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Best Counter Top Microwave Ovens

Updated on January 25, 2016
5 stars for Counter top microwave ovens

Buying a microwave counter top oven can be quite a daunting task. So many models are available with countless features. Now the question is, which model fits into your budget and has all the features that you are looking for and most importantly "value for money ".

Here are the best countertop microwave oven models, carefully chosen just for you. Read on and then buy the one that is just right for you.

LG counter top microwave LCRT1510SV
LG counter top microwave LCRT1510SV | Source

LG LCRT1510SV is a 1.5 Cu Feet counter top microwave oven

This model comes in a silver color with the front panel in a color of electroplate type décor. Near the left-hand side corner is a clear, easy to read LED digital display followed by a feather touch control panel.

This LG microwave oven model features "True Cook Plus" technology that ensures uniform heating/cooking of food items perfectly each and every time.

The "Sensor Cooking Technology" detects humidity levels in the microwave and automatically adjusts cooking/heating time providing perfect results. This way the food is neither overcooked or undercooked - perfect time after time!!! The same goes for heating too.

The microwave cavity has rounded edges that make it "easy to clean" and provides large inner cavity space for accommodating large dishes. A child lock feature helps to lock the control panel to prevent children from using the oven without adult supervision. This feature also helps you when you have to clean the exterior of the microwave oven.

There are ready-made options for – potato, rice, popcorn, fresh vegetables, frozen food, red meat. There are six auto cook options to choose from, and special defrost settings for poultry, meat and fish.


Power – 1200 Watts

Turn table – 14.2 inches

Inner Cavity (W x H x D) 15 21/32” x 10 7/16 “ x 15 27/32 “

Exterior ( W x H x D) – 21 7/8” x 12 1/2” x 17 7/32 “

Amazon Price - $ 169

Panasonic counter top model NN-H765BF
Panasonic counter top model NN-H765BF | Source

Panasonic Full Size 1.6 Cu Feet Microwave Oven - NN-H765BF Genius

This Panasonic microwave oven is a basic model that has a total capacity of 1.6 Cu Ft, black in color with a power of 1250 Watts. The model features "Inverter Technology", "Inverter Turbo Defrost" and "One Touch Sensor" cooking and reheating options.

The "Inverter Technology" ensures that the food retains the flavor and texture by continuously delivering pulses of microwave energy. This way the food can simmer without being overcooked. The "Inverter Turbo" Defrost defrosts the food very quickly with its unique microwave sequencing system.

The "Keep Warm" option keeps the food warm till you eat by delivering low microwave power to keep the food at the right temperature without over cooking.

The "Genius Sensor" adjusts power levels to the optimum to calculate the exact cooking/ heating time automatically.

The Multi-Lingual Menu Action Screen displays step by step instructions for cooking. You have a choice of 3 languages - English, Spanish and French.

This model also features a digital display, popcorn option, one-touch sensor cooking controls Quick Minute option, child lock safety feature and a timer.


Power – 1250 Watts

Capacity – 1.6 Cu feet

Turn Table – 15”

Dimensions (H x W x D) – 11 - 15/16" x 21 - 7/8" x 19 - 7/16

Amazon Price - $112.12

Whirlpool counter top microwave MT455SPQ
Whirlpool counter top microwave MT455SPQ | Source

Whirlpool 1.5 Cu Feet Counter Top Microwave Oven MT4 155SPQ

This microwave counter top model features "Maxwave" cooking system that releases microwave energy from multiple points inside the oven cavity to ensure uniform cooking. This system also heats food uniformly and defrosts food evenly without any chillness left.

There are ten variable power controls in this model. This microwave oven model features one-touch sensor cycles that adjust the cooking time automatically for different kinds of food items like popcorn, casseroles, etc. The reheat and defrost cycles are non-sensor.

There are multiple power levels with multiple time duration that allows you to prepare different types of food. It keeps the food warm till you eat.

The recessed glass turntable offers more room for larger dishes in the microwave cavity.

There is a "Jet Start" feature that adds 30 seconds at 100% power to the cooking time. You can use this to add cooking time in the manual setting option. There are six instant control pads with six cooking options. It has a child lock system that disables all options when a child turns on the microwave by accident. There is a clock that displays time to keep a double check.


Stainless Steel

Capacity - 1.5 cu. Ft

Dimensions (W x H x D) - 12 ½” x 17 1/8” x 21 7/8”

Power – 1200 Watts

Price - $ 139.95

Kenmore counter top microwave 79153 Elite
Kenmore counter top microwave 79153 Elite | Source

Kenmore 79153 Elite Stainless Steel 1.5 Cu Ft Countertop Microwave Oven

This microwave model features "True Cook Technology" provided with sensor cooking controls. This model comes with the following features - Auto Cook, Defrost/Preheat, Bread Defrost, Express Defrost and Extend Cook. With the Extend Cook, you can add minutes to the already set cooking time.

Defrost One-Touch Options – Rice, Potato, Frozen food items, Fresh Vegetables, Canned Vegetables, Fish/Seafood, Frozen vegetables and ground meat.

This model has an inbuilt moisture sensor that detects moisture levels in the food and calculates the optimum cooking or heating time. This model incorporates the very important child lock safety feature.

The interior is coated with a special "Kenmore" coating that helps to clean up any food stains easily. The door release is a push button type and opens to the left.


Power - 1200 Watts

Capacity - 1.5 Cu. Feet

Interior dimensions (W x D x H) - 15 -21/32” x 10-7/16” x 15-27/32 “

Turntable - 14"

Amazon Price - $ 89

Sharp 520 KS counter top microwave oven

The Sharp microwave stainless steel counter top model has 9 sensor settings for cooking different type of food items. It has three special reheat options for beverages, fresh rolls/muffins and frozen rolls/muffins, 4 defrost options, 20 automatic settings and 9 sensor settings,

The easy to read 7 digit two color Interactive Light Display shows operating steps and gives cooking hints. When “Help” is highlighted in the display, touch the “Help” pad to get further hints to help you cook.

There are four defrost options in this microwave model, the highlight being the quick defrost of poultry and meat. The “Keep Warm Plus option keeps food warm for up to 30 minutes. The oven can be set to high power at 100% with a single touch "Minute PlusPad" and you can keep adding one minute extra cooking time by simply touching the "Minute Plus Pad" again.

This microwave oven can be programmed for four automatic cooking steps at different power levels. It comes with a child lock safety feature and also has a kitchen timer.


Capacity - 2.0 Cu Ft

Power 1200 Watts

Width 24”W x 13 3/8”H x 19 1/8”D

Turn Table – 16”

Amazon Price - $ 199.98

Which one of the counter top microwaves will you buy?

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      Nithya Venkat 4 years ago from Dubai

      vocalcoach thank you, microwave makes life real easy. Thank you for the votes and share.

      Just Ask Susan thank you and am happy my hub will help you purchase a microwave.

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      Susan Zutautas 4 years ago from Ontario, Canada

      I'm in dire need of a new microwave. Your reviews have helped me a lot and I'll bookmark your hub for when I'm ready to purchase a new one.

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      Audrey Hunt 4 years ago from Idyllwild Ca.

      Very well done! Great information on your review of microwaves. I couldn't live without one. :)

      Up and good votes plus sharing.

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      Nithya Venkat 5 years ago from Dubai

      rajan jolly thank you. Panasonic is a great choice. Thanks for the votes too.

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      Rajan Singh Jolly 5 years ago from From Mumbai, presently in Jalandhar,INDIA.

      Interesting learning about the features of different microwave models. I have a Samsung one right now that I recently bought.

      Though if I were to purchase one, I would go for the Panasonic one.

      voted up, useful and interesting.

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      Nithya Venkat 5 years ago from Dubai

      Eiddwen thank you and am happy you found my hub useful. Have a great day.

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      Eiddwen 5 years ago from Wales

      Interesting and so useful.

      Enjoy your day.


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      Nithya Venkat 5 years ago from Dubai

      nancynurse thanks for stopping by, thank you for the vote too.

      teaches12345 happy that this information will help you buy the best microwave of your choice. Thank you.

      Mhatter99 thanks for stopping by and leaving a comment.

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      Martin Kloess 5 years ago from San Francisco

      Thank you for this product review.

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      Dianna Mendez 5 years ago

      Vellur, we are in need of a new one within the next few years. I love the sensor cooking technology options, this would keep food from drying out. The prices are reasonable, so much more than we bought our first one years ago. Thanks for the information.

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      Nancy McClintock 5 years ago from Southeast USA

      Very well written and useful . Voted up.

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      Nithya Venkat 5 years ago from Dubai

      Kenmore is a great choice. Oh yes!! microwaves are convenient, don't know what I would do without mine. Thank you.

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      Bill Holland 5 years ago from Olympia, WA

      I chose the Kenmore because I believe in Sears products. :) Regarding microwaves, I know they may not be healthy, but they sure are convenient. Nice job on this review.