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Stainless Steel Microwaves Ranked: Price vs Features

by Ann Louisa

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Know Your Microwave Options

Four High-Quality Stainless Steel Microwaves


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There is so much going on in Phoenix and its outer neighborhoods that you don’t always have time to cook a full meal. You might need to heat up some oatmeal before a full day of hiking or microwave leftovers from yesterday’s night on the town. Fortunately, modern microwave technology has come a long way since the first models hit store shelves. You might be amazed at how quickly your food can cook and how evenly every item is heated.

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If you are remodeling your Arizona kitchen, make sure you save room for a microwave. You don’t need a large space for these appliances and don’t even have to lose part of your countertops. Check out a few stainless steel microwaves that wow the customers who buy them. 

Know Your Microwave Options

Before you can even start looking at stainless steel microwaves, you need to know what options are available. There are hundreds of microwave models in today’s market, which can be intimidating to shoppers. There is good news: once you know what kind of microwave you need, you can easily narrow down your search. Here are four common types of microwaves you will see.

  • Countertop microwaves: these are the most basic models that plug into the wall and sit on a flat surface. They can be found everywhere from college dorms to office breakrooms. While a stainless steel countertop microwave might look nice, it will take up space.
  • Over-the-Range microwaves: these are meant to be installed over your cooktop. They come with built-in hood features to filter the air and some have lights on the bottom. You cannot place these microwaves on countertops. Instead, they need to be installed below your cabinetry. 
  • Built-in microwaves: these are similar to built-in ovens. They are installed in the wall, typically at eye level. You may need to custom-design your kitchen to create space for a built-in microwave.
  • Microwave drawers: these are considered luxury microwave options. They are installed in the lower part of your cabinetry and they pull out from the wall. You place your food down into the drawer and close it.

With these options, you should know the microwave type you need. Now you can filter your options down to choose brands you like and size options you prefer.

Four High-Quality Stainless Steel Microwaves

While every microwave brand works to develop new products that customers love, not all models have the same quality. You can invest in a luxury microwave or find a more affordable option that has all of the features you need. Here are the top picks by Spencer’s TV and Appliance for over-the-range microwaves. These were selected for their size, performance capabilities, and price. See if any of these options are right for your kitchen.

1. Café™ 2.1 Cu. Ft. Stainless Steel Over The Range Microwave

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This Café microwave is meant to be placed above your cooktop to both heat your food and provide the ventilation you expect from a traditional range hood. It comes with a 400-CFM venting system that pulls odors, smoke, and grease from the air. These stainless steel microwaves also come with built-in lights underneath to brighten up your cooktop. You can easily see what’s cooking in your various pots and pans without having to turn on your full kitchen lights.

The microwave itself is also powerful. The sensor cooking controls adjust the cooking time and power levels, removing the guesswork from preparing food. There is also an added shelf option above the rotating plate for a second level of cooking. You can heat up two side dishes at once so everything is ready to eat at the same time. Don’t keep guests waiting because you can only fit one dish in your microwave! 

2. KitchenAid® 2.0 Cu. Ft. Stainless Steel Over The Range Microwave


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KitchenAid offers some of the top stainless steel microwaves on the market. It is a high-power microwave that cooks at 1000 watts with adjustable settings. This microwave comes with four sensor functions that automatically adjust the time needed to cook your food. You no longer have to keep reaching into your microwave to see if the food is hot yet and resetting the cook times. Let KitchenAid do that for you.

This microwave comes with a CookShield Finish that wipes clean without harsh chemicals. Keep your appliances looking new without exposing your food to all sorts of toxic cleaners. You can also trust the quality of a KitchenAid microwave to ventilate odors so cooking smells don’t spread throughout your house. 

You can buy this microwave in black, stainless steel, or white. Customer reviews for this appliance are overwhelmingly positive. Customers mention the different cooking options to choose from along with how sleek it looks above the range. 

3. Frigidaire Gallery® 1.7 Cu. Ft. Stainless Steel Over The Range Microwave

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Frigidaire might be known for its refrigerators, but it also sells quality appliances that heat food. This microwave has more than 30 different options for cooking your food – including one just for chicken nuggets. There is an Effortless™ reheat option that can turn yesterday’s leftovers into a delicious lunch for today. This model also comes with a SpaceWise® rack which provides more room to heat up items. It is a family microwave that everyone will be able to use.

Additional features that make this appliance stand out include the interior LED lighting and the extra large turntable to provide even heating. Whenever this turntable gets dirty, place it in the dishwasher to keep your microwave clean. You will love cooking food and reheating dishes with this appliance. 

Customer reviews say it is the best-looking microwave they have ever had. It is easy to use and heats food expertly. 

4. Whirlpool® 1.9 Cu. Ft. Fingerprint Resistant Stainless Steel Over the Range Microwave


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Whirlpool also offers quality stainless steel microwaves to purchase for your home. This option comes with a dishwasher-safe turntable plate for easy cleaning while the interior is made of CleanRelease® non-stick materials. There’s a quick-add button if you need to cook your food for an added 30 seconds, along with intuitive buttons for adjusting your settings.

The hidden vent underneath the microwave has three different speeds for cleaning your air. It operates at a 300 CFM motor level to filter out any smoke or odors before they leave your kitchen. You can appreciate how your kitchen smells fresh – even after cooking smelly foods – thanks to this Whirlpool appliance. 

It also comes in a variety of other shades, including white, black, stainless steel, and bisque. The customer reviews for this microwave highlight how all members of the family can use it – even kids – and how spacious the interior is for holding all kinds of plates and dishes.


Is stainless steel microwave safe?

No metal of any kind should ever go into a microwave. This includes travel mugs and tin foil that you use to cover microwavable meals. However, it is perfectly safe to buy a microwave made of stainless steel. The material on the outside does not affect the cooking on the inside. Always make sure a cooking material is microwave safe before turning on these appliances.

Where can I find microwaves near me?

Many home goods stores will have microwave options if you are looking for a countertop model. However, if you need an over-the-range appliance, you will need to look at stores that carry these specific options. If you live near Phoenix, visit Spencer’s TV and Appliance to find a microwave that meets your needs.

Why Trust Spencer’s TV & Appliance?

Since 1973, Spencer’s TV & Appliance has grown to 10 locations throughout the Phoenix Metropolitan Area. The secret to our longevity is simple: personal service. Customer satisfaction has always been the focus of our business, and throughout the years, we have been able to work hard with our suppliers to bring you the best prices. After all, getting customers the best price and personal attention is how we compete with big-box stores, day in and day out.

Not only do we offer top-rated appliances, name-brand electronics, and the best mattresses on the market but we also provide water treatment solutions and perform kitchen design services. Stop by your nearest Spencer’s and see what you’re missing!

Shop Stainless Steel Microwaves at Spencer’s

At Spencer’s TV & Appliance, we provide high-quality, name-brand products at great prices — check out our catalog to shop stainless steel microwaves online today. Your friends in the business are always happy to help you choose from our wide selection of stainless steel microwaves. Call us, or better yet, stop by at one of our locations in the Phoenix, Scottsdale, and Glendale regions. Visit us today!

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