When it comes to the kitchen, we can be a bit snobbish. No short-cut appliances or time-saving tools and techniques for us, please. Still, we have to admit that there are times when some effort-saving devices would come in handy... say, a microwave, for instance. Because we usually start cooking or baking without having actually planned to do so, we often find ourselves contemplating how to defrost a roast on the fly or fast-cook a side dish we forgot to prep. But of course, if we're going to introduce a microwave into our kitchen we want it to be functional, high quality, and pretty. And in fact, we've found three microwaves that all fit the criteria - and we wouldn't mind having them in our kitchen. Here, 3 awesome microwaves for any Latin kitchen.
While lots of recent-release microwaves have convection ovens or convection oven style functions, this one also has a grill, meaning you make hamburgers and bake cakes in addition to defrosting that roast you took out of the freezer at 4 pm for a 6:30 pm dinner. Testers and reviewers have noted, however, that while this model does the jobs it purports to do, it doesn't necessarily do them faster than a traditional oven or grill. Some users have also been annoyed by the fact that controls are inside the microwave, requiring its door to be open. Still, it's an all-in-one machine and would be especially useful in small kitchens.
At 1100 watts, the Breville is the most powerful of the microwaves on our wish list. It's also the one that seems most flexible and useful for the home cook, what with sensor heating and reheating functions that adjust temperature automatically by detecting what food item is in the microwave. A microwave that melts chocolate perfectly? Yes, please. That's one messy task when slow cooking for which we're happy to have a neat fix. Multiple reviewers note that the Breville is also much quieter compared to competitor microwaves, an important consideration if you have young kids and don't want to wake them up with early morning or late night cooking.
If you've ever yearned for a pop of bright color in an otherwise staid, monocolor kitchen, Nostalgia Electrics' microwaves are worth checking out. These cherry red boxes with chrome detailing are intended to evoke the 1950s with their retro design (even though microwaves didn't exist in the 1950s). Don't like red? There are turquoise and mint green versions, too. Just a note here: these ovens have wattage of 800, so they don't do heavy-lifting cooking and some reviewers have noted poor longevity. Still, we'd go for it and pick up an extended warranty to accompany it.