Best Microwaves iMore 2022

Microwaves are one of the simplest ways to make dinnertime more efficient. Pop in your food, select a pre-programmed menu option, and Tada! Dinner is served. Warm or cook your favorite meals without losing out on flavor and nutrients. While the end result is pretty similar, microwaves have many different features. Check out which one you like best.

Toshiba EM131A5C-BS

Cook in silence: Toshiba EM131A5C-BS Microwave Oven

Staff Favorite

Does your food need a quick warming? Put in your favorite pizza or pop a bag of popcorn in this 1100 watt microwave oven finished in a sharp black stainless steel exterior. This microwave features pre-programmed sensor menu options, ten power settings, a large digital display, and a glass turntable. It also has a unique feature where you can silence the buzzer. Press and hold the "8" button, and the buzzer will be switched off after a long beep. Available in black stainless steel and stainless steel.

$84 from Amazon
Panasonic NN-SB458S

Cook and keep warm: Panasonic NN-SB458S Microwave Oven

This 900-watt microwave is sure to provide shorter cooking time while maintaining nutrients and flavor. It has seven preset auto cook menu options and three power level options. This microwave's unique feature is the Keep Warm Feature that allows your food to stay warm and fresh until you're ready! Available in multiple sizes and colors.

$100 from Amazon
Amazon Basics Microwave

Cook with Alexa: AmazonBasics Microwave

"Alexa, reheat one slice of pizza." This microwave can be combined with your Echo device, and all you have to do is ask Alexa to warm or cook whatever you put in there! The set up is easy, just plug in the microwave, connect to the internet with the Alexa app, then ask away. It also has all the basics of a microwave, such as a kitchen timer, turntable, and ten power levels. It even has a child lock. Options with Dot available.

$60 from Amazon
Panasonic NN-SD81S

Cook in style: Panasonic NN-SD681S Microwave

Featuring a smart, compact, stylish design, you'll love the look of this microwave on your countertop. It has sleek controls, turbo defrost, keep warm feature, and 14 auto cook options. It also has 1200 watts of high power and inverter technology for more efficient cooking results. Available in two sizes.

$139 from Amazon
Panasonic NN-SN936B

Cook with power: Panasonic NN-SN936B Microwave Oven

With 1250 watts of power and inverter technology, you'll be sure to have warm food, fast. This microwave features 14 preset menu items and a 16 ½ inch turntable, which is thinner and lighter. The large family size of this microwave makes it perfect for heating or cooking for the whole bunch. Available in multiple colors.

$180 from Amazon
Toshiba EM925A5A-SS

Cook with one touch: Toshiba EM925A5A-SS Microwave Oven

Featuring a one-touch start, you can cook at full power from one to six minutes, which just a touch of a button. This microwave has a power-saving eco mode, mute buzzer option, and a child safety lock. With 900 watts of power, this microwave has ten power settings, a clock, and a kitchen time. So, get cooking!

$73 from Amazon

Which one is best for you?

Whether you're looking to warm food and cook a full family meal, a microwave can get it done in less time. There are also so many styles to choose from, so you can undoubtedly find one to compliment your kitchen. Luckily most microwaves are packed with features and easy to clean.

Our favorite is undoubtedly the Toshiba EM131A5C-BS. Not only does it warm and cook food, but it can defrost and also has a soften or melt function. It has 1100 watts of power, the perfect amount to get the job done. This microwave is a sharp-looking addition to your kitchen.

If you're looking for something basic but seriously cool, then the AmazonBasics Microwave is the way to go. You can pair it with Alexa and let her use her skills to heat or cook your food. This microwave is also compact, so it's perfect for smaller kitchens.

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