Microwaves have been around been around for over 50 years now, with consumer adoption really skyrocketing for the past 40 or so. In that time, weâve seen ever-increasing feature and preset options for everything from defrosting to cooking and heating specific food types.
Going above and beyond that, many newer models even gauge the temperature of your food and can auto-shut off when it reaches a predetermined temp. But do you need all these fancy functions?
Most people still default to manual timed cooking across a couple of power settings for all their microwaving needs, so while it may be nice to know you have the options, really think about whether youâll actually use them and if itâs worth paying more for them.
Other options can include interlock redundancy (interlocks shut the microwave off when the door is opened) so the microwave still stops should one or more of the main interlocks fail for any reason, or child safety doors which require a keypad input so children donât accidentally burn themselves on hot food.