Limited on counter space? Need a microwave that is smaller but still has all the necessary functions?
Finding the right mini microwave is all about knowing your size limitations and the microwave functions you're looking for.
In our analysis, these 7 models exhibited the most positive, consistent reviews.
To make your search a little easier, we've included its internal dimensions, external dimensions and unique features for each microwave.
Our #1 Pick
The Black + Decker is compact, simple to use, and powerful enough to handle your typical cooks. People repeatedly spoke on its quiet operation, sleek look, and simple functionality.
3 Categories of Small, Which Are You?
1) Small but Tall
If vertical space isn't your issue, then going with a small but tall model gives you all the benefits of saving space without giving up too much cooking capacity.
There are only a few of these narrow microwaves available but they have some commendable reviews (#1).
2) Compact, Classic Style
If you're just looking for a classic microwave that takes up a little less space, then this composes the majority of our list below. We've also included a few small retro examples worth considering (#2-#6).
3) Small, but on the Cusp of Medium
If you're looking for a nice medium between the smaller varieties and the modern, bulkier models, we've included a few models below.
Features to Consider
You won't find the long list of features you'll see on larger models, but there are some features worth considering.
Smaller convection microwaves do exist and we made a separate post to illustrate our favorites.
Yes, that setting on your microwave that you've probably never touched. Despite its seeming uselessness its actually a pretty convenient function. There is an ideal power level for all types of cook.
So, if you want more control over your cooks, and therefore better tasting meals, look for a microwave with at least 10 power levels.
If you find yourself repeatedly making the same meals, having cooking presets can make your life a little easier. Presets like "popcorn", "potato" and "pizza" are common examples of presets found in small microwaves.
With that said, these settings are not always perfect and can result in food that doesn't meet your standard. Just keep in mind that these settings attempt to be a one-size-fits-all solution to a very subjective matter.
We've included each microwave's cooking presets to the right of each image.
Add 30 Seconds Button
If you're a serial microwave user, the "add 30 seconds" button can be a real game-changer.
It's especially convenient for those who commonly reheat food.
Instead of pushing the 3 or 4 buttons to add 30 seconds, you push one button. Yes, a very lazy solution but one that you will thank me for later.
Turntable or No Turntable
Turntables rotate the food to help ensure even cooking. All microwaves below have a turntable.
With that said, turntables can limit what you can fit inside the microwave.
Large, rectangular items, for example, can hit the wall of the microwave when turning.
If you're interested in microwaves that were created to cooked evenly without a turntable, we've created a separate article to outline our favorites.
The Best Mini Microwaves to Date
1) Whirlpool 0.5 Cu Ft Microwave
This Whirlpool 0.5 Cu Ft Mini Microwave is the smallest microwave available. It has a unique but stylish look that is perfect for a smaller kitchen. With its unique rounded back and corner-fit design, this microwave fits seamlessly into most spaces.
Plus, with 0.5 cu. ft. of capacity, there's enough room for a dinner plate or a quick snack. Whether you're cooking for one or whipping up a quick meal for the whole family, this narrow microwave has you covered.
Despite it's small size, the Whirlpool model is one of the more expensive of the bunch.
2) Black+Decker EM720CB7 Stainless Steel 700 Watt Microwave (0.7 cu ft)
With the Black+Decker EM720CB7 microwave oven, you can easily cook your favorite foods with just the touch of a button. This oven comes with six pre-programmed buttons and ten power levels to give you optimal cooking results.
The "Time Cook" feature also allows you to reheat or cook foods according to a set time, while the two different thawing options make it easy to defrost meats, vegetables, and casseroles.
3) Arlime Retro Mini Microwave 700 Watts
The ARLIME Countertop Microwave Oven is a charming addition to any retro style kitchen. Its compact size and unique style make it stand out over the typical stainless steel units.
It's preset popcorn, pizza and potato buttons make common cooking very simple but without creating a complicated user experience. Personally, this was our favorite looking microwave of the bunch (but we know everyone's not crazy about retro style).
It comes in Black with gold handle and knobs, turquoise with silver handle and knobs, or white with silver knobs.
4) Farberware Classic FMO07AHTBKJ 0.7 Cu. Ft. 700-Watt Microwave Oven
The Farberware Classic is just your run-of-the-mill 700-Watt compact microwave oven. It's lower wattage, 1-6 minute express cooking and +30 sec are great for those looking for energy efficiency and simplicity.
Button options for simple, press-and-go speed allow you to cook with little thought involved. The brushed stainless steel is great for those looking for a modern, sleek addition to the kitchen.
5) Commercial Chef 0.6 cu ft Microwave
This microwave oven is perfect for anyone who wants an easy-to-use, no-fuss appliance. With six power levels, it's suitable for a variety of tasks, big or small.
The mechanical dial controls make it simple to operate, even for those who don't have a lot of experience in the kitchen. Yes it's basic, but if that's what you're looking for, the Commercial Chef model is perfect.
6) Amazon Basics 0.7 Cu Ft Microwave w Voice Command
Introducing the AmazonBasics Microwave—the easy way to microwave food. With Alexa-enabled voice presets, just ask Alexa to start microwaving.
And with new Alexa presets being added all the time, you'll always have quick access to your favorite foods. With that said, this feature is completely unnecessary for those who aren't visually impaired or have some affinity for new technology.
Compact and efficient, this microwave saves counter space and features 10 power levels, a kitchen timer, a child lock, and a turntable. Keep in mind, besides the Alexa application, the microwave is small and relatively basic.
7) Panasonic 0.8 Cu Ft Stainless Steel Microwave (950 Watts)
The Panasonic Microwave Oven NN-SD372S is a high-power, 950-watt microwave that delivers notoriously fast and even cooking.
With its "slightly" compact design, this countertop microwave fits nicely on any kitchen counter and is thinner, lighter, and more efficient than comparable microwaves.
It is the best compromise for a small microwave without giving up the high heating power and unique presets of some of the bigger models.
Whether you’re looking for a space-saving microwave or one that will fit in a tight corner, we’ve got you covered. Our selection of the 7 smallest microwaves on the market offers something for everyone, and at an affordable price point.
We hope our comprehensive guide has helped make your decision a little easier. If not, don’t hesitate to get in touch with us and we’ll be more than happy to help.
Founder of Robust Kitchen