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AmazonBasics Microwave 0.7 Review

Great value with smart home integration
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Price:   $60 List | $60 at Amazon
Pros:  Inexpensive, smart home integration, compact
Cons:  Low power, Echo device required for some functions
Manufacturer:   Amazon
By David Wise and Austin Palmer  ⋅  Aug 19, 2020
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RANKED
#7 of 10
  • Heating - 40% 6
  • Frozen Foods - 30% 7
  • Defrosting - 20% 6
  • Ease of use - 10% 6

Our Verdict

If you are searching for a solid microwave that gets the job done and won't blow your budget, then we would recommend the AmazonBasics 0.7 cu. ft. . This appliance does decently well at reheating and defrosting food and is very easy to use. It's a compact appliance that can even integrate with your Alexa smart home if you've ever felt the need to be able to make popcorn or heat up coffee via voice control.

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Our Analysis and Test Results

This is one of the smallest products that we have tested, making it a great option for cramped kitchens. However, it only has a 10" turntable, limiting what will fit inside, but we think it's a great bargain option if you are OK with that.

Performance Comparison


If you are shopping for a bargain appliance  then this is a great choice.
If you are shopping for a bargain appliance, then this is a great choice.

Heating


Our first metric looked at how quickly and evenly the AmazonBasics 0.7 heated up food, using both a variety of food, a heat map, and a controlled volume of water. It did decently well, scoring well in most of the tests.


This microwave did about average in our heat map test, with the inner and center parts of the marshmallow fluff getting fully cooked and blackened. The outer ring was only lightly browned with large sections of completely uncooked fluff.

The heat map before its turn in the AmazonBasics.
There were definite hot spots visible in the heat map.

It continued its middle-of-the-road results in our speed test, raising the temperature of the small beaker of water by 70.1°F after 45 seconds of heating.

This model did an average job in our speed heating test.
This model did an average job in our speed heating test.

The AmazonBasics 0.7 did much better with the plate of leftovers, heating up the green beans, sausage, and potatoes all to the proper serving temperature. The sausage did come out about 35°F than the potatoes and the green beans but we found it to be more than good enough for serving.

All three types of food were warm enough to eat after the heating cycle  though the sausage was a bit warmer than the veggies.
All three types of food were warm enough to eat after the heating cycle, though the sausage was a bit warmer than the veggies.

It continued its solid performance into the next test, heating up the soup to the correct serving temperature when heated following the instructions. Unfortunately, the performance of this product dropped a bit with our last test, delivering somewhat lackluster results when reheating two slices of pizza.

We weren't too impressed with the performance of this microwave when it came to reheating pizza.
We weren't too impressed with the performance of this microwave when it came to reheating pizza.

Both slices were just barely warmed, with the centers a little cooler than the outside.

One side of the lasagna was quite a bit cooler than the middle and other side.
One side of the lasagna was quite a bit cooler than the middle and other side.

Frozen Foods


The relative performance of the AmazonBasics 0.7 improved going into our next metric, scoring quite above average. We used Hot Pockets, frozen burritos, and an individual serving of mini-lasagna as our test items, heating them up following the manufacturers' instructions and then using a set of thermometers to measure the temperature in various zones to see how evenly each item was heated by the microwave.


The AmazonBasics 0.7 did a fantastic job with both the frozen burrito and the Hot Pocket but faltered a bit with the miniature lasagna. The Hot Pocket only had an average temperature variation of 3°F between the left, right, and center regions. The burrito heated up a little more unevenly but not by much, only showing a discrepancy of around 7°F.

Again  there was one side that was much cooler than the center and the other side.
Again, there was one side that was much cooler than the center and the other side.

The lasagna showed a bit more of a temperature change across the different areas, with an average temperature difference of 21°F. It also failed to heat the lasagna to a suitable serving temperature when following the directions and had some very extreme differences, with the largest being 44°F.

Just a bit more than half of the turkey was successfully defrosted.
Just a bit more than half of the turkey was successfully defrosted.

Defrosting


After all of the pre-prepared frozen foods, we moved on to rating and ranking how the AmazonBasics 0.7 did at defrosting a 1 lb. square of frozen ground turkey This microwave's performance dropped just a little bit but still did well above average.


We liked that this product does notify you to flip the meat halfway through cooking but only a little more than half of the meat was completely defrosted — about 9.5 ounces. The remainder was still quite frozen, to the point where we felt that it needed to go back in the microwave for a bit longer before we could break it up enough to go to the stovetop.

This microwave gives you the option to integrate with your smart home.
This microwave gives you the option to integrate with your smart home.

Ease of Use


Our fourth and final metric evaluated how convenient and easy to use the AmazonBasics 0.7 and all the other microwaves are to use. We awarded points based on the preset functions and quick features, as well as the amount of light and how resistant to movement each product is on smooth countertops. The AmazonBasics 0.7 finished out with another above average performance.


This product does have a +30 seconds button but you do need to press it twice to get the microwave to actually start. It has decent lighting and doesn't slide around on the counter at all but you do need to have the Echo/Alexa set up properly to use many of the quick functions.

Very few kernels remained unpopped when we used the popcorn button.
Very few kernels remained unpopped when we used the popcorn button.

However, we did find the preset functions to work very well, with the popcorn button leaving behind very few unpopped kernels and didn't burn any.

If you are searching for a compact microwave on a budget  then this is a great option.
If you are searching for a compact microwave on a budget, then this is a great option.

Value


This microwave held its own against models that cost significantly more, making it a great bargain option and one we highly recommend if you are shopping on a budget.

Conclusion


If you are looking for a compact bargain microwave or an appliance that can integrate with your Alexa smart home, then the AmazonBasics 0.7 is a great option. It heats ups most food fairly evenly and doesn't take up a ton of countertop space, plus the added bonus of being able to command your microwave by voice to make you some popcorn is a fun feature.

David Wise and Austin Palmer