Microwave Oven Buyer's
There was a day when microwave ovens were owned only by
the wealthy, or at least the upper-middle class. They were
considered luxury items. Today, you would have to look far
and wide to find any American home that does not have a
microwave. The small appliance is now considered a
necessary for re-heating cold foods, for warming up a beverage
fast, or for fixing a fast frozen meal. If it's time
for you to shop for a new microwave ovens, here are the
things you need to keep in mind.
you need to decide where you're going to place the microwave.
Do you have room for it on a current countertop? If not,
you might want to have a built-in model installed.
But for affordability, the countertop model is still the
way to go.
you're leaning toward a built-in model, you have several
more choices to ponder. For instance, there are
many who opt for Over the Range (OTR) models. This
eliminates a lot of clutter on the counters, and takes
advantage of your stove's lighting and ventilation systems.
The OTR microwave is attached to the wall over top of
built-in option is to have wall-mounted cabinets put in.
Your microwave is then inserted in this cabinet space.
Normally, you'll find this only in more expensive homes
with extravagant kitchens, since the installation of a
microwave in this fashion tends to cost a lot of money.
a new microwave trend has arisen: more and more
people are choosing a microwave oven-drawer. For
instance, Sharp has made a microwave that is installed
under the counter and pulls out just like a drawer would.
This microwave is medium size, but is somewhat pricey
because of its newness and uniqueness. Currently,
you can only buy a basic microwave in the pull-out style;
it certainly won't work for heavy gourmet cooking.
It is, however, a good choice for those who don't like
to lift food items to an oven at a higher level.
next consideration after you've decided where to put the
microwave is figuring out how much cooking you plan to
do with it. For those who like to experiment, or
who make the microwave their primary cooking tool, a microwave
with features such as a grill or even toaster-oven capabilities
might be a good choice. You can get all kinds of
features included: There are grilling / broiling microwaves,
convection / microwave oven combinations and even a speed-cook
/ halogen model. Keep in mind, though, that the addition
of any of these features will make the microwave oven
also need to decide what kind of wattage you want in your
microwave oven. Naturally, an oven that has more
watts will cook your food faster, but will run up your
electrical bill a tad bit more. The high-watt models
also cost a little more.
type of cookware you use will also affect which microwave
you get. If you wind up bringing home an oven that
is not big enough for your dishes, you'll have to get
either a new microwave or new dishes.
you've got the budget for it, defrost, warmer, or delayed-cooking
features will be features you'll quickly come to appreciate
in your new microwave oven. Soon, you'll wonder how you
ever did without them.
finally, be sure to find out what kind of warranty the
oven has. Microwaves do break down from time to
time, and you want to know that you can have it fixed,
even if the problem doesn't arise for several years.
microwave oven is practically a necessity for any household.
But the right microwave will be something that will provide
you years of tasty-food enjoyment.