Both Target and Meijer are offering super-cheap microwaves on Black Friday -- approximately $30 (less if you send in a rebate). Weâ€™ll leave the allure of rising before the sun to save around $22 up to your discretion. But, hereâ€™s what we can tell you about whether said microwaves are worth spending your hard-earned cash on.
How good can a $33 microwave oven be?
When the Black Friday circulars were leaked, this was the first thing the ConsumerSearch.com editors asked each other. Target will offer an Oster Microwave oven for $33 between the hours of 4 AM and 10 AM. That's markedly less than its regular price of $54.99. From what we can tell, this 0.7 cubic-foot, 700-watt microwave could be either Oster model number OGG3701 or OGYU701. Both have a one-touch cook setting, 10 adjustable power levels and express cooking and weight defrost. We found each these models offered for $54.99 to $89.24. Then things get a little leanâ€”as in there isnâ€™t much information out there about Oster microwaves, period. That includes user reviews, which basically say, â€śitâ€™s cheap and it works.â€ť Though it is worth noting that one Best Buy user needed to replace it after three months.
Meijer is also advertising a microwave in its leaked Black Friday circular. For $29.99 ($19.99 if you send in the manufacturerâ€™s rebate) you can be the owner of a Magic Chef 0.7 cubic-foot, 700-watt digital microwave (Est* $59.99 regular price). Like the Oster models, it has 10 power levels, express cooking, and weight defrost. It carries a one-year warranty on parts and labor and an 8-year warranty on its magnetron. Again, user reviews are scarce. While most of the reviews on Buzzillions.com would recommend this microwave to a friend because of its small size and ability to work well â€” including in a lunchroom setting â€” one user describes erratic behavior, saying that on two occasions, he's come home to find it running on its own.
The bottom line: If you need a microwave, these models are cheap and, for many, they work. Whether they do likewise for you, however, could come down to luck.