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Tuesday, February 7th
Bosch is a German company whose goal is to "create technology that is invented for life" . We also like to say that "Bosch rhymes with "posh'" - and if you're looking for sleek, high-end appliances, chances are good that this is one of the brands on your list.
No countertop microwave ovens
You'll notice that first when you look at the microwave oven styles offered by Bosch: there are no dorm-friendly or space-hogging countertop options here. Instead, you'll find the more traditional over-the-range style and built-ins to match the rest of your kitchen appliances. Bosch also has some more novel choices, like drawer-style microwaves and speed ovens with convection-type cooking.
Higher series number = higher price and more features
When you shop for a Bosch appliance, the general rule of thumb is that the higher the series number, the greater the features (and the price tag). Taking a look at their over-the-range styles, their 300 series microwave is priced at $499 and the 800 series sells for $899. They both have a max power of 1000 watts and stainless steel exteriors. What are the differences? The 800 series has a stainless steel interior, while the 300 is just lacquered. You'll also see a size difference - 1.6 cu.ft. vs. 1.8 cu.ft. - and the auto-cook setting uses both a sensor and weight control on the 800 series. Only you can determine if paying an extra $400 is worth it for those slight variations.
Warranty info isn't very clear
Bosch doesn't necessarily make it easy to find out what the warranty is on their microwave ovens. No matter which model we selected, when we clicked on the Warranty link towards the bottom of the page, it just redirected us to the top. Given how many low ratings we found on Bosch microwaves, it would be important to know what's covered and what's not. Depending on the retailer where you buy your Bosch, that information may be provided more readily than what we experienced when shopping directly from the manufacturer.
Customers aren't happy with Bosch appliances
Among microwave oven brands, Bosch gets our lowest ranking. From what we see in customer feedback, you don't get your money's worth. As evidenced by the company's "D-" rating from the Better Business Bureau and the alert describing a pattern of complaints, Bosch doesn't do a great job in standing behind the appliances they sell: repairs are delayed or denied, even when covered under warranty. That might not be a problem if Bosch's microwave ovens were typically problem-free, but looking just at their highest-end models and seeing that more than half of them had customer ratings averaging less than three stars was a big red flag. For example, on the 800 Series Speed Oven 30" in Black Stainless Steel, we found comment after comment describing blown fuses, displays so dim as to render the appliance unusable, and broken springs in the door.
Choose a different brand for your microwave oven
While you might have luck with certain Bosch appliances (several people on our team love their Bosch dishwashers, for example), you're almost certain to be disappointed by a Bosch microwave oven. You'll pay a premium price for a subpar product, and you're not going to get a pleasant helping hand when you reach out to the company for repairs even during the warranty period (whatever that turns out to be). You'll definitely need to shop somewhere else if you're looking for a budget-friendly microwave oven, and we strongly recommend choosing a different manufacturer if you're shopping for a reliable high-end style too.
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:
TopConsumerReviews.com has evaluated and ranked the most popular brands of microwave ovens on the market today. We hope this information helps you choose the right model for your kitchen!
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