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9 Microwaves That Will Make It Easier Than Ever to Cook Dinner

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There are two types of people in quarantine: The home chefs, who are genuinely relishing in the opportunity to whip out all their best cookware and try out all those new recipes they’ve been saving up, and the culinary challenged, who are less than thrilled (to put it mildly) to be making their own meals in lieu of restaurant fare. Whether you need a break from all that cooking or are simply in need of an upgrade to your kitchen space, picking up a great microwave will go a long way toward helping you prepare your food.

Types of Microwaves

Microwaves are not one size fits all — far from. To help you figure out which appliance will work best with your kitchen setup, we’ve outlined a few of the most common types below.

  • Countertop Microwave: A countertop microwave is exactly what it sounds like: a portable, standalone machine that’s designed to fit on your countertop or kitchen island. Generally the most inexpensive of the lot, these microwaves are also typically compact (between .5 to 2+ cubic feet), allowing you to save on precious counter space.
  • Over-the-Range Microwaves: These machines differ from their countertop counterparts not only in their placement (they install above your range stove or cooktop), but in their functionality. In addition to heating your food, they also serve to rid your home of steam, smoke, and odors with their built-in ventilation.
  • Convention Microwave: Another type of microwave with dual functionality is the convection oven. With an extra heating element and a circulating fan to evenly distribute heat, these machines have the added ability of baking or roasting your food to perfection.
  • Smart Microwave: These modern devices connect to your home network via WiFi to allow for voice control, routine tracking, food alerts, and more.

The Best Microwaves

In our hunt for the best microwaves, we found a slew of stellar options in each of the above categories, plus a few others with additional specs. Need a larger-than-average model ($854.10)? We’ve got you covered. Looking for something with a unique aesthetic ($77.29)? We found that, too. Keep reading for FIRST for Women’s picks for the best microwaves on the market.  

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