5.0 out of 5 stars A sharp looking microwave that gets the job done! Out of all the microwaves I’ve owned, I’ve never owned an Emerson, but I’m impressed with how this one works. In many ways this does a better job than the last one I had which is sold by Sears and is their top brand.
Breville, Hamilton Beach, Insignia, LG, Proctor-Silex and Signature Kitchen Suite microwave ovens are the most reliable brands; all six brands receive an excellent rating.
The average microwave oven lasts about seven years with normal use and even less with heavy use and poor maintenance. A large family may need to replace their appliance every four to five years as they increasingly rely on it being used to reheat snacks and leftovers or to defrost meals.
A 1,000 watt microwave cooks quickly and efficiently, so it’s a great base. Microwaves of 700 watts or less are slower and may not cook evenly. In general, the higher the wattage, the faster the cooking time.
Small models start at $50, medium-sized models typically range from $100 to $300. Over-the-range microwaves, or OTRs, can be had for as little as $200, but most we test are $400 and up. Models designed to be built into cabinets or walls only start at $400 but can cost upwards of $1,000.
Because steel is a good conductor of heat, the stainless steel cavity facilitates a better heating process and protects against microwave leakage. In contrast, a ceramic cavity has a non-sticky surface, i. H. it is easy to clean and maintain, but the heating process is comparatively longer than a stainless steel cavity.