CHEAP MIDSIZE MICROWAVES
Consumers who don't have the budget for an over-the-range microwave must balance the capacity they need with the counter space they have available. The largest countertop microwaves can eat up 3 square feet of counter space -- and a fair amount of money. Cheap, compact microwaves take up very little space but start at 0.7 cubic feet of capacity, making them better suited to a dorm room than a family kitchen. Cheapism.com has rounded up highly rated midsize microwaves that cost less than $125. They have more than 1 cubic foot of interior space and their footprints measure little more than 2 square feet. These easy-to-use microwaves also have at least 10 power levels, a turntable, and convenience features such as a button for adding 30 seconds or a minute of cooking time.