Written by:
Michael

Updated
05/14/2022

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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 require.

We filtered through a significant number of models and found that these 7 microwaves exhibited the highest consistent reviews. 

To make your search a little easier, with each microwave we've included its internal dimensions, external dimensions and unique features.

Our #1 Pick

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The Black + Decker is compact, simple to use, and powerful enough to handle any type of food. People repeatedly spoke on its quiet operation, sleek look, and simple functionality.  


Title
Retro
ARLIME Small Retro Microwave Oven, 0.7Cu.ft, 700-Watt with 5 Micro...
Simple to Use
Commercial Chef Countertop Microwave Oven, 0.6 Cu. Ft, Black
Medium Sized
Panasonic Microwave Oven NN-SD372S Stainless Steel Countertop/Built-In...
Image
ARLIME Small Retro Microwave Oven, 0.7Cu.ft, 700-Watt with 5 Micro...
Commercial Chef Countertop Microwave Oven, 0.6 Cu. Ft, Black
Panasonic Microwave Oven NN-SD372S Stainless Steel Countertop/Built-In...
External Dimensions
18 x 14 x 10 inches
17.75 x 12.5 x 10.25 inches
14.81 x 19.2 x 11 inches
Internal Capacity
0.7 cu ft
0.6 cu ft
0.8 Cu Ft
Presets
Popcorn, pizza, and potatoes
None
A lot!
Color Options
Black, Teal and White
Black
Stainless
Warranty
1 Year Limited
1 Year limited
1 Year limited
Prime?
-
Retro
Title
ARLIME Small Retro Microwave Oven, 0.7Cu.ft, 700-Watt with 5 Micro...
Image
ARLIME Small Retro Microwave Oven, 0.7Cu.ft, 700-Watt with 5 Micro...
External Dimensions
18 x 14 x 10 inches
Internal Capacity
0.7 cu ft
Presets
Popcorn, pizza, and potatoes
Color Options
Black, Teal and White
Warranty
1 Year Limited
Prime?
-
Buy it Now
Simple to Use
Title
Commercial Chef Countertop Microwave Oven, 0.6 Cu. Ft, Black
Image
Commercial Chef Countertop Microwave Oven, 0.6 Cu. Ft, Black
External Dimensions
17.75 x 12.5 x 10.25 inches
Internal Capacity
0.6 cu ft
Presets
None
Color Options
Black
Warranty
1 Year limited
Prime?
Buy it Now
Medium Sized
Title
Panasonic Microwave Oven NN-SD372S Stainless Steel Countertop/Built-In...
Image
Panasonic Microwave Oven NN-SD372S Stainless Steel Countertop/Built-In...
External Dimensions
14.81 x 19.2 x 11 inches
Internal Capacity
0.8 Cu Ft
Presets
A lot!
Color Options
Stainless
Warranty
1 Year limited
Prime?
Buy it Now

3 Categories of Small, Which Are You?

1) Small but Tall

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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).

These units are not quite portable, but they're probably the closest thing to it. 


2) Compact, Classic Style

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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 example worth considering (#2-#6).


3) Small, but on the Cusp of Medium

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If you're looking for a nice medium between the smaller varieties and the modern, bulkier models, we've included a few models below. If you can manage it, these units usually have a higher wattage and more cooking options, but they aren't always necessary (#7).

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. 


Power Levels

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. 


Cooking Presets

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

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  • Outside Dimensions: 13 3/4",    Depth, 14 1/8" Height, 15 3/8" Wide
  • Internal Capacity: 0.5 cu ft
  • Easily fits into small spaces
  • Fits a dinner plate
  • Touch controls
  • Add 30 seconds button
  • 10 Levels of Power
  • Comes in white, black or grey

  • Pros

    • Longevity
    • Great space saver
    • Fits 11" dinner plates
    • People generally love the unique look
    • Surprisingly powerful heating (considering the size)

    Cons

    • Loud beeping
    • High price tag for compact microwave
    • Will not accommodate larger items (think larger than a regular dinner plate)
    • Not a lot of cook options (simple)

    Product Overview

    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)

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  • External Dimensions: 13" Depth, 10.2" Height, 17.3" Width
  • Internal Capacity: 0.7 cu ft
  • Buttons for popcorn, potato, pizza, frozen vegetable, beverage and dinner plate
  • 10 power settings and 30-second express cooking
  • Push-button door
  • 1 year limited warranty

  • Pros

    • Sleek look
    • A lot of preset buttons
    • Very quiet
    • Positive response to heat times (generally)

    Cons

    • Hard to read labels
    • Beeps 5 times when finished (can't adjust this)
    • Plastic feet, not rubber (moves easier, so can slide around when pushing open button)

    Product Overview

    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

    arlime-microwave
  • Outside Dimensions: 18 x 14 x 10 inches
  • Internal Capacity: 0.7 cu ft
  • 9.5" turntable
  • 5 Power levels
  • Auto cooking for popcorn, pizza, and potatoes
  • Child lock

  • Pros

    • Great customer service
    • Amazing look!
    • Easy knob to control timer

    Cons

    • Louder than usual
    • Very light so can move when opening
    • Not very powerful

    Product Overview

    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 potatoe 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

    farberware-microwave
  • External dimensions: 17.75 x 12.9 x 10.17
  • Interior Capacity: 12 x 11.9 x 8.2"
  • 10.6" turntable
  • Weight defrost, time defrost, popcorn, potato, pizza, frozen vegetables, beverage and dinner plate presets
  • LED lighting
  • 10 Power levels

  • Pros

    • Great look
    • Simple controls
    • Quiet
    • Basic but gets the job done

    Cons

    • Won't work with big dinner plates (too small)
    • Somewhat cheap quality
    • Inferior power compared to bigger models

    Product Overview

    The Farberware Classic is just your run-of-the-mill 700-Watt compact microwave oven. It has 700 watts of output power, 1-6 minute express cooking and +30 sec presets; perfect for your baseline microwave oven.

    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

    commercial-chef-microwave
  • External dimensions: 17.75 x 12.5 x 10.25 inches
  • Internal Capacity: 0.6 cu ft
  • 6 Power levels
  • Knobs control everything
  • Very basic

  • Pros

    • Simple but gets the job done
    • Great for elderly
    • Nice price point

    Cons

    • Complaints about it giving out over time
    • Loud latch noise
    • Cheaper unit
    • Very light so will move around when opening

    Product Overview

    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

    amazon-basics-microwave
  • External Dimensions: 17.3 in. x 10.1 in. x 14.1 in (WxHxD)
  • Internal Dimensions: 10 7/8 in. x 6 7/8 in. x 10” in. (0.7 cu ft)
  • Voice control with Alexa (ONLY if you have a separate Amazon ECHO)
  • 10 Power levels
  • Turntable and child lock
  • Popcorn and defrost options

  • Pros

    • Voice control is surprisingly simple and effective
    • Great price
    • Great for visually impaired

    Cons

    • Negative reviews on heating of microwave
    • Voice control ONLY works if used with Amazon Echo

    Product Overview

    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)

    panasonic-microwave
  • External dimensions: 14.81 x 19.2 x 11 inches
  • Internal Capacity: 8 1/8 inch x 12 3/8 inch x 13 7/8 inch (h x w x d)
  • 11.25" turntable
  • Automatic sensor adjusts power and times based on different food
  • Keep warm feature
  • 950 Watt
  • Auto cook options for frozen entrees, vegetables, soup, oatmeal, pizza, pasta and apparently....more 🙂

  • Pros

    • Quiet
    • Nice, unannoying tone when it finishes
    • Genius technology is legitimate
    • Shortened cooking times

    Cons

    • Some complaints about it giving out early
    • Not user friendly for the "non-tech-savvy" group
    • Dim display (hard to see during daylight)

    Product Overview

    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. 

    Conclusion


    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.

    Cheers,

    Michael

    Founder of Robust Kitchen 

    About the author

    Michael spends his days eating, drinking and studying the fascinating world of food. He received his Bachelors Degree in Food Science and Technology at the University of California, Davis and spent much of his time at the school brewery. While school proved to be an invaluable experience, his true passion lies in exposing the hidden crannies of food for the cooking laymen.


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