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This Compact Microwave Is Perfect for Small Spaces—and It's Only $49

It’s stylish, too.
By Katie Macdonald
July 17, 2021
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Let's give it up for the microwave. The countertop appliance isn't just for reheating last night's dinner—although we appreciate how quickly it does—but it's also a versatile tool for preparing all sorts of dishes. From gently poaching salmon to quickly steaming grains to baking spongy breads and cakes, microwaves are do-it-all devices. That's why getting one is a no-brainer for anyone looking to cook in a small space.

For a compact microwave that quickly and consistently heats food and drinks, we're eyeing the Galanz Retro Microwave Oven. We first noticed it in Amazon's new ″Off to College″ collection (because dorm kitchens give a new meaning to tight quarters) and were impressed by its nearly 5,000 perfect ratings. What's more, the appliance is a student budget-friendly price of $49 right now. 

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To buy: Galanz Retro Microwave Oven, $49 (originally $80) at amazon.com 

Powered by a 700-watt motor, the Galanz microwave has six heating levels to cook, defrost, and warm food and is built with a 9.6-inch glass turntable that rotates for even and speedy cooking. It also features a user-friendly interface with a bright LED clock, tactile knob timer, and three-beep alarm that notifies when food is ready to be removed. 

But it's the size of the Galanz that has reviewers gushing about the device. With a 17.81-inch by 13.75-inch footprint, the microwave doesn't take up much counter space, and its 10.31-inch height easily fits under cabinets. Yet users say they have no problem fitting large plates in its .7-cubic feet interior.

"Perfect little microwave for small spaces," one wrote. "I only use my microwave once or twice a day for reheating something, so I didn't need or want a behemoth that would dominate my kitchen. A friend found this little one which is the perfect size and strength for my needs."

Shoppers also love the Galanz's sleek '50s style design and colorful options, saying it looks more expensive than it is. A reviewer said, "It is an appliance with a little bit of retro sass and flair. If you're kind of a style-over-substance person (like me), the good news is you get both the style and the substance with this one."

All colors of the Galanz Retro Microwave Oven are less than $80, but you can get the appliance in red for just $49 right now. It's the perfect fit for small spaces and tight budgets, so add it to your cart ASAP.