Whether you rely on your microwave as one of the main ways to cook food or you just use it occasionally to reheat leftovers, it's important to pick the right microwave. Here at Kmart, we have dozens of options, and we also want to help you navigate through the process of deciding what the right one is for your needs. Microwaves have come a long way since the one-size-fits-all countertop models of a few decades ago, so spend some time evaluating your options.
The first decision you will need to make is where you want your microwave to be in the kitchen. If you're just renting your home, you'll definitely want a countertop model so you can take it with you when you move. Countertop microwaves are also best if you aren't doing any extensive remodeling in your kitchen but just want to add a microwave or replace a broken countertop microwave.
The other options are more permanent. One possibility is to get an over-the-range microwave, which is designed to be mounted several feet above your range. These microwaves often have vent fans built into the bottom to act as the vent for your range in addition to serving as a microwave. However, they are positioned quite high and are difficult for kids to access. The last major type of microwave is a built-in, which you slip right in amongst your cabinets. This is the sleekest look and allows you to have the microwave at whatever height you want.
Once you know what general style of microwave you're looking for, it's time to check out all the other options on the microwaves here at Kmart. Microwave sizes range dramatically, with compact options with under 0.7 cubic feet of interior space and large options with 2 cubic feet or more. The right size depends on what you'll be cooking in the microwave. You'll also need to look at the width of the microwave body itself to ensure that it will fit in the space you've set aside in your kitchen. You wouldn't want to get it home to learn that it was too big!
Getting a microwave with the right amount of power is important as well. Many of our smaller microwaves have only 900 watts of power, which means that they don't cost as much on the electric bill to run, but they also don't heat food as quickly. Larger microwaves have as many as 1,200 watts of power, which is 33% more. Some larger microwaves also have convection settings to heat food more evenly.
Lastly, check out the special features to help you pick just the right microwave. Many have programmed buttons for one-touch heating on many of the types of foods people heat most frequently, and some even have sensors to monitor progress. You'll also want to check for features like a revolving tray to heat food evenly. And of course, you want to choose one that will look great in your kitchen!