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Buying a microwave oven.
How to choose the best microwave for you.
Inspired by radar technology developed after World War II, the microwave oven has evolved from an electric box used primarily to reheat food to a feature-packed cooking/baking/grilling appliance with extraordinary food preparation capabilities. The microwave adds an extra dimension to family meal prep that otherwise would be performed by a gas or electric range, or the combination of a wall oven and cooktop.
Find the best microwave oven for you by considering capacity, power, finish and available features. A microwave's internal capacity can range from less than one cubic foot to over two cubic feet, which is important if you plan to microwave large dishes or large frozen items, or you want to prepare more than one dinner at a time. The more power your microwave has, the higher the wattage, and the faster and more evenly your food will cook. Most microwaves feature between 500 watts and 1200 watts, and many microwave-specific recipes recommend at least 800 watts for best results. Microwaves are available with many finishes to match your kitchen decor, including stainless steel, white, black, slate and more.