Three GE microwaves top our tests

Three GE microwaves top our tests

How hard can buying a microwave be? That’s what we thought until we tested three different GE over-the-range (OTR) microwaves that look alike and found that they performed similarly, yet have very different price tags. Each has a stainless-steel finish, touchpad controls, and about the same amount of usable space. Of the dozens of microwaves tested by Consumer Reports, these three GEs were the top OTR models. They were easy to use, excellent at defrosting, and impressive at evenly heating food and venting. … (read more)

Caso inverter microwaves – new for 2014

The elegant inverter microwave, Caso IMCG28 cooks healthy, delicious food while saving energy. This oven offers 14 automatic cooking programs at different microwave power levels. The elegant Caso microwave has 1.6 kW grill, 1.85 kW convection, 28 liter capacity, stainless steel interior, brushed aluminum front. Available from February 2014 at a price of € 400.

The Caso IMG25 is also finished in brushed aluminum and comes with 13 automatic cooking programs. Offering 25 liter stainless steel cooking cavity, this energy efficient inverter microwave has 1.0 kW microwave output and 1.0 kW grill. Available … (read more)

Top countertop and over-the-range microwaves

Top countertop and over-the-range microwaves

Microwaves are used more often than range ovens to prepare some part of the meal, and that means we’re doing more reheating and less baking and broiling, says Harry Balzer, author of the "Eating Patterns in America" report. Countertop microwaves outsell over-the-range models nearly 2 to 1, but each type has its advantages. Here’s a look at some of the top scorers from Consumer Reports’ microwave tests and tips from our testers.

CR tip. A microwave eats up counter space—about 3 square feet—so look … (read more)

Here’s our two cents on Samsung’s microwaves with Eco Mode

Here’s our two cents on Samsung’s microwaves with Eco Mode

It sounds like the job of a superhero. Help save the environment! How? By using the Eco Mode feature on Samsung’s over-the-range microwaves. The manufacturer’s green claim got the experts at Consumer Reports wondering how much energy Eco Mode would save you. Here’s what we found.

The claims. “Use Eco Mode and help save the environment, power as well as money,” according to Samsung’s website, adding that standby power is reduced. Lowe’s sells Samsung microwaves and its site simply … (read more)