Microwave Ovens

Ever since microwave ovens became available, life has been just a little bit easier. We can cook food in mere minutes, heat up leftovers with ease or quickly thaw out anything from the freezer in time for dinner. Used by everyone from college students to busy parents and professionals, the microwave is one of the most essential kitchen gadgets for the 21st century kitchen.

So, how do you know which microwave is right for you? How much space you have can play a big role in your decision. Countertop microwaves are the most popular – though you can have them built into your cabinetry, over your range or into a drawer – but you need to measure your counter space before you shop to ensure you are not buying something that is too large for it. Also, consider how many people you plan cook for. If you have a family of five, you may want to choose a larger one than you would if you are single and only cook or heat up leftovers for yourself. Take your dishes and microwavable cookware into consideration as well. Would they fit inside easily?

When it comes to wattage, the higher the better. Most chefs agree that 1000 watts is efficient and anything under 700 does not cook or heat evenly and may be slow to work. Other features to look for might include a microwave oven with a childproofing device if you have young children. At Williams-Sonoma, we offer a selection of Breville microwave ovens with technology that takes the guesswork out of cooking, thawing and reheating.

The Breville Quick Touch Microwave takes away the numeric keypad and replaces it with knobs that allow you to choose the type of food you are cooking and the weight or quantity. The machine does the rest. There are also some shortcut selections you can choose for cooking, reheating and defrosting certain foods like pizza, popcorn and melting chocolate, and as the microwave senses steam coming from your food, it adjusts its power and cooking time as necessary. The My Favorite feature remembers your favorite settings.  At 1100 watts, the Quick Touch offers more than enough power for efficient cooking.

We also offer Breville’s Quick Touch Crisp Inverter Microwave. Unlike those microwaves that leave your favorite frozen pizzas and other dishes soft and soggy, this one uses grill energy to ensure your favorite foods are crisp and delicious when they are ready to eat. You will never know they were not cooked in a conventional oven.