built-in microwave isn’t in your future, a countertop model will do the trick (especially when paired with strategies for hiding the microwave). Most of them heat food and function as expected. Few of them are attractive. In the middle of the Venn diagram of attractive and functional, we’ve found 10 we like, use, or have spotted in other’s kitchens.
Above: The Viking Professional Custom Series Countertop Microwave Oven has a two-cubic-foot capacity and is available in stainless (shown), white, and black for $729 at Plessers Appliances. The microwave can be coordinated with a trim kit for a built-in style; see our post 10 Easy Pieces: Built-In Microwaves. Above: The Samsung Countertop Microwave in Stainless Steel with Shiny Mirror is 1.4 cubic feet, scratch-resistant, and features a ceramic plate and grill for grilling or browning in addition to microwaving food; $229 at the Home Depot.
Above: Designed by Naoto Fukasawa, the Muji Microwave Oven is available in Japan but not yet in the US. See our post Appliances for Minimalists: The Muji Toaster Oven and More to learn about the line. Above: The GE Full-Size Microwave in Stainless Steel is 1.6 cubic feet and has sensor cooking controls; $139.99 at Best Buy. For more on the functionality of the GE model, see the review. Consumer Reports Above: The Avanti Countertop Microwave Oven is a small microwave with a 0.8 cubic foot capacity, 10 power levels, and a mirror finish door; $102.86 at AJ Madison. Above: The Wolf Countertop Microwave Oven is 1.5 cubic feet, has a convection fan, slow-cook mode, and multiple baking racks. Available at AJ Madison. Above: The Daewoo Retro Countertop Microwave is small (a 0.7-cubic-foot capacity) in Cream White; $99.99 at Lowe’s. Above: The Breville Quick Touch Microwave prompts you to enter the food type, quantity, and weight and its Sensor IQ technology detects the best cook time; $249.95 at Williams-Sonoma. For more on the functionality of the GE model, see the review. Consumer Reports Above: The Viking Professional Series Countertop Combi-Steam/Convect Oven has microwave, convection, steam, and steam convection capability; $2,079 at AJ Madison. Above: The Fisher & Paykel Countertop Microwave in Stainless Steel is two cubic feet and 1,200 watts; $499 at Lowe’s. Above: The Panasonic – 2.2 Cu. Ft. Full-Size SS MicrowavePanasonic Full-Size Countertop Microwave in Stainless Steel is the choice of Marco Pasanella and Rebecca Robertson in their Dumbo, Brooklyn, loft. It’s 2.2 cubic feet, 1,250 watts, and has inverter technology for consistent heat; $189.99 at Best Buy.
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