Best Microwave for Dorms

<p>I've just been informed that we are in charge of getting the microwave for DS's room. I started to do my due diligence in researching and I am woozy with what came up on Google. I finally decided to turn to the experienced CC mavens. :-)</p>

<p>I wanted to the rent the microfridge but roomie is insisting on bringing the fridge. I have no choice - I am going along with it.</p>

<p>So far, it seems like Panasonic fares better than Sharp, but I don't know what wattage, size to get. I'd prefer to spend less than $100.</p>

<p>Any input would be greatly appreciated. Thanks!</p>

<p>I had a one-quart hot pot. Made good mac-n-cheese. :)</p>

<p>You can get a decent dorm microwave for less than $100. I bought my now-senior a microwave at Macys on sale when she was a freshman ... can't remember the brand, but it starts with an H ... it was $20!! It has worked great. She won't need it this year as her condo has a microwave, but we can't use it for S ... his school won't allow any microwaves with wattage in excess of 750; this one is 1000w.</p>

<p>LOL! I just had a chat w SIL - she was going on about how they were lucky to have a popcorn popper on the floor (I didn't remind her that that was several decades ago.) LOL Thanks for the chuckle.</p>

<p>son just has a cheap one from walmart..he wont actually cook in it, just something for hot water, soup, re-warm food, hot dog type stuff. i think it was about60 and had a turning plate. no idea what brand.</p>

<p>My mom got mine from a highend applience store for $18. It was a markdown sale and this one didn't have a box.... soooo.... :D</p>

<p>Thanks for the responses - turns out my niece has a new one she will give her cuz. I have no idea what brand it is, how many watts it has - whatever . . . if it's a gift, I am happy to accept it. </p>

<p>I am a happy camper now cause it's one less thing to worry about. :-)</p>

<p>Most schools require that microwaves not exceed 1000 watts and I've seen some schools want them at 900 or under. They can easily be purchased at Target, Best Buy or WalMart for under $60 and many models under $50.</p>

<p>umm good luck at that. Very few are below 1100 from what my mom and i have seen.</p>

<p>At my daughter's school the only way to have a microwave in the dorm room is to rent the microfridge. No separate units are permitted.</p>

<p>My suggestion: the best microwave for a dorm room: someone else's. Share. Use the one in the common area (if there is one). Wait and see. It does NOT have to be bought before you get there. Really.</p>

<p>Did all kinds of research myself, and all I did was totally confuse myself. Went to 5 stores and at the beginning D was fussy - didn't like white, handle was funky, etc. Towards the end she said it really didn't matter. So we're looking for at least 1.0 cubic ft that won't catch on fire and last at least a year. So far Sharp fills the bill, and lots of reviews on Emersons mention them catching on fire. will check the Panasonics too.</p>

<p>Should mention that she is in a college apt with 3 other roommates, and she's bringing micro because other girl is bringing TV. Other 2 are international students and can't bring much on the plane.</p>