Other models we tested
The four microwaves above performed at the top of the class, but we tested a total of nine machines to find the best microwave. Here are the other models that didn't quite make the cut.
Breville Quick Touch: This upscale $249 model looks and feels luxurious, but we found its performance to be less than impressive. Breville is also sunsetting this model in favor of its new line of Wave models.
GE JES2051SNSS: This model is a strong contender, but fell short when it came to popcorn, and we were left with a few undercooked potatoes. Reheating beverages, boiling water and cooking frozen meals went well. It's also the most expensive model we tested at $280.
LG LMC0975ST: This $171 model has a small interior capacity of just 0.9 cubic feet. It's also the only microwave we tested that interfered with our Wi-Fi signal. Twinkly sounds and pretty design weren't enough to woo us.
Hamilton Beach EM031M2ZC-X3: The $75 Hamilton Beach microwave offers 1.1 cubic feet and 1,000 watts of power, but poor cooking results, especially when it came to fully baking potatoes.
Toshiba EM131A5C-BS: Toshiba's $120 microwave produced mediocre results. It did have an easy to clean interior and plenty of special functions, but didn't do well when it came to reheating leftover pizza or cooking small frozen entrees.
How we test
Finding the best microwaves is about more than just the 30-second express button we use to heat up lunch. Microwaves come with dozens of special functions and adjustment levels that can turn them into truly helpful tools in the kitchen.
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