What You Need to Know About Buying a Microwave

There are a variety of brands of microwaves out there with a variety of functions, so how do you know which one is the best fit for you? This guide was written with consumers in mind to serve as a resource for helping you make a more informed decision that aligns with your budget and kitchen space.

Here are some of the things to consider when purchasing a new microwave.


Consider the type of microwave that will best fit your needs in the kitchen without taking up too much space, or being in an inconvenient location.

The most common types of microwaves are installed either under an upper cabinet, on top of a counter-top, or above the oven. These can range in size from small to luxury size, of course depending on price and brand.

Depending on how well you want to be able to view your food (whether it’s eye level or on a lower counter space), how much ventilation you desire, and how much/how fast you want to cook all factor into the type of microwave that will best suit you.

Most Common Use

People have different uses for microwaves depending on their family size and how much they cook, but knowing which type will work best for which activities will help you more in the long run.

Most brands of microwaves have the same features such as defrost and quick reheating however, some have improved to make their model faster with a lesser cook time.


Speaking of microwave cook times, most use 700-1200 watts to get the job done, with many brands now manufacturing those that can cook using up to 1800 watts.

Of course the smaller the wattage the longer it can take to reheat, cook, and defrost, so if you need something fast, consider a microwave with a higher output.


Microwaves can greatly range in price from $30 to $1,700, varying upon their features, wattage, brand, and performance.

Some features that come with the majority of modern day microwaves include digital display, multiple power levels,  digital display, timed defrost, auto cook, and electronic touch pad controls. Higher priced microwaves may come with more options and alternatives, but whether or not the extras are worth it is up to you.

Hopefully but this point you have a better idea about the type of microwave that you want to purchase.

Keep in mind that choosing microwaves that fit under a counter or range hood will require some adjustments with a trim kit for the edges. This doesn’t happen in every case, but most of the time the kit is needed. So before you make your final decision, consider whether or not there will be extra costs associated.