The 6 Best Microwaves of 2022

best microwaves Editor's picks

Where would we be without microwaves? From heating and defrosting to air frying to memorable movie nights with instant buttery popcorn, they’re a true kitchen staple. These days, microwaves do more than ever. Whether you’re looking for a unit with tons of features or a sleek appliance that will get the job done, here are our best microwave picks to suit any family’s needs and budget.

Want to learn more about microwave styles and features? Find everything you need to know in our microwave buying guide.

Our editor’s picks

Size: 1.5 cu. ft.

Wattage:  1200 watts

Warranty: 1 year parts and labour, 10 years limited on magnetron

Features: Anti-bacterial interior, glass touch keypad, sensor cook and reheat, LED lamp, inverter technology

  • The six-wheel turntable supports tall and heavy items.

  • Some users report that the glass touch and keypad control panel is hard to get used to.

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Size: 1.1 cu. ft.

Wattage:  1100-1199 watts

Warranty: 1 year parts and labour

Features: Auto cook, clock, child lock, auto defrost, adjustable cook time

  • Six auto cook options take the guesswork out of heating food.

  • Doesn’t feature inverter technology.

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Size: 1.1 cu. ft.

Wattage:  1000 – 1199 watts 

Warranty: 18 months parts and labour

Features: Auto cook buttons, child lock, adjustable cook time, auto defrost

  • Comes with an easy-to-clean glass turntable.

  • Can only heat one dinner plate at a time.

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Size: 1.0 cu. ft.

Wattage:  1000 watts

Warranty: 18 month parts and labour coverage with carry-in service

Features: Adjustable cook time, adjustable power level, child lock, clock, convection, digital display, keep warm feature, more/less function, auto defrost, auto cook

  • Serves as an air-fryer, convection oven and microwave, eliminating the need for multiple kitchen appliances.

  • May take a while to learn the multiple functions.

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Size: 0.7 cu. ft.

Wattage:  700 watts

Warranty: none

Features: Auto-defrost, 10 power levels, 6 one-touch cooking menus, kitchen timer

  • Features an easy-to-use keypad, digital clock, and timer.

  • At 700 watts, some items may take longer to heat up.

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Size: 1.6 cu. ft.

Wattage:  1200 watts

Warranty: 1 year parts and labour

Features: Adjustable cook time, adjustable power level, auto cook, auto defrost, auto reheat, child lock, clock, digital display, keep warm feature, more/less function, quick on option, recessed turntable, sensor cook, sensor defrost, sensor reheat

  • LED lighting reduces overall power consumption.

  • This mega microwave will take up a lot of counter space.

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In this guide
Features to consider when buying a microwave
  • Type: There are three types of units to choose from—custom, countertop, and over-the-range microwaves. Countertop microwaves are the most popular and easiest to find—depending on your kitchen setup, some can be mounted.
  • Size: Microwaves range from 0.5 cubic feet (compact size) to 2.2 cu.ft. (full size). Measure your space (height, width, length) before purchasing to ensure your unit will fit.
  • Wattage: Units typically range from 600 to 1400 watts, a.k.a. units of power. Note that lower wattages tend to take longer to heat large plates.
  • Finish: Microwaves come with a stainless steel or ceramic enamel finish, both of which are easy to clean and fit well with a wide range of kitchen designs.
  • Features: Child locks, turntables, voice commands, steam sensor cooks, shortcut keys, convection air and inverter technology (which enables a more even cook) are just some of the many available features on microwaves these days.
  • Cleaning: If keeping a clean microwave is important to you, consider a model with antibacterial coating that allows you to easily wipe away messes with little or no soap.
Best microwave overall
LG 1.5 cu.ft Counter Top Microwave Oven with Neochef Smart Inverter LG 1.5 cu.ft Counter Top Microwave Oven with Neochef Smart Inverter LG 1.5 cu.ft Counter Top Microwave Oven with Neochef Smart Inverter
  • Size: 1.5 cu. ft.

  • Wattage:  1200 watts

  • Warranty: 1 year parts and labour, 10 years limited on magnetron

  • Features: Anti-bacterial interior, glass touch keypad, sensor cook and reheat, LED lamp, inverter technology

Life gets busy, and sometimes you just need to feed the family, fast. With its large capacity and hexagonal-shaped, six-wheel turnable and inverter technology, this microwave evenly heats even heavy and tall items, so you can heat dinner for the whole family in no time. And with an interior anti-bacterial coating, cleaning it is a downright dream.

Pros
Cons
Pros
  • The sensor cooking feature means you can set it and walk away.

  • The six-wheel turntable supports tall and heavy items.

  • Smart inverter technology ensures even cooking throughout each dish—no matter how big.

Cons
  • The glass touch and keypad control panel can be hard to get used to.

  • There’s no option to disable the music that plays when food is done.

The draw
It cooks, defrosts and reheats exactly like the booklet that came with it says it will. It is very, very easy to keep clean I do not think you will be disappointed if you purchase this item, in fact I think you will be very happy.
-Raine19, originally posted on lg.com
The downside
Getting used to the user interface is the only hurdle one has with this unit. Once you get your bearings, it’s second nature and punching numbers on a keypad is a thing of the past.
-ThePhatMan, originally posted on lg.com
Best value microwave
Danby DBMW1120BBB 1.1 Cu.Ft Countertop Microwave Oven Danby DBMW1120BBB 1.1 Cu.Ft Countertop Microwave Oven Danby DBMW1120BBB 1.1 Cu.Ft Countertop Microwave Oven Danby DBMW1120BBB 1.1 Cu.Ft Countertop Microwave Oven Danby DBMW1120BBB 1.1 Cu.Ft Countertop Microwave Oven
  • Size: 1.1 cu. ft.

  • Wattage:  1100-1199 watts

  • Warranty: 1 year parts and labour

  • Features: Auto cook, clock, child lock, auto defrost, adjustable cook time

If you’re looking for a mid-sized countertop microwave with tons of standard features that won’t break the bank, this unit offers bang for your buck. The convenient auto cook options adjust heating levels for different foods, the slim design is easy to clean and busy families will love the one-touch defrost.

Pros
Cons
Pros
  • Its six auto cook options (popcorn, potato, pizza, frozen vegetables, beverage, dinner plate) take the guesswork out of heating food.

  • The child/control lock out option is ideal for families with young children.

  • A button to add 30 seconds to any cooking time makes this microwave extra convenient.

Cons
  • Doesn’t feature inverter technology.

  • Some reviewers say it can be a bit noisy.

The draw
Works great. Great price and big interior.
-Michelle Basha, originally posted on Walmart.ca
The downside
It’s nice looking but it’s noisy.
-Rudy, originally posted on Walmart.ca
Best microwave for small spaces
Danby Designer DDMW1125BBS 1.1 Cu.Ft. Countertop Microwave Danby Designer DDMW1125BBS 1.1 Cu.Ft. Countertop Microwave Danby Designer DDMW1125BBS 1.1 Cu.Ft. Countertop Microwave
  • Size: 1.1 cu. ft.

  • Wattage:  1000 – 1199 watts 

  • Warranty: 18 months parts and labour

  • Features: Auto cook buttons, child lock, adjustable cook time, auto defrost

If you’re looking for a machine to pop popcorn, reheat coffee, and defrost the odd packet of chicken when you’re not sure what else to pull out for dinner, this is it. The compact unit does the trick without taking up too much space, because sometimes basic is best. (Plus you need room for that toaster oven!)

Pros
Cons
Pros
  • Six auto-cook options take the guesswork out of things like pizza, potatoes and popcorn.

  • Comes with an easy-to-clean glass turntable.

  • Great for dorm rooms, offices and cottages.

Cons
  • Can only heat one dinner plate at a time.

  • Doesn’t have as many extras and features as some other models

The draw
We had a Danby microware before that we wore out, but we liked it so much that we bought an [upgraded] model. It is a great machine and would recommend it highly.
-Lawrence Barthe, originally posted on Walmart.ca
The downside
The looks are great and it does its work. What I didnt like is, its too loud when used and when you close the door.
-Sakal123, originally posted on Walmart.ca
Best microwave with convection oven
Danby 5 in 1 Multifunctional Microwave Oven with Air Fry Danby 5 in 1 Multifunctional Microwave Oven with Air Fry Danby 5 in 1 Multifunctional Microwave Oven with Air Fry Danby 5 in 1 Multifunctional Microwave Oven with Air Fry Danby 5 in 1 Multifunctional Microwave Oven with Air Fry Danby 5 in 1 Multifunctional Microwave Oven with Air Fry Danby 5 in 1 Multifunctional Microwave Oven with Air Fry
  • Size: 1.0 cu. ft.

  • Wattage:  1000 watts

  • Warranty: 18 month parts and labour coverage with carry-in service

  • Features: Adjustable cook time, adjustable power level, child lock, clock, convection, digital display, keep warm feature, more/less function, auto defrost, auto cook

Sure you want hot food, but what about crispy French fries, perfectly browned chicken, or airy pie crusts? This unit is designed for families who want more from their microwaves. The built-in air fryer offers a healthier alternative to regular fried fare; the same convection technology circulates air evenly without creating hot spots in your food.

Pros
Cons
Pros
  • With air-fryer, convection and microwave covered, this unit eliminates the need for multiple kitchen appliances.

  • The deodorization function easily removes smells.

  • The convenient broil/grill function can be set anywhere from five to 95 minutes.

Cons
  • Some users find it to be on the bulky side.

  • There are so many functions, it can take a while to learn them all.

The draw
Great product so far. Did not try all options yet ... Finding a good looking and well made microwave is very hard, and so far [I] am satisfied with this one.
-Denis D Beauchesne, originally posted on Walmart.ca
The downside
This is one of the bulkiest models out there. The instruction manual also tells you absolutely nothing.
-Aneela, originally posted on Walmart.ca
Best budget microwave
RCA 0.7 Cu. Ft. Microwave Oven
  • Size: 0.7 cu. ft.

  • Wattage:  700 watts

  • Warranty: none

  • Features: Auto-defrost, 10 power levels, 6 one-touch cooking menus, kitchen timer

This sleek unit is great for heating up snacks and making coffee or tea, but it can also handle basic plates and smaller mains. It’s the perfect size and price for dorm rooms, cottages and the office, and it covers all the basics in the main kitchen, too.

Pros
Cons
Pros
  • Comes in a sleek white or black finish to suit different décors.

  • Features an easy-to-use keypad, digital clock, and timer.

  • Express cook buttons make reheating food a breeze.

Cons
  • The unit’s smaller size means this isn’t ideal for larger plates.

  • At 700 watts, some items may take longer to heat up.

The draw
I recently purchased this little gem and couldn’t be happier. For my needs (popcorn, reheating, melting, defrosting), it’s just perfect. Nice size, attractive looking and the price was excellent.
-Zambi, originally posted on Walmart.ca
The downside
The only problem I’ve encountered is the feet slide very easily on smooth [surfaces] (like formica or polished stone.) No other problems.
-Tim, originally posted on Walmart.com
Best microwave for large families
Panasonic NNSC73LS 1.6 cu.ft. Genius Microwave Oven Panasonic NNSC73LS 1.6 cu.ft. Genius Microwave Oven Panasonic NNSC73LS 1.6 cu.ft. Genius Microwave Oven Panasonic NNSC73LS 1.6 cu.ft. Genius Microwave Oven Panasonic NNSC73LS 1.6 cu.ft. Genius Microwave Oven Panasonic NNSC73LS 1.6 cu.ft. Genius Microwave Oven Panasonic NNSC73LS 1.6 cu.ft. Genius Microwave Oven Panasonic NNSC73LS 1.6 cu.ft. Genius Microwave Oven Panasonic NNSC73LS 1.6 cu.ft. Genius Microwave Oven
  • Size: 1.6 cu. ft.

  • Wattage:  1200 watts

  • Warranty: 1 year parts and labour

  • Features: Adjustable cook time, adjustable power level, auto cook, auto defrost, auto reheat, child lock, clock, digital display, keep warm feature, more/less function, quick on option, recessed turntable, sensor cook, sensor defrost, sensor reheat

When you’ve got a large family to feed, a giant to-do list, and a million things to remember, this microwave saves the day. Stuck with frozen chuck or chicken? Enter the one-touch defrost. Need to heat leftovers, casseroles, baked potatoes or hamburgers quickly and evenly?  Sensor cooking is here to help. Once dinner is done, this unit’s wipeable stainless steel and smoked-glass finish means cleanup is easy, too.

Pros
Cons
Pros
  • LED lighting reduces overall power consumption.

  • Comes with sensor cooking features.

  • 12 auto-cook menus take the guesswork out of microwaving.

Cons
  • This mega microwave will take up a lot of counter space.

  • This is a great microwave, but it’s not the least expensive countertop model on the market.

The draw
This microwave has excellent features, similar to what we had before which lasted us 14 years.
-m2sy, originally posted on Walmart.ca
The downside
It works perfectly I just wish there was a way to shut off all of the beeping.
-Rob 877, originally posted on Walmart.ca
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Amber Dowling is a lifestyle and entertainment writer and mom to two crafty and curious kids. She's a wine enthusiast, yoga lover and all-around player of sports with a penchant for travel, animals and cooking. In addition to digging up the latest recipes and constantly window shopping online, she’s a fur-mom to two sweet chihuahuas and a cat named Grover who may be bigger than both pups combined.
How we choose products

Simply put, we don’t recommend any products we wouldn’t buy ourselves. Our writers leverage a number of sources as a starting point, including reputable third-party reviews, Walmart.ca user reviews, and Walmart Canada’s category specialists. theHUB editorial staff has final say for all products included in this guide.

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