How to buy a microwave that's right for your family
Learn how to choose a microwave that’s the right fit for your lifestyle
Are you thinking about buying a microwave? Whether you’re replacing an older model, moving to a new place or remodelling your kitchen, you’ll want to find the best microwave for your space, your family and your budget. If you’re not sure where to start, don’t worry – our guide can help you find a microwave that can prepare your family’s favorite foods quickly and easily.
Buying a microwave? Start with size
When it comes to kitchen appliances, microwaves can vary distinctly when it comes to size, shape and installation options. Before you buy a new microwave consider what size is the best fit for your home.
Your kitchen’s layout is also an important factor – countertop microwaves may work for more spacious kitchens, while an over-the-range or built-in model may help maximize space in more compact areas. Over-the-range microwaves also feature fans and vents to help clear the air around your cooktop.
In addition to the size of your kitchen, you may also want to take the size of your family into account. Unlike built-in or over-the-range models, some countertop microwaves may be fine for cups and bowls, but they won’t accommodate casserole dishes, platters and other large serveware.
Before you decide on a microwave, think about how you typically use it. If you have a larger family or frequently entertain, you may want to invest in a larger microwave that lets you defrost, cook and reheat larger dishes.
How to choose a microwave model for your kitchen
Once you’ve figured the right size, the next step in buying a microwave is figuring out which type is best for your family. Microwave styles and installation options have changed drastically over the years and now include:
Countertop microwaves: These microwaves are easy to move and install – simply place them on your counter and plug them into a regular wall outlet. Some countertop microwaves even come with trim kits that allow them to be converted into built-in models. Countertop microwaves can be an economical choice, and they come in a variety of sizes.
Over the Range microwaves: These microwaves combine two appliances into one by replacing your stove’s range hood, making them a great microwave option for freeing up counter space. . Featured in this category are low profile microwaves, which have a sleek design, roomy interior, and provide more space above your cooktop.
Built-In microwaves: Built-in microwaves, like wall ovens, are usually installed in a wall or among cabinets. Available in a range of sizes and power levels, built-in microwaves are an excellent way to save space on your countertop. However, they do require professional installation – something important to consider when you’re buying a microwave.
Once you’ve decided on a kitchen microwave style that matches your layout, take some time to decide which features you need, such as pre-programmed settings, convection options or smart technology. If you’re trying to shop on a budget, you may find that buying a microwave with more basic functions is less expensive than purchasing one with high end features. No matter what you choose, make sure that your microwave can be easily used by everyone.
Buy a microwave from Whirlpool to find the right features for your family
Whirlpool’s line of kitchen microwaves includes countertop, built-in, over-the-range, and low profile options with features that help make cooking and clean up fast and simple. No matter which model you need, we’re sure to have the right fit for your family. Explore our complete collection to find the right microwave for your home.