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Don’t Throw Out Your Leftovers—Nuke ‘Em: The Best Microwaves, According To Home Cooks

Top Pick: Amazon Basics Microwave | $75 | Amazon

At the start of the pandemic, I was getting desperate for counter space in my little apartment kitchen. One day, I decided to chuck my microwave. Well, I put it into the storage unit. I figured that if I could manage without it for a few months that I would get rid of it permanently. After all, one can adapt, right? Ha! Turns out I couldn’t and a few months later I bought the Amazon Alexa microwave, a small compact option that Consumer Reports recommended. I’m glad I did, considering all of those leftovers that I was missing out on.

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I asked home cooks what their favorite microwaves are and what unique ways they use them. Here’s what they had to say.

Best for the Money: Amazon Basics Microwave

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“I opted for a basic microwave as I really wasn’t sure how much I would use it. Regrettably, I actually wish I had purchased a more advanced one that worked as both an oven and microwave. The big advantage of this particular microwave is that it works with Alexa! I use mainly for reheating or making popcorn and generally use the voice command. I will upgrade eventually to a [combo] model that is [also] integrated with Alexa.” - Ahmed Mir, Founder of Sip Coffee House

Best for Breakfast: LG NeoChef Microwave

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“I have a countertop microwave by LG. It’s a midrange microwave but it’s compact, looks sleek, is easy to clean, and has all the functions I would ever need. My favorite foods to microwave are salmon fillets and sweet potatoes. But I usually use my microwave for breakfast because it’s a simple and no-mess way to make scrambled eggs!” - Meg Marrs, Founder of Safer Senior Care

Best Built-In: Frigidaire 2.2 cu. ft. in Stainless Steel

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I purchased this microwave as part of a kitchen remodel. We’re loving it’s large capacity and high power. It looks nice in the island with the range. Be aware that the trim/install kit is a separate purchase.” - EmmyZ, Frigidaire Customer Review

“Was looking for a built in for my kitchen renovation. This microwave works and looks great, has high power, and was reasonably priced. It is very roomy inside and has capacity for larger dishes/serving dishes. I had this installed in the lower cabinet area. Looks great and I’m very pleased!” - 2020New Kitchen, Frigidaire Customer Review

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This story was originally published by Chaya M. Milchtein on 03/12/2021 and updated with new information by Juliana Clark on 03/24/2021.

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Chaya Milchtein is an automotive educator, freelance writer, and empowerment speaker who's made it her mission to engage and empower people in her community and beyond.