A microwave is an essential appliance in the modern kitchen. From handy countertop microwaves to convenient over-the-range models, there’s a style for every space.
Types of Microwave Ovens
Microwave ovens range from basic models that heat dinner quickly to stylish stainless steel microwaves that offer multiple cooking settings.
Countertop microwaves can rest on any surface in your kitchen, offering basic settings such as heat, defrost and keep warm. They’re budget-friendly, and also offer a wide variety of capacity and power range options.
Over-the-range microwaves are installed above your cooktop and function just like countertop microwaves. They can also eliminate smoke, steam and cooking odors through built-in ventilation systems.
Built-in microwaves can be installed into a wall or cabinet for more convenient operation. This allows every member of the household to access it regardless of mobility or reach.
Microwave ovens now come equipped with a full range of capabilities you may not have even considered. Automatic defrost is a setting that can detect the optimum power level and cook time for your food. Sensor cooking assesses the moisture levels in food as it cooks to adjust power levels and remaining cook time for even heating. Better still, some microwave ovens have child lock settings, ensuring younger kids don’t try to grab hot plates or heat unsafe items.
To learn more about the different microwaves available, check out our microwaves buying guide.