Top Pick: COMFEE’ EM720CPL-PMB | $65 | 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.
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: COMFEE’ EM720CPL-PMB
“Yes, I like this little microwave. It’s compact, very quiet and has a lot of functionality with multiple heat settings and very usable presets. I love baked potatoes. The preset on this unit cooked two 8 ounce spuds to perfection in 11.5 minutes...
I’ve been using this product daily for a couple of weeks now. It works well and so far has not disappointed... I believe this product is a good choice for anyone looking for an economical or space saving alternative to higher priced units.” - Craig Davis, Amazon Reviewer
Best for Popcorn: Commercial Chef Countertop 0.6 Cu. Ft
“I purchased this microwave when mine went out and it came in very quickly. It is very pretty and matches my kitchen very nicely. I have three kids who believe in microwaving everything. So it gets used all the time. I love that the popcorn button on it is absolutely perfect. Every microwave I have ever had the popcorn button either doesn’t cook it long enough or burns it. For me that is a huge plus. It is very light weight and works very well. I love this product and it was a great price, especially for a single mother of three. I would definitely recommend this microwave to anyone looking for great quality and price.” - Jen025, Amazon Reviewer
Best Built-In: Frigidaire 2.2 cu. ft. in Stainless Steel
“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
Best Microwave Brand: BLACK+DECKER EM031MB11 1.1 cu. ft.
“I purchased this microwave based on the price, dimensions, power, and quality brand name. It works like a dream, is reasonably large, and does not make much noise at all. It is everything you could want in a cheap microwave.” -Sir E., Amazon Reviewer
“Tthis is the best price I found anywhere for a microwave this size with this many features. The express cook buttons are easy to use, and if you want to put in a more exact time, you just use the time cook button instead. Works great for my small apartment kitchen!” Jane Doyle, Amazon Reviewer
This story was originally published by Chaya M. Milchtein on 03/12/2021 and updated with new information by Juliana Clark on 07/08/2021.