What every best Microwaves has:
- A handy selection of presets.
- Cooking sensors.
- A turntable on/off button.
Offering powerful performance in an attractive package, the 2.0 cubic foot GE JES2051SNSS offers a nice array of one-button presets, an accurate sensor and a roomy interior. The JES2051SNSS is a particularly great choice for families that use their microwave a lot. This workhorse would even be appropriate for an office break room, especially since it gets decent reviews for long-term durability. It's available in stainless, black or white. See our full review »
The GE JES1656SRSS's 1.6 cubic-foot capacity is plenty for the needs of most families, without hogging too much space on the kitchen counter. It's a top performer, too, with accurate sensors that turn out perfectly cooked foods. It's also so simple to use that you'll probably never have to unwrap the owner's manual, with a wide variety of presets for most of the food items people want a microwave for.
It's the little sibling of our Best Reviewed large microwave, the GE JES2051SNSS (Est. $180), but don't be fooled, you get big performance from the 700 watt GE JES1072SHSS. It's perfect for a tiny apartment or dorm room and is very easy to use. While you may not be able to make a full meal in it, for everyday tasks like reheating coffee or nuking a frozen meal, this is a terrific value.
The 1,000 watt Samsung MC12J8035CT gets good ratings in professional tests for performance, and praise from owners who appreciate the versatility it offers. The convection features add, grilling, roasting, baking and more -- all with the right level of crisping and browning -- to the repertoire of standard microwave tasks. At 1.2 cubic feet, it's a good fit for most lifestyles, with the exception of the tiniest spaces or larger families. See our full review »
The GE JVM3160RFSS earns top scores across the board for performance, getting raves from experts and owners who say it will be a great addition to your kitchen. Its 1.6 cubic feet is roomy enough for all but the largest dishes, and at 1,000 watts, it's got plenty of power. Brackets and mounting hardware are included, and owners say it's easy to install -- but they do suggest recruiting a friend. See our full review »
Drawer-style microwaves are pricey, rarely reviewed by experts, and often draw mixed user feedback, especially when it comes to durability, but models such as Sharp KB-6524PS 24-Inch Microwave Drawer Oven offer compelling aesthetics that can trump all of that in the eyes of some users. The KB-6524PS installs under the counter and pulls out, just like a drawer, saving valuable counter space and making it easier to access for young cooks.