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What to Look for When You Buy a Microwave

Are you remodeling your kitchen and deciding which cooking appliances you need? Wondering if you should buy a microwave along with your other appliances? Well, not only can you reheat meals with a microwave, but you can cook them, too. We’re talking full course meals or simple side dishes. If you’re not sure which microwave type and size to get, let us guide you through the basics of what you need to know when shopping for a microwave.

How to Choose the Best Microwave For Your Home

Looking for a “microwave oven for sale near me”? Start with the best place to buy a microwave—yes, we’re talking about Aztec. Then, decide which microwave type accommodates your preferred kitchen placement options:

  • Built-in microwaves are more powerful than countertop models and require professional installation in a cabinet or just above your wall oven for an integrated kitchen design.
  • Counter microwaves can be flexibly placed throughout your kitchen, so long as you have the counter space.
  • Over-the-range microwaves are installed over your cooktop or range, which saves counter space. Plus, most models have built-in ventilation and lights, so you don’t need a range hood.
  • Microwave drawers allow access from the top of the microwave, which is more accessible to people of short stature or people with disabilities.
  • Convection microwave ovens come in a variety of styles and cook meals quicker and more evenly. Check our list of things to look for in a convection microwave.

If you’re just looking to reheat food or pop popcorn, then you don’t need fancy features beyond popcorn and reheat presets. But if you’re going to cook whole meals, then look for the latest innovations like sensor cooking and racks.

Shop Microwaves By Size

Another important factor to consider when you buy a microwave is the size. Are you looking for small microwaves for sale? Not sure what size you need for your family? We have top rated microwaves in sizes that will suit your needs:

  • A 1.1 cu. ft. microwave is the best compact microwave fit for a single person or a couple to use.
  • A 1.6 cu. ft. microwave is exactly what a family of four needs for their meals.
  • A 2.2 cu. ft. microwave is slightly larger than a full-size microwave and has enough space for cooking or reheating casseroles.

When searching for microwave size, it’s also important to note the wattage. The higher the wattage, the faster your food will cook, with most microwaves falling between 500 and 1200 watts. Most microwave recipes require a microwave with at least 800 watts.

No matter what you’re looking for when you buy a microwave, we have the size, style, and power that works best for you. We also have tips on microwaves safety, as well as how to deep clean your scorched microwave oven. Have any questions? Give us a call or stop by our Aztec Appliance store on Kearny Mesa Rd. Our team is the best in San Diego for all your appliance needs.