Microwave Oven Buying Guide
Microwave Oven Buying Guide
The Best Microwave Oven for Your Kitchen

Whether you love to cook, rush to pull dinner together, or live on reheated coffee and frozen pizza, a microwave has become a kitchen essential. Defrosting and reheating are common uses, but some of our tested microwaves don’t do either very well.

At Consumer Reports we buy every microwave we test. Our Ratings include midsized and large countertop microwaves, over-the-range microwaves, and a few built-in models that sleekly integrate into their surroundings.

Our tests found big differences in overall performance. To test heating we warm up mashed potatoes, and we use frozen ground beef to test defrosting. We also test speed of heating, noise, and ease of use. We measure usable capacity too—manufacturers often include space you can’t use. And we test how well the over-the-range models vent.

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