To most of us, buying a new household appliance is always a big deal. Even as adults we feel like we are growing up by making big choices. Appliance shopping is to women a lot like car shopping for men – yes, I am generalizing. But, for the most part – it’s true. We look for brand names, where to get them serviced, support, size, power, cost, and of course looks count too.
So, what makes a microwave the right fit? To make things easier for you, I’ve put together a list of Amazons’ top ten selling compact microwaves.
Things to Consider Before You Buy a Compact Microwave Oven
To start with when you look for a microwave there will be a list (even if it exists only in your mind) of what you need the microwave for or what all you want to be able to do with the microwave oven.
Are you looking for something just to reheat food in? Or will your microwave be a countertop stove and oven too? If you are just looking to just reheat (mostly a student’s microwave) you won’t need to have a powerful microwave that doubles as a convection oven, although that may still be a nice to have component.
Here are some features you will need to look at when making your decision.
- Size – will it fit where you want to put it?
- Power – typically it should have at least five power settings, 20% to 100%, with a heating temperature of 360° for heating food, and a rotating glass turntable to heat food evenly.
- The control panel needs to be easy to understand, it must show all the functions and have an easy to read display. When done, it should emit a beep to indicate it is done.
- The microwave oven should have a default menu for popular foods to make it more efficient and user-friendly. The idea is to simplify your life, not make it harder.
- If you have young children you should also look for a child lock function to prevent accidents.
- And finally, think about the décor, style, and atmosphere you want to create. Do you want warm and cozy, or do you want modern and professional?
We are living in a world where smaller is becoming better – for some things. We have smaller cars, cell phones, computers, etc. We are also living in smaller houses and smaller apartments, and to go with them we need smaller appliances that will do the job of all the fancy items we don’t have space for.
Perfect for single people, students, small families, and pensioners, the biggest thing to consider is the size of the meal of containers that you will use in your new compact microwave.
Amazon has a wide range of microwave ovens to choose from. They have all the popular brands and multifunctional compact microwave ovens to choose from.
Top 10 Best Compact Microwave Ovens
This by stylish microwave is made by COMFEE and is Amazon’s choice for the best small microwave. It comes with Amazon’s free technical support. If you don’t like the black, it is available in white too – but black is their more popular color and it’s hard not to see why. Its slick, black stainless steel gives it a sexy look that would be stylish in modern and retro kitchens.
It has a 0.7 cubic-foot capacity, has a 700-watts output with 11 power settings.
Its functions include a clock, kitchen timer, child safety lock, and easy auto-cook functions. Defrosting, reheating, and cooking everything from rice to vegetables to meat and pudding is as easy as pressing a button. It has a One Touch Express cooking function cooks for one to six minutes and has a + 30-second function.
It also has a silent mode which a lot of folk’s love – especially those with light sleeping babies, or roommates for that matter.
The digital display also has a clock function and can be used as a kitchen timer. And it shows how much time is remaining until your food is ready.
Environmentally friendly, the energy-saving eco mode minimizes the standby power by 50%.
This microwave has a 12.4-inch glass turntable with interior lighting and a bright, easy to read digital display and control panel. It comes with a one-year limited warranty, you will need to keep the packaging and contact COMFEE directly.
The size is perfect for in a flat, vacation home, camper van, dorm room or small kitchen. It is compact and stunning; I love the look of this microwave. It just screams sophistication. It takes up very little countertop space.
The only negative is, ironically, the size as it is too small for a larger dinner plate.
One of the best deals I have seen is the Kenmore 70923. Most compact microwaves have a 700-watt output and have a 0.7 cubic-foot capacity – 900-watts and 0.9 cubic feet.
It comes in stainless steel, black, and white. This microwave gives you more power and more capacity.
This is a beautiful microwave. It is sleek and stylish. The stainless-steel finish makes it very easy to clean.
It has ten power settings with twelve preset heating programs to take the guesswork out of cooking. This microwave has a + 30-second function, a lockout function, and a digital LED that displays a clock and timer.
Its versatility and ease of use make it a very popular microwave. Despite the extra power, it still uses very little counter space.
I love the look and the extra oomph!
Another Amazon COMFEE favorite is the AM720C2RA-A. It comes in a light cream, passionate red, and light green color for those who like a splash of color in their kitchen.
This neat compact also comes with energy-saving eco mode, child safety lock, and a sound on/off button.
It can cook, reheat or defrost at the perfect temperature.
It is a 700-watt output model with ten power settings to allow more flexibility to your cooking experience. It has a large LED digital display and easy to read control panel and an interior light. It also has the popular + 30-second function.
It is 17.3-inches (width) x 13-inches (depth) x 10.2-inches (height) on the outside and 12.05-inches (width) x 11.97-inches (depth) x 8.11-inches (height). It has a capacity of 0.7 cubic foot.
My absolute favorite feature of this compact microwave is that when the time is up the microwave stops cooking but the turntable continues to the exact position it was in when you put your food or drink in. This means no burning fingers by having to touch the cup/dish to get to the handle! And no more dragging a dishcloth through the hot food to get to the handles either!
It is a stylish, retro compact microwave oven that is very functional and practical.
It is super easy to use and comes with all the value-added you will need. The controls are easy to figure out with bright display, timer, and a built-in clock; it will fit all your needs for a compact microwave oven. It is an ideal size for apartments, offices, dorms, and vacation homes. You will get more than your money’s worth from this compact microwave.
It has a one-year limited warranty through COMFEE. You will need to keep the packaging and contact COMFEE directly.
It does not take up much countertop space; but once again, the only downside is the size of the bowl that will fit into the microwave.
This stylish compact microwave is great for studios, dorms, offices, and small apartments. It comes in white, gold, black, green, and red. It is very user-friendly and will provide good service.
It has five heat settings and the revolving turntable will ensure a good distribution of heat. Cooking your meal evenly. The LED is very clear and displays the time remaining and beeps three times when the cycle you selected is complete.
It has a built-in default menu for preparing popular foods like pizza, popcorn, and potatoes. Just select the function and weight and press Start.
It does have a child lock function that can be set up easily.
It will be a great addition to your office. Your staff will love it because they can bring healthy leftovers from home and eat a good meal rather than running for take-out food.
It has a capacity of 0.7 cubic feet and its output power is 700-watts.
I love this green! It is so retro it takes me back to my very first microwave 100 years ago.
It comes in pastel green, passionate red, and cream. It is great for dorms, offices, or any small kitchen space. It pulls the spotlight on itself.
It has nine preset programs for defrosting, cooking, and reheating your food. It is great for keeping food warm and tasty. Choosing the correct heat will help not dry out your food when you cook or reheat it.
It is very easy to operate. Even for pensioners who just couldn’t be bothered with new technology. All you need to do it select the time and set the power level and you’re good to go. When it is done, a bell will sound.
Heat is evenly distributed through your food by the rotating turntable. Your food is cooked quickly, evenly, and efficiently.
This compact microwave has a 0.7 cubic-foot capacity, with an output power of 700-watts. And it is eco-friendly.
Users love the simplicity and user-friendliness. It takes up very little counter space and is eye-catching with its retro style.
This is a very modern, flashy compact microwave. I think it is probably a popular unit for the bachelor/bachelorette crowds. It is trendy and stylish and will be a perfect fit in a small apartment, dorm room, or townhouse.
This unit comes in black, gold, green, white, and red.
It is super user-friendly with five power levels letting you adjust to suit your own needs. The rotating turntable allows food to cook evenly on all sides. The control buttons are easy to operate. The LED display displays cooking time remaining and the microwave gives off three beeps when it is finished.
It has a built-in default cooking menu for preparing popular foods and it has a child lock function to keep the little ones safe.
It has a capacity of 0.9 cubic-foot with 900-watt output. The diameter of the turntable is 9.5 inches. This means, of course, it can hold bigger plates or bowls (not giant-sized, but bigger).
Users love the look, functionality, and simplicity.
This stylish microwave has a 700-watt capacity, 0.7 Cubic-foot, 10 power settings, and six heating presets to make things easy. And it barely uses any space.
It comes in white, stainless steel, and black. The settings are very intuitive and easy to use. It is great for the office, dorm room, apartment, and retirement/holiday home.
It has ten power settings with six preset programs to choose from. The preset programs take the guesswork out of cooking and heating. It cooks everything from popcorn to noodles to steak, even to cake, perfectly every time. The revolving turntable ensure food is perfectly cooked through evenly. It also has a child lock function.
Its quick defrost function lives up to its title. It defrosts evenly all round without trying to cook the meat at the same time, let’s just face it, that is just YUK.
The LED is clear and easy to understand and has a clock function as well.
This hot number is very modern looking and just oozes sophistication.
It as a 0.7 cubic-foot capacity with 700-watt output, it has a very elegant design. It is perfect for a more modern looking kitchen and upmarket offices.
Employees will love you for this office addition. They can save on the cost of getting take out and enjoy a tasty hot lunch. I love making hot soup at work in winter but hate cup-of-soup powder mixes. Now I make my soup at home and just bring a tub to work to heat for lunch.
Its ten power settings make it very easy to use. It has a + 30-second function making reheating easy, and a child lock function. It has six preset menus for popular foods.
I love this microwave’s classy looks. Its looks and functionality collide into the perfect, stylish compact microwave.
Oh-so-cute! This is a lovely, fun dorm room microwave. It makes me want to go back to school to ‘cute-up’ my dorm room.
This Daewoo compact microwave is a 700-watt, 0.7 cubic-foot, youthful, vibrant but very functional machine. It also comes in cream, city blue, mint, and red.
Daewoo also offers decent follow-up/helpdesk services.
Daewoo has a unique cooking system called the Concave Reflex System. This uses concave reflectors and dual waves to cook food quicker and more evenly. This is such a high-quality feature that does exactly what it says it will do.
Its recessed turntable has more space around it than most other microwaves and runs in a recess so it is less likely to be knocked off its runner. There are a lot of complaints on the internet about turntables being inadvertently knock off the rail, grinding to a halt and messing food everywhere.
It has five power levels and has five autocook menus. One point though, if you are making box popcorn it will have to be folded in a specific way (see package instructions).
Daewoo has an eco-saver called Zero On which automatically puts the microwave to sleep when idle saving you on energy consumption.
The Black and Decker digital microwave oven is a very posh, professional-looking compact microwave.
Black and Decker is a very well-known brand globally. They are known for the quality of their products and the quality of their customer support center.
It is a stronger microwave with an output of 900-watts and a 0.9 cubic-foot capacity.
It has six preprogrammed buttons for popular foods, you need only add weight. It is very versatile and very easy to use.
It has a very spacious interior with a removable glass turntable for easy cleaning. It produces consistently good quality for defrosting, cooking, and reheating. Pre-programmed buttons for popcorn, potato, pizza, frozen vegetable, beverage and dinner plate.
From pizza to popcorn at the press of a button, you will enjoy making food faster and tastier.
Its large LED digital display is very easy to read with a clock, timer, + 30-second function, and child safety lock.
Does this have a turntable?
Yes, the turntable it essential for cooking your food evenly on all sides.
Can I use this in the back of my truck?
Unless your truck comes with a power output plug, the answer is no. It is an electrical appliance so it does need power.
Can this microwave be put on a wall?
Yes, if you are putting up a shelf for it to sit on. But it cannot be mounted to a wall on its own.
How do I know when my food is cooked?
When the microwave has completed its programmed cycle, it will beep to indicate your food is ready.
Does the smaller size mean you won’t get the same quality?
Absolutely not! A compact microwave just means it will take up less space. You will still have the same functionality and quality as a large microwave.
When using the mute function, does it stay muted until you unmute, or does it reset itself back to normal sound automatically after it finishes?
It will stay mutes until you switch the mute back on.
Can I store things on top of my microwave?
Yes, but make sure you are not blocking the ventilation, don’t put too much weight on it, and avoid putting flammable materials on top.
Exactly what they mean by “eco”?
Eco simply means that the developers and manufacturers took into account the carbon footprint and built a microwave that works quicker and has the least negative effect on the environment.
There are so many compact microwaves on the market to choose from. Always do your homework before you buy.
Check for brand availability, i.e. can you get spare parts?
Check reviews, most online stores have a reviews section after the item is explained. Make sure you are buying a brand that has a good customer service center.
Take people’s comments to heart. There is a saying that goes: a wise man learns from another man’s mistakes; a foolish man learns from his own mistakes.
You can save yourself a lot of frustration by reading ALL the comments. In between the good, there is always some bad.
Enjoy your new microwave. I hope this top ten compact microwaves review will help you in your decision-making process.