Looking for a new suitable microwave for an elderly person in your family? or perhaps your simply looking for a simple microwave to use in your own home?
Not to worry, I’ve found the best microwaves which are both reliable and simple to use. Check out my list below and let me know in the comments your favourite choice.
This microwave is the first on our list, and it’s a good, simple choice.
This has a very straightforward, classic microwave design, with a couple of added bonus features!
As well as being able to cook your food to perfection, the microwave has a sound off mode.
This means that if someone’s sleeping in the next room, you don’t have to worry about waking them with the alarm to let you know that your food’s done.
Also, this microwave offers a power-saving eco mode, which is sure to be as good for your wallet as it is for the planet. When on standby, this particular model consumes half the power that the previous model did, which is sure to save you some money!
This microwave has a capacity of 0.9 Cu. ft, and runs at a 900W power level. The dimensions are 19.2” by 11.5” by 15.9”.
This is the second Toshiba to appear on our list, so suffice to say: they’re certainly a reputable brand.
This microwave has a classic design, and like the above model, it also has a quiet mode, as well as a power-saving function. Both of these features are huge bonuses when buying a microwave, so bear them in mind!
This microwave also has a smart sensor, which allows you to cook a selected range of food with one touch. The menu of options includes frozen pizza, potato, and rice.
The smart sensor regularly takes measurements of the internal humidity level of food during cooking, and then automatically adjusts the time and temperature in the oven to achieve optimum results.
This is, of course, a brilliant feature. You’ll no longer have to try to guess how long it might take to cook certain food in your microwave. Instead, your microwave will be able to do the thinking for you.
This model has a capacity of 1.2 Cu. ft, and a power level of 1100W, making it slightly bigger and more powerful than the model above. The dimensions are 20.5” by 12.8” by 17.1”.
This microwave is designed and made by Amazon themselves, as part of their AmazonBasics range. It’s a simple, straightforward microwave, with one major step ahead of the competition: it is compatible with Amazon’s Alexa.
There’s every chance that you might have an Alexa somewhere in your home, and using that piece of technology, you can ask your microwave to, for example, ‘Microwave 1.5 ounces of popcorn’.
The microwave will then be able to interpret the instruction that you said aloud, and it will carry out that cooking process.
Even if you don’t already have an Amazon Alexa in your home, you can press the ‘Ask Alexa’ button on the front of this appliance, and then say your command. The microwave will be able to carry out your command straight away.
This is a big step up from more conventional microwaves, as all the buttons and settings on the front of microwave ovens can be confusing and overwhelming. Now, with the advent of smart home technology, your microwave can automatically configure itself.
This is quite a small microwave, with a capacity of 0.7 Cu. ft, and a power level of 700W. Its dimensions are 17.3” x 10.1” x 14.1”.
This is a very straightforward microwave, with all the features you may have now come to expect. It has a one-touch express function, as well as an energy-saving eco mode, and a silent function.
This microwave also has a compact size, with a 0.7 Cu. ft capacity, and a 700W power level. The external dimensions are 17.3” x 10.2” x 13”.
As well as having a whole host of automatic cooking features, this microwave also has a child lock, which could definitely help to keep grandchildren’s hands out of the microwave.
Another impressive feature is the thirty-second incremental quick-start feature, which is very handy for heating up leftovers.
For example, it’s a simple process to put some Tupperware in the microwave and press the quick-start button a few times to heat up your leftovers for two or three minutes.
While this microwave is more expensive than some others on our list, it’s definitely impressive. It comes in a range of sizes, from 0.9 Cu. ft, to 1.3 Cu. ft. It also has inverter technology, and what it calls a ‘genius sensor’.
The inverter technology available in this microwave allows for consistent, easy cooking at the same temperature level that you requested, without the risk of overcooking.
This is an impressive feature for this power level, 1200W. The genius sensor in this microwave allows for a wide variety of automatic adjustment, based on different foods that you might cook in your microwave.
There are fourteen preset menu items, a quick minute timer, a delayed start, and a child safety lock. This microwave also offers an impressive ‘keep warm’ function.
This means that you could cook some food in your microwave, and then use the ‘keep warm’ feature to ensure that your food will be ready when you come to it.
All these features are packed into a compact design of 9 15/16” x 15 13/16” x 14 ⅜”. This is sure to fit wherever you might choose to put it on your countertop.
Farberware Classic FMO11AHTBKN
This microwave is a basic option that comes in a large number of colors, sure to brighten up your kitchen.
The power level of 1000W is adjustable through ten different levels, from 10% to 100%. This can be a powerful tool in your arsenal, allowing you to defrost and cook foods at different power levels.
This microwave also offers an impressive function: defrost by time or by weight.
If you weight your item before putting it into the 1.1 cubic foot interior, you can use the keypad on the front of the appliance to enter the weight, and then your microwave will know how long to defrost your item for.
This is a very underappreciated feature, as it allows you to set it, and then walk away and do something else.
This microwave packs all of these features into a small package, with the external dimensions being 20.5” x 20.1” x 12.8”.
Panasonic Microwave Oven NN-SN966S
This is a feature-packed microwave, which offers 1250W of power and a capacity of 2.2 cubic feet. It has a number of different features available, from its genius sensor to its built-in inverter technology.
The genius sensor is sure to allow you to cook food more easily, as it will automatically adjust power and time by the type of food that you select is inside your microwave.
Therefore, you can save time while cooking food, and know that your food won’t get overheated.
The inverter technology is also a powerful part of this microwave. The inverter ensures a steady stream of cooking power is applied to what you put into the microwave.
This means that all your food will be evenly prepared at any temperature setting.
This is a huge plus. How many times have you microwaved something only for the outside to be piping hot, and the middle to be ice cold? That happens frustratingly often for me. With the inverter, you can avoid that!
All these features are packed into a compact exterior, which is sleek enough to sit anywhere in your kitchen, as well as being a perfect size too: 14” x 23.9” x 19.4”.
This striking, well-designed microwave has a bold aesthetic sure to suit any kitchen, plus it comes in a number of different colors. It has a capacity of 0.9 cubic feet and runs at a power level of 800W.
This means that it has plenty of power to cook any food that you might choose to put into it. This microwave is ideal for small spaces, with external dimensions of 19” x 19.9” x11”.
It also has twelve pre-programmed cooking times, which means that it will be able to easily cook any of your food, with minimal effort on your part.
This model also has a bright LED display, which means that usability will be very easy, from bright sunlight to the dark of nighttime.
This is a comprehensive solution for a compact space, offering five different power levels within its 800W power level. This means that it is perfect for anything from reheating leftovers to cooking food.
Here we are again, recommending Toshiba on this list. The truth of the matter is that they’re an impressive company that makes great consumer electronics!
This 1.5 Cu. ft, 1000W microwave has a wide variety of different functions which make it a very comprehensive solution for cooking and reheating food.
This microwave has the now-expected feature set which includes a pre-programmed sensor menu that will cook a wide range of food, as well as automatically adjust the time and temperature based on readings that an internal sensor takes.
It also has an impressive one-touch popcorn button, which will allow you to cook popcorn almost effortlessly, saving time on movie night, perhaps with your grandchildren.
This appliance also has a powerful warm-hold function, which is sure to keep your food hot long after you’ve cooked it. This can be handy if you want to cook your food while your favourite show is on TV, but don’t want to miss a thing: you can get up and get cooking during the commercials, and then come back in the sure knowledge that your food will be cooked and kept warm by the microwave.
This appliance also functions as an impressive convection oven! It has auto-bake and auto-roast functions, which mean that if you find yourself in need of a helping hand when preparing a roast dinner, the microwave will be able to step in and take some of the strain that your oven might not be big enough to handle.
This appliance is very impressive, and has a fairly compact size: 21.8” x 13” x 21.5”. It’s sure to fit anywhere in your kitchen, and with the impressive feature set, it would definitely be a good choice!
Commercial Chef CHM770B
To round out our list, this 0.7 cubic feet, 700W microwave has a simple, sleek, space-saving design that would make a great modest addition to any kitchen.
This is a basic option, but it still offers some handy features for the relatively small price tag and size. It is a small, space-saving option, at 17.75” x 13.13” x 10.25”.
There are six convenient quick cook settings, which allow you to cook all your favourites with great ease and minimal effort.
This microwave also has an impressive feature of defrost-by-weight. All you need to do before you defrost a piece of food is to weigh it. Then, using that information, your microwave will be able to automatically select the ideal time and temperature to defrost your food.