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Tuesday, November 29th
Sharp is a well-rounded brand among makers of microwave ovens. Fancy pull-out drawer styles? Check. Affordable mini-sized models? Check. Plenty of options under $500? Check. Customers give Sharp microwaves lots of points for being long-lasting - some of these appliances are 20 years old and still going strong. While it may not have the cachet of some rival brands, Sharp makes microwaves that look good, work very well, and won't break the bank.
Thermador bills itself as a luxury appliance brand, in business for over 100 years. Their selection of microwave ovens is limited to just five models, all priced over $1,000. These appliances have a two-year warranty, but we're not confident that you'd get a timely, appropriate response if yours breaks down - largely because Thermador is owned by Bosch, the lowest-rated brand we evaluated.
For most of us, it's hard to imagine a kitchen without a microwave. Who heats up water for cocoa on the stove or reheats an entire meal in the oven anymore? A novelty in most homes in the 1980s, these appliances have become so common that it takes you aback when you don't see one in the kitchen - or even at the office.
Microwave oven styles have come a long way from the bulky countertop appliances of the past. Yes, you can still get models like that - after all, a dorm room isn't going to have a place to install a microwave - but the majority of kitchens now include a ready-made space under the cabinets or over the range just for a microwave. Today's more modern homes may incorporate microwave ovens as built-ins that match the oven and the refrigerator with pull-down doors, or even as a pull-out drawer in a kitchen island.
While some people have held onto concerns that microwave ovens might be unsafe because of the way they cook food, those fears are unfounded. Manufacturers go to great lengths to make sure that the biggest risk of using a microwave oven is when people eat their food before it cools off a bit (we've all done that breathy-mouth-thing when we just couldn't wait for that delicious snack to be ready - and regretted it for days afterwards).
Not only have microwave designs expanded, but their capabilities have grown too. Convection for faster cooking, air fryer functions, and voice controls are just a few features that may "wow" you, especially if you're replacing a trusty old model that finally gave up the ghost after a decade or more of faithful food-cooking service in your home.
With so many options, where do you start? Walk yourself through this checklist as you figure out which microwave oven and brand are right for you:
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