If you only really need a microwave to reheat food and drinks, maybe a mini microwave will be enough for you. For some people, the best mini microwaves on the market right now are those that take up the least space. For others, the most powerful small microwave is the one to buy. Whatever your reason, most households need a microwave.
Best Mini Microwaves and Portable Microwaves
They're limited if you're cooking for the family, but they're such a practical appliance. That said, you should make sure your counter space doesn't become home to too many appliances. Cutting down the size of your microwave is one of the best ways to do this.
Black & Decker EM720CB7
Let's just start with the best overall because we don't know what exactly you're looking for. The Black & Decker EM720CB7 offers a professional-looking design that'll be at home in most kitchens. At 0.7 cubic feet, it's a good size, and its 700 Watts power output is plenty for most tasks. You get ten power levels to choose from, but the push-button controls make the machine a lot less user-friendly than the other microwaves on our list. And the one-year warranty is also what buyers expect from a modern appliance.
Commercial Chef CHM660B
The smallest microwave on our list has 0.6 cubic feet of space. It costs less than $100, and it is very easy to use. The rotary controls on this portable microwave are a bit data, but they're fine for seniors or anyone else whose eyesight isn't clear enough for digital controls. If you have a very small space to fit your microwave, the Commercial Chef CHM660B is the one to purchase. If you want high build quality and modern features, go for the next one on our list.
Do you want a mini microwave that compliments your fridge or dishwasher? If so, the Kenmore 70713 is the one to buy if your other appliances are stainless steel. There's a small premium of around $10 more than the other appliances listed here, but this machine is made by a great brand, and its design is second to none. As with most of the microwaves we've looked at, it's 0.7 cubic feet inside. You get six programmable modes and ten power settings. The push keypad makes the microwave look a little like a portable safe, but it's easy to operate.
If your décor's white, the COMFEE EM720CPL-PM is the recommendation for you. It's also the lowest-priced appliance we've looked at, but that doesn't mean it compromises on quality. This is a standard 0.7 cubic-foot model with 11 power settings. It's definitely in the running for best all-rounder, but its touchpad controls and one-year warranty count against it.
This one might not fit that tiny space you have, but if you have some room to spare, we think this larger mini microwave is one of the best out there right now. It's an inch and a half wider than most and two inches deeper to allow for a 0.9 cubic feet interior space. If you have the space, this is the best microwave on the market right now. You can cook whole meals in it, but you'll pay more to buy it, and it's only covered by a one-year warranty.
We've deliberately pulled this one from the main list as it's so small most people won't get much use out of it, but the Whirlpool Countertop Microwave is ideal for dorms or tiny breakout areas. With just 0.5 cubic inches inside, you won't get much in there, but it will work well for warming drinks or other basic tasks like heating your dinner. This truly is a portable microwave. One of the downsides is the price. You'll need $250 to fit this in your kitchen space, but there's nothing else out there the same size, and it comes with the power of a full-sized microwave.
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