On the go and need to heat up last night’s leftovers? For a lot of people, there’s rarely time during the day to cook a full meal. Being able to rely on a microwave oven for quick cooking is important for any apartment, home, or office. Whether you’re heating some water for a nice cup of tea or melting some cheese to make nachos, there’s plenty of microwave ovens out there to help you get the job done. If you need a microwave oven for your countertop, we’ve run through a list of three, including an upper scale version, a technologically-advanced version, and one with many heating options, to make your decision simpler.

Best All-Around Microwave Oven

The Toshiba EM131A5C-BS Microwave Oven can handle just about any heating task and can specialize in cooking certain foods as well. The powerful 1100-watt oven has 10 power settings as well as multiple one-press options for heat times or settings for specific foods, such as popcorn, pizza, and vegetables. It has a power saving mode, a glass turntable so food heats up evenly, and has the ability to mute the buzzer so you don’t have to hear the microwave heating up and finishing. The dimensions (20.5″ x 17.1″ x 12.8″) will fit on almost any countertop. Plus the keypad is protected with a film so it won’t show your fingerprints every time you touch it.

Best Deluxe Microwave Oven

If you need a powerful microwave to handle heating up frozen meals, check out the Panasonic Microwave Oven NN-SN936B. It offers 1250 watts of power and the patented Inverter Technology evenly distributes the heat and speeds up defrosting time. It has a sleek design that makes it lighter and easy to place on a countertop. It has a built-in Genius Sensor that adjusts power and times depending on the food. This microwave oven includes 14 preset menu settings and offers a child safety lock. Also, it has a Keep Warm setting that allows you to keep food ready to serve.

Most User-Friendly Microwave Oven

Do you want a microwave oven that will remember your favorite foods and how you like them prepared? The hOmeLabs Countertop Microwave Oven will do just that with its memory feature that allows you to press a single button and it will prepare your food that same way each time. It has 10 adjustable power levels and offers 1050 watts of power overall. It has preset menu features for popcorn, pizza, fish, meat, and even warming drinks. The removable glass tray can easily be placed in the dishwasher for quick cleaning.

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