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Best Microwave Ovens - Panasonic NN-CF760M 27 Litre Flatbed Combination Microwave Oven Review Panasonic
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Best Microwave Ovens - Panasonic NN-GD371SBPQ 23 Litre Stainless Steel Compact Microwave Review Panasonic
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Your Guide To Buying a Microwave Oven

By Heather Stark

    The microwave is arguably one of the most influential kitchen appliances ever. Nobody could foresee the impact it would make on everyday cooking and making food last longer than one day. These days, the varieties of microwaves available for purchase are numerous and can be confusing. In order to make your shopping experience a bit smoother, we have put together this microwave-buying guide.

    All microwave ovens have a singular purpose: to heat things quickly and evenly. So, what kind of microwave is right for you? The 2 main things to consider are where the microwave will be placed, and what features are important you. Most microwaves have standard specs like defrost, power level, timer, and preset buttons for things like popcorn, frozen dinner, and beverage. Any combination is possible. Let’s break it down:

    Location

    Countertop Microwaves: These are the most common microwaves. They are low-cost, sit on the counter, and can be plugged in for use right out of the box. They range in size and are great if space on your counter is no issue.

    Built-In Microwaves: On the higher-end, these microwaves are fitted into custom cabinets or drawers. They are more expensive than your standard countertop microwave, and can be installed to match your kitchen theme and décor. These microwaves are ideal if counter space is limited.

    Over-The-Range Microwaves: These microwaves are under the built-in umbrella, but are specifically installed above a gas range oven. Not only does this save counter space, but also the microwaves double as a ventilation system when you’re cooking with your stove.

    Special Features

    Convection Microwaves: Less common than standard options, convection microwaves use a system that blows heat around your food in order to cook or reheat quicker and more evenly. These microwaves are known to make better meat and baked foods.

    Inverter Microwaves: These microwaves have the ability to heat or cook foods at an even power level throughout the whole process. Using lower power consistently, rather than switching between full power and no power, allows the food to be cooked evenly and thoroughly. This technology isn’t widely available on most models, and is therefore on the more expensive side.

    • For fast, efficient cooking, microwave ovens with pre-programmed buttons for different types of foods are the way to go!
    • Some microwaves have the ability to sense the moisture levels in what you’re cooking and detect food doneness. 
    • Wattage equals power. Most microwaves are between 600-1,200 watts. A microwave with higher wattage will cook your food faster and more evenly, so consider this when purchasing.
    • Make sure to look into the cubic feet of the microwave. The more food you want to cook at once, the bigger the cooking area must be.
    • Looking for that authentic flavor? Convection microwave ovens are known to cook crustier baked foods and juicier meats.
    • It is always good to measure the size of the space you have set aside for your new microwave oven. That way you can compare it to the different models and make sure it will be the perfect fit.

    Based on all the consumers' reviews we've scanned, these are the top things they mentioned about their microwave ovens:

    1.    Space: The larger the cooking space within the microwave, the larger the dish you can use. Consider what you’ll be making and for how many people before buying.

    2.    Versatile: The more functions the microwave has, the more you can do when cooking. Multiple one-push button options, like for chicken, fish, popcorn, or vegetables can go a long way.

    3.    Easy controls: Microwaves that are easy to use make life in the kitchen less stressful. Most people will use their microwaves in conjunction with other kitchen appliances, so being able to quickly set it and move to the next station is preferable.

    4.    Style: People take pride in their kitchen décor, so a microwave that matches the style or colors of your cooking area can really tie the room together.

    Panasonic: Founded in 1918 in Japan, Panasonic is globally renowned for their electronics and home appliances. They offer a wide range of microwave ovens.

    LG: LG started in South Korea in 1947. Their ventures include electronics, chemicals, and telecommunications. Their microwaves are on the higher end.

    GE: Founded in 1892 in Schenectady, NY, General Electric has been around forever. While mainly known for electrical distribution and engines, GE also dominates the microwave market.

    Sharp: A Japanese corporation, Sharp was started in 1912. They are widely known for their television sets, but they also manufacture and sell other household appliances. Their microwaves can be found at most major retailers.


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