If you’re a late-night snacker, you’re probably familiar with the feeling of dread you get right before the microwave is about to finish heating your food. If the humming of the magnetron isn’t loud enough to wake up your whole household, the beeping that signals the end of the process surely will be. But there’s a way to avoid detection! You just have to get one of the best quiet microwaves on the market — and I’m here to show you why you need to make the switch.
Even if you don’t want to get a new appliance, you’ll find useful information in this article. Before I wrap up, I’ll make sure to share a few tips on silencing and muffling microwave noises. And you’ll certainly be able to use all this information later on when you decide you’ve had enough of your oven’s shenanigans. For now, though, it may be helpful to learn where the different sounds could be coming from.
Best Quiet Microwaves: Top 5 Picks
Now, let’s see a few examples of some quieter units. Pay close attention! After the reviews, we’ll recap by discussing the features these quiet microwaves have in common.
1. Comfee’ em720cpl-Pmb Countertop Microwave Oven
The first product I want to discuss is this microwave oven from COMFEE’. Measuring in at 17.3 inches wide, 13 inches deep, and 10.2 inches tall, it’s compact while still being large enough to fit a removable 10-inch turntable. Naturally, the inside of the appliance is smaller, with a 12-inch square base and a height of 8.11 inches. Still, that’s ideal for apartments, offices, and dorm rooms.
This 700-watt microwave has six auto-cook keys for popcorn, potatoes, pizza, frozen vegetables, drinks, and reheating food.
Apart from those presets, the appliance has eleven power levels you can select on the one-touch control panel, among other settings. The LED display
above the flat keys can show the clock, a kitchen timer, or the remaining time
until the microwave finishes heating your meal. You can even prolong the heating time in 30-second
There’s even an ECO mode button, which turns the LED display off when you’re not
using it. The power-saving option is great if you’re trying to reduce your
While we’re talking about disabling
features, you can also disable all
sounds at the touch of a button. The sound-off feature is quite useful
whether you’re trying to heat up leftovers at midnight or you want to let your
child have a restful mid-day nap. And if you have little ones, you’ll also
appreciate the child safety lock feature,
which prevents kids from messing with the microwave.
- 0.7 cubic feet capacity
- 700 watts, eleven power
- LED display and one-touch
- Sound on/off key
- Comes in black and white
2. Comfee’ am720c2ra-R Retro Style Countertop Microwave Oven
The second COMFEE’ microwave on my list looks completely different from the first. Its stylish vintage design is available in three fantastic colors: cream, red, and pastel green. But don’t be fooled by the historic charm — it’s a state-of-the-art appliance.
Once again, we have a capacity of 0.7 cubic feet and 700 watts of power. The internal and external dimensions are pretty much identical to those of the previous product I’ve reviewed. So this is another fantastic microwave oven for small spaces — and its quirky design is an excellent perk!
digital display will certainly become your new kitchen clock. It’ll also
show the remaining time until you can bite into whatever you’re heating up.
Additionally, there are nine auto-cook options for simple
things, like making popcorn or reheating drinks. The assigned codes for each
one of them are written right under the LED
display, so you won’t have to learn anything by heart.
Unlike the previous product we’ve seen,
this one has a dial and five physical
buttons. Because of that, you may have to read the manual with more care.
Still, all of the important features are present and accounted for. The timer is adjustable in 30-second increments,
and there are ECO Mode, Child Lock, and
mute keys as well.
- 0.7 cubic feet capacity
- 700 watts, ten power levels
- LED display with a dial and
- Sound on/off key
- Comes in cream, red, and pastel
3. Magic Chef mcd770cm Mint Retro Countertop Microwave Oven
This Magic Chef microwave oven is another example of what a vintage microwave might look like. If you’re not sure about having all those buttons on the side of the door, this unit will allow you to go fully old school.
This appliance comes in several attractive
colors: mint green, red, and white. It’s 22
inches wide, 17.7 inches tall, and 12.8 inches deep, which makes it
slightly bigger than the previous products I’ve reviewed. However, it has the
same internal volume as the previous microwaves — 0.7 cubic feet. Furthermore, it has the same power of 700 watts.
Instead of an LED display and buttons on the side, the Magic Chef retro microwave
has two rotary dials. You can select
one of seven heating options with
the upper one, and set the timer with
the bottom dial. It goes up to 35 minutes, so if you need more time than
that, you’ll have to add it. I don’t know about you, but I’m happier when I
have fewer options — it simplifies things.
But that also means that there’s no mute button to eliminate the
timer sound. Still, I’ve decided to include this product on my list because
the oven emits a relatively soft chime
when it’s done heating. It’s no louder than a bike bell, so it should still be bearable.
- 0.7 cubic feet capacity
- 700 watts, seven heating
- Two rotary dials
- Ding sound
- Comes in mint green, red, and
4. Nostalgia rmo4aq Retro Large Countertop Microwave Oven
These last two products are both larger microwave ovens with a 0.9 cubic feet capacity. But let’s make the transition a bit softer, with another vintage-inspired microwave oven from Nostalgia. Like the other retro-looking products I’ve recommended, it comes in aqua and red, as well as black and white. Also like the others, it’s a part of a whole series of retro kitchen appliances, so if you want to have a matching set, you can.
Even though it technically has more space
inside, this microwave is not inconveniently large, coming in at 19 inches wide, 15 inches deep and 11
inches tall. On the right side of the door, there’s a bright, round LED display that shows the current time
or the time remaining and lets you select one of the twelve preset heating options. Apart from those settings, there are five power levels you can set by
using the dial and the four keys underneath
The 800-watt microwave should be powerful enough to heat your food quickly and evenly
while still being relatively quiet. The
loudest noise you’ll hear from this appliance is the click of the locking
mechanism as you close the door. Other than that, the interior fan and the
alarm are both pretty quiet. When the timer runs out, all you’ll hear is a subtle bell sound.
- 0.9 cubic feet capacity
- 800 watts, twelve presets and
five power levels
- LED display with a dial and key
- Silent operation and alarm
- Comes in aqua, red, black, and
5. Toshiba em925a5a-Ss Microwave Oven
If you’re not a fan of the vintage aesthetic, but you still need a large microwave, don’t worry. You might say that I’ve saved the best for last when you see this borderline futuristic-looking Toshiba model.
This microwave has a capacity of 0.9 cubic feet and 900 watts of power. There are six preset heating options for foods like popcorn, pizza, potatoes, and others — similar to the first few products I’ve reviewed. If you don’t want to bother setting the timer, you can also use the express cook button, which heats your food in about six minutes. And once again, you can adjust the timer in 30-second increments.
When you’re not using it, the bright LED display will show the clock, but it
can also show time remaining and other information. The microwave even has a power-saving ECO mode that can cut your
energy consumption by half while it’s on standby.
Similarly to the first product on my list,
all of the buttons are set on a one-touch
control panel. Furthermore, you won’t even have to worry about those pesky
alarm sounds as this model has a mute
button. Just hold the “8” key for about five seconds, and it’ll switch off.
This product comes in black and silver, but
both versions are made from stainless
steel. Needless to say, this will probably be one of the most durable
kitchen appliances you’ve ever had. Additionally, the whole thing measures just
over 19 inches wide, 16 inches deep, and
11.5 inches tall. You’ll definitely need to free up some counter space for
- 0.9 cubic feet capacity
- 900 watts, ten power levels
- LED display and one-touch
- Sound on/off key
- Comes in black and silver
Finding The Right Quiet Microwave: Buyer’s Guide
Now that we’ve had the opportunity to see
the best quiet microwaves on the market, let’s talk about how you can find more
of them. Here are the criteria I used while
looking for the products on my list.
When you’re looking for quiet microwave
ovens, the best you can hope for is that they have a “sound off” feature. If you often find yourself sneaking off to the
kitchen in the wee hours of the night, that function will come in handy.
Conversely, if the microwave doesn’t have a
mute button, the next best thing you can do is figure out what kind of alert it has. Some of them give off three
succinct beeps while others keep beeping until you take out the food. There’s a
huge difference between those two kinds of alerts, so you have to keep that in
While you’re shopping for microwave ovens,
you’ll also want to check what other users
have to say about the amount of noise they produce while heating meals.
These sounds can be coming from the fan, the turntable, or something else
entirely. Either way, you’ll want to make sure that the microwave oven you’re
eyeing is quiet, both while it’s heating up snacks and afterward.
The size of a microwave is probably the most important factor to
consider, especially if you’re not working with a lot of counter space. And
that’s another thing — your appliance doesn’t
have to take up counter space at all. Even though I didn’t mention them
here, there are plenty of over-the-range
microwaves you can go for if you want a dual-purpose product.
Those units hang over your stove, doing the
work of a range hood and a microwave at
the same time. They’re a great option for people who want their appliances
to match the rest of their kitchen. Unfortunately, they’re also pretty pricey.
On the other hand, if you’re looking for a countertop unit, like the ones I’ve
recommended, you’ll have to figure out where you’ll keep it before you place
your order. Clear up as much of your counter as you’re willing to sacrifice and
measure the space before you go looking for microwaves.
But it’s not only the external dimensions
that matter. You’ll also want to consider the internal size or volume of the machine — which is usually expressed
in cubic feet. I only included 0.7 and 0.9 cubic feet ovens on my list, but
larger ones are available.
Wattage and Performance
When it comes to reheating your meals in a
microwave, you probably want the process to be as quick and painless as
possible. But that’s where the wattage may present a problem. Appliances with lower wattages may take
longer to heat things up, but they’re often quieter than more powerful units.
You’ll have to choose based on where your priorities lie — quiet operation or
Personally, I wouldn’t recommend getting an appliance that offers less than 700 watts. Trust me — it would be too weak to heat your food quickly and evenly. You’ll just end up frustrated and wanting to chuck it through the window. But the higher you go, the louder it gets, so I wouldn’t go above 1,000 watts either.
In addition to the wattage, there is one
more thing that determines the efficacy of a microwave oven — the heating
technology it uses. Conventional
microwaves are usually cheaper and more plastic-friendly, but they may
leave your food half-cold. Conversely, convection
microwaves are similar to ovens, but they’re pretty expensive, and there’s
a risk of burning your food.
Depending on the kind of microwave you go
for, it may also have different preset
buttons. Some microwaves even have sensors to help you select the most
suitable time and level of heat for a particular type of food.
Last but not least, you should also
consider the design of the appliance. And it’s not just about the way it looks, though that is certainly a factor
I couldn’t ignore in my reviews. You’ll want to think about the materials the microwave is made of. Some of them
are more durable and easier to clean than others.
For example, that stainless steel microwave
from Toshiba seems like it would be pretty easy to wipe clean and sturdy enough
to store items on top of. I’m not sure the same can be said for some of the
microwave ovens that didn’t make my list.
Additionally, you should get a microwave
both you and your family will know how to use. That is also a matter of design.
If everyone in your household knows how to operate an LED screen or preset
keys, get a modern-looking device. If not, you already know that vintage
microwave ovens with dial controls are making a comeback.
How to Make Your Microwave Even Quieter
To recap, all microwave ovens have several parts that may start producing noise at
- The turntable motor can malfunction due to age and use, causing the
oven to vibrate
- Similarly, the stirrer motor, which moves the metal
blade that distributes the energy in some appliances, can wear out, resulting
in grinding sounds
- The magnetron tube can make buzzing or growling sounds if it’s burning
- The exhaust fan may become audible, producing typical humming and
Now, even though you’re already aware of
the main potential noisemakers, you
shouldn’t try to fix anything by yourself. In fact, you shouldn’t tamper
with it unless you’re a licensed professional. If you’re not, I suggest calling
one as soon as possible, especially if the sounds are concerning. You’ll know
the sounds you need to worry about when you hear them.
If you’re curious about what a professional could do that you couldn’t, I recommend checking out the video. As you can see, microwave oven troubleshooting isn’t exactly a walk in the park. You shouldn’t even try it without having certain skills and, of course, tools. Still, until you get the appliance checked out, you can try to muffle the noise it’s making.
Put Your Microwave on an Anti-Vibration Mat
If you’ve noticed that your microwave is rattling or shaking while in use, there’s a simple way to prevent it from transferring those vibrations to the surrounding surfaces. One of the best ways to do that is to put the microwave on a rubber mat. You can even use one of the products I mentioned in my article on anti-vibration mats for washing machines. However, if you’re looking for a quick solution, you could achieve a similar effect by just using a towel.
Soundproof the Kitchen Door
Sadly, if your microwave is making any other sounds, like beeping incessantly, there’s not much you’ll be able to do without calling a repairman. Well, I suppose you can try to keep the sound contained in the kitchen. I’ve written about ways to soundproof doors before, so I won’t repeat myself. Just know you should focus on:
- Thickening the door
- Closing any gaps around the
frame with caulk
- Installing a door sweep
On the other hand, if you don’t have a kitchen door, or if you live in an open-concept apartment, I would suggest that you create the privacy you need by installing soundproof curtains or room divider curtains around the microwave. Hopefully, that will do the trick.
Enjoy Your Midnight Snack Without Shame
If you’re currently being terrorized by
your microwave oven, I hope this article has managed to tempt you into
purchasing a new one. After all, the
wrong timer alarm can easily make or break your midnight sneak and snack.
Nobody wants their entire household to know that they’re reheating pizza
leftovers from three days ago!
But of course, the products I’ve shown you have a purpose outside of your home as well. If you’re shopping for an office or a hotel, one of them might turn out to be the quiet, functional, and stylish microwave you’ve been looking for. As long as you begin by defining the size, capacity, and wattage you need, you should have no trouble finding the perfect model.