Shopping for a New Microwave

Is it time to shop for a new microwave?  If so, you are shopping in the right place.

Good news! has an awesome 1250-Watt, 2.2 cubic-foot capacity stainless steel microwave with a BIN of $350 and it uses Inverter Technology. I never before heard of that but it means it heats and cooks at any temperature from the edges to centers for more evenly cooked meals.

A few features I especially like is that this microwave has an Advanced Inverter Turbo Defrost that speeds up defrosting time. It also has a “keep warm” feature to keep foods warm until they are ready to serve.

This microwave is a fairly new item so it only has 4 customer reviews. So far, however, it has a customer rating of 5.0 out of a possible 5.0 and no product gets better than that. In other words, all of the previous winners just love it. One customer wrote: “Very nice microwave, a little bigger than I expected.” How about that?

A brief history of microwaves

Today, microwaves can be found in 90 percent of American households.

Originally, this technology was used to emit radar signals that could detect enemy aircraft and ships during World War II. 

Percy Spencer, an American engineer, accidentally discovered that microwaves had the capacity to quickly heat foods when he was conducting experiments with a new style magnetron and a candy bar in his pocket melted. He then developed and patented the first microwave oven in 1945.  However, it was not until the late 1970s  that microwave ovens became affordable enough for residential use.  Prices fell quickly in the 1980s and that’s when the use of microwaves quickly spread throughout the world for commercial and residential use.

According to my research, early microwaves were like giants compared to modern compact microwaves. They were 5.5 feet tall, weighed more than 750 pounds and had a price tag of $5,000.  I learned, “Consumer suspicion about the new technology also suppressed microwave sales.”

The first public use of a microwave oven was in January 1947, one month before I was born, so that would be 77 years ago.  The first food to be deliberately cooked with a microwave was popcorn.

Some people had (or still have) concerns about radiation leaks.  Microwave radiation leaks are difficult to detect because we cannot smell or see microwaves. It is possible for microwave ovens to leak electromagnetic radiation if they are used while broken or altered. If the screen or rubber seals around the door have perished, it might allow some radiation to leak out. For peace of mind, we can buy a microwave leakage tester or just purchase a new updated microwave.  A microwave often lasts 7 to 8 years with normal usage for an average family, but for a single person, if well-maintained, the lifespan of a microwave is more like 10 years.

The bottom line

Microwaves older than 10 years or with faulty doors should be replaced immediately to reduce radiation exposure while you cook, and DealDash is a great place to shop for one.

This sponsored blog post was submitted by: Barbara L. Sellers. Barbara was compensated by DealDash for this blog post. Blog posts are written by real DealDash customers. The opinions and advice here represent our customers’ views and not those of the company.

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