After 25 hours of research, we were able to filter out the microwaves that are not worth it, and made this list of the best microwaves for this year. The research was done based on their price, quality, durability and how well they perform. Without wasting any more time, let’s get right into it!
5. Panasonic NN-SN651B
In 2018, there are a lot of options you can choose from, so choosing the best microwaves out of hundreds of options wasn’t an easy task. However, the NN-SN651B managed to get in the list.
The NN-SN651B is a countertop microwave that received dozens of positive reviews from the customers on the market so let’s find out what’s so special about this unit!
From a design perspective, the Panasonic has a stylish, dark-grey body that holds an intuitive control panel, a small display on the front-right, and an easy-to-open door, so you can always access each of them without putting any noticeable effort.
I would also like to mention that thanks to its color, this microwave is suitable for any kitchen decor and if you ask me, I do really think that it will significantly enrich your kitchen aesthetics!
In addition, the interior consists of a 13.5-inch glass turntable, and if you’ve been thinking about the space, well, this unit has a capacity of 1.2 cubic feet, which is enough for cooking different kinds of food.
But now, let’s talk about the features.
This model uses the Turbo Defrost technology which according to Panasonic utilizes a microwave sequencing system which is entirely based on the inverter’s power delivery method, so the end result is a quickly and evenly prepared food!
For your information, this microwave has 1200-Watts of power which is yet another good proof that guarantees fast cooking time for a different kind of food!
Moreover, its intuitive control panel consists of dedicated controls for making Popcorn, Sensor Reheat, Sensor Cook, Power Level, Inverter Turbo Defrost, and the Keep warm, where each of them will play a huge role to the cooking sessions. For example, the Keep Warm feature is specifically useful when you want your soups, gravies, desserts, and vegetables to be warm before they are ready to serve so the food will always taste good.
Before we end, I’d like to inform you that this microwave is the Inverter technology as well, which will ensure that your food will maintain its nutrients, texture, and color with the intention to maximize the flavor as natural as possible!
Overall, if you’re looking for an affordable microwave that can outperform most of the midrange microwaves on the market, then this would be the right choice for you!
4. Samsung MG14H3020CM
From a design perspective, this model has a mostly gray-finished look, and the places where this color isn’t dominant is along the front-right part which holds the control panel, and on the top, so I have to admit that this color combination makes it look exceptionally good!
In addition, this unit has a scratch-resistant and easy to clean, ceramic enamel interior which means that once you take off the food, it won’t take much time in order to clean it properly!
Since we are talking about the interior, I would like to inform you that this model has an internal space of 1.4 cubic feet, and thanks to its 14.2-inch glass turntable, you can cook different types of food without any problem, so let’s take pizza as an example!
But now, let’s talk about the performance.
The Samsung has 12 dedicated controls for cooking veggies, potatoes, kids meals, snacks, popcorn, but you will also find the Auto Reheat option, Grill option, an Auto Reheat option as well, so you can use each of them according to your preferences.
I would also like to mention that there is a separate Eco Mode which is quite convenient, due to the fact that it will conserve a power by turning off the display when you don’t intend to use the microwave, so you won’t have to unplug and plug the microwave for your cooking sessions.
Another great thing about this microwave is the triple distribution technology which will ensure that your stored food is going to be evenly heated so everytime you want to eat, your food will taste absolutely delicious!
According to the users, this unit is extremely quick as well and they aren’t far from the truth because it has a cooking power of 950-Watts, so you will never wait for too long until your food is done!
To conclude, I highly recommend you this product and if you ever decide to purchase it, you will feel what makes it different from the other microwaves on the market!
3. Toshiba EM245A5C-BS
The Toshiba EM245A5C-BS is oriented towards those who seek a quality microwave for their apartment kitchens and office break rooms without spending a large amount of money in order to get it!
From a design perspective, this unit features a stylish and durable, stainless steel construction that is accompanied by an easy-to-open door with a handle that is positioned on the front, a large and intuitive control panel positioned on the right, and a small display that sits above the control panel.
At the bottom, there are 4 feet that will keep the microwave stable on virtually any surface, so you should never stress in terms of stability!
When you open the door, you will find a 12.4-inch glass turntable and when you start cooking, you can notice the interior LED light which is always welcome since you will be constantly in touch with the food progress.
Now, let’s talk about the features
This unit is equipped with a pre-programmed sensor menu of which you can take an advantage in order to cook a tasty pizza, veggies, potatoes, meat, and popcorn, so with a single tap on the control panel, everything you wish to be cooked will actually be within a really short period of time!
In addition, the Toshiba has two defrost settings of which, one is a custom and the other is one-pound auto defrost, so even defrosting wouldn’t be your problem once you get this microwave.
I would also recommend you to use the so-called Sensor Reheat feature due to the fact that it will let you cook six of the most popular food with a single tap, so you can always experiment.
But the reason behind the microwave’s ability to provide quality heating and defrosting is the Inverter technology which delivers continuous cook at low power settings, so that your food will always preserve the essential nutrients and the flavor.
Finally, I’d like to add that most of the users claim that this unit is electricity-efficient so you shouldn’t worry about the electricity bills since they won’t be high, even though we are talking about a 1250-Watt model.
Overall, the Toshiba is a real bang for the buck, so check it out and assure yourself of its quality!
2. Panasonic NN-SD775S
The Panasonic NN-SD775S is among the most purchased microwaves on the market, and since its release, this unit has established itself as a really good option for everyone who is looking for a microwave that has versatile capabilities!
From a design perspective, you can find this product in two versions, such as the one with 1.6 cubic feet of space which we are currently reviewing, and the other one with 2.2 cubic feet of space, but regardless of your choice – both of them are excellent at their job!
This particular model sports a fingerprint proof, stainless steel, countertop-style body with a 6-Digit LCD display panel located on the right, and a white oven interior, so when you see it as a whole it does eally look gorgeous since its color makes it suitable for any office decor!
In addition, the microwave is supported by black-colored feet which will offer a greater level of stability so regardless of the surface, this unit will always sit fixed in place.
When it comes to the interior, well, I’d like to mention two things. The first is that you can notice a 15-inch turntable plate, while the second is that it has 1.6 cubic feet of space, which is quite good if we take its price rage into consideration.
But now, let’s talk about the performance.
The Panasonic has a built-in, cyclonic wave which will output an ultra-efficient 3D waves on one side, while on the other, it will circulate the heat precisely, with the intention to ensure that your food will be evenly cooked while maintaining its original look and flavor.
Moreover, Panasonic has also included the Inverter Technology which generates a consistent, steady stream of power at all temperature settings so I have to admit that this microwave does really impress me.
In the beginning, I’ve mentioned that this microwave is versatile right? Well, except for cooking food, you will also find the Coffee and Milk button, so every morning you will have an opportunity to drink an extremely delicious coffee or milk as well!
To conclude, you should seriously consider the Panasonic NN-SD775S especially if you’re looking for a versatile microwave that will never disappoint you with its performance!
1. Breville Quick Touch (BMO734XL)
To finish up this list of the best microwaves out there we have a Breville product.
The Breville Quick Touch BMO734XL has been on the market for a couple of years, but because of its capabilities, it has succeeded to maintain its position as one of the best microwaves on the market!
From a design perspective, this model boasts a polished stainless steel body that is followed by a stainless steel door handle which will grant you an easy access to the interior, while on the right, there is a large LCD screen with knob-based controls, so you will never have any problems in terms of usage.
For your information, the interior has 1.2 cubic feet of space and it also has a self-locating, 12.5-inch turntable which will let you store virtually any food you want so you will never feel restricted on cooking.
I would also like to add that there are ten power levels that range from 10 to 100%, so you can start melting a chocolate or softening a butter without any problem since this microwave can do plenty of things to ensure that you will always be satisfied with its performance.
Now, let’s talk about the features.
The Breville Quick Touch uses the Sensor IQ technology which means that once you click on the Sensor IQ reheat or cook, the microwave will automatically detect the humidity levels during the cooking cycle, and adjust the optimal time for you. This is fantastic because your food will never be overcooked or burned as is the case with other microwaves on the market, so Breville deserves our applaud here.
Moreover, the microwave’s control panel is composed of a time dial, a power dial, a smart reheat option, a smart defrost option, a smart cook option, and a really interesting option called ‘A bit more’, of which you can take an advantage if you feel that your food needs more time in the microwave!
I’d like to inform you that according to the users, the defrost button is really convenient since this mode can defrost your food within a really short period of time while preserving the natural look and taste of your food!
Overall, you should seriously consider the Breville Quick Touch BMO734XL, if you want to invest in a high-end microwave that will last for years!