Go beyond defrosting, reheating, and popping popcorn! The heat is on as microwave ovens now feature smart technology, convection, and faster speeds.

View our ratings and reviews and browse our buying guide to find the best microwave oven for your kitchen.

Microwave oven Ratings

Countertop Microwave Ovens

Countertop Microwave Ovens (88)

Over-the-Range Microwave Ovens

Over-the-Range Microwave Ovens (66)

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Microwave ovens Buying Guide

Our microwave oven tests found big differences in overall performance among models. To test heating we warm up mashed potatoes, and we use frozen ground beef to test defrosting. We also test speed of heating, noise, and ease of use. We measure usable capacity, too. (Manufacturers often include space you can't use.) Plus we test how well the over-the-range models vent.