Consumers who don't have the budget for an over-the-range microwave oven but crave convenient food prep must balance capacity with available counter space. The largest countertop microwaves eat up 3 square feet and a fair amount of money. Cheapism.com has rounded up four highly rated midsize models costing less than $100, each with 1.1 cubic foot of interior space and footprints measuring little more than 2 square feet. We also identified two compact ovens that cover less territory and suit dorm rooms, tiny apartment kitchens, offices, and RVs. All are easy to use and sport 10 power levels and multiple one-touch cooking options.
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