Tips on Buying Microwaves
If you're searching for a new microwave, these tips will come in handy.
The microwave has become a household staple -- it's rare that you'll find a kitchen without one. Serious cooks and gourmet chefs rarely use microwave ovens--at least, not for serious cooking. Instead, microwave ovens are used primarily to boil water, heat food and pop popcorn, which is what most people need them for.
If you're in the market for a new microwave, expect to spend between $80 and $300.
A low-end microwave typically costs about $80 and has approximately 1/2 cubic foot of space. Cheaper microwave ovens use about 500 watts of power, so they don't cook food as quickly as more expensive models. But if you don't have high expectations of a microwave, you may be satisfied with a cheaper one.
The amount of usable cooking space in a microwave oven is about 40 percent less than the total cubic footage.
Midlevel microwave ovens usually cost about $120 and have about 1 cubic foot of space. These ovens use about 1,000 watts and cook food fairly quickly. They have advanced features and more options.
Mid- and upper-level microwaves often come with a carousel. Microwaves move at random within the oven, however, which means that a carousel doesn't necessarily help cook food more evenly. If you buy a microwave oven without this feature, you'll probably get more for your money.
Try to find a model with a pushbutton door handle rather than a pull handle. Pull handles can erode the seals in a microwave oven and cause minor radiation leakage.)
High-end microwaves cost more than $150 and have more than 1.5 cubic feet of space. They come with automatic settings for defrosting foods and popping popcorn, and many newer models use sensors to detect when food has finished cooking or defrosting. Check your owner's manual before using automatic features.
Learn the Basics About Kitchen Appliances
The right appliance can make an enormous difference to the way you use and enjoy your kitchen. With so many models and styles of appliances available, it is important to research before you buy.
Hot Zones in the Kitchen
Spice up your cooking area with these tricks
A Facelift for the Fridge
Tired of your old fridge's appearance? Try these products to give your refrigerator's plain exterior a fun makeover.
Maintain a Washer and Dryer
DIY Network experts share valuable tips for cleaning and maintaining a washer and dryer.
Buying Guide: Laundry Machine
Find the washer and dryer best suited for your lifestyle
Dishwasher and Home Maintenance Tips
Host Tim Hockenberry shares dishwasher and home maintenance tips.
How to Choose the Right Dishwasher
Dishwashers today offer an endless array of features and options. Which ones make the most sense for you? Here's what you need to know before you buy.
Tips on Buying Appliances
Not all kitchen appliances are exactly alike. Use these tips from host Paul Ryan to choose the best appliances for your space.
Water Heater Maintenance Tips
Check out these tips for recognizing problems with a water heater and keeping it maintained.
The ABCs of Kitchen Appliances
Confused by all the options available when it comes to picking the right appliances for your kitchen remodel? Here are some basic features to look for.
We love to DIY. You love to DIY. Let's get together.More DIY Social
See the latest DIY projects, catch up on trends and meet more cool people who love to create.Make It. Fix It. Learn It. Find It.
- Spring Home Maintenance Guide
- Spring Colors for the Garden
- Keeping Lawn and Garden Tools in Shape
- Flowering Bulbs Planted in Spring
- Quick-Growing Spring and Fall Vegetables