professional tests for performance, and praise from owners who appreciate the versatility it offers. The convection features add, grilling, roasting, baking and more -- all with the right level of crisping and browning -- to the repertoire of standard microwave tasks. At 1.2 cubic feet, it's a good fit for most lifestyles, with the exception of the tiniest spaces or biggest families.
The GE JVM3160RFSS earns top scores across the board for performance, getting raves from experts and owners who say it will be a great addition to your kitchen. Its 1.6 cubic feet is roomy enough for all but the largest dishes, and at 1,000 watts, it's got plenty of power. Brackets and mounting hardware are included, and owners say it's easy to install -- but they do suggest recruiting a friend.
Drawer-style microwaves are pricey, rarely reviewed by experts, and often draw mixed user feedback, especially when it comes to durability, but models such as Sharp KB-6524PS 24-Inch Microwave Drawer Oven offer compelling aesthetics that can trump all of that in the eyes of some users. The KB-6524PS installs under the counter and pulls out, just like a drawer, saving valuable counter space and making it easier to use for young cooks.