Magic Chef Over the Range Microwave, 1000-Watts

Last updated date: February 7, 2020

DWYM Score
8.6


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Overall Take

The Magic Chef Over the Range Microwave, 1000-Watts is a perfect example of a budget-friendly option. With all the settings you'll need, this unit is convenient and functional for everyday use. In our analysis of 113 expert reviews, the Magic Chef Magic Chef Over the Range Microwave, 1000-Watts placed 8th when we looked at the top 10 products in the category. For the full ranking, see below.

Editor's Note February 7, 2020:
Checkout The Best Over The Range Microwave Oven for a detailed review of all the top over the range microwave ovens.

Expert Summarized Score
8.0
7 expert reviews
User Summarized Score
8.0
81 user reviews
Our Favorite Video Reviews
What experts liked
This over the range microwave has the maximum food loading capacity up to 1.6-cubic feet. The white color of this unit also makes this kitchen appliance look distinctive and elegant onto your cooktop. Moreover, the six pre-programmed one-touch modes help you to cook several popular foods, including pizza, pasta and more. This microwave oven also consists of a recessed and inbuilt turntable for even heating or cooking. Furthermore, with 1000-watts of cooking power, this unit comes with 10 power levels. The keep-warm function of this microwave oven helps you to keep your foods warm even a long time after cooking.
- The Z8
August 10, 2019 | Full review
There is no better microwave oven that you can ever have in your house like this one. The sleek finish makes it attractive and will catch your attention. It is designed with hood light for easy monitoring of your food. Additionally, it has 10 power level. The inbuilt turntable will make sure that your food is cooked evenly. It has a digital timer, which will allow your food to be cooked for the set timer. The manufacturer provides this item with installation hardware. It does not produce noise while working; you will not wake up your neighbors.
- Thesatmag Reviews
March 27, 2019 | Full review
The microwave is by far one of the most affordable units we’ve seen so far. It features a 2-speed venting system. The internal 1.6 cu ft. space is ample enough for most of your cooking needs. There’s a regressed turntable which also offers additional space for cooking large items.
- Cookwared
The Magic Chef offers a lot at a fantastic price, and that’s why it made our top budget over-the-range microwave pick. With a 1.6 cubic feet capacity that can accommodate small casserole dishes and its 1000 watt cooking power, it’s a small but mighty microwave. It even comes with ten cooking levels that allow you to boil, defrost, and reheat food. It also comes with six pre-programmed auto-cook menus that can speed up your cooking. There’s a hood light that illuminates above the range, and a 12-inch recessed glass turntable. We like the safety lock that prevents unintentional use too.
- Family Living Today
November 20, 2019 | Full review
Over the range microwaves are, by default, more expensive than those designed to sit on your countertop. But if you have a hard spending limit, the Magic Chef 1.6 Cubic Feet Over the Range Microwave won’t put too much strain on your wallet. While it does feature a smaller capacity, unless you’re cooking large items, you should be able to reheat, defrost, and cook most average-sized dishes or frozen meals. Functionality is somewhat limited in comparison to some of the pricier and larger models. But you’ll still have access to pre-programmed cooking buttons, overhead lighting, and ventilation, and a recessed turntable to accommodate dishes and cooking trays of varying sizes.
- Inverse
Details in a nutshell: it’s white, has a volume of 1.6 cubic feet and churns up 1000 watts. It has some extravagantly convenient cooking settings, two speeds for the extraction fan and lights for your stovetop. Let’s cut to the chase: as the cheapest on our list this machine delivers bang for its buck. It’s big, it’s as powerful as the top players here and it has an arsenal of handy settings. Lots of thought has been given to convenience: a pre-programmable menu feature remembers your three favorite menus, and it has six one-touch cooking settings (including pizza and popcorn…sensible). It can keep your dish warm while you’re waiting for the family to get seated or for guests to arrive. This is a beautiful family machine, ideal for large, hearty meals and busy parents.
- Homewares Insider
October 21, 2019 | Full review
It has two-speed exhaust fans that help air to regulate in the kitchen. There is a 6-programmed one-touch cooking menu that allows you to cook whatever you want. With just one touch you don’t have to fix any settings. It is 1000 watts and also gives three programmable favorite choice menus.
- Besso Kitchen
What experts didn't like
The internal thermal sensor may interrupt your cooking especially if you’re making pop corn.
- Cookwared
The exhaust fan can be louder than some models, so keep that in mind.
- Family Living Today
November 20, 2019 | Full review
Only one color. Not particularly pleasing to the eye. Noisy. No sensor capabilities.
- Homewares Insider
October 21, 2019 | Full review
It only has one color.
- Besso Kitchen

From The Manufacturer

Quickly boil, re-heat and defrost food with this White Over-the-Range Microwave designed by Magic Chef. Features removable filter and safety lock.

Overall Product Rankings

1. Panasonic Countertop/Built-In Microwave, 1250-Watts
Overall Score: 9.5
Expert Reviews: 20
2. GE Over the Range Microwave, 1000-Watts
Overall Score: 9.2
Expert Reviews: 4
3. GE Over the Range Microwave, 1000-Watts
Overall Score: 9.2
Expert Reviews: 5
4. GE Over the Range Stainless Steel Microwave, 1000-Watts
Overall Score: 9.2
Expert Reviews: 4
5. GE Over the Range Microwave Oven, 1000-Watts
Overall Score: 9.1
Expert Reviews: 12
6. Frigidaire Over the Range Microwave, 1000-Watts
Overall Score: 9.1
Expert Reviews: 9
7. GE Over The Range Microwave, 950-Watts
Overall Score: 9.0
Expert Reviews: 17
8. Magic Chef Over the Range Microwave, 1000-Watts
Overall Score: 8.6
Expert Reviews: 7
9. Samsung Over the Range Microwave, 1000-Watts
Overall Score: 8.2
Expert Reviews: 16
10. LG Over the Range Microwave, 1600-Watts
Overall Score: 8.1
Expert Reviews: 12

An Overview On Over The Range Microwave Ovens

Do you rely heavily on a microwave to make your life in the kitchen a little easier? Is your current microwave taking up valuable prep space on your counters? If you’ve answered yes, then consider purchasing an over-the-range microwave to free up that countertop for other things. You can find an affordable unit with ease and be on your way to having an abundance of counter space for prepping.

To start, you might be wondering how an over the range microwave vents. Your countertop microwave usually vents out the top or sides and you must leave clearance around it to accommodate the vents. With an over the range unit, you’ll most likely have the top and sides all covered by the cabinets around it. So sometimes, with a unit that is over the range, a recirculating vent is built into the unit itself. The concept is that the vent draws the odor or moisture coming off the stove through an internal filter and blows it back out into the kitchen. It can be made of many different types of filters, but one type is a charcoal filter. These charcoal filters will need frequent replacing, between six and twelve months to keep the ventilation system working at its best. The GE 1.7 Cu. Ft. Over-The-Range Microwave even comes with a recirculating charcoal filter kit for non-vented applications. For a better ventilation system, you’ll need a contractor to create a ventilation system to the outdoors that connects to your microwave. This will help to keep all the odors from smoke and cooking at a minimum. The Panasonic Countertop/Built-In Microwave is a unit that can be interchangeable with the correct installation.

Now that you know a bit about the ventilation systems on an over the range microwave, let’s see what features you want to look for in a good unit. Julie Chernoff, a culinary expert and member of Les Dames d’Escoffier, offers a few things to consider when looking for the best. First, she recommends looking for a retail option that offers free installation, which is sometimes offered with pricier models. You’ll also want to consider size.  “Size is an important consideration with any microwave, but with an over the range model, you also have to consider height,” Chernoff says. If you are one for reheating coffee or only using the microwave for popcorn, you don’t need a huge microwave, but for reheating large casseroles, you’ll want a bit more in size and in strength. The Panasonic Microwave offers 2.2 cubic feet of space and 1250 watts for power.

One more tip from Chernoff is to find a microwave that is easy to use and has a display that is easy to read. As simple as it sounds, some microwaves are not so user-friendly. The GE JVM3160EFES and the GE JVM3160DFBB are both 30-inch over the range microwaves that are extremely straightforward for users. They feature preset buttons for common foods such as popcorn, a minute timer setting and a turntable setting. It won’t take long to figure out these microwaves.

Find a microwave with the features that matter most to you. This will give you a customized unit that will do exactly what you need it to. There are several options to go as fancy or as simple as you need when it comes to finding the best over the range microwave for your lifestyle.

DYWM Fun Fact

  • Raytheon made the first microwave oven. It was six feet tall and weighed a whopping 750 pounds. It retailed for $5,000.
  • Microwaves diminished in size by 1967 and could fit on a countertop. At this point, they were still a bit pricey at nearly $500.
  • Originally people believed that microwaves were cancer-causing, but microwaves are non-ionizing and therefore not dangerous.
  • A microwave uses a magnetron to make the waves that cook the food or beverage.
  • The same radiation in microwaves is used in cell phones, radars and speed cameras.
  • Microwaves cook food and beverages from the outside inward to the center of the food, not vice versa as commonly believed.

The Over The Range Microwave Oven Buying Guide

  • Be sure to measure your space above the range before buying your microwave unit.
  • Decide what type of exhaust you want to use.
  • Compare cubic feet per minute rating of the fan between different models.
  • If choosing a recirculating exhaust option, learn how to change the filter.
  • Make a list of the most important features before shopping to help you narrow down the units in your price range.
  • If you are conscientious of the environment, check the microwave’s “green” rating.