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Best Compact Microwaves for 2019

How to know which compact microwave is best for you?

Convenient

Off course the whole purpose of buying a compact microwave oven is to have something convenient. And the first thing before you buy, think about the space and volume. How much space you have where you will keep your microwave and how much volume you need depending on your lifestyle.

Functions

This totally depends on your life style and personality. If you are busy person then you should choose the microwave with most pre-program functions e.g popcorn, pizza. 

Watts

Generally, lower the watts, more the cooking time microwave will take.

Colors

Color doesn’t have anything to do with the performance. We all have our preferences and choices. A nice colored microwaved will look good inside your room. If there is a more color variety it can be appealing to some people. What if your wife loves red.

Want a quick cup of coffee in 2 minutes? Westinghouse WCMB660B can do this like magic. Looking for a gift idea for your mom or your grandmother? Mechanical Dials and low maintenance makes this compact microwave can be an ideal choice for seniors. Or people living in small apartments. Old people having difficulty with the eyesight can operate it easily as it uses knobs instead of digital pads and numbers

Features

  • Weight: 23.1 lbs
  • Power: 600 Watts
  • Colors: White & Black
  • Power levels: 6

PROS

CONS

  • Perfect for seniors.
  • Easy to use, as it has only knobs to operate.
  • Doesn't take much of time.
  • Simple & Safe
  • Durable & Strong
  • Light Weight
  • Has a glass turntable
  • Not for heavy duty
  • Not ideal for heavy duty cooking.
  • No child lock

This 900 watts easy to use compact microwave oven come with many pre-programmed functions. You can make popcorn, pizza, frozen vegetables and bake potatoes. Muted beep a notable feature which makes ideal for the people who are looking for quiet microwave.

Features:

  •        Power: 900 Watts
  •        Colors: Black Stainless & Stainless Steel
  •        Power levels: 10
  •         Weight: 27.3 lbs

PROS

CONS

  •       Digital control panel
  •      Has child safety lock
  •      No noise
  •      Clear Buttons
  •      Warms food very fast
  •      Smaller size
  •       Power saver mode
  •  After using some time, It may start taking long time to cook.
  • Opening and closing of door can be too loud for some people.

As the name says it all. This microwave by Oster can be a great choice for dorm or any other similar small space where size can be an issue. Comes with the 6 cooking functions to make cooking further easier

Features:

  • Power: 700 Watts
  • Power Levels: 10
  • Weight: 26 lbs

PROS

CONS

  •       UL approved
  •       Ideal for for small area
  • Costumer service may not be the good

Hamilton’s Beach 0.7 was created by keeping busy people in mind. Built-in cooking functions make it easier to cook food. Available in 4 colors and great design. Other features include weight defrost and time defrost.

Features:

  • Power: 700 watts
  • Type: Digital
  • Color: White, Black, Red, Stainless Steel

PROS

CONS

  •       One touch cooking
  •      Built in functions (6)
  •      Contains a turn plate
  •      Easy to use
  •      Attractive design
  •       Removable glass turntable
  • Can be little noisy sometimes

Do you love popcorn? Then you gonna love this microwave as well. You can make popcorn with one touch, without worrying about the power. It automatically adjusts cooking or reheating time. 7 pre-programmed buttons can help you to cook.

  • Meat
  • Frozen Pizza
  • Frozen Vegetables
  • Potato
  • Entrée (Frozen)
  • Casserole

Sensor cook keeps the soups, gravies, sauces and vegetables warm until you serve. Genius sensor cooking automatically adjusts the power level by measuring steam. With the help of steam, it calculates the remaining time and adjusts the power level according to it. It meets 2016 DOE Energy Conservation Standards.

Features:

  •        Power: 1100 Watts
  •        Type: Digital
  •        Touch buttons
  •        Weight: 35.3 lbs
  •        Colors: Black, Stainless, White

PROS

CONS

  •       One touch genius sensor
  •      7 pre-programmed functions
  •      Sensor for cooking and Reheat
  •      Safety lock for control pad
  •      Auto defrost by weight
  •       Includes turntable
  •      Light turns on only, when its running.
  •      Be careful when opening, to avoid steam           burns.
  •      Medium sound/beeps
  •      You have to press start after using Quick 30      buttons.Which can be annoying for some          users.

If you are looking for inexpensive low watts microwave then it can be a good option.

Features:

  • Power: 700 Watts
  • Color: Black & White
  • LED Display
  • Weight: 26.2 lbs

PROS

CONS

  • Light is always on (door open or closed)
  • Buttons are not much sensitive.
  • Bad internal light

Conclusion

So, the Westinghouse WCM660B is clearly the winner as you can see. Overall it’s the best if you don't are not looking for some high voltage small microwave. But If you can afford and want something on higher end then “Panasonic NN-SU696S ” can be the best use of your money.

LG lmv2013st Review

Reviewed Microwave
LG LMV2031ST
Overall Rating: 

Ease of Use

Design

Value for Money

Performance

PROS

CONS

Has very sensitive touch pad, (don't need force to make work)
Easy to install ( one person can install it, can take 45 minutes)
Very Quiet Microwave
Super Powerful Microwave
Attractive Design
Strong Fan
Easy to Clean
Humidity-sensing technology

Dim visibility through dim.

Range light is not so bright.

Magnetron may be failed ( if you don't use carefully)

Summary:

Good design, easy to read bold white colour panel on the black background. Its lightweight (as compared to GE) microwave that Cooks fast and evenly. It's not a high-end microwave oven but smart in design and good in overall performance. It's very popular, large capacity and affordable oven.

Key Features

  • Type: Over the Range Microwave
  • Interior (WxHxD) 21 3/4" x 10 5/8" x 14 5/8"
  • Exterior (WxHxD) 29 15/16" x 16 7/16" x 15 7/8"
  • Power: Watts 1,000
  • Exterior Design Wide View Traditional
  • Control Type Smooth Touch Glass Controls
  • Material: Stainless Steel
  • Weight: 30.98 kg (68.3 lbs) Source: https://images-na.ssl-images-amazon.com/images/I/B1FWUVSB0+S.pdf (page 6)
  • Voltage: 120 volts
  • Capacity: 56 liters
  • Dimensions: 15.9 x 29.9 x 16.4 inches
  • Brand: LG

Design

Sleek design, grey colour with wide view exterior design gives it an attractive look. 4 digit green display is easy to read and clear.  Smooth touchpad makes sure that you can use it with just a slight touch.

Performance

LG LMV2031ST gives you the optimal performance because of its cooking sensor, as it senses humidity level and adjusts the cooking time according to it. Auto and rapid defrost makes life easier for the busy people. It has a preprogrammed popcorn button for making popcorns.

It's a powerful beast but works silently without making any noise.

How to use

Timer:

You can use this function as a kitchen timer. Simply press the “TIMER” button and enter the desired time at touchpad e.g. 5 minutes. Press “START” and your microwave will beep after the 5 minutes. It will remind you.

EZ- ON 

This feature enables you to quickly start cooking without even touching the Start/Enter Button. Just press the EZ-ON button and it starts cooking with full power for 30 seconds. You can toggle the “EZ-On” button to extend the remaining cook time by 30 seconds. Great for quick reheat food.

For the best results always position the dish in the center of the turntable. It's best to cover your food with a microwave safe dish lid when cooking to reduce any food splatter or mess.

Avoid using metal dishes or plates, it will damage your microwave.

Power Level

By default LG over the range microwave oven automatically defaults to the power level of 100%. But you can adjust your power level in increments of 10 according to your cooking needs. Just follow the below steps.

  1. Enter the cook time
  2. Select power level button
  3. Enter desired percentage
  4. Press start/enter

Multi-stage cooking

Some recipes need different power levels during different stages of cook cycle. LG LMV2031ST can be programmed up to 2 or 3 stages. For example, maybe at first stage, you need to defrost. You can choose to cook for 4 minutes for 50% power. And then 70% power for 5 minutes and 30 seconds.

For 2 stage cooking

1.    Select “COOK TIME

2.    Choose “POWER LEVEL” 50%

3.    Select the 2nd “COOK TIME

4.    Choose “POWER LEVEL” 70%

5.    Press Start

For 3 stage cooking

1.    First of all select “DEFROST” option

2.    Select “COOK TIME” and enter desired cook time

3.    Choose “POWER LEVEL” for example 40%

4.    Press “COOK TIME

5.    And at last select “POWER LEVEL” e.g. 60%

6.    Press Start/Enter

TIP: Turn Off the turntable if you are using the large dish in the microwave oven.

Conclusion

LG lmv2031st is the best for cooking quick meals, defrosting, popcorn and frozen food. Yes its not the top notch over the range microwave in the world. But in this price range it does a pretty awesome job. It comes with one warranty so you don't have to worry, if anything goes wrong. It was came out first in the September 2013 so its been in the market from long time.

Ge Jvm3160rfss Review

Reviewed MicrowaveGE Jvm3160rfssOverall Rating
Ease of UseDesignValue for MoneyPerformance

PROS

CONS

Large turntable

Easy to install

Easy to install ( easy to mount) ( 10 minutes )

Bright lights

2 modes for range light ( Day & Night)

Easy to clean from insides

Display is very simple

Simple controls

Keypad have no back lighting ( can be difficult to read in the low light)Automatic fan can be little noisy.Can be difficult to clean from the outsideIt can’t grillLow oven cavity light.

Summary:

GE jvm3160rfss has a good design, easy to install and mount (If you follow the instructions). In It’s not the fastest cooker on the earth, only 1 Kilo Watt. There are more expensive models available in the market with more power. As you know more the power means less time to cook.

It can be a good choice for a normal user who are looking for a good value for menu. Ge jvm3160rfss microwave is mentioned as the “Best Buy” in consumer reports.

Box doesn’t have holes, you will need a buddy or friend’s help to lift the microwave.

Key​​​​​ Features

Type : Over the Range Microwave

Product 15.2*29.9*16.5 inches

Electronic Touch Controls

2 Automatic  speed exhaust fan ( 300 CFM)

300 CFM Glass Turntable

Weight 61.8 pounds

Power : 1000 Watts

Cooking Sensor : No

Cooking Capacity : 1.6 Cubic Feet(

Auto and time defrost

Vent Type : Convertible

ADA Compliant : No

ACCESSORIES : Charcoal Filter Kit ( Included )

Light Source : Incandescent

Can Defrost? : Yes

Door : Swing ( right to left) style with handle,

Cut-Out Front to Back Depth (in.) :15.25

Cut-Out Height (in.):16.5

Cut-Out Left to Right Width (in.): 29.875

Depth With Door(s) Open 90 Degrees (In.) : 23.75

Product Depth (in.): 15.25

Product Height (in.): 16.5

Product Width (in.): 29.875

Door Release :Pull

Vent Fan Location: Back

Levels of Power: 10

Has Child Lock? : Yes

Turntable : Yes

Turntable Diameter : 34.2 cm

Energy Star Certified: No

Convection: No

Notable Feature : 30 Sec Plus

Brand : General Electronics

Incase you want to read more about features, you can download ge jvm3160rfss manual from the link link below 

Installation

Although it comes with step by step installation guide. Anyone who is little bit technical or has installed the microwave previously can install it within 10 minutes. Even if it’s your first time you can still do it, without much hassle. Watch the below video to see how to unbox and install.

Look & Feel 

JVM3160RFSS is a medium size microwave oven comes in stainless steel black color with beautiful design. Looks great in the kitchen. Yes due to stainless steel if your hands are not clean it may get your finger marks. Metal shield window allows to view the food while cooking. Covinet cooking controls makes cooking easier. See this beauty in action i below video. Easy to clean due to its non sticky interior.

Performance

This over the range microwave, doesn’t come with the sensor. Basically sensor, automatically close the oven if it detects the oven is overheated. It makes sure the food is not overheated. Turntable on/off function can help to cook the food evenly.

Door has a handle and I personally like it as more life as compared to buttons. But it’s just a matter of choice, some people may prefer the button.

It comes with the touchpad instead of buttons or turning dial. Again it’s a just a matter of personal choice. But I prefer the touchpad as in my experience turning dials are have shorter life span.

Display offers the detailed instructions to guide through the cooking process. Comes with built in cooking buttons for Popcorn, Beverage, Potato. These functions make it easier to cook.

2 exhaust fans removes the smoke and odor from the microwave.

Conclusion

GE JVM3160RFSS is the best for cooking quick meals, defrosting, popcorn and frozen food. Yes its not the top notch over the range microwave in the world. But in this price range it does a pretty awesome job. It comes with one warranty so you don’t have to worry, if anything goes wrong. It was came out first in the September 2013 so its been in the market from long time.

Top Portable Microwave Reviews

Looking for a way to cook or reheat food on the go? Portable microwave ovens make it easy to eat hot food in a variety of different settings, not just in your kitchen. However, because most microwaves aren’t built for travel, you’ll want to choose carefully within this product category and understand exactly what you’re getting before you purchase so you don’t end up disappointed. These reviews should help you pick just the right mini microwave for your needs.

What You Need to Know About Portable Microwaves

When it comes to portability, microwaves aren’t exactly built to move. These appliances seem simple from the outside, but they actually use complex and potentially dangerous technology, so they must be built properly. Most manufacturers have their hands full creating a useful, reliable and safe microwave for stationary use in the kitchen, so truly portable microwaves that are built to use on the go just aren’t that common.

You may see some options here and there, but they tend to be manufactured by small businesses and don’t present enough of a consumer demand to justify a steady supply. Even among these microwaves built for portability or use in the car, you won’t find many, if any, microwaves with battery power. So it’s important to adjust your expectations; the technology that makes microwave cooking possible just isn’t compatible with small-scale portable appliance design.

For this reason, the countertop microwave ovens we cover in this review article are smaller than average, which makes them suitable for portability in situations such as RV travel or car camping with access to a proper electrical outlet or a portable generator for a decent power level. These microwaves offer less than 1 cubic foot of interior space, which means you probably won’t be able to stick a full dinner plate in there, but smaller items like single-serve frozen dinners or small bowls are likely a good fit.

Where Can I Use a Portable Microwave?

Due to the operational and manufacturing challenges outlined above, most microwaves that are small enough to be considered “portable” are designed for countertop use with a standard 120-volt outlet. This means that most people won’t be able to plug these microwaves into a car’s cigarette lighter, even with an adapter. If you have an RV with proper power or a portable solar generator, though, one of these small-sized microwaves may just do the trick. For example, a trucker could set up his or her microwave on an unused seat in order to quickly heat up food with a small standard microwave.

True Portable Microwave Options

Let’s take a look at some of the common names that come up when shoppers look for the most portable units available. Though most of these products are either manufactured in small quantities, making them difficult to find or are discontinued entirely, if you’re really dedicated you might be able to find something available for purchase in an online specialty store or a resale site like Craigslist or eBay, such as a sturdy stainless steel model with a decent power level.Power Hunt WaveBox

Power Hunt WaveBox is one of the most popular truly portable microwaves ever made—it features a carrying handle on top, a 12-volt car power adapter and thick walls for safety. The company made a few different models with different features, but, unfortunately, they appear to have been discontinued as of September 2017. Power Hunt lists the WaveBox for sale on its website, but product pages have broken links and online retailers like Amazon that list the product tend to list it as unavailable or discontinued. You may be able to find a WaveBox on eBay, though product reviews on other sites offer dramatically mixed reviews of this portable microwave’s performance and longevity.

Semi-Portable Small Microwaves

So, finding a truly portable unit isn’t exactly an easy task, but that doesn’t mean you’re out of luck. These small-size microwaves offer a nice blend of performance, major-brand reliability and small stature that you can easily scoop up and carry from place to place if you need to. We’re focusing on microwaves that are .7 cubic feet, which is the smallest widely-available microwave size manufacturers tend to offer.

Oster OGG3701 Oster OGG3701If you care about looks and performance for your portable microwave, the Oster OGG3701 is a great choice. It has a retro design with exterior knobs and handles that make it a great choice for dorm rooms and RVs. Those knobs and handles could be seen as an inconvenience in a truck or another cramped setting, though, so think carefully about how much space you have to spare for your microwave before choosing this model. Overall dimensions of about 10x13x17 inches make this option slightly larger than the competition, and its 23-pound weight is about average.

Aside from the minor potential drawback presented by the handle and knobs, this is one of the best portable microwave options on the market. It’s widely praised for its reliable performance and surprising power delivered in a small .7 cubic foot package with just 700 watts of max power. This microwave also features a generous range of food-specific settings that allow for quick one-touch cooking for foods such as potatoes, pizza and even fish.

BLACK+DECKER EM720CPN-PBlack+decker 0.7cu. ft.

This small microwave offers .7 cubic feet of interior capacity and runs on 700 watts of power. At about 10x7x14 inches, it’s small enough to fit in most compact spaces, and its overall weight of about 23 pounds means it’s not prohibitively heavy for frequent movement. The EM720CPN-P has multiple cooking settings and lacks an interior turntable, which can be seen as a plus because it both saves space and avoids moving parts that can jar out of place or break in a mobile context.

Overall, the exterior design of this mini microwave is sleek and efficient with a flat top and sides that can stack easily or fit in with other equipment in your truck or RV. However, the front pull handle isn’t integrated with the body of the microwave and while it does have a low profile, this could, theoretically, be seen as a nuisance if you’re working with very limited space.

Best Convection Microwave Reviews

Microwaves are convenient, but they aren’t the best way to get your food crispy. Pop a piece of bread into the microwave and it’ll get hot but stay floppy and untoasted. This means that a lot of people see microwaves not as cooking or toasting appliances but as convenient tools for reheating leftovers, thawing frozen food, or cooking microwave popcorn. However, the convection microwave oven may just change the way you see this common kitchen appliance. Learn more about what convection microwaves do and which specific models are the best available on the market so you can make an ideal purchasing decision.

How are Convection Microwaves Different?

Convection cooking is a principle that circulates warm air at ideal temperatures in a cooking compartment to provide even heating and much faster cooking overall. This principle makes convection ovens quite attractive to those who value convenience in the kitchen and it’s the same principle that applies to convection microwaves. Unlike conventional microwaves, which simply use microwave technology to provide heat, convection microwaves use circulating hot air and microwave technology together to create a super fast and convenient cooking method.

microwave oven

For example, you could cook frozen lasagna in a convection microwave and get the crispy brown edges each time and top you’d get in a convection oven, but it’ll be thawed and bubbly much faster. If you cooked the same frozen lasagna in a conventional microwave, you wouldn’t get as much, if any, browned crispy bits, and it probably wouldn’t be heated through evenly, either. You could then pop it under the grill should you have one, but this takes up more time and space. As you can see, convection microwaves combine the best features from both convection ovens (not regular ovens) and conventional microwaves.

One thing to keep in mind with convection microwaves is that their unique functionality can cause some operational differences you should be mindful of. For one, some plastic that is ordinarily safe for microwaves will not be suitable for use in a convection microwave. Anything that can melt in heat will likely melt in one of these microwaves due to the presence of hot air. Additionally, the interior of the microwave itself may get hot in a way conventional microwaves may not.

Do I Need a Convection Microwave?

Convection microwaves unquestionably add convenience and culinary versatility to the kitchen, but they’re usually more expensive and may require more active monitoring during cooking due to their ability to quickly cook and brown food. However, the speed with which convection microwaves can cook food beats both convection ovens and standard microwaves, making these appliances extremely appealing.

If you already have both a microwave and a convection oven, you may not need a convection microwave unless you frequently cook small dishes in your convection oven. A convection microwave isn’t usually a suitable substitute for a convection oven because these microwaves have the less interior capacity. You probably aren’t going to be able to use your convection microwave to cook a turkey, for example.

Inverter vs. Convection

You may see some microwaves with inverter technology listed in the same space as convection microwaves. Though the two features are functionally similar, they are not the same.

Inverter technology is a feature through which a microwave will operate at a consistent temperature according to the power setting you choose. While most standard microwaves without inverter technology allow the user to select a specific power setting, they provide different power levels by cycling the microwave power on and off. Inverter technology allows for true power control without cycling, which provides even heating and better cooking experience overall.

chicken roastHowever, this is not the same as convection cooking as inverter microwaves still only use microwave technology to provide heat. Inverter microwaves may include a convection feature, but this isn’t always the case. So, if you’re looking for a convection feature in specific, make sure the microwave you choose explicitly offers this feature.

Best Convection Microwave Reviews

KitchenAid KMHC319ESS

KitchenAid KMHC319ESSThis sleek over-the-range convection microwave delivers exactly the kind of reliable performance and thoughtful features one might expect from a trusted culinary brand like KitchenAid. With 1000 watts of convection cooking power that can reach 425 degrees Fahrenheit and 1.9 cubic feet of interior capacity, the KMHC319ESS is a powerhouse of a microwave.

Helpful additional features include an interior rack that allows for dual-level cooking, a feature that introduces an unprecedented level of convenience for most people who’ve used microwaves before. Other convenient features include a steam self-clean feature to keep the microwave’s interior free from caked-on buildup and a keep-warm feature that competes with your full-size oven for convenience. This ultra futuristic microwave even has a sound-sensitive popcorn feature that responds to the sound of kernels popping to stop the cooking cycle and avoid burning.

Samsung MC12J8035CTSamsung MC12J8035CT If you’re looking for a countertop convection microwave, the Samsung MC12J8035CT may be your best bet. With 1.2 cubic feet of interior capacity and 1,650 watts of cooking power, this microwave isn’t massive, but it is large enough to accommodate larger food such as roast chicken and small-medium-sized pizzas.

 

One unique feature that makes this convection microwave oven special is its Slim Fry air frying setting, which allows you to cook up crispy fried foods such as French fries or even fried chicken without deep-fat immersion. It also boasts a durable and easy-to-clean ceramic enamel interior that will look great through heavy use. The minimalistic black design on this microwave will look great on your countertops, too.

GE Profile PEB9159DJBB 

GE Profile PEB9159DJBB

Mid-sized at 1.0 cubic feet and featuring 1,000 watts of cooking power, this isn’t the biggest or most powerful convection microwave on the block, but it does its job well if you don’t plan on doing any serious high-power cooking with your microwave. In addition to its convection and warming-tray capabilities, this GE convection microwave has a clever recessed turntable feature that allows your food to rotate while cooking without taking up too much space in the microwave’s cooking compartment.

Though it’s designed as a countertop model, this convection microwave from GE has an optional trim kit you can use to convert it to a built-in, freeing up more space on your countertops. The PEB9159DJBB also comes in several different colors, including black, white and stainless steel, a handy design feature that will make it even easier to integrate into your kitchen.

Best Over the Range Microwave

Pulling double-duty as both a range hood and a microwave oven, the appliances in this product category are a great investment for anyone looking for a built-in microwave with maximum utility. Whether you’re remodelling your kitchen or simply looking for ways to make the space more efficient, an over-the-range microwave is a great option to consider for the area above your stove. Explore the possibilities on offer with this class of microwaves and learn our picks for the best of the bunch in this category. Whether you choose to get one of our chosen models or not, you should have enough information to make an informed decision by the time you finish reading this handy guide.

Over-the-Range Microwave

Best Over The Range Microwave 2019

What to Look For in an Over-the-Range Microwave

In addition to all the factors, you should consider when shopping for any microwave oven, including cubic feet capacity, overall dimensions, features and brand, over-the-range microwave ovens require some special consideration. Take these criteria into account as you examine our best-of picks below. Knowing exactly what you’re looking for before you start making your final selection can be helpful too, so don’t hesitate to start taking measurements and looking at design plans now.

Range Hood Features

What do you need from a range hood? Even if you don’t cook much, you’ll want to make sure the over-the-range microwave you purchase includes a full set of features. This includes an overhead light and an exhaust fan that either attaches to an exterior vent duct or operates on a recirculating basis with no need for exterior venting. Bare-bones models may simply offer on-off switches for both features, but more advanced options usually offer settings to control the intensity of the light and the fan.

Door Open Direction



The direction in which your microwave door opens—left to right, right to left or drop down—may be a particularly important concern if you’re installing the over the range appliance in a small kitchen or in a crowded space with a lot of cabinets. If the microwave and range are at the end of your counter next to a wall, for example, you could do yourself a disservice by getting a microwave with a door that opens toward the wall. Sure, the appliance may still work just fine, but it’s going to get pretty annoying not being able to open your microwave door all the way and having to worry about damaging the drywall with the microwave’s handle. Consider the layout of the kitchen before choosing to avoid issues like this.

Color

While color isn’t always an important feature to consider while shopping for a microwave, things change quite a bit when you’re considering a permanent addition to your kitchen. That’s especially true when considering the proximity between your stove/oven range combo and the microwave overhead. The colors should match exactly or at least coordinate to avoid poor design flow. For example, if your range is black, choose a black microwave. There is some room for deviation from the matchy-matchy look, but not much. That black range, for example, may look nice underneath to an over-the-range microwave in stainless steel with black accents. A white or bisque range, however, might not look so great with a black-and-metallic microwave overhead.

If you’re looking for a big, powerful over-the-range microwave oven with a lot of great features, this 2.2 cubic foot model from LG is just what you need. That interior capacity alone bests just about every other competitor in this category. There’s room for a rack inside the microwave, meaning you can double the capacity of what you ordinarily heat up or cook with no problems. Homeowners with busy kitchens or large families are likely to appreciate this and choose the LMHM2237BD based on this information alone.

Luckily, that’s not all this capable microwave can do. It’s got a sleek exterior design with smudge-resistant coating for easy cleaning and the interior of the microwave features EasyClean technology to make regular tidying up a breeze. The range hood features are also impressive, with an internal charcoal filter ensuring that all the air recirculated into the kitchen actually smells good.

Measuring in at 2.0 cubic feet capacity and an interior rack, this KitchenAid microwave is only slightly smaller than its biggest competitors, but its legions of admiring fans don’t seem to mind. KitchenAid is a trusted brand in culinary appliances, making this over the range microwave an easy sell for those who already love the brand’s mixers and other culinary electronics. But they aren’t just resting on their laurels with this microwave. Thoughtful features such as an easy-clean interior and a stoppable turntable allow for stress-free, customizable operation.

This microwave also features charcoal air filtering and a powerful vent to suction steam and smoke out of the kitchen when you need it. Beyond these basic features, the KMHS120ESS is an excellent option if you want to actually use your microwave for cooking. Settings that allow for sensor-monitored simmering and steaming can free up room on the stove as you cook vegetables and other side dishes in the microwave instead. You can even take food out of the oven and use the microwave’s low-power Keep Warm setting as a warming tray!

Though it’s smaller than the other two models discussed here, the 1.7 cubic feet this microwave features is more than enough for most people. Available in multiple colors and featuring a multi-speed vent fan, this over the range microwave from Whirlpool is a great buy if you don’t need something super fancy but still care about functionality and reliability. Cleanup is a breeze with this model too thanks to the dishwasher-safe turntable plate and all the basics, including easy-to-use controls, are in place. Overall, this is a solid basic microwave for over the range use, presenting the best budget-friendly option in its class.