AmazonCommercial Microwave Oven
Variety of settings: choose from 5 power levels and 10 preset cook times; set the cook time up to 60 minutes
AmazonCommercial Microwave Oven with Membrane Control, Stainless Steel, 1800-Watts, 0.6 Cubic Feet
Need more Jetsons in your life? The AmazonBasics Microwave comes with voice control — well, sort of: Press the Alexa button on the microwave, and a nearby Amazon Alexa device (such as an Echo Dot) hears your instructions. That means you have to have an Alexa device in your kitchen in order to tell it to “microwave for 60 seconds,” “reheat a cup of coffee” or “defrost a pound bag of peas” and have the oven oblige. Reviewers found that the voice-control feature worked well, with the built-in Amazon Alexa assistant understanding and following instructions clearly.
One interesting feature is Auto Popcorn Replenishment. The microwave keeps a tab of how many bags of popcorn you have microwaved and automatically orders more — from Amazon, of course — when you run low.
However, there are a few gotchas to this microwave: CNet found that the presets didn’t work well with multiple quantities. While the oven microwaved a single potato just fine, when it tried three spuds at once, they came out hard in the center. With only 700 watts of power, it’s a slow-heating microwave. The AmazonBasics is the best budget smart microwave, and a great pick for an office or dorm room to heat up ramen noodles or make a cup of cocoa. But if you rely on your microwave for made from scratch cooking, opt for a larger, more powerful model.
- +App control from smartphone
- + Reorders popcorn automatically
- -Longer cooking times
- -Preprogrammed settings don't work well