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AmazonBasics Microwave 0.7 Review

This compact model is a great value and features smart home integration
AmazonBasics Microwave 0.7
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Price:   $75 List | $51.99 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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#7 of 9
  • 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 coffee via voice control.

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Pros Inexpensive, smart home integration, compactExcellent at defrosting, convenientEasy to use, relatively inexpensive, excellent with prepared frozen itemsGood at defrosting meatDid well at defrosting, fairly inexpensive
Cons Low power, Echo device required for some functionsLarge, expensiveStruggled to defrost the ground turkeyNot the most convenient to use, heating performance could be betterStruggled with some frozen foods, so-so heating results
Bottom Line This compact model is a great value and features smart home integrationAn excellent all-around product with a large capacity, this model is exceptional at defrosting and being convenient to useThis product had mixed results overall, failing to distinguish it all that much from other productsThis product pairs average results with an average price in our minds, failing to stand out from the competitionThis product failed to impress us too much, ranking close to the bottom of the overall
Rating Categories AmazonBasics Microw... Toshiba EM131A5C Toshiba EM925A5A Panasonic NN-SB458S Black+Decker EM720CB7
Heating (40%)
6.0
6.0
7.0
6.0
5.0
Frozen Foods (30%)
7.0
7.0
8.0
7.0
4.0
Defrosting (20%)
6.0
9.0
2.0
7.0
8.0
Ease Of Use (10%)
6.0
8.0
8.0
5.0
6.0
Specs AmazonBasics Microw... Toshiba EM131A5C Toshiba EM925A5A Panasonic NN-SB458S Black+Decker EM720CB7
Watts 700 1100 900 900 700
Cubic Feet 0.7 1.2 0.9 0.9 0.7
Dimensions 17.3" x 10.1" x 14.1" 20.5" x 17.1" x 12.8" 19 "2 x 15.9" x 11.5" 19.1" x 11.5" x 14.8" 17.3" x 13" x 10.2"
Turntable Diameter 10" 12.4" 10.6" 10.6" 10"
Internal Dimentions 10.9" x 6.9" x 10" 13.1" x 15" x 9.5" 12.3" x 13.7" x 8.7" 12.4"x 13.9" x 8.1" 12.1" x 12" x 8.1"
Child lock Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes

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...
If you are shopping for a bargain appliance, then this is a great choice.
Credit: Laura Casner

Heating


Our first metric looked at how quickly and evenly the AmazonBasics 0.7 heated 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.
Credit: Laura Casner

The AmazonBasics 0.7 did much better with the plate of leftovers, heating 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...
All three types of food were warm enough to eat after the heating cycle, though the sausage was a bit warmer than the veggies.
Credit: Laura Casner

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 the AmazonBasics...
We weren't too impressed with the performance of the AmazonBasics Microwave 0.7 when it came to reheating pizza.
Credit: Laura Casner

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...
One side of the lasagna was quite a bit cooler than the middle and other side during our heat test of the AmazonBasics Microwave 0.7.
Credit: Laura Casner

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...
Again, there was one side that was much cooler than the center and the other side.
Credit: Laura Casner

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.
Credit: Laura Casner

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.

The AmazonBasics Microwave 0.7 gives you the option to integrate...
The AmazonBasics Microwave 0.7 gives you the option to integrate with your smart home.
Credit: Laura Casner

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.
Credit: Laura Casner

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

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 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

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