Best Microwave Oven – Review and Buyers Guide

Choosing a microwave oven is really a tough job when you have lots of options to choose from. That’s why we have compiled a list of the best microwave ovens. So you can have a look at the best and choose the one which suits your home and your taste.

While there are plenty of microwave ovens out there, few are good when it comes to quality. Still fewer are good at affordability. The harder choice still is the sweet spot between both quality and affordability. Which one should you choose? We’ll figure it out soon!

The Best Microwave Ovens

the best microwave oven

Buying a microwave oven is a decision propelled by a need to use a product with good quality, well-known brand, fair price, great features and adequate capacity. To be honest, I cannot recommend the single best microwave oven specifically for you because

What may suit your kitchen may not suit another’s kitchen.

That is why buying a microwave oven is not a very easy decision. Thus we extracted guidelines in order for us to arrive at an objective conclusion about the best microwave oven for your kitchen. Here is our top 10 list of microwave ovens. Each has been reviewed by our specialist reviewers:

Summary

ModelCapacityPowerTechPrice
Samsung ME-711K 20 Liters1150WMechanical
Whirlpool MWX 20320 Liters700WMechanical
Sharp RCD 1800 M21 Liters1800WDigital
Imarflex IT-480 CRS48 Liters2000WMechanical
Sharp R72A Inverter 25L25 Liters900WDigital
Fujidenzo ML-22BL20 Liters1050WMechanical

Here is a summary of our chosen microwave ovens:

  1. The Best Microwave Oven for the home
  2. Affordable and Quality Microwave
  3. Microwave Oven for Offices
  4. Microwave Oven with Rotisserie
  5. Best Inverter Microwave Oven
  6. Small Cheap but Quality Microwave Oven

#1. The Best Microwave Oven for the Home – Samsung ME-711K 20L

The first one in our list is the Samsung ME-711K 20L microwave. It is sturdy, minimalist and can fit small kitchens. It’s suitable for apartments, condos, or even dormitories. All things considered, this is the best microwave oven for the home. With it’s easy-to-use feature, you just have to turn the knob, choose the appropriate setting, wait, and serve.

Samsung ME-711K Microwave Oven This oven is covered mostly in ceramic which looks cool. Aside from the aesthetics, this is also very easy to clean. You only have to wipe it and this will look new even after months or years of daily use.

This countertop microwave oven sports a 1,150Watts of power, 20 liter capacity, a mechanical control method, a ceramic enamel cavity interior, a push-button type opening mechanism, 7 cooking features, triple distribution system for thorough and even cooking and rapid defrosting for quick and even thawing.

Undoubtedly it’s one of the best in our list and rightfully so.

This mechanical oven is a little bit dated model. As with other non-inverter ovens, power is never really modulated. However, for normal home use, this is still the best microwave oven in the market.

Pros
  • Fits any kitchen space
  • Easy cleaning
  • 1150W microwave power
  • Mechanical Control
  • 7 Power Levels
  • 1 Year Supplier Warranty
  • 7 Day Return Policy
  • Cash on Delivery / Credit Card Available

Cons
  • Cooks slowly
  • Cooking is not really even compared to inverters
  • No child lock

#2. The Affordable and Quality Microwave – Whirlpool MWX 203 BL 20L

It’s seldom for quality and affordability to be in one sentence together. But this microwave oven definitely fits the bill. Our first featured oven, the Whirlpool MWX 203 BL 20L microwave oven is suitable for most homes in the Philippines. Whirlpool is a well-known home appliance brand from the US and has a formidable presence across the globe.

The Whirlpool MWX 203 BL 20L microwave oven comes with a standard 20L capacity, LED light indicator, child lock mechanism, autocook functions, with supplier warranty, can be delivered in various cities and areas in the Philippines, and can be bought using COD (Cash on Delivery).

This is ideal for starting families who would like to protect their child from opening the microwave out of curiosity. It’s child-lock mechanism gives you the peace of mind that your child will be safe when when they’re near the microwave. Another valuable feature is the convenience and the thought that it will be delivered right in your doorstep or office and you can pay it on delivery. It lessens the risk of losing your money and your mind in paying for your kitchen or home appliance.

The only downside is its low power. At 700W, it is not powerful enough to quickly heat, thaw or defrost blocks of meat as others. Nevertheless, it does not consume much electricity compared to its counterparts making it ideal for budget-conscious families.

Pros
  • Reheat and defrost
  • Up to 90 mins timer
  • Child lock
  • 700W microwave power
  • 6 auto cook functions
  • 1 Year Supplier Warranty
  • 7 Day Return Policy
  • Cash on Delivery / Credit Card Available

Cons
  • Cooks slowly
  • Design is not the best we have seen
  • Cheap looking materials

#3. Heavy Duty Microwave Oven for Offices, Food Booths and Restaurants – Sharp RCD 1800 M –

The Sharp RCD 1800 M is the Heavy Duty Microwave oven we use in our office. But this is not for office use only. This is a heavy-duty microwave oven that can also be used in commercial establishments such as restaurants or food booths. Why is this our choice for office and food booths? Because it features dual control panel. So, whether you place it a little higher or a little lower than the usual, you can still operate it because it has similar buttons at the top and down below.   

This heavy duty microwave oven is compact to see but when you get to see it inside, it sports a large interior capacity that fits a 1/2 size pan. That’s 2x the normal size pan in the countertop microwave oven category. Aside from that, this heavy duty oven is also built for durability and easy maintenance.

Another great feature this model has is its extensive programming features.

You really need to learn the manual if you want to optimize the use of this microwave oven. If you learn that, this can be good replacement for your stove.

Pros
  • Durable and Easy Maintenance
  • Programming features
  • Large pan
  • 1 Year Supplier Warranty
  • 7 Day Return Window
  • Cash on Delivery / Credit Card Available

Cons
  • High learning curve
  • Design is not the best we have seen
  • Cheap looking materials

#4. The All-in-One Microwave Oven with Rotisserie – Imarflex IT-480 CRS 3-in-1 Convection and Rotisserie Oven 

Imarflex IT-480 CRS convection rotisserie oven toasterRotissserie is defined by wikipedia as a style of roasting where meat is skewered on a long solid rod used to hold food while it is being cooked over a fire in a fireplace or over a campfire, or roasted in an oven. This method is generally used for cooking large joints of meat or entire animals, such as pigs or turkeys.

There were several people asking us about an oven that can bake. So here it is – the Imarflex IT-480 CRS Convection Oven.

Aside from baking, this oven can also be used for toasting big items such as whole chicken, turkey, and other items that will not normally fit the standard 20L countertop oven. It is a convection oven where hot air circulates around the kitchen appliance. Thus the heat may conduct and make your surroundings warm. But it will evenly heat the food. As a result, your food will cook evenly and more quickly.

This is not your normal oven that you can use on a daily basis. At 2000W, this is a power hog and is as power-hungry as your electric iron.

Pros
  • Lechon Manok in your house
  • No more smoky barbecues inside your condo
  • Multi functional
  • 1 Year Supplier Warranty
  • 7 Day Return Window
  • Cash on Delivery / Credit Card Available

Cons
  • Consumes 2000W of power
  • Big and Bulky

#5. The Best Inverter Microwave Oven – Sharp R-72A Inverter 25L –

If you want a state-of-the-art, modern, economical and overall great oven, take Sharp R-72A Inverter Oven. Sharp has come up with one of the best inverter type microwave oven in the Philippines. Up until this time, the magnetrons in the microwave open always deliver power at 100%. Cooking food using this technique is challenging. Imagine when you cook at “50%” power. What a microwave really does is alternate cycles between full power and no power for that duration.Sharp R72A Inverter Microwave Oven image

The Sharp R72A Inverter 25L microwave oven on the market has something called “inverter” technology in their oven. It aims to solve the problem previous microwaves has. The inverter modulates the level of energy being transmitted by the oven to achieve a consistent level. So when you set 50% power, for example, you actually get a steady stream of 50% power for the entire cooking time. The result is more evenly cooked food, defrosting without cooked edges, and even the ability to keep foods warm until mealtime.

For new microwave owners, the controls are a bit complicated to master.

Pros
  • Even heating and thawing
  • Economical
  • Mirror Glass Door Design
  • Handle Door Opening
  • 1 Year Supplier Warranty
  • 7 Day Return Window
  • Cash on Delivery / Credit Card Available

Cons
  • High learning curve

#6. Small, Cheap but Quality Microwave Oven – Fujidenzo ML-22BL 

If you are looking for a standard size, cheap but quality microwave oven, look no further than the Fujidenzo ML-22. It fits small kitchen countertops but does not compromise on power and quality. Also, it is manually operated so you really do not need to learn a bunch of commands that will go bonkers.

The only downside of this oven is the cheap look ( most Fujidenzo’s are). But it will never compromise on quality. I have bought several fujidenzo brands before and it’s one of the most long-lasting brands in my experience. I have given most of my appliances already as I’ve outgrown most of them.

The only downside is its low power. At 700W, it is not powerful enough to quickly heat, thaw or defrost blocks of meat as others. Nevertheless, it does not consume much electricity compared to its counterparts making it ideal for budget-conscious families.

Pros
  • Microwave Power: 1050W
  • 5 Power Levels
  • Smart Wave System – For Even Cooking
  • Defrost Function
  • Mechanical Control
  • End of Cooking Signal
  • 1 Year Supplier Warranty
  • 7 Day Return Window
  • Cash on Delivery / Credit Card Available

Cons
  • Design is not the best we have seen
  • Cheap looking materials

The Microwave Oven Buyer’s Guide

A microwave oven is now a necessary kitchen appliance especially for busy families. This kitchen appliance is becoming common in Filipino families. It is flexible and easy to use. Aside from cooking, most of the things that we do in the kitchen is heating, and thawing or defrosting. With a deluge of microwaves in the market, we need to scrutinize the best for us. Choices such as affordability, heavy duty use, quality, looks, simplicity are among the features we long for.

The above review on microwave ovens is our most comprehensive yet. We will update it according to availability and market changes. If you are on the market for a microwave oven, this is your best guide yet.

What to Look For When Buying a Microwave Oven

Companies that produce microwave ovens are scrambling to bring their best microwave oven to the market. Moreover, there are several varieties of microwave ovens that do many things aside from making you breakfast by themselves. They come in different sizes, colors, features and even functionalities. Some microwave ovens are just made for basic heating, while others are made for the most advanced cooking.

Simplicity – if you are a regular cook in the home and all you do is heat your food from last night, you do not need to opt for heavy duty microwave ovens designed to be used by catering companies and restaurants. You only need a simple and easy to use microwave oven.

Quality – You want a microwave that stays with you as long as possible. You need a microwave that’s low-maintenance and easy to clean without replacing it every few months.

Price – Most of us are price-conscious. Save for the heavy-duty oven, most of the ovens we recommend are within the median price range.

Electric Consumption – The ironic thing about microwave ovens is the fact that you need a high power to have a good result. For many of us, a 1000W microwave would be a great choice.

What is the Best Microwave Oven Brand?

With the rapid technology breakthroughs happening coupled with our individual needs,  there is no single best microwave oven brand in the Philippines. However there are some brands that are more resilient than the rest. We are talking about the following proven brands such as:

  • Hanabishi – They are mostly known for their electric fans and home appliances.
  • Samsung – South Korea’s company that manufactures anything from mobile phones to everyday home appliance. They even have their own insurance company and anything in between. Although they have many product recalls and a graft cast the past years, overall they still produce good products.
  • Whirlpool – this American-owned company produce home and industrial appliances. They manufacture refrigerators, freezers, washers and dryers, microwave ovens, built-in cooking Appliances, and air conditioners.
  • Kyowa – This is a Japanese brand known for their rice dispensers, rice cookers and small kitchen appliances in the Philippines.
  • Sharp – Sharp has come up with bold, modern and economical inverter microwave ovens in the market today. They have a strong research and development culture that ensures great and top of the line products in the years ahead.

What is the Best Microwave Oven to Buy in the Philippines?

The brands mentioned above are great brands to choose from. We have chosen the best microwave oven based on the review of several microwave oven owners. The best microwave oven has an outstanding return policy and has a warranty of at least one year. The best microwave ovens we have chosen for you have that assurance. The downside of not buying in the Philippines is because of different voltage between countries. Japan and the US use 110 voltage. The Philippines uses a 220 voltage. A 110 volt appliance would be damaged if plugged in a 220 volt outlet.

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