Want a small microwave oven? Our reviews list 10 of the smallest microwaves that will fit into any compact kitchen or dorm room. If you’re looking for a simple small countertop microwave or perhaps one with more functionality, these personal mini microwave oven units will fit perfectly.
For each of these space saving microwave ovens we’ve listed the overall dimensions and internal volume as well as the power output and features. Some of these units are very basic while others have more features at a higher price.
If you’re looking for a simple white design there are plenty to choose from. Our reviews also list a few with a bit more flair or a retro look. Before choosing one make sure that all 3 small microwave dimensions allow for a good fit into your compact kitchen space.
Here’s a quick look at the best small microwave ovens on the market. We’ve sorted these small space microwave ovens smallest to largest.
|Brand||Width||Depth||Height||Capacity||Price||Check Latest Price|
|Whirlpool||15.4"||13.8"||14.1"||0.5 cu. feet||$$$$|
|Westinghouse||17.8"||13.6"||10.3"||0.6 cu. feet||$$|
|LG||17.9"||12.3"||10.8"||0.7 cu. feet||$$$$|
|Nostalgia||17.5"||13.5"||10.3"||0.7 cu. feet||$$$|
|Daewoo||17.6"||12.7"||10.6"||0.7 cu. feet||$$$|
|Danby||19.1"||14.8"||11.2"||0.7 cu. feet||$$|
|Frigidaire||17"||13"||10.1"||0.7 cu. feet||$$|
|Bella||17.3"||13"||10.2"||0.7 cu. feet||$$|
|Sunbeam||17.8"||13"||10.8"||0.7 cu. feet||$$|
|Avanti||18"||14.3"||10.3"||0.8 cu. feet||$$|
If you’re looking for the smallest microwave on the market to fit into that tight corner then this is the best option. At only 0.5 cubic feet it doesn’t get much smaller than this small black microwave.
It’s about 4 inches higher than the other microwaves reviewed here but it’s about 2 inches narrower. This makes it ideal for narrow spots.
Just because it’s small doesn’t mean that it doesn’t have loads of features. It has 10 different power settings and delivers 750W of cooking power. That’s pretty impressive for such a small microwave.
It’s got a quick touch popcorn button as well as a reheat button. The “add 30 seconds” button is also a nice touch. The design is elegant and has an attractive stainless look to it with a classy looking black bezel.
We really like that the rear of this narrow microwave is rounded, and not squared off like most other units. This rounded back makes it easy to push back into a corner so that you maximize countertop space.
This is not the cheapest small microwave but it certainly is one of the best small microwaves on the market. The compact size, performance and full feature design make this small stainless steel microwave a good buy.
If you’re looking for a short microwave then at a height of 10.3″ this unit is a good option. This small microwave has a simple but elegant design. The mechanical knobs are simple to use and are well positioned and layed out. There’s no digital clock or fancy preset cooking options.
This is a great microwave for seniors or folks who prefer not to have loads of buttons on the panel.
We liked how easy the handle was to use when opening and closing the door.
The oven has six different power levels ranging from defrost to high where the full 600W of power are used. The timer allows for a maximum of 30 minutes of cooking at a time. This prevents any mishaps of accidentally leaving the oven on for a long time.
Once it’s done cooking there’s an audible ding that sounds to let you know it’s done.
It has a 9.5-inch removeable turntable and has an internal volume of only 0.6 cubic feet. This makes it ideal for a dorm or small apartment.
When it comes to buying a microwave smallest isn’t always best but this little microwave performs really well.
The digital display and buttons make using it really easy. It has plenty of one-touch settings for anything from popcorn, beverage or fresh vegetables.
It also has both a quick and auto defrost function. The EZ-On button is handy for switching it on for 30-seconds for each press.
There’s a light in the microwave but we would have preferred illuminated buttons too. When it’s done cooking it beeps four times but won’t remind you a few minutes later if you forget to open the door.
The side panels are black which contrast nicely with the stainless steel front. We also like that the inside of the oven was coated with LG’s EasyClean coating. It makes it so much esier to clean.
LG make quaity products and this unit will be an attractive addition to any compact kitchen or dorm.
The rounded edges make this look a lot like a Smeg appliance. It has a capacity of 0.7 cubic feet and a 700W power output.
The five power levels and 12 pre-programmed settings are easily selected by means of the turn-and-push dial.
The time and cooking progress is displayed on a clear digital display that is beautifully round instead of the standard rectangle.
It also has a rotating glass turntable that helps cook food evenly.
With a height of just over 10-inches this cute microwave will fit under a very low shelf with ease.
It has attractive curves in all the right places and is finished off with a chrome handle and buttons.
It has 4 auto-cook presets as well as two-way defrost. The simple to use controls allow for selecting of five different power levels up to a maximum of 700W.
It has an interior light but it only comes on when the oven is running, not when the door is opened.
In spite of its small size it also comes with a 10-inch turntable that will accommodate a 10.5-inch plate.
We like that it has a child safety lock that will keep out inquisitive little fingers.
This is a very attractive little microwave.
It has a capacity of 0.7 cubic feet, a power output of 700W and comes in a stainless, black or white finish.
The digital interface has 6 one-touch settings (popcorn, potato, pizza, etc…) as well as 10 power settings.
It also has 3 specialty programs that allow for cooking by weight, speed defrost and defrost by weight. It has an automatic oven light and a 10.5-inch turntable that will accommodate an 11-inch plate.
It’s currently selling for a good price considering all of these features. While the capacity os 0.7 cubic feet, the other outside dimensions are a fair amount larger than some of the other microwaves we reviewed above.
If you want a cheap compact microwave but the spot isn’t too tight then this could be a good option for you.
It has a 0.7 cubic feet capacity with inner dimensions just big enough for the 9.6-inch removable turntable.
It also comes in black but the all-white model makes the labels of the digital panel buttons stand out nicely.
The interface is simple to use and allows for a selection of 10 cooking power levels. It has 4 one-touch options (including popcorn), easy start buttons and an “add 30 seconds” button.
It also has auto cook, auto defrost, two-stage cooking and auto reheat options. The auto defrost option does a great job of defrosting food quickly and evenly.
We liked that the inside light lights up when the door is opened and when operating. Small white microwave ovens don’t get much better than this. If you’re looking for a 17 inch wide microwave get this one.
The digital control has a clear LED dsiplay and has 6 one-touch preset cooking options and a plus 30 seconds button.
It also has multi-stage cooking features for custom cooking of snacks and meals. This function gives better control by varying the power throughout the cooking process.
The keypad has a lockout feature to prevent children fiddling with it.
We like that it not only has a defrost by time function but also allows for defrost by weight.
It has a removable 10-inch turntable that accommodates most standard size dinner plates. The turntable rotates while cooking to ensure even distribution of heat.
This is a great microwave for an office or college dorm.
You get 6 one-touch presets including popcorn and reheat functions.
The 700W power can be adjusted to 10 settings and it also allows for express cooking and defrost by weight.
We would have preferred a quick start 30-second or 1 minute button to have been included.
The digital clock / timer is clear enough but nothing fancy. It also has a child lock on the panel for peace of mind.
The light comes on both during operation and when the door is opened.
Sunbeam make simple but long lasting products. For the money this is one of the best cheap smal microwave ovens.
The mirror finished door and attractive control panel give it a very elegant look. We really like the stainless steel door handle.
This oven puts out 700W and the physical size is still compact enough for a small kitchen or dorm.
The digital panel has your standard 6 one-touch presets, cook by weight, defrost by weight and speed defrost settings.
The microwave is pretty light. If you don’t have it up against something it ends up moving when you press the buttons because they’re not very sensitive.
Things To Look Out For
If we had to choose our favorite tiny microwave ovens it would be either the LG or the small Whirlpool microwave units. If you’re still trying to decide then here are a few things to take note of when buying the most compact microwave:
Compact Microwave Dimensions – Don’t just consider the capacity of the oven. Two different microwaves can have the same capacity but very different dimensions. Make sure that you check the internal and external dimensions.
External Dimensions – When taking note of the depth of the microwave make sure that it included the “bump” section that sticks out on the one side. As far as possible our quoted microwave sizes above take this into consideration.
Power – With a microwave small doesn’t have to mean low power. That being said you want to aim at the 750W mark to be able to do some decent cooking that isn’t just reheating pizza or making popcorn.
Vents – If you’re planning on putting the microwave flush up agains something, make sure that the vents won’t be blocked. If you intend putting it under a shelf then make sure that the microwave you buy doesn’t have vents on the top panel.
Door – Most microwave doors will not be flush with the side panel when opened. Make sure that the space you’re placing it in will allow a little more space for the corner of the door to pass when opening.
Power Cord – Most microwave power cords will only be around 3 feet long. Bear this in mind when planning where to put it. You could cut the plug off and extend the cable but that will almost certainly invalidate the warranty.
Control Panel – A digital microwave does off a lot more functionality but you just need a basic microwave for some reheating then rather go with a mechanical interface. There’s a lot less opportunity for something to break. Also, a microwave with rotating mechanical controls uses no power when in standby.
Turntable – Check the size of the turntable before buying. The largest size plate that you could use will normally be around half an inch bigger in diameter than the turntable. Having one that is removable makes cleaning the microwave a lot easier.
The smallest microwave ovens for sale aren’t necessarily the best small microwave options. Make sure that the one you intend buying fits your space, your budget and your needs as far as functionality is concerned. Make sure that you take accurate measurements of the spot you want to put the microwave in and allow for a little more room to maneouvre. The compact ovens in our super small microwave reviews above are all excellent choices. Let us know if you think we’ve left a good model out of our reviews and we’ll include it.
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