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Top 5 Best Microwave Ovens

Updated on October 27, 2012
Top 5 Best Microwave Ovens
Top 5 Best Microwave Ovens

Microwave ovens have firmly entrenched themselves as one of the most indispensable appliances in the modern kitchen. Today’s families are always on the go and have considerably less time for traditionally cooked meals. A tasty, full course meal can be prepared in just a fraction of the time it would take using a traditional oven. Microwaves are also perfect for college students because they are extremely safe and efficient for dormitory use. If you need a great gift idea for any college bound student, then consider a nice microwave oven. They will love you for it!

The variety of microwaveable foods is growing every year as more people look for nice meals that won’t hinder their active lifestyles. Modern microwave ovens offer more power, flexibility and nice features that make cooking a breeze even during the most hectic times. Admittedly, there is nothing more delicious than a traditional home-cooked meal – but, microwave ovens have filled a special need among active homes everywhere. If you are considering buying a new microwave, then you will want to be sure to check out these top 5 best microwave ovens based on performance and user satisfaction.

How Does a Microwave Oven Work?

1 – Panasonic Prestige NN-SD797S 1250 Watt Microwave Oven

Overall, the Panasonic Prestige is one of the best microwave ovens available on the market. This unit will make quick work of meal preparations and get the job done right every time. The Prestige model features a pulsing delivery of microwave power that ensures your foods will be heated at a constant level that will prevent it from being over-cooked. This microwave also has a convenient menu-action screen that can offer step-by-step cooking instructions, or just use one of the automatic power buttons which offer one-touch control over several cooking options. This model has a power rating of 1250 watts, offers 10 power levels and five multistage cooking options. The Panasonic Prestige also has a sleek, elegant design that goes great with virtually any kitchen décor. If you are looking for a great family microwave oven option, it doesn’t get any better than the Panasonic Prestige.

User review by Ruth Shapiro:

“This oven is very powerful and food is cooked faster than what I was used to, but still, with no rubbery edges. The defrost cycles are also right on, without partially cooking the food as it defrosts!”

2 – Panasonic NN-SD377S 800 Watt Stainless Steel Microwave Oven

This stainless steel Panasonic microwave packs a lot of punch in a small package. It offers a wonderful space-saving design while adding loads of cooking convenience to the kitchen. This unit offers easy to program controls and a one-touch sensor that can adjust cooking times and power levels automatically. The Panasonic Stainless Steel microwave oven features six power levels, three cooking stages and eight automatic power controls. This model is compact and elegant and is perfect for smaller kitchens, apartments or dorm rooms. The Stainless Steel is a well-designed, no fuss, excellent microwave oven for the home, office or apartment.

User review by Janine Roberts:

“This Panasonic microwave oven not only does a great job cooking and warming it also looks good. The push in button allows you to quickly set the cooking time accurately.”

3 – Panasonic NN-SD681S 1200 Watt Microwave Oven

The Panasonic NN-SD681S is one of the most technologically advanced microwaves currently being produced. It features Panasonic's own patented “Inverter” technology that offers what is known as linear cooking which actually prevents your food’s edges from being overcooked and allows for juicier and more tender meals every time. Cooking a variety of different types of food has never been easier with the NN-SD618S’s 1200 watts of power, one-touch sensor cook and reheating options, 10 power levels and Inverter Tube Defrost technology. This model also features a very easy-to-read blue fluorescent digital display for monitoring and control. The NN-SD681S has a beautiful stainless steel designed front and would be a great addition to any kitchen.

User review by Nick Le:

“I love this microwave. It's a piece of art and looks great in the kitchen. The knob is very useful and so far it's made microwaving fun!”

4 – Haier MWM10100SS 1000 Watt Microwave Oven

This Haier model microwave oven is actually a full-size microwave in a compact microwave oven design. This particular model is popular for work spaces and offices due to its industrial feel. It is extremely powerful and offers to main modes, “Memory Cook” and “Express Cook”. Though it is simpler than the previously mentioned microwaves, the Haier still features 10 power levels and 8 different one-touch cooking menu options to suit a wide variety of cooking options. If simplicity and power is what you are after, then the Haier MWM10100SS 1000 Watt Microwave Oven can fit the bill perfectly.

User review by Stephanie J. Carvalho:

“This machine is working great, we purchased it to replace one of the same power and is seems to be stronger.”

5 – Sharp 2.0 c.f. 1200 Watt Microwave Oven

The Sharp 2.0 cu. ft. microwave oven has been specially designed with the family in mind. The large 2 cubic foot capacity makes it easy to thaw, warm and heat a variety of foods in quantities suitable for preparing a nice family meal. This microwave features some of the smartest automatic cooking options of any other model. This microwave has a large 16” turntable to accommodate even the largest dishes. It also sports 33-automatic settings and 8-defrost settings. The Sharp 2.0 has a modern push-button design and large LED display for easy monitoring. This microwave oven is perfect for large families with busy schedules.

User review by Dewline:

“This microwave does everything it is advertised to do. Heats contents quickly, and has the size to handle most cooking needs.”

Safe Microwave Cooking Tips

  • The majority of plastic liquid containers and tubs from take-out are not microwave safe
  • Never microwave plastic grocery bags or plastic storage bags
  • Always vent any container before microwaving its contents
  • Don’t use plastic wrap in the microwave because it could melt
  • Never put any metal containers in a microwave

Microwave Use Poll

How many meals do you microwave each week?

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The Bottom Line

Microwave ovens are simply a great time-saver in the kitchen and they are a perfect compliment to active lifestyles. Microwaves have evolved dramatically from the simple re-heaters and popcorn poppers from the past couple of decades. Today's microwaves are capable of producing excellent tasting meals in a very short time. They are also great for college students and singles who want to whip up something quick and easy after a hard day of work or class. Any one of these top 5 best microwave ovens can get the job done and leave you more time for the busy things in your life.


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