Microwave Ovens Countertop
Make Your Cooking Easier and Faster
A lot of people prefer a Countertop Microwave Oven vs. an Over The Range Microwave Oven.
Depending on your personal height it may be easier to work with a countertop oven than one that is mounted at a higher level.
Countertop Microwave Ovens come with different numbers of automatic settings, cooking options and reheat settings.
For instance the Breville Quick Touch shown here has a unique dynamic power adjustment that lets the user change both power and time during the cooking cycle.
You will find a lot of nice features which are shortcuts for defrosting, softening, warming and melting which make use of a microwave oven easier.
There will be features like sensor cooking for things like popcorn which gives you a bag of popcorn that is fully popped but not burned.
Microwave Ovens for your countertop come with different footprint sizes so be sure the one you purchase will fit in the countertop space that you have available.
Digital displays make your entries easy to read and getting one with a light inside also helps when stirring or checking your food.
Countertop microwaves come in different colors like white, red, black and stainless. You may want to choose one that fits with your decor.
Small Compact Microwave Ovens for Your Countertop
If your family consists of one or two people or if you mainly use a microwave for just reheating or warming then you might want to consider one of the small compact versions of microwave ovens.
Be sure to check the wattage on the microwave you want to buy. If you want your baked potato to cook fairly quickly then go for the higher wattage.
Some microwaves are louder than others so try to read some reviews on the model that you are considering before making your purchase.
Kenmore 0.9 cu.ft. Countertop Microwave White 73092
This 0.9 Kenmore countertop microwave oven 73092 features memory cooking, which lets you create and save customized cook time and power level combinations.
A 900 watt microwave oven by Kenmore that has multi-stage cooking, which allows you to program multiple stages of cooking and their cook times at once; when one stage is complete, the next stage automaticly starts.
This compact white countertop microwave has 6 smart touch settings that let you do everything from reheat your lunch to melt chocolate.
You are able to increase cook time in 30-second increments and the 6 Smart Touch settings on this oven let you cook your food without selecting cook times and power levels.
Child lock feature on this Kenmore countertop oven. The 10.6" diameter glass turntable is dishwasher safe.
Dimensions for this microwave: 14.75" D and 11.5" H
This model of the Kenmore microwave is White, and it is also available in stainless steel if that better fits your kitchen decor.
Read reviews and Purchase at: Amazon.com
Nostalgia Electrics Retro Series 0.7 Cubic Foot Microwave Oven in Red
This is a smaller version of Notalgia Electric's popular Retro Series. This microwave oven is a 0.7 cubic foot microwave oven that has a clean and sleek retro design.
Functions for this microwave include 12 pre-programmed features, handy dial control, LED display, digital clock(24 hour international time display), safe child lock, defrost by weight, five power levels and 700 watts of cooking power.
This small compact oven is perfrect for a dorm room, rec room, small apartment or theater room.
Compact product dimensions: 18" x 14.2" x 10.2".
Get this compact and easy to use microwave at: Amazon.com and Walmart.com
Whirlpool WMC20005YW 0.5 Cu. Ft. White Countertop Microwave Oven
Quickly set this Whirlpool countertop microwave oven to cook for 30 seconds at 100% power with the Add 30 Seconds options. You can also press it to add 30 seconds to a manual setting that is already in progress.
With 0.5 cubic feet capacity, there is enough room for a dinner plate without taking up valuable counter space.
The control lock feature of this compact microwave helps you avoid unintended use or other changes to your cooking settings by disabling the control panel with the simple touch of a button.
You will also enjoy the quick touch popcorn option on this compact little oven.
This countertop oven has 10 power levels and 750 watts of cooking power.
The dimensions for this Whirlpool microwave ovens countertop is: 13.8" D x 15.4" W x 14.1" H. Vents from top and rear. Power cord is 36".
Read Q & A, Reviews and Purchase at: Amazon.com
Also available in Black and Stainless Look.
Westinghouse WCM660W 600W Counter Top Microwave Oven 0.6 Cubic Feet, White
With six different power settings, this Westinghouse 0.6 Cu. Ft. Microwave tops your counter top with performance and a small footprint. It is great for anyone living in a small area such as a dorm or apartment; doesn't take up much counter space.
This Westinghouse microwave features a glass door window and speed and weight defrost. The end-of-cooking signal conveniently lets you know your food is ready for serving.
Has six power levels and mechanical dial controls. The glass turntable is removable for easy cleaning.
The font is large on the display and easy to read.
Microwave dimensions: 17.8" W x 13.6" D x 10.3" H
Also available in Black.
This one is available at: Walmart.com and Amazon.com
Other Microwave Oven Options
Additional small and compact microwave ovens for your countertop can be found here on this site.
If you have the cabinet space available you may like the built in over the range microwave ovens.
If you cook a lot in your microwave then you may like the browning feature that a microwave convection combo oven give you.
Other Kitchen Appliances
There are a number of small kitchen appliances that can really save you time in the kitchen. Some of those are blenders, coffee/espresso makers, food processors, food slicers and bread machines. And no cook wants to be in the kitchen without a good knife set; preferably a knife set with block for easy access.
You can find some good online deals for all Microwave ovens at Amazon and Ebay.
Things You Should Not Put In Your Microwave Oven
You can save a lot of time with your microwave oven. You can bake and warm food in a fraction of the time that it takes to do the same in a conventional oven.
But be aware that there are a number of things that you should not put into a microwave oven.
Your lunch bag is one thing that you need to keep out of the microwave. Paper bags, plastic bags or newspapers when heated in microwave ovens may cause a fire.
Also, don't try to make hard boiled eggs in your microwave. You could wind up with a big mess to clean up.
Styrofoam is a type of plastic. Don't re-heat your takeouts in the styrofoam container that you bring it home in.