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Buying a Microwave

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The microwave is one of the most commonly used appliances in the kitchen because of its versatility. Whether you're reheating leftovers or warming a cup of water for your morning tea, there's no easier method. You can extend its usage by preparing extensive recipes, such as poached fish fillets and pineapple upside-down cake. Before you choose one for the kitchen, here some different types of microwaves and features that fit your cooking style.


Types of Microwaves

Countertop Microwaves

Countertop microwaves sit on the counter and draw power from a standard wall outlet.

  • Can be used immediately - Countertop models are by far the easiest type to install. There's no need to break out the tool box. Just find some counter space and plug it in.
  • Portable option - Countertop microwaves are portable can easily go from home to home for those who anticipate frequent moves in the future.

 

 

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Over-the-Range Microwaves

Over-the-range microwaves install above your range or cooktop, and some models double as range hoods too.

  • Ideal for small kitchens - If you have limited counter space area, an over-the-range microwave saves space by combining the functions of a range hood and microwave into one appliance.
  • Fits with limited cabinet or drawer space - Unlike countertop models. these options don't take up any storage space in your kitchen
  • Built-in range hoods - Many over-the-range microwaves have a ventilation system that will automatically switch on when it detects steam and fumes coming from the stovetop. Powerful vent fans also make stovetop cooking more pleasant by venting fumes and steam away from the cook.

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Microwave Drawers

Microwave drawers sit in your cabinet space at waist level and pull out like any other drawer. 

  • Oven-style cooking - Many microwave drawers are equipped with conventional oven features like broiling capability and convection cooking, so they can function as a faster version of your regular oven.
  • Easy for accomodating space - If you're designing a dream kitchen from scratch, you can easily plan for drawer and cabinet space to accommodate a microwave drawer.

 


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Built-in Microwaves

Built-in microwaves can be installed in almost any available wall space in your cooking area.

  • Fits into unused cabinet room or wall space - If you have a kitchen short on counter space can take advantage of unused cabinet space by installing a built-in microwave instead.
  • Look seamless wall ovens - The space just above a wall oven is a visually attractive place to install a built-in microwave. This arrangement is also handy for preparing multi-course meals.
 
 
 
 
 
 

Microwave Features

Cooking Options

  • Convection - Convection microwaves use an interior fan to evenly circulate hot air over the food, resulting in toasty breads and browned meats, which is not possible with conventional microwaves
  • Microwave turntables - Turntables are common features in new microwaves. These rotate your food and evenly to expose every surface to the heat.
  • Removable racks - Removable cooking racks also help to evenly brown foods. Cooking food on an elevated rack exposes both the top and bottom to more even heat.
  • Inverter technology - Inverter technology cooks food at the exact power level you select, as opposed to older microwaves which use short bursts of 100% power when you select lower power levels.

Microwave Conveniences

  • Task buttons - These allow you to input common functions, such as making popcorn or reheating pizza, at the touch of a button.
  • Sensor reheat - Senor reheat detects the temperature of the steam produced from food and automatically adjusts cook time and temperature on the fly.
  • Auto defrost - This defrosting function saves you the trouble of entering power levels and defrost times. Auto defrost calculates those inputs based on the food's weight.
  • Non-stick interior - Some models have non-stick linings, which make wiping off sauce splatters and stains easy.
  • Safety features - The latest microwaves include alarms that sound when your microwave door is left open and child safety locks to keep kids from using the microwave
  • Sones ratings - This refer to the amount of noise produced by a microwave's cooking cycle and newer microwave models are available with near-silent operation.

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Aesthetic Features

  • Finishes - Modern microwaves are available in a variety of finishes, ranging from stainless steel to matte black and white, making it easy to match your other kitchen appliances.
  • Built-in options - Custom-installed or over-the-range microwaves blend seamlessly into your kitchen.

 

Aesthetic features

  • Modern microwaves are available in a variety of finishes, ranging from stainless steel to matte black, making it easy to match your other kitchen appliances
  • Custom-installed or over-the-range microwaves blend seamlessly into your kitchen

 

Aesthetic features

  • Modern microwaves are available in a variety of finishes, ranging from stainless steel to matte black, making it easy to match your other kitchen appliances
  • Custom-installed or over-the-range microwaves blend seamlessly into your kitchen