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The Hotpoint Microwave - Reviews, Features, Prices

Posted by Jeff Allaire on Jun 13, 2019 9:00:00 AM

 

Whether you are putting an entire Hotpoint appliance suite in your kitchen or just looking for a well-priced microwave to replace your existing unit, this Hotpoint microwave may be for you. In this article, we'll review the features of the one and only Hotpoint microwave offered in their model lineup today to help you make an informed buying decision.

Hotpoint is owned by GE Appliances and offers value models for tight budgets. The over the range microwave they offer matches with a Hotpoint gas or electric range and would be a great choice for apartments and other homes.

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Topics: Microwaves, Hotpoint

The 5 Best Convection Microwave Ovens for 2019

Posted by Todd Buehler on May 10, 2019 9:20:00 AM

 

One of the most convenient kitchen appliances found in almost every home is the popular over-the-range microwave, more commonly known as an OTR microwave oven. Many consumers nowadays are looking to have the option of cooking with convection right in their over the range microwave as well.

We are going to take a look at the top five models on the market today to see which is the best convection microwave for over the range, but first we'll fill you in on a little background about these products in general. 

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Topics: Microwaves

The Inverter Microwave - Who Makes Them? Should You Buy One?

Posted by Jeff Allaire on Mar 25, 2019 9:00:00 AM

What is an inverter microwave? Who makes them? Should you get one? We've got answers!

First, we'll answer a question with a question: Do you know how the typical microwave's defrost or low power settings work? Maybe you have a 1,000 watt microwave and can set it to 50% power to defrost something. However, a typical microwave with a magnetron can't actually operate at less than 100% power. So it will cycle on and off, intermittently cooking at 100% power then 0% power. This is not ideal for items that need to be cooked on low power in a moist environment and is part of the reason why defrosting takes so long and often results in cooked edges.

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Topics: Microwaves

GE Spacemaker Microwave - Options & Alternatives

Posted by Jeff Allaire on Mar 11, 2019 9:00:00 AM

 

Whatever happened to GE Spacemaker? GE made a bold move back in 1979 when they began offering the first over the range microwaves to the market. They may seem commonplace now, but back in the day, combining stovetop ventilation and microwaves together was a big deal!

If you have a GE Spacemaker microwave, you might be disappointed to discover that GE has discontinued the Spacemaker line. There is no longer a need to distinguish this type of microwave since over the range models have become so common, so it has been absorbed back into GE's main product lines. Spacemaker microwaves aren't particularly compact compared to typical over the range models - most over the range microwaves are about 30" wide (a few are 36" wide) and any over the range microwave should mount into the same spot as an older Spacemaker unit.

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Topics: Microwaves, GE Appliances

Best Compact Microwave - Reviews of 3 Top Selling Models

Posted by Jeff Allaire on Jan 26, 2019 9:00:00 AM

 

If you're not swimming in oceans of counter space, you may not find the latest and greatest microwaves with their massive capacities all that appealing. It can seem like manufacturers all think that you're looking for a second oven for your countertop! However, smaller microwaves are still available - and you don't have to sacrifice features and power for a compact model. We'll review the three best compact microwave models that customers have reached for time and time again to help you win the battle for more space in your kitchen.

These models are listed in no particular order but are numbered for your convenience. Let's dig in!

 

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Topics: Microwaves, Countertop Microwaves

The 7 Best Countertop Microwaves for 2019

Posted by Jeff Allaire on Jan 7, 2019 10:00:00 AM

The countertop microwave is a classic small kitchen appliance. While we've also reviewed the best over the range microwaves of the year, in this article we'll focus on the best countertop microwave models of 2019 from a variety of brands. We cover everything from compact options to large family-size models at prices as low as $120 all the way up to $499. From basic to impressive, we wanted to give you a broad sampling of the best microwaves for your kitchen. 

Without further ado, let's dig into the best countertop microwaves of the year, complete with pricing, features, and links to real customer reviews!

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Topics: Microwaves, Countertop Microwaves

The 5 Best Over The Range Microwaves for 2019

Posted by Todd Buehler on Jan 7, 2019 8:45:00 AM

 

One of the most convenient kitchen appliances found in almost every home is the popular over the range microwave oven, more commonly known as an OTR microwave oven. The OTR microwave has taken the place of the countertop microwave and hood assembly, saving space by combining both products into one handy package. Power capacities can vary from 850 watts for reheating or up to 1,200 watts for cooking full meals. 

Most of these models are manufactured with a recirculating or outdoor vented multiple speed fan assembly and a built-in light to illuminate the cooking surface below. The built-in exhaust fans will vary from a quiet 170 CFM (Cubic Feet per Minute) to a power-boosting 400 CFM fan velocity to pull odors, steam, smoke, oil mists and heat through the grease and/or charcoal filters. Many models have heat sensors built into the body that will automatically turn on the exhaust fan to cool the components and get rid of excessive heat if it recognizes an overheated interior cavity or too much heat built up from the cooking surface.

Let's take a look at the top five models available on the market today and try to identify the best over the range microwave for you.

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Topics: Microwaves

Low Profile Microwave - Reviews, Ratings, Prices

Posted by Jeff Allaire on Oct 1, 2018 9:00:00 AM

 

Microwaves have historically come in two basic categories: standard over the range microwaves and counter top microwaves.  Over the range microwaves are designed to fit nicely above your range and have standard 30" widths.  Height-wise, they are typically between 16" and 18" and they generally offer a capacity in the 1.7 to 2.0 cubic foot range. Over the range microwaves are practically standard issue in most modern kitchens and the cabinetry and layout in modern homes generally work well for these products. 

The dilemma comes when you don't have a cabinet layout that will accommodate and standard over the range microwave. Whirlpool and KitchenAid have have a solution: their newly introduced low profile microwave models are just what you need to solve this problem!

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Topics: Microwaves, KitchenAid, Whirlpool

Microwave Drawers - Reviews, Ratings, Prices

Posted by Jeff Allaire on Sep 10, 2018 9:00:00 AM

The microwave is a ubiquitous kitchen appliance found in almost every home, as well as in most workplace breakrooms! Most people are familiar with the standalone countertop microwave and the over-the-range microwave, but if you're redoing your kitchen or are looking for unique ways to save counter space, you may be interested in a subset of built-in microwaves: the microwave drawer. 

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Topics: Microwaves, KitchenAid, Bosch, Sharp

Best Over the Range Microwave for the Money - LG vs Samsung

Posted by Bob Allaire on May 10, 2018 9:00:00 AM

 

LG and Samsung have become two of the top names in appliances in a short time due to their reputation for making great products in the cell phone and flat screen TV businesses. They make innovative, reliable appliances and their microwave ovens are no exception. 

Microwave ovens are the one appliance that people hate to be without. When the old one breaks down, it needs to be replaced quickly and people sometimes make hasty decisions based on price to replace them. Take a look at some of the great features of these two reasonably priced brands and you may be pleasantly surprised.

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Topics: Microwaves

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