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Buying Small Microwave Ovens: What You Need to Know

Updated on January 23, 2016
The Whirlpool WMC20005YW 0.5 Cubic Feet 750 Watt Countertop Microwave Oven has a unique space saving design.
The Whirlpool WMC20005YW 0.5 Cubic Feet 750 Watt Countertop Microwave Oven has a unique space saving design.

For many sophisticated chefs and self-proclaimed kitchen experts, small microwave ovens are not exactly cookware appliances they dream about the most. A small microwave oven simply cannot accommodate many of their larger and more sophisticated culinary concoctions.

A compact microwave cannot cook a large enough meal at one go, and cooking for a large group of people may prove difficult. Those who are interested in kitchen interior design will also note that a mini microwave does not help much in making a kitchen look attractive.

BUT that does not mean you should not buy one of these. In fact, small microwave ovens are quite popular and they come with lots of advantages.

Advantages of Small Microwaves

Because of its diminutive size, this kind of microwave oven brings several advantages that its larger counterparts simply cannot provide.

  • It occupies very little space. This means that you can easily find room for it within your kitchen, no matter small or how cramped your kitchen may be. There’s no need to do some serious research on where to put it; you don’t even have to move a few things out of the way to make some room. Chances are, there’s a small unused space somewhere, and you can easily place your microwave oven right there. Come to think of it, you don’t even need to have an actual kitchen at all. Quite a few dorm rooms fit this description, which is why this particular type is the favorite of university students everywhere.
  • It is very lightweight. This means that if you are not pleased with the current location of your microwave oven, you can simply pick it up and place it elsewhere. Its lightweight property also makes it a very mobile appliance. You can bring it just about anywhere with no trouble at all. You can’t do that with a huge kitchen appliance.
  • It is cheap. Its small size means that fewer materials were used for its manufacture, and in turn that means that the manufacturers may be able to price it significantly lower than its bulkier siblings. This type of microwave oven does tend to have very few advanced features, but that only helps in keeping the cost of manufacture, and the asking price, down.

Small microwave ovens are probably the most basic of all microwave model types, yet even the standard features can be used for a wide variety of purposes. When you get one for a very low price, you are getting one very cost-effective appliance.

The Panasonic NN-SD372S 0.8 Cubic Feet 950-Watt Inverter Microwave offers many features not usually found in small microwave ovens.
The Panasonic NN-SD372S 0.8 Cubic Feet 950-Watt Inverter Microwave offers many features not usually found in small microwave ovens.

Popularity with University Students

University students favor these units because they don’t have the space in their dorm rooms for larger types of microwaves. Additionally, students also rarely have the budget for more expensive models. Students also tend to use them for the most basic purposes; namely, to prepare their morning tea or coffee, and they also use them to heat up leftover food. There are even those whose refrigerators are full of frozen pizzas or TV dinners, and a mini microwave will come in handy.

A compact microwave may also last you longer than other types because there are fewer features that can go wrong. If something does go wrong with your small microwave oven, you can simply go out and buy yourself another one. You risk very little when you buy small microwave ovens, and you stand to gain so much.

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