Buying a cheap microwave oven is not easy. You want to save money, but you aren’t really saving if the microwave lasts only 3 months. Plus, usually the cheaper you go, the smaller the microwave oven. So if you’re not in the market for a tiny microwave, your budget may have to expand a little.
Probably the best value microwaves on the market are the 1.2 cu. ft. ovens that are a nice compromise among price, performance, size, and features. They hold large plates of food easily and fit taller items than smaller 0.9 or 0.7 cu. ft. models.
Of the 1.2 cu. ft. microwaves available, only a few have the performance of an inverter, are packed with many features of larger microwaves, and come in stainless steel.
In case you don’t know, an inverter allows you to vary the actual power of the microwave. Most microwaves only turn on and off to simulate power settings. While they’re on, they’re at full power! Inverter microwaves allow you to microwave even delicate foods without ruining them.
We have done the research and selected what we think is the best microwave under $150. It’s a cheap microwave, but we prefer to call it inexpensive and a good value! Take a look and see if this might be the best microwave oven for you!
Panasonic NN-SD681S Genius “Prestige” Microwave Video
With its stainless steel door, 1200 watts of power, 1.2 cu. ft. of space, and Panasonic Inverter Technology, you could make a case that the Panasonic NN-SD681S in one of the best microwaves on the market at any price. It just happens that it costs less than $150. There is no doubt that it will look great in your kitchen and you will appreciate it as much for its great performance as its style. Now you can do more than just “heat up” your food. You can cook meals with flavor and texture. Take a look at its long list of impressive features.
Beautiful stainless steel door and silver enamel wrap
High-end look 4-Digit neon blue readout LED display
A full 1200 watts of power usually only found on larger, more expensive microwaves
Inverter Technology delivers true variable microwave power for even cooking and delicious flavor even for delicate foods
Take the guesswork out of microwave cooking with Panasonic’s One-Touch Genius Sensor Cook and Reheat. A built-in sensor adjusts power and calculates remaining time automatically based on steam measurement. You get One-Touch cooking for several food types including omelets, pasta, frozen entrees, potatoes, vegetables, beverages, and more.
Quick and reliable Inverter Turbo Defrost provides even defrost without cooking food
Panasonic’s NN-SD681S Genius “Prestige” microwave oven is perfect for breakfast, after-school snacks, dinners, and even appetizers when entertaining. On-the-go families and professionals alike will appreciate the quick and easy meal preparation of this stylish microwave.
Perfectly melt or soften foods such as butter, cream cheese, ice cream, and chocolate with Panasonic’s Inverter Melt-Soften Button
Keep your stews, gravies, and desserts warm for up to 30 minutes while waiting for family or friends using Panasonic’s Keep Warm Feature
1.2 cu. ft. of space
More interior space than conventional microwaves thanks to the smaller and lighter inverter power unit
Large 13-1/2-inch glass turntable
Simply spin the pop-out dial to access many microwave features without a keypad
Optional Trim Kit is available for in-wall installation. See 27-inch model NN-TK621SS
The Panasonic NN-SD681S Genius “Prestige” weighs in at 25.3 lbs. and measures a compact 15-15/16(D) x 20-3/8(W) x 11-7/8(H) inches.
Culinary Institute of America
Panasonic Inverter microwave ovens have been named the microwave-cooking method of choice by the prestigious Culinary Institute of America (CIA). Panasonic and the CIA have teamed up to develop a series of healthy and delicious recipes created especially for the Panasonic Inverter microwave oven.
Cuisinart CMW-200 1-1/5-Cubic-Foot Convection Microwave Oven with Grill
Kenmore 1.2 cu. ft. Countertop Microwave w/ EZ Clean Interior Stainless Steel 72123
Microwave measurements is 21.81 x 17.12 x 12.5
Inverter Technology for even cooking and delivering delicious flavor and Inverter Turbo Defrost for quick defrosting 1200 Watts of High Power; One-Touch Genius Sensor Cook and Reheat for automatic cooking settings and even Keep Warm feature 13 1/2" turntable; Delay Start and Timer; More/Less Control; Quick Minute, Popcorn Key Measures 15 13/16" (D) x 20 11/16" (W) x 12 1/4" (H), 25.3 lbs., Black Upper left-corner of the door has a small indentation to allow the door to open smoothly and is completed at the factory
1000-watt countertop convection microwave oven and grill 1-1/5 cubic-foot interior; 12-inch rotating glass tray for even heating Touchpad control panel; 9 preset options, plus grill function; multi-stage cooking Defrost by weight or time; reversible grill rack; instructions/recipes included Measures 23-2/3 by 21 by 14-3/5 inches; 3-year limited warranty
The Kenmore 72123 countertop microwave has a 1.2 cu. ft. capacity With 1100 watts and 10 power levels, this Kenmore microwave allows you to cook a variety of foods The interior has the EZ Clean finish that makes cleaning up spills and spatters easier Sensor function cooking automatically adjusts cooking time by detecting moisture in food 6 Smart Touch settings let you cook your food without selecting cook times and power levels
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Mark is a Systems Engineer with an advanced degree who has been trained to interface between non-engineers and engineers to design products that meet customer needs. He uses this training to help consumers make smart choices about the products they buy. He is a prolific writer who loves to research and provide helpful information about consumer products. He calls Virginia home along with his wife and three kids and loves all that it has to offer including the mountains, the beaches, and the historic sites. His hobbies include his three kids, NASCAR, F1, IndyCar, Premier League Soccer, UEFA Soccer, and MLS Soccer. You can find him on Google+ and Twitter.