The Cuisinart CMW-100 is a midsized countertop microwave with a 20.5-by-15.25-inch footprint. However, its 1-cubic-foot capacity is a bit small for a midsized model. It has no cooking sensor, but it does have several useful features, such as two-stage cooking. This feature allows the user to program the microwave so that it switches automatically between settings -- for example, to defrost a frozen dinner and then cook it on high. Professionals and users agree that the Cuisinart CMW-100 heats evenly and does a good job with various foods, from popcorn to potatoes. However, its reheating performance is less impressive. We saw only a few complaints from users about this model's durability. On the whole, we found better reviews for the 1.2-cubic-foot Kenmore 6633 (*Est. $140) , which performs well and includes a cooking sensor.
The Cuisinart CMW-100 earns a grade of B-plus from experts at the Good Housekeeping Research Institute, who tested 21 countertop microwaves to find the best models. It is also rated a Best Buy in a 2008 review from ConsumerGuide.com. The Cuisinart CMW-100 makes the list of the top 10 microwaves at Buzzillions.com, with about 100 reviews pulled from various sites.
1. Good Housekeeping
The Cuisinart CMW-100 earns a grade of B-plus in tests conducted by the Good Housekeeping Research Institute. Editors note that although it lacks a sensor, it does a good job of defrosting, baking potatoes and popping popcorn.
Review: Cuisinart Microwave Oven CMW-100, Editors of the Good Housekeeping Research Institute
Editors at ConsumerGuide.com give the Cuisinart CMW-100 5 stars out of 5 and name it a Best Buy. They praise its wide variety of options, including the handy one-touch cooking buttons.
Review: Cuisinart CMW-100 Stainless Steel Microwave, Editors of ConsumerGuide.com, Aug. 20, 2008
The Cuisinart CMW-100 makes the list of the top 10 microwaves at Buzzillions.com, with about 100 reviews pulled from a variety of sites. It earns an overall rating of 4.6 stars from users, who say it is attractive and easy to clean, with even heating and good power output. We did see a few complaints about durability, but not many for such a large volume of reviews.
Review: Cuisinart CMW-100 Stainless Steel Microwave Oven, Contributors to Buzzillions.com