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Toshiba EM925A5A Review

This product had mixed results overall, failing to distinguish it all that much from other products
Toshiba EM925A5A
Credit: Jenna Ammerman
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Price:   $95 List | $104.99 at Amazon
Pros:  Easy to use, relatively inexpensive, excellent with prepared frozen items
Cons:  Struggled to defrost the ground turkey
Manufacturer:   Toshiba
By David Wise and Austin Palmer  ⋅  Aug 19, 2020
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#6 of 9
  • Heating - 40% 7
  • Frozen Foods - 30% 8
  • Defrosting - 20% 2
  • Ease of use - 10% 8

Our Verdict

The Toshiba EM925A5A didn't deliver particularly impressive or inspiring results overall, earning it a lackluster overall score. This product did very well in our frozen foods metric and is very convenient to operate but did very poorly when it came to defrosting. Heating results were varied as well, contributing to this product's so-so results. It isn't too expensive and gets the job done, though we feel it is far from being the best you can get.

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Pros Easy to use, relatively inexpensive, excellent with prepared frozen itemsExcellent with packaged frozen foods, compact, very easy to useGood at reheating, does well with premade frozen foodsGood at defrosting meatInexpensive, smart home integration, compact
Cons Struggled to defrost the ground turkeySo-so with mixed leftoversDidn't defrost frozen turkey wellNot the most convenient to use, heating performance could be betterLow power, Echo device required for some functions
Bottom Line This product had mixed results overall, failing to distinguish it all that much from other productsFor those with limited kitchen space, this is the best compact model we testedThis larger product did decently well but we don't think it quite matches the performance of the top-tier modelsThis product pairs average results with an average price in our minds, failing to stand out from the competitionThis compact model is a great value and features smart home integration
Rating Categories Toshiba EM925A5A Kenmore 70929 BLACK+DECKER EM031MB11 Panasonic NN-SB458S AmazonBasics Microw...
Heating (40%)
7.0
6.0
7.0
6.0
6.0
Frozen Foods (30%)
8.0
8.0
7.0
7.0
7.0
Defrosting (20%)
2.0
8.0
4.0
7.0
6.0
Ease Of Use (10%)
8.0
7.0
7.0
5.0
6.0
Specs Toshiba EM925A5A Kenmore 70929 BLACK+DECKER EM031MB11 Panasonic NN-SB458S AmazonBasics Microw...
Watts 900 900 1000 900 700
Cubic Feet 0.9 0.9 1.1 0.9 0.7
Dimensions 19 "2 x 15.9" x 11.5" 14.5" x 17.7" x 11" 20.2" x 15.6" x 12.1" 19.1" x 11.5" x 14.8" 17.3" x 10.1" x 14.1"
Turntable Diameter 10.6" 11.2" 12.4" 10.6" 10"
Internal Dimentions 12.3" x 13.7" x 8.7" 9.3" x 12.4" x 13.6" 13.9" x 14.5" x 9.1" 12.4"x 13.9" x 8.1" 10.9" x 6.9" x 10"
Child lock Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes

Our Analysis and Test Results

The Toshiba EM925A5A is on the smaller side for these appliances, so it could be a more attractive option if you live in a smaller space. However, it still isn't the most compact option out there.

Performance Comparison


While it's far from the best, the Toshiba EM925A5A performed...
While it's far from the best, the Toshiba EM925A5A performed decently during most of our tests.
Credit: Laura Casner

Likes


This product gave its relatively best set of results with the Hot Pocket and the small frozen burrito in our prepared frozen foods metric. It did an impeccable job heating the burrito, with the left, right, and center areas only varying by an average difference of 1°F and all three measurements were well above the requisite serving temperature listed by the package.

This Toshiba model did very very well in this test, heating very...
This Toshiba model did very very well in this test, heating very evenly.
Credit: Laura Casner

This microwave did equally well with the Hot Pocket, though our judges did notice that the right side was just a tiny bit crispier than the left. Unfortunately, that about sums it up for overall top-tier performances when it comes to this product. It did well in other tests but never really placed at the top.

The Toshiba EM925A5A did heat our control volume of water fairly quickly in our time trial speed test, increasing the temperature almost 90°F after being heated for 45 seconds. It also did decently well in our leftovers assessment, though the breakfast sausages were significantly hotter than the green beans or potatoes.

This appliance did a good job of heating up different types of food...
This appliance did a good job of heating up different types of food at once.
Credit: Laura Casner

It also effectively heated up the canned soup to the proper serving temperature upon following the reheating directions. We like that the Toshiba EM925A5A has all the typical convenience features, like one-touch buttons and an auto-start +30 seconds button.

The Toshiba EM925A5A is convenient and easy to use.
The Toshiba EM925A5A is convenient and easy to use.
Credit: Laura Casner

It has decent lighting, doesn't easily slide around on a countertop, and the popcorn preset performed fairly well in our tests. It didn't burn any, though a few areas were a little overcooked, and most of the kernels were popped.

The Toshiba EM925A5A.
The Toshiba EM925A5A.
Credit: Jenna Ammerman

Dislikes


Regrettably, we found that the Toshiba EM925A5A doesn't seem to heat up all that evenly, at least based on our heat map test. There were very distinctive patterns burned into the marshmallow fluff, with some areas being completely uncooked while other sections were fully blackened.

We found some very uneven heating with the Toshiba EM925A5A in our...
The Toshiba EM925A5A, heat map after heating, showing some very...

This microwave also did very poorly when it came to heating up the pizza, with the crusts and centers remaining cool while the rest of the pizza was piping hot. It delivered similar results with the single-serving frozen lasagna, with the right side remaining much cooler than the left or center.

There were some very distinct temperature differences across the two...
There were some very distinct temperature differences across the two slices.
Credit: Laura Casner

However, it was in our defrosting metric where we found the performance of the EM925A5A to be the most disappointing. This product not only failed to defrost the majority of the pound of ground turkey we placed in it, but it also cooked a small section. We were only able to scrape less than 7ounces off the block after the defrosting cycle, with the reminder still far too frozen to break apart.

This Toshiba model left more frozen than thawed turkey after our test.
This Toshiba model left more frozen than thawed turkey after our test.
Credit: Laura Casner

Value


In our minds, the EM925A5A isn't really a great bargain buy. It offers typical performance at what we feel is a typical price.

Conclusion


The Toshiba EM925A5A is a so-so microwave that does alright but isn't really anything for us to be excited about. It had a few very poor results that were partially offset by some top-tier scores but not enough to merit an award or an enthusiastic recommendation from us.

David Wise and Austin Palmer