While ratings depend upon each individual, Consumer Reports shows that features such as type and size of the microwave have some importance in determining these ratings. The organization also looks at other features, such as speed, sensors and automated settings, in determining the rating of a microwave oven.
People must also consider their lifestyle needs when rating a microwave. For instance, busy people may need an appliance with browning and speed-cooking features, as well as interactive recipe databases to help them find recipes in a hurry. Of course, heating and defrosting features must rank highly for any microwave as these present the appliance's two primary functions.
Consumer Reports also reports that size makes a difference in microwaves since some people may need a compact model that fits onto a smaller countertop space, but offers less cooking room. Over-the-range microwaves help some people save the space they need on the counter, but Consumer Reports explains that these models typically do not ventilate well, and require professional installation from a technician. Every individual must take into account which of these features matters most and look at the costs of having these features,as well as any additional costs of installation to help determine the microwave's value.