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  1. Panasonic - 1.6 Cu. Ft. 1250 Watt SN77HS Microwave with Cyclonic Inverter - Stainless Steel/silver - Front_Zoom

    Panasonic - 1.6 Cu. Ft. 1250 Watt SN77HS Microwave with Cyclonic Inverter - Stainless Steel/silver

    Your price for this item is $254.99
  2. Whirlpool - 2.2 Cu. Ft. Microwave with Sensor Cooking - Stainless steel - Front_Zoom

    Whirlpool - 2.2 Cu. Ft. Microwave with Sensor Cooking - Stainless steel

    Your price for this item is $354.99
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    The previous price was $399.99
  3. Insignia™ - 1.1 Cu. Ft. Microwave - Black - Front_Zoom

    Insignia™ - 1.1 Cu. Ft. Microwave - Black

    Your price for this item is $109.99
  4. KitchenAid - 2.2 Cu. Ft. Microwave with Sensor Cooking - Stainless steel - Front_Zoom

    KitchenAid - 2.2 Cu. Ft. Microwave with Sensor Cooking - Stainless steel

    Your price for this item is $654.99
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    The previous price was $709.99
  5. Panasonic - NN-SV79MS 1.4 Cu. Ft. Countertop Microwave Oven with Inverter Technology and Alexa compatibility - Stainless steel - Front_Zoom

    Panasonic - NN-SV79MS 1.4 Cu. Ft. Countertop Microwave Oven with Inverter Technology and Alexa compatibility - Stainless steel

    Your price for this item is $249.99
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  6. Insignia™ - 0.7 Cu. Ft. Compact Microwave - Black - Front_Zoom

    Insignia™ - 0.7 Cu. Ft. Compact Microwave - Black

    Your price for this item is $79.99
  7. Insignia™ - 0.7 Cu. Ft. Compact Microwave - White - Front_Zoom

    Insignia™ - 0.7 Cu. Ft. Compact Microwave - White

    Your price for this item is $79.99
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  9. Panasonic - 2.2 Cu. Ft. 1250 Watt SD987SA Full-Size Microwave with Inverter - Stainless steel - Front_Zoom

    Panasonic - 2.2 Cu. Ft. 1250 Watt SD987SA Full-Size Microwave with Inverter - Stainless steel

    Your price for this item is $289.99
  10. Panasonic - 1.3 Cu. Ft. 1100 Watt SD69LS Microwave with Sensor Cooking - Stainless steel - Front_Zoom

    Panasonic - 1.3 Cu. Ft. 1100 Watt SD69LS Microwave with Sensor Cooking - Stainless steel

    Your price for this item is $199.99
  11. Galanz - ExpressWave™ 1.6 C.F. Sensor & Inverter Cooking Microwave Oven with An Easy-to-Use Express Cooking Knob - Stainless steel - Front_Zoom

    Galanz - ExpressWave™ 1.6 C.F. Sensor & Inverter Cooking Microwave Oven with An Easy-to-Use Express Cooking Knob - Stainless steel

    Model: GEWWD16S1SV11
    SKU: 6446704
    Your price for this item is $125.99
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  12. Breville - the Combi Wave™ 3 in 1 1.1 Cu. Ft. Convection Microwave - Brushed Stainless Steel - Front_Zoom

    Breville - the Combi Wave™ 3 in 1 1.1 Cu. Ft. Convection Microwave - Brushed Stainless Steel

    Model: BMO870BSS1BUC1
    SKU: 6362515
    Your price for this item is $499.99
  13. Viking - 5 Series 2.0 Cu. Ft. Microwave with Sensor Cooking - Stainless steel - Front_Zoom

    Viking - 5 Series 2.0 Cu. Ft. Microwave with Sensor Cooking - Stainless steel

    Your price for this item is $1,079.00
  14. Panasonic - 2.2 Cu. Ft. 1250 Watt SN97JS Microwave with Cyclonic Inverter and Sensor Cooking - Stainless steel - Front_Zoom

    Panasonic - 2.2 Cu. Ft. 1250 Watt SN97JS Microwave with Cyclonic Inverter and Sensor Cooking - Stainless steel

    Your price for this item is $379.99
  15. Samsung - 1.1 Cu. Ft. Countertop Microwave with Grilling Element - Stainless steel - Front_Zoom

    Samsung - 1.1 Cu. Ft. Countertop Microwave with Grilling Element - Stainless steel

    Your price for this item is $229.99
  16. GE - 0.9 Cu. Ft. Capacity Smart Countertop Microwave Oven with Scan-to-Cook Technology - Stainless steel - Front_Zoom

    GE - 0.9 Cu. Ft. Capacity Smart Countertop Microwave Oven with Scan-to-Cook Technology - Stainless steel

    Your price for this item is $159.99
  17. Insignia™ - 0.7 Cu. Ft. Retro Compact Microwave - Red - Alt_View_Zoom_11

    Insignia™ - 0.7 Cu. Ft. Retro Compact Microwave - Red

    Your price for this item is $89.99
  18. Breville - the Smooth Wave™ 1.2 Cu. Ft. Microwave - Stainless steel - Front_Zoom

    Breville - the Smooth Wave™ 1.2 Cu. Ft. Microwave - Stainless steel

    Model: BMV850BSS1BUC1
    SKU: 6362516
    Your price for this item is $399.99
  19. Sharp - 1.1-Cu. Ft. Countertop Microwave with Alexa-Enabled Controls - Stainless steel - Front_Zoom

    Sharp - 1.1-Cu. Ft. Countertop Microwave with Alexa-Enabled Controls - Stainless steel

    Your price for this item is $179.99

Buying a countertop microwave.

Countertop microwaves: a closer look.

Many consider countertop microwaves to be the best microwaves for daily use, in large part because they're easy to set up without any installation. Just plug into a standard outlet and start using. They are also generally lightweight and don't need outside venting, so they can be placed wherever there's enough counter space. In some cases, optional microwave trim kits make it possible for seamless positioning into surrounding cabinetry or attaching to a wall.

Choosing the best countertop microwave.

A good place to start your search for the best countertop microwave is determining how much space you have available, and how you're planning to use it. Keep in mind that you not only need to fit the microwave in your space, but also need space to easily prepare meals and serve them.

Once you've determined how much space you have, look for the countertop microwave with the most capacity for that space. Generally, you'll find capacities for midsized countertop microwaves to be up to .8 cu. ft. and up to 2 cu. ft. for large units. When considering wattage, most midsized units have wattage of 800W–1,200W, and most larger units have wattage between 900W and 1,250W. Generally, the higher the wattage, the faster the cooking times and the better the consistency in cooking, reheating and thawing. A microwave with 1,000 watts of power can be depended on to cook foods quickly and efficiently, but you may not get good outcomes from 700W or less.

It's also important that the oven's power cord is long enough to reach an outlet from the desired location and do so without using an extension cord. Additionally, you'll want to choose a finish that complements your kitchen's decor. Your options include a stainless steel microwave, one with a black, white or slate finish.

Other countertop microwave features to consider.

Some features are essential, such as a turntable and tray that keep food moving for uniform heating and others are nice to have, like a convection cooking option that uses a fan to circulate hot air on all sides of the dish for even cooking. Other features to keep an eye out for include racks that let you cook multiple dishes at once and preset/shortcut keys, which make quick work of settings for frequent favorites like popcorn or frozen vegetables. Also, look for cooking sensors that automatically adjust to prevent overheating and facilitate defrosting, as well as inverter technology that regulates a consistent percentage of power for steady heat at lower ranges. There's also grilling microwave and/or steam-cooking microwave options. Additionally, the best microwave ovens have an easy-to-clean, non-stick interior that enables you to simply wipe away spills, splatters and dried-on food. You can find a large selection of quality cleaning options and other microwave accessories on this website.

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