Retro Microwave


Retro Microwave

The convenience over the past years of using a microwave oven has soared. Its pretty much an item that exists in most households.

Microwave ovens were first introduced to humans in 1955 by Tappan and soon became mainstream to those that could afford one.

Fast forward to today and you will pretty much find one in every household. As with time, different designs come in and out of fashion and here below i cover the top 5 retro microwave ovens you can buy as well as some pros and cons to look out for.

COMFEE Retro Microwave Oven

  • Retro design with vibrant color that fits all kitchen styles
  • Equips with energy saving eco mode, sound on/off button and child safety lock
  • 700 watts with 10 power levels, clock and kitchen timer
  • Large LED digital display, easy-to-read control panel and interior light
  • Compact size (W*D*H): 17. 3” x 13” x 10. 2’’; Internal dimensions(W*D*H): 12. 05” x 11. 97” x 8. 11”
  • Position-memory turntable: Every time after cooking process is finished, the lamp, fan and turntable will keep working until turntable is reset. This considerate function allows you to easily take the mug or dish out without getting hurt unintendedly
  • 1 year limited , please keep the packaging for contacting COMFEE’ after sales service and product returns

What we liked:

First of all the color and style – modern and special comparing to other microwaves on the current market. Also the size of this microwave is perfect for an apartment.

It comes with clear instructions and we found it is very easy to operate and includes 10 different cooking power levels and variable functions for specific food. The heating temperature is just right for heating food with reasonable time.

It also has a child lock and it protects the kids away from accidental incidents.

On the kitchen counter it takes less space than we thought very neat and organized.

Also has an awesome function, so we can mute the microwave so that we will not disturb others early in the morning or late at night.

What could be better:

The top of the microwave may get hot to the touch if left on for a long time

Not as powerful as we had hoped, great for small usage such as heating a cup of coffee or bowl of soup.

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Nostalgia Retro 800-Watt Microwave Oven

  • 800 Watts cooking power: at 0. 9 cubic foot, This microwave provides the cooking power needed to quickly cook and reheat foods
  • Convenient cooking Controls: 12 pre programmed cooking settings, delay timer and express cooking provide options for the optimal heating of popular foods like popcorn, pizza, potatoes, veggies and more
  • Digital clock: easy to read LED display lights up the digital clock and highlights each cooking setting
  • Even cooking: rotating glass carousel helps cook food evenly
  • Retro accents: a sleek chrome door handle, control panel and accents add fun and flair to this unique retro styled appliance
  • Simple program dial: easily navigate cooking settings with simple turn and push program dial

What we liked:
This microwave is compact and cute, works great and is easy to use.
Push the button once for a quick one minute session, or dial to fine tune the time.
Easy to clean.
The body is enamel and the door/facade is plastic.
Easy on the eyes comes in a very nice retro Robin’s egg 50s blue.
Easy to lift and has a sturdy cord.

What could be better:
Its 800 watts so dont expect huge power but is ok for small items and reheating

Timing settings may take a little time to figure out
May hear a little noise from the cooling fan

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Daewoo Retro Microwave Oven

  • Concave Reflex System (C.R.S) – Daewoo’s exclusive cooking system uses concave reflectors and dual waves to quickly and evenly cook food.
  • Recessed Turntable – Located in a recess in the bottom of the microwave, the recessed turntable has more space than the traditional microwave.
  • 5 Power Levels – The 5 power levels allow you to easily adjust the power to match to specific food cook times and requirements.
  • 5 Auto Cook Menus – With the auto cook pre-set menu function, cook beverages, soups, baked potatoes, fresh vegetables, and frozen vegetables at the touch of a button.
  • 2-Way Defrost – Thaw your favorite foods faster by using time or weight defrost function and eliminate the guesswork.
  • Zero On – The innovative eco standby system automatically goes into sleep mode when idle to help you save on energy consumption.
  • Dimensions – This microwave’s exterior measures WIDTH: 17.6 inches DEPTH: 12.7 inches HEIGHT: 10.6 inches, the cavity measures WIDTH: 11.6 inches DEPTH: 11.9 inches HEIGHT: 8.3 inches

What we liked:
This is gorgeous! The dial to temp is Awesome!!
It’s the easy thing to use ever!
It blends into any old style retro-deco kitchen.
Perfect for smaller kitchens and smaller items
If you have white or cream cabinets this is a winner.
Reheats things nicely


What could be better:

Quality could be a bit better in terms of build but for the price its great!

COSTWAY Retro Microwave Oven

  • 700-WATTS COOKING POWER: at 0. 7 cubic foot, This microwave provides the cooking power needed to quickly cook and reheat foods
  • CONVENIENT COOKING CONTROLS: 12 pre-programmed cooking settings, delay timer and express cooking provide options for the optimal heating of popular foods like popcorn, pizza, potatoes, veggies and more
  • DIGITAL CLOCK: easy-to-read LED display lights up the digital clock and highlights each cooking setting
  • EVEN COOKING: rotating glass carousel helps cook food evenly
  • RETRO ACCENTS: a sleek chrome door handle, control panel and accents add fun and flair to this unique retro-styled appliance
  • SIMPLE PROGRAM DIAL: easily navigate cooking settings with simple turn-and-push program dial

What we liked:
Great performance, I am quite impressed, it heats up better than my 1100 watt microwave
Comes in different colors
Re-heats well and quick
The compact size doesn’t take up a lot of space
Price is great for the output

What could be better:
The 3 min alert noise can be a bit annoying but not a deal breaker

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Magic Chef Retro Microwave Oven

  • 0. 7-Cu. Ft. Countertop Microwave use
  • Compact footprint makes this ideal for small spaces
  • 700 watts of power with 7 power levels
  • Stylish towel bar door handle
  • Dual rotary dials complete the retro look

What we liked:

It has basic turn knob controls which is what I’m used to (I don’t like push button digital)

Its compact and powerful
There are seven levels of heat and it heats items well!

Its fairly quiet when in use

Comes in different colors


What could be better:

The layout and presentation of the timing settings could be a little more clearer for the user.

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CONCLUSION

As with any purchase of a microwave i think its important to first understand how and when you will use it and how often. The above retro microwave ovens will definitely make a statement in any retro styled home.

We hope you found this review useful and please do check out our other retro product review articles here

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