Toshiba Microwave Oven with Smart Sensor

Last updated date: February 12, 2020

DWYM Score
9.1

Toshiba Microwave Oven with Smart Sensor

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Overall Take

In our analysis of 44 expert reviews, the Toshiba Toshiba Microwave Oven with Smart Sensor placed 5th when we looked at the top 13 products in the category. For the full ranking, see below.

Editor's Note April 27, 2020:
Checkout The Best Small Appliance for a detailed review of all the top small appliances.

Expert Summarized Score
9.2
4 expert reviews
User Summarized Score
8.9
1,139 user reviews
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What experts liked
The 1.2-cubic-foot Toshiba has a larger 12-inch turntable, so it will fit most dinner plates and a 9-inch square casserole dish. Like our main pick, this model is available in a stainless steel or black stainless steel exterior.
- New York Times Wirecutter
It comes with a responsive digital control panel paired with a display screen. The screen can be clearly read from a few meters afar.
- Cookwared
The Toshiba EM131A5C, has the ideal size for apartment kitchens or break rooms. Packed with lots of power and technology under the hood, it is suitable for anyone looking for a high-end compact microwave. And it’s black stainless steel exterior will look good in any kitchen.
- The Cooking World
All options have one-touch control buttons. The oven has a sensor function, which is an excellent addition. It detects the type of food in the microwave and adjusts accordingly. It has one of the best sensor functions on the market. This microwave has a quiet signal for comfortable use.
- Julie Pro
What experts didn't like
We found these additional controls less intuitive to operate than what our other pick offers, and we don’t think they’ll get used often. This Toshiba also boasts a cooking sensor that’s supposed to automatically determine when your pizza or potato is hot enough, but it didn’t perform any better than the 0.9-cubic-foot Toshiba, which lacks this feature.
- New York Times Wirecutter

From The Manufacturer

We commit to deliver crafted breakthrough home solutions with heartfelt details that make a big difference Toshiba Stainless Steel Microwave Oven Fully-featured Countertop Microwave Oven 1100 watts with 10 power levels Oven capacity: 1.2 cu. ft. Turntable diameter: 12.4 ’’ External dimensions: 20.5’’*17.1’’*12.8 ’’ (W*D*H) External dimensions: 20.5’’*17.1’’*12.8 ’’ (W*D*H) Sensor menu: Sensor Reheat Frozen Pizza Frozen Entrée Potato Rice Fresh/Frozen Veggie Sensor for easy cooking -- Smart sensor with 6 auto menus This microwave oven features sensor function that takes the guesswork out from cooking. Built-in sensor constantly detects the humidity level of the food during cooking, then automatically adjusts time and temperature for optimal results. Custom Defrost & 1 lb. Auto Defrost Enjoy easy defrosting with custom defrost function. Just choose from custom defrost menu and input the weight of food, the microwave will do the rest. Or you can simply defrost 1lb. item and the microwave automatically adjusts the time and power. Soften/Melt Function Convenient to soften/melt certain foods such as butter, chocolate and cheese. 7 auto menus with weight/portion indication spare you all the guesswork. Easy-to-clean Cavity The easy-to-clean coating is featured with hard-wearing material, making it scratch and stain resistant. Just a few wipes with a damp cloth to clean the interior, maintenance has never been so simple and convenient. Energy-saving Eco Mode Minimizing 50%* standby power by turning on ECO mode. Save energy consumption and operating cost as well as protect our planet.

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An Overview On Small Appliances

Whether you live in an apartment with restrictions or perhaps just can’t afford certain full-sized appliances, you will find great value in adding a small appliance to your kitchen. From hand mixers in place of stand mixers and countertop grills in place of a patio grill, all those small appliances can make life in the kitchen much tastier. The top small appliances will also make healthy eating an easy and achievable task.

There are a wide variety of small appliances to choose from. There are blenders and mixers, toaster ovens and microwaves, and fryers and slow cookers to make your food prep super simple. Indoor electric grills are quite a popular small appliance. They can give you those summertime cookout foods without a full-sized grill. The Hamilton Beach Electric Indoor Grill is perfect for steak night or burgers or even fresh veggies on the grill. If you love paninis and want to make them at home, the George Foreman Removable Plate Grill and Panini Press will do the trick. If you want the versatility to do both, choose the Cuisinart 5-in-1 Griddler. If you love pizza nights at home, the Presto Pizzazz Plus Rotating Oven makes it fun to watch your pizza bake right on the countertop.

Small appliances are typically easy to store, as well. Being made for small spaces, it makes sense that they would be well-organized units or break down into smaller parts. In addition, their parts are usually detachable for easy cleaning. Some even have dishwasher-safe parts that make cleanup even easier. An added bonus to these small appliances is their energy-saving electric usage. Most of them use less electricity than full-size ovens or stoves so you can feel good when plugging these small appliances in at home.

DWYM Fun Fact

The George Foreman Grill was the first popular indoor electric grill. It was invented by Michael W. Boehm of Indiana. He made a prototype at home and when it worked, he began the patent process on it. It is rumored that Boehm asked George Foreman himself to endorse the “Lean Mean Fat Melting Grilling Machine.” The George Foreman Grill was released on the market in 1994; as of 2017, George Foreman had received roughly $200 million for his endorsement.

The Small Appliance Buying Guide

  • If you want to use your small appliance for more than one purpose, find one that has multiple attachments.
  • Make sure the parts are dishwasher-safe for easy cleanup.
  • Look for individual heat settings so you can control the temperature for different foods.