Best RV Microwave in 2019 (Top 5 Reviews with Comparison)

I know three things for certain. First, I love my RV. Second I love food. Third, I’m a lousy cook!

For all three reasons, I knew I needed the best RV microwave money could buy. Like most people, sometimes I just don’t want to turn on the stove or oven to make dinner.

Some nights I want to easily make popcorn to watch a sunset or a movie with my family after a long day outside. It just makes sense to have a microwave in the RV!

With so many options available, however, selecting the right one proved challenging. How can you know which microwave will work best for you?

Nobody wants a microwave that doesn’t last or won’t heat thoroughly! So I gathered the five best I could find and did a side by side comparison, so you don’t have to.

I’ve tried to give you a glimpse into the technical specifications of each, why I liked or disliked them and the pros and cons of each model.

Here are the five RV microwaves I tried and what I thought of them.

COMPARISON CHART

IMAGEPRODUCT
 Westinghouse Counter Top Rotary Microwave Oven review1. Westinghouse Counter Top Rotary
  • The smaller size fits well in RVs where counter space is at a premium.
  • Low wattage and manual controls reduce power consumption.
  • Easy to operate by anyone, even children, seniors or the visually impaired.
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 Danby DMW7700BLDB review2. Danby DMW7700BLDB
  • It has buttons for the most popular cooking options.
  • Defrost functions are great for those who can’t leave frozen food out to thaw.
  • Runs quietly and the beeping alerts aren't obnoxiously loud.
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 Daewoo KOR-7LREM review3. Daewoo KOR-7LREM
  • The vintage style looks great, and would especially fit the decor of a vintage RV.
  • I love having a button to add 30 seconds of cook time.
  • The five power levels and four auto-cooking functions give you lots of options.
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Toshiba EM925A5A-BS Microwave Oven review4. Toshiba EM925A5A-BS
  • Optional power save mode lets you decide if you want to use standby or not.
  • Accurate pre-programmed cooking options make preparing popular choices a breeze.
  • Cooks very evenly and quicker than some RV microwave options
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Panasonic Countertop Commercial Microwave Oven NE-1054F review5. Panasonic NE-1054F
  • Touch screen has the right level of sensitivity.
  • The microwave feels sturdy and heavy duty.
  • Cooks quickly and evenly.
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OUR TOP 5 PICKS

#1 Westinghouse Counter Top Rotary

 Westinghouse Counter Top Rotary Microwave Oven review

Specifications

Power Wattage

600 Watts

Power Levels

6

Outer Dimensions

17.75 x 12.5 x 10.25 inches

Interior Capacity and Turntable Size

0.6 cubic feet/9.5 inches

Appearance

Available in black or white

Warranty

12 months

Features

  • The smaller size fits well in RVs where counter space is at a premium.
  • Low wattage and manual controls reduce power consumption.
  • Easy to operate by anyone, even children, seniors or the visually impaired.

The Westinghouse Counter Top Rotary Microwave Oven may not have all the bells and whistles of other microwaves, but it has everything that you need in your home away from home. With space always valuable in your RV, you won’t get frustrated with this smaller size.

You will find it easy to operate, and great at warming up or preparing small dishes and meals. You won’t fit large platters in this unit, but most microwave safe plates, cups and dishes will fit without issue.

You can clean it easily, and since the Westinghouse has no electronic controls, it uses no electricity when not heating food. The different power levels give you the option to defrost, reheat, or prepare a frozen dinner depending on your needs.

You adjust the power level and cook time by turning dials, which makes for incredibly simple use. It easily mounts in cabinets or takes up little space on the counter.

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  • PROS/CONS OVERVIEW

Because this unit doesn’t have any digital buttons or screens, it draws no power when not in operation, and doesn’t eat up too much power even when you do run it! I don’t want to use my generator if I don’t have to, and less power draw helps.

Despite its small size, it stays put — no sliding around on the counter when you open the door to put things in or take them out. The simple design makes it easy for anyone to use; no complicated programming or extra buttons!

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#2 Danby DMW7700BLDB

 Danby DMW7700BLDB review

Specifications

Power Wattage

700 Watts

Power Levels

10

Outer Dimensions

19.06 x 14.75 x 11.25 inches

Interior Capacity and Turntable Size

0.7 cubic feet/10.1 inches

Appearance

Available in black or stainless steel

Warranty

12 months

Features

  • It has buttons for the most popular cooking options.
  • Defrost functions are great for those who can’t leave frozen food out to thaw.
  • Runs quietly and the beeping alerts aren't obnoxiously loud.

If you prefer a one-touch cooking experience, you may like this Danby Microwave Oven. It offers six different automatic settings for popular uses, as well as three specialty programs.

These options let you decide if you would like to cook your food by weight, defrost by weight, or even speed defrost your food. You have a little more size in the Danby, so if you cook with larger dishes, this can benefit you.

Operating at 700 watts, this microwave still doesn’t draw too much power, but the LED clock and timer will use a small amount of electricity at all times.

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  • PROS/CONS OVERVIEW

I like that the Danby offers the most popular cooking options at the press of a button. No need to mess around with settings and timers when I just want some popcorn or to reheat some pizza!

Defrost by weight and speed defrost functions provide a great option in an RV since you may not have lots of counter space to thaw food. The beeping alerts are a pleasant volume and the fan isn’t too loud either — nice when in a small enclosed space.

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#3 Daewoo KOR-7LREM

 Daewoo KOR-7LREM review

Specifications

Power Wattage

700 Watts

Power Levels

5

Outer Dimensions

12.7 x 17.6 x 10.6 inches

Interior Capacity and Turntable Size

0.7 cubic feet/10 inches

Appearance

Available in city blue, cream, cream white, mint green, red and white

Warranty

30 days, with option to purchase an extended warranty

Features

  • The vintage style looks great, and would especially fit the decor of a vintage RV.
  • I love having a button to add 30 seconds of cook time.
  • The five power levels and four auto-cooking functions give you lots of options.

If you like retro or vintage styling, you may find yourself drawn to this Daewoo! With a lot of different color options, this appliance exudes personality and makes a fun statement.

It would look especially great in a vintage airstream or similar RV. It works well at reducing unnecessary power consumption with a zero standby function — meaning it draws no power when in standby mode.

With five power levels, four auto cooking options, and an automatic defrost setting, you have a lot of options for preparing food with this microwave. Add on a child safety lock, and you know that nobody’s toys will end up getting nuked!

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  • PROS/CONS OVERVIEW

Beauty may be only skin deep but the retro look of the Daewoo really draws me to it. It offers a cool blend of modern tech built into a classic design, and I appreciate that.

The zero standby function is a great power saving option, and the child safety lock helps if you have kids or grandkids that have a habit of getting into trouble. The user manual is one of the most thorough I’ve ever gotten with an appliance; it might be overkill, but I appreciate it!

It as a button for adding 30 seconds to your cook time. It’s a simple thing, but I think it provides a helpful option for adjusting cook times.

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#4 Toshiba EM925A5A-BS

Toshiba EM925A5A-BS Microwave Oven review

Specifications

Power Wattage

900 Watts

Power Levels

10

Outer Dimensions

19.2 x 15.9 x 11.5 inches

Interior Capacity and Turntable Size

0.9 cubic feet/10.6 inches

Appearance

Available in black stainless steel or stainless steel

Warranty

12 months

Features

  • Optional power save mode lets you decide if you want to use standby or not.
  • Accurate pre-programmed cooking options make preparing popular choices a breeze.
  • Cooks very evenly and quicker than some RV microwave options

If you have a little more space, more power available and have more cooking needs for your microwave, this Toshiba might work for you! While larger than the previously reviewed models, it still fits well in smaller spaces especially if you have extra counter space.

The digital display and interior lighting are supplied by LEDs, which require less power to operate. You have the option of using the standby mode if you want to, and can silence the alert tone if you prefer, which families will appreciate.

At 900 watts, this microwave cooks more quickly than previously reviewed models, but does draw more power when used at higher settings. Six programmed functions provide easy use for popular options, and ten power settings let you determine how much heat you use.

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  • PROS/CONS OVERVIEW

The Toshiba cooks very evenly, and more quickly than other options. The programmed functions work as intended without having to make too many adjustments.

You can turn off the tone that alerts you when the microwave finishes cooking, which is great in a small shared space, like an RV. The child lock works well at keeping kids from getting into hot food.

I like that the power save mode is optional, and that the interior lighting is a power-saving LED. These give me options for reducing power consumption, but let me decide how to use them.

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#5 Panasonic Countertop NE-1054F

Panasonic Countertop Commercial Microwave Oven NE-1054F review

Specifications

Power Wattage

1000 Watts

Power Levels

6

Outer Dimensions

12 x 20.125 x 16.5 inches

Interior Capacity and Turntable Size

0.8 cubic feet

Appearance

Stainless steel

Warranty

12 months

Features

  • Touch screen has the right level of sensitivity.
  • The microwave feels sturdy and heavy duty.
  • Cooks quickly and evenly.

Right away I noticed that the Panasonic had no turntable! Confused at first, I quickly realized that this microwave works differently. The Panasonic has no need to rotate your food using a tray, instead it uses a bottom energy feed system meant to have better and quicker results.

This microwave comes with ten preset timer settings, various program buttons available, and ten programmable memory pads so that you can have a setting for your favorite foods. The Panasonic has a little more size and weight than other models, weighing in at almost 40 pounds.

This microwave is meant more for commercial or communal use, but I’ve heard good things and wanted to give it a try.

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  • PROS/CONS OVERVIEW

The Panasonic cooks quickly and evenly. While thrown off by the lack of a turntable at first, I’ve come to like the fact that it doesn’t need one — that’s one less thing to clean or worry about!

The touch screen reacts very well to light pressure, and the preset timer settings have been very handy for general heating and light cooking.

While the unit has more weight, it feels heavy duty and I don’t feel like I need to worry about it incurring any damage.

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BUYER'S GUIDE

People have a lot of questions about microwaves for their RVs! I can’t blame them either, with so many options available I too found myself confused about what I needed.

To help you make your decision a little easier, I’ve answered a few questions that I frequently get asked regarding microwaves for RVs.

- Can a household microwave be used in RVs?
You absolutely can use a household microwave in your RV, but you do need to consider how much power it uses and how much power you can provide.

If you have a dedicated circuit for the microwave, you have fewer worries. If not, I’d recommend limiting using other appliances while using your microwave. No blow dryers or air conditioning, or else you may find yourself flipping breakers!

I’ve tried to limit the microwaves in this review to models that don’t draw huge amounts of power so that they will work well in a number of different RV classes. 

- Is an RV microwave just for a little reheating or can I cook with it?

This depends on a few factors, including the microwave you select, how much power you provide, and cook times. All microwaves will do a solid job of reheating leftovers, and all of the ones in this review will do a good job of basic cooking, though you may need to increase the cooking time.

I’ve found that smaller microwaves, like you would want in your RV, do a fine job cooking — they just do it a little bit slower than the larger, more powerful microwaves we typically have in our houses.

- Does an RV microwave need to sit on a countertop or can it be added to a built-in cabinet?

I have seen microwaves in both positions in RVs, and have experimented with both. I prefer them in a built-in cabinet because it prevents them from moving, and frees up additional counter space.

You can mount a microwave to the counter like you would in a cabinet, but I prefer not to. If I need to move the microwave, the mounting hole remains.

- Do you need a certain type of cookware?

Your RV microwave will work like any other microwave you’ve used. You can cook in any microwave safe dishes or cookware. Size will be a bigger factor in your RV, however, so make sure that your dishes will fit in your microwave.

CONCLUSION

I know how hard it can be trying to find the best RV microwave — I struggled with it myself!  That’s why I wanted to do a comparison of these options. I love my RV life, but I want to make sure I don’t always have to turn on the oven or stove, especially on those hot summer days!

All of the reviewed microwaves have their pros and cons, but if I had to recommend just one, I’d go with the Westinghouse Counter Top! It provides reliable cooking in a small package, and size remains a huge deciding factor for most RV owners.

Though it lacks the power of some other models, it also requires a lot less electricity than other microwaves, and uses none when not in operation — without relying on a complicated standby system. It’s simple, easy to use and heats food evenly and reliably. All of which makes it the best RV microwave I would recommend.

Last Updated on September 2, 2019