A microwave oven is a staple in an office breakroom. Many employees bring microwaveable lunches and snacks to stay satisfied and energized throughout the busy day. Older-model microwaves may fail to heat and cook food items thoroughly, requiring workers to heat up meals multiple times. Make sure food is warmed through on the first try with a microwave oven that packs a punch. Consider adding toasters and toaster ovens for items like breads and bagels which are best toasted.
For small, space-limited breakrooms, a microwave with 0.7 cu. ft. is a perfect addition, but if space permits, consider going bigger. Microwaves with 1.1 or 1.4 cu. ft. provide plenty of room and accommodate multiple dish sizes for cooking flexibility.
A powerful microwave is a good microwave. When selecting between multiple microwaves, consider the number of power levels and the cooking wattage. A higher number of watts equates to a faster, more efficient cooking process, while adjustable power levels are great for making a variety of meal types.
When preparing food in a microwave, the most frustrating part of the process can be figuring out just how long something should be cooked. Eliminate the thought by using single-touch menu buttons, which are labeled with popular food items, such as popcorn, potato and soup, to take the guesswork out of mealtime. Microwaves with sensor cooking automatically adjust the power level and remaining cook time to ensure each meal is properly heated without being over- or under-cooked.
Most microwave ovens come with additional buttons to simplify things even further. An add-a-minute button lets you quickly extend the cook time a bit longer, while a keep-warm button pulses out low heat to make sure meals stay warm and ready to eat.
For thorough cooking with reduced cooking time a convection microwave oven may do the trick. Convection ovens help reduce cooking time by blowing air directly onto the food unlike traditional ovens which simply surround the food with hot air. A convection microwave oven is part microwave and part convection oven. This combination allows you to quickly heat things with the ability to heat and brown food more evenly.