Top 10 Kenmore Microwave Countertops
for December 2022

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Our microwave experts researched popular brands and ranked the top 7 for in-depth lab testing. We tested each microwave for ease of use, ease of cleaning, and capacity, as well as ranking their durability. Our engineers also tested ovens for heating power, interior lighting, and turntable diameter. We assembled each microwave and oven and cooked a variety of meals, depending on their size. We assessed both ovens on their cooking performance, ease of use and cleaning, capacity, and usability. Our comprehensive review will help you narrow down your options to find the perfect microwave and oven.

As stubborn messes go, microwaves are often at the top of the list. From frozen peas and corn to lasagna and baked potatoes, there are few foods that a countertop microwave can't heat up. In fact, there are microwaves on the market that are capable of cooking 10 pounds of frozen food in as little as 5 minutes. If you bake, roast, or simmer similar fare frequently, a countertop microwave can save you money and time. Making your weekend meal prep a snap, a microwave can also save trips to the sink.

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Kenmore 70929 0.9 cu. ft Small Compact 900 Watts 10 Power Settings, 12 Heating Presets, Removable Turntable, ADA Compliant Countertop Microwave, Black

Kenmore 70929 0.9 cu. ft Small 900 Compact Watts 10 Power Settings

by Kenmore

LED DIGITAL DISPLAY: Easy to read touchpad display panel is illuminated with LED lighting. Features clock and timer functions

Countertop microwaves are best for small kitchens or apartments. The Kenmore 70929 is an affordable countertop microwave that packs a lot of features into its compact package. It has 10 power settings at 900 watts and an add 30 seconds button option, so you can get just the right amount of heat for frozen foods. It also has safety lock to keep kids safe, and a removable glass turntable to make sure your foods are cooked evenly. The Kenmore 70929's interior measures 0.9 cubic feet and is compact enough to fit in most kitchens. It has 12 heating presets and 10 power settings, all of which are controlled by a rotary dial. The Kenmore 70929 has several convenient features, such as 30 seconds and 1 minute express cooking settings. It also has 3 auto cook programs, which include pizza, potatoes, popcorn, frozen vegetables, beverages, and dinner plates. The Kenmore 70929 has a 1-year limited warranty, and is Energy Star rated.

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Kenmore 70729 0.7 cu. ft Compact 700 Watts 10 Power Settings, 6 Heating Presets, Removable Turntable, ADA Compliant Small Countertop Microwave, Black

Kenmore 70729 0.7 cu. ft 700 Compact Watts 10 Power Settings

by Kenmore

LED DIGITAL DISPLAY Easy to read touch pad display panel is illuminated with LED lighting and features a clock function

The Kenmore 70729 0.7 cu. ft compact countertop microwave oven is best suited to small kitchens, dorm rooms, and small apartments, and it's a good choice for college students. It's a big value for the money: It comes with an impressive 20-year warranty, and it's a reasonably priced microwave with plenty of power. The turntable is removable, so it's easier for users to remove food from the microwave. The controls are easy to use, and it's a breeze to adjust the temperature with the buttons on the control panel. The oven is one tall unit, so it's a bit difficult to maneuver, but it's compact enough that it fits on most countertops. The unit comes with two baskets, a tray, and a glass lid, and all three are dishwasher safe. The microwave is Energy Star rated, and it's certified as ADA compliant. The unit is bland and could be more stylish, but it's reasonably easy to clean.

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Panasonic Microwave Oven NN-SN966S Stainless Steel Countertop/Built-In with Inverter Technology and Genius Sensor, 2.2 Cubic Foot, 1250W

Panasonic Microwave Oven NN-SN966S Stainless Steel with Countertop/Built-In Inverter Technology and Genius Sensor

by Panasonic

Large Family Size: This countertop microwave with 16.5 inch turntable is thinner, lighter and more efficient, allowing you to devote less space to electronics and more to interior capacity; Internal dimensions (H x W x D): 10.94 inch x 18.44 inch x 18.50 inch. Outside dimension HxWxD (Inches) 14 x 23.9 x 19.4

The Panasonic Inverter Microwave has a powerful motor, which makes it possible for it to defrost frozen food in just 8 minutes. It also has an excellent LCD display that makes it easy to program and cook. The microwave's 2.2 cubic foot capacity is big enough to cook for two people, and the door opens wide so you can fit large dishes inside. The microwave's stainless steel exterior looks great in any kitchen, and it comes with a variety of optional trim kits, so it's easy to match it to the rest of the kitchen. The microwave's 1250W of power gives it plenty of cooking power, and the inverter technology ensures an even cook. The microwave's Genius Sensor automatically adjusts the power and cooking time for different foods, and it also has 14 preprogrammed menu items.

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Frigidaire 2.2 Cu. Ft. Countertop Microwave in Stainless Steel

Frigidaire 2.2 Cu. Ft. Microwave Countertop in Stainless Steel

by Almo Kitchen

Effortless Defrost makes it easy to defrost almost anything, quickly and evenly

The Frigidaire 2.2 cu. ft. Countertop Microwave in Stainless Steel is an all-around solid performer, with fast heating and a variety of handy features. The 2800 watts of power provide enough cooking power to tackle most dishes, and the interior light makes it easier to see the contents of the microwave. The microwave is spacious, with an interior capacity of 22 cu. ft., so it's large enough to fit large items like a leftover turkey or several bags of popcorn. The included turntable is large and glass, so it's easy to load and unload dishes. The microwave's 4.3-inch-wide turntable is wider than most other 2.2-cu.-ft. countertop microwaves, and it's narrow enough to fit most standard-sized dinner plates. The microwave's interior is also spacious, with plenty of room to slide in larger dishes like pizza and lasagna. The microwave has 2.2 cu. ft. of interior capacity, and the sensor automatically adjusts power levels to cook a variety of items with a minimum of effort. The microwave's Easy-Set Start feature starts cooking with just the touch of a button, and One-Touch Keep Warm setting keeps food warm until everything, and everyone, is ready. The microwave is easy to clean, with a dishwasher-safe removable glass turntable, a glass wave guide cover, and a pan-and-lid holder that snaps into place over the turntable. The microwave is quiet, too, thanks to its 1-8 dB noise-reduction technology. The Frigidaire 2.2 cu. ft. Countertop Microwave in Stainless Steel is well-suited for light-duty cooking, and it's a good choice for a countertop microwave first-time buyers.

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Toshiba EC042A5C-BS Countertop Microwave Oven with Convection, Smart Sensor, Sound On/Off Function and LCD Display, 1.5 CU.FT, Black Stainless Steel

Toshiba EC042A5C-BS Countertop Oven Microwave with Convection

by Toshiba

Pre-programmed sensor menu for optimum result of popular foods like frozen pizza, vegetables and more. 120V~ 60Hz

The Toshiba 1.5 cubic-foot microwave oven is probably the most compact countertop microwave we tested, and it's a great choice if you prefer a compact microwave over a traditional full-size model. Like the Toastmaster, the Toshiba has 2 power levels, and the microwave has 5 power levels. The microwave's power levels are indicated by the color of the LED display: green is 1, blue is 2, purple is 3, red is 4, and white is 5. The Toshiba's microwave menus are easy to use, and the microprocessor controls work well. The microwave has 6 preset menu items, including 1-touch popcorn, pizza, vegetable, frozen, and meat. The microwave's warm-hold function retains the food's temperature for 5 minutes, and it has a 10-minute keep-warm function. The microwave has 2 additional settings: sensor cooking and turbo cooking. Sensor cooking detects when the food is ready, and turbo cooking rapidly cooks food (especially frozen food). The microwave's auto bake, defrost, and auto roast functions are helpful, but the auto bake feature isn't as accurate as we'd like. The microwave has 2 buttons that cycle through the 6 preset menu items. The microwave's auto cook timer is for 30 minutes, and the timer can't be set for more than 2 hours. The microwave's interior is easy to clean, and it has a 1.7 cu. ft. capacity. The Toshiba's 1.5 cu. ft. cavity is slightly larger than the Toastmaster's 1.4 cu. ft. cavity, but the Toshiba's 5 power levels and the Toshiba's 2 additional settings are stronger selling points. The Toshiba has 4 different sound settings: soft, medium, loud, and off. The Toshiba's 1.5 cu. ft. capacity is slightly larger than the Toastmaster's 1.4 cu. ft. capacity, and the Toshiba's 2 additional settings are stronger selling points. The Toshiba has 2 power levels, and the Toastmaster has 3 power levels. The Toshiba's microwave has 6 preset menu items, and the Toastmaster's microwave has 7 preset menu items.

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Panasonic Microwave Oven NN-SN766S Stainless Steel Countertop/Built-In with Inverter Technology and Genius Sensor, 1.6 Cubic Foot, 1250W

Panasonic Microwave Oven NN-SN766S Stainless Steel with Countertop/Built-In Inverter Technology and Genius Sensor

by Panasonic

Compact Design: This countertop microwave with 15 inch turntable is thinner, lighter and more efficient, allowing you to devote less space to electronics and more to interior capacity; Dimensions: Interior HxWxD :9 x 16.4375 x 18.5 inches, Dimensions-12 D x 19.1 W x 21.8 H inches

This Panasonic microwave is large and quite loud, but it has plenty of power, offers lots of cooking options, and is easy to operate. The 1250-watt Inverter Turbo Defrost feature works as advertised, and it comes with 14 pre-programmed menu items, including hearty hot pot meals, hearty pasta dishes, and hearty potato dishes, as well as several pizza options, such as pepperoni, sausage, and mushrooms. The microwave also has two defrost settings, as well as four cooking settings, including Cooking, Cooking with Defrost, Cooking with Turbo Defrost, and Defrost. The Panasonic NN-SN766S also comes with a child safety lock, so it's safe for families with kids. The microwave's large control panel is user-friendly, and it has backlit buttons. The microwave's inverter technology generates a seamless stream of power, so food is cooked evenly without overcooking. The Panasonic NN-SN766S also comes equipped with an inverter turbo defrost function, so food will be defrosted quickly. This microwave is also equipped with a keep warm function, so food will be kept warm until it's ready to serve. The Panasonic NN-SN766S comes with a 1-year limited warranty.

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This Frigidaire countertop microwave has all of the features you'd want in a microwave, including 10 power levels, 11 pre-programmed settings, a quick cook option, and sensor cooking. The sensor cooking feature allows the user to set a specific cooking time and, if the food is ready, it will sound an alarm. It has a 1.6 cubic foot capacity, so it's large enough for leftovers, but not so large that it doesn't fit on a countertop. It comes with 8-point touch controls, so it's simple to change the settings without having to use a remote. The controls are backlit, so they're easy to see, even in dark kitchens. The countertop design is also attractive, with white casing and chrome accents. The controls are located on the front panel, so they don't get blocked when the door is closed. The microwave has 11 pre-programmed settings, including popcorn, frozen pizza, and baked potato, so it's easy to prepare common foods. There is also a custom setting, so you can program the microwave to cook food to your specifications. The microwave has a 1,100-watt power output, which is sufficient for most foods, and it has a 1.6 cubic foot capacity, which is sufficient for leftovers, but not so large that it doesn't fit on a countertop. The microwave has a 10-year warranty.

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Farberware 1.1 Cu. Ft. Stainless Steel Countertop Microwave Oven with 6 Cooking Programs, LED Lighting, 1000 Watts

Farberware 1.1 Cu. Ft. Stainless Steel Microwave Countertop Oven with 6 Cooking Programs

by Farberware

Glass turntable: large 12.5-Inch glass turntable allows for even cooking and is removable for easy clean up

This countertop microwave from Farberware is an affordable option with plenty of features. It has a big 1.1-cu.-ft. capacity, which is big enough for most families, and it has a 10-level power setting knob, so you can dial in the perfect amount of power, depending on your cooking needs. The 1000-watt oven has six cooking programs, including two auto defrost settings, which allow you to defrost frozen food by time or weight, so you can enjoy more flavorful foods. The dial-in cooking control makes it easy to set the precise cooking time and temperature. It also has 10 power levels, so you can dial in as much power as needed. The stainless steel interior is easy to clean, and the stainless steel exterior is attractive and durable. The microwave's defrost function seems slower than our previous pick, and it lacks a defrost setting, so you can't manually freeze food before cooking it. This microwave also has limited interior storage space, so you'll need to keep the door open while cooking.

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GE Countertop Microwave Oven | 0.9 Cubic Feet Capacity, 900 Watts | Kitchen Essentials for the Countertop or Dorm Room | Stainless Steel

GE Countertop Microwave Oven

by GE Appliances

Convenience cooking controls - Operating made quick and easy

The GE Countertop Microwave Oven has an attractive design, and it matches many GE appliances. The controls are simple, and there's plenty of space to make adjustments. The microwave has a good range of power, and it had the fastest defrost time of any microwave we tested. The oven was easy to clean, and it has a programmable timer and a delay function, so you can cook foods according to your schedule. The stainless steel finish looks sleek and modern, and it received positive reviews from customers on Amazon. The microwave's turntable spins slowly, and some people didn't like that, but most people didn't notice. The microwave oven also has a narrow door opening, so it's challenging to open the door with thick pots, and it's not always easy to fit a large casserole dish in the oven. The microwave's capacity is 0.9 cubic feet, which is less than the 1.4 cubic feet of most countertop microwaves. Some people prefer larger capacity microwaves, but if your space is limited, this microwave is a good choice.

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GE Countertop Microwave Oven | Includes Optional Hanging Kit | 0.7 Cubic Feet Capacity, 700 Watts | Kitchen Essentials for the Countertop | Stainless Steel

GE Countertop Microwave Oven

by GE Appliances

Overall Width:17 1/4 inches

The GE Countertop Microwave Oven is our second pick for a budget countertop microwave, and it's very similar in quality to the models we reviewed last month. It has 700 watts of power, which is plenty for most countertop applications, and it offers plenty of cooking flexibility with 10 power levels, 6 cooking options, and 3 delay-start options. It also has two preprogrammed settings, a defrost setting, and a quick-cook setting, which are great for when you're cooking food that needs to be ready quickly. The microwave heats food very quickly, and it's simple to operate. In our tests, the microwave took between 1.6 and 2.3 minutes to heat up a 1-cup dry meal, and we found the cooking to be even and consistent.

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