Why would you want the smallest microwave? There are many reasons. I think the most common reason is that you have a small kitchen with a lack of countertop space like a small apartment, RV, rec room, man cave, or office kitchen. Another reason for buying the smallest microwave might be if you’re planning to use it just for snacks, popcorn, and frozen meals that will fit easily in a small microwave. In that case, larger microwaves would be overkill and would just take up valuable space.
Another very good reason to buy the smallest microwave would be for a college dorm room. Small microwaves that take up very little space and use very little power are more likely to meet your student’s college size and power requirements. You may have your own reasons, but in any case you need for a compact microwave oven.
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There are many choices in compact microwave ovens most of which are no smaller than 0.7 or 0.8 cu. ft. and are boxy and boring! We wanted to see if there was a microwave out there that was small, but still stylish and inspiring.
We searched appliance forums, manufacturers sites, customer reviews sites, social media, consumer sites, and retail sites to find the most popular and highly rated compact microwave ovens. We chose one that is ultra-compact, very popular, and even stylish.
Take a look at our choice and see if this is the best microwave oven for your needs!
Smallest Microwave: Best Compact Countertop Mini Microwave Oven
You would be forgiven for mistaking the Whirlpool WMC20005 Series 0.5 Cu. Ft. Countertop Microwave for a small TV. It’s so small and carefully designed that you could easily tuck it away in the corner of your countertop and forget it’s even there. It takes up such a small footprint on your countertop that you will think someone has installed more countertop space. Microwaves have been boxes for so long that I was surprised when I first saw this Whirlpool. It’s a very nice design that will complement any kitchen décor and free up a lot of counter space in the process. The blue LEDs on the front give the microwave a real high-end look. I could go on, but the important thing to remember is, it’s small, but has some great features.
Smallest Microwave: Features
With 750 watts of power this Whirlpool compact microwave is on par with many smaller microwaves meaning that it isn’t the most powerful, but still capable of heating fast because there is less space in the microwave
At 0.5 cu. ft. you’re not going to cook a turkey or even a full course meal, but the large-for-its-size glass turntable makes it the perfect size for reheating a full 11-inch dinner plate of food or many of the new frozen entrees that are available
Its compact size and special shape make it the perfect compact microwave for small apartments and dorms
Its sleek, stylish design with unique rounded corners and space-saving, corner-fit dimensions will complement any kitchen décor and free up a lot of counter space in the process
10-level Variable Cooking Power settings put you in control of specifying the exact cooking setting for your specific cooking needs
Blue LEDs on the front give the microwave a real high-end look
The exclusive Tap Touch controls on this Whirlpool are both stylish and functional as they are easy to use and easy to clean and include Add 30 Seconds, Defrost, Popcorn, and reheat
Add 30 Seconds option is a really handy way to cook for 30 seconds at full power or to add cooking time to food that is already cooking
Interior light comes on when you open the door unlike many other compact microwaves that only illuminate during cooking
You can disable the control panel with the touch of a button using the ControlLock feature which is designed to prevent unintended use by your little ones
Whirlpool provides a full 1-Year limited warranty on its WMC20005 series compact microwave ovens
The Whirlpool WMC20005 series measures a compact 14-1/8H x 15-3/8W x 13-3/4D inches
It also comes in White –WMC20005YW, Black –WMC20005YB, and Stainless-look –WMC20005YD. My favorite is black, but it all depends on your personal tastes and your kitchen’s colors.
Haier Hmc920Bebb .9 Cubic Feet 900-Watt Microwave, Black
GE JES1142SPSS 1.1 Cu. Ft. Stainless Steel Countertop Microwave
Whirlpool WMC20005YB 0.5 Cu. Ft. Black Countertop Microwave
0.9-cubic foot capacity Unique sleek, retro styling with chrome accents Dial controls feature 12 pre-programmed settings for a variety of different foods LED display with digital clock Exterior dimensions: 19-inch by 14-inch by 11-inch and interior dimensions: 12-1/2-inch by 11-1/2-inch by 8-inch
.7 cu.ft Microwave oven Microwave power output : 600W only 10 power levels for microwave Accurate 59min 90sec cooking timer One touch cooking of 3 menu
"Inverter" Technology for even cooking and delivering delicious flavor and "Inverter Turbo Defrost" for quick defrosting 950 Watts of High Power; One-Touch Auto 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,Pop-Out Prgrammable Dial for easy-to-use programming Measures 15 9/16" (D) x 159 3/16" (W) x 11" (H), 20.9 lbs., Stainless steel Upper left-corner of the door has a small indentation to allow the door to open smoothly and is completed at the factory 11 1/4" turntable; Delay Start and Timer; More/Less Control; Quick Minute, Popcorn Key,Pop-Out Prgrammable Dial for easy-to-use programming
.9cubic feet capacity 900-watt Convenience Cooking Electronic touch controls with led display Convenience Cooking 10 microwave power levels
1.1 cu. ft. capacity Convenience cooking controls Auto and time defrost Turntable Instant on controls
750 Watts Cooking Power 10 Power Levels Add 30 Seconds Option Quick Touch Popcorn Button Tap Touch Controls
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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.