Some of the best countertop microwave brands of 2014 include GE, Panasonic and Kenmore, according to Consumer Research. GE’s JES2051SNSS, Panasonic’s NN-SD681S and Kenmore’s 73092 in particular all received favorable reviews from users.
The GE JES2051SNSS is one of the best-reviewed countertop microwaves on the market, with users praising its high power, cooking speed, spacious interior and precision heating. The unit boasts one of the most accurate sensors available, meaning that food is reheated evenly and accurately. The microwave’s ample interior makes it capable of reheating larger dishes, though the size may make the JES2051SNSS impractical for smaller kitchens.
For users looking for a mid-size unit, Panasonic’s NN-SD681S receives excellent reviews. The device’s inverter technology allows it to function at a continuous power level, leading to more even heating and defrosting. Users also comment on the unit’s accurate sensor. The microwave’s interface, which features a pop-out dial rather than a traditional keypad, receives praise from many users, but others find it counter-intuitive.
For smaller countertop microwaves, Kenmore’s 73092 receives frequent praise. This compact, no-frills unit isn’t the most powerful on the market, but users report that it reheats accurately. The device has standard cooking presets and also allows users to save settings, though many users acknowledge this feature is overly complicated and unnecessary.