Countertop microwaves offer express cooking in office break rooms and college dorm rooms, as well as in homes and apartments where you don't need to install a microwave over a range. "Consumer Reports" notes that countertop models are cheaper than built-in microwaves. They are also among the smallest microwaves made.
This white microwave offers 0.6 cubic feet of cooking space. It measures just under 13 inches wide, 10.2 inches high and 17 inches deep. The Haier MWM6600RW features six power levels, a removable glass turntable and a timed defrost. It provides 600 watts of power, and you control its settings with two rotary knobs. It sold for around £35 in December 2010.
Magic Chef MCD775RW1
You'll get 700 watts of power in this compact microwave, which is 14.3 inches wide, 10.3 inches high and 17.8 inches deep. It has rotary controls and six power levels, as well as a child lockout feature. This white unit offers 0.7 cubic feet of cooking space and weighs 10.8kg. The MCD775RW1 includes a turntable.
Available in white and black, this 0.7-cubic-foot microwave offers 800 watts of power. It measures 17 inches wide, 10.13 inches high and about 12.9 inches deep. An electronic touchpad controls this unit, offering eight express settings for items like pizza, fresh vegetables and soup. The EM-S2588W/B has 10 power levels, a glass turntable and the ability to remember custom settings. It sold for around £52 in December 2010.
You get 0.7 cubic feet of cooking space with this white unit, which is 17.9 inches wide, 11 inches high and 12.3 inches deep. The JE740WK has 10 power levels and 700 watts of power. It includes express settings for preparing items such as potatoes, popcorn and beverages. This unit has an electronic control pad and a glass turntable. It weighs 11.3kg. and is also available in black (model JE740BK). GE's suggested price is £77 for these microwaves, as of December 2010.
An oval shape on the front adds a modern feel to this 0.7-cubic-foot cooking appliance. The DMW799BL comes with 10 power levels and an electronic control pad with one-touch settings for foods like frozen dinners and popcorn. It provides 700 watts of cooking power and a turntable. It also offers options for cooking and defrosting by weight. This black microwave measures 17.9 inches wide, 10.3 inches high and 13.2 inches deep. It is also available in white (DMW799W). It sold for around £42 in December 2010.