Whether you live in an apartment, a dorm room, or you just want to save some counter space in a small kitchen, a compact microwave is the perfect space-saving appliance. Before you go out and purchase just any “compact” microwave, make sure that you buy the right machine. Some of the properties you should keep in mind when shopping around for a small microwave include:
- Size – Obviously, the first thing you should look for when shopping for a compact microwave is size. Traditional microwaves are big and bulky, which means they take up a ton of valuable counter space. To save space, look for a compact microwave that can fit on top of your mini-fridge. If you don’t have a mini-fridge, now may be the perfect time to look for a combination appliance to maximize your space.
- Power – Just because a compact microwave is half the size of traditional microwaves doesn’t mean that it has to be half as powerful. Small microwaves should have a wattage output of at least 700W—any is insufficient for cooking food evenly. While you may think you need a more powerful microwave, keep in mind that a compact microwave has a smaller heating area and is more efficient at focusing energy.
- Energy Efficiency – If you’re looking for a small microwave to save space, then the chances are that you might also be looking for ways to save money. Fortunately, some small microwaves can do both. Because energy-efficient, compact microwaves won’t radiate as much heat as other microwaves, you can also reduce your air conditioning bill!
To maximize your space, you need more than a compact microwave. Refrigerator/freezer/microwave combination appliances are the perfect way to store food and beverages and heat up a quick snack or meal in one, space-saving appliance.