Microwave ovens come in a variety of sizes and versions. When all you have is limited counter space that can fit nothing but a mini microwave, your options are rather limited, though. While small-capacity microwaves exist, not all brands are worth your money.
One that you should consider, though, is COMFEE’. The brand manufactures a range of vintage-looking microwaves that are small enough to fit into an RV or dorm – yet that pack all modern technologies you’d expect from a last-generation unit.
To help you select the right one, I spent hours testing and selecting the best models. Check out our COMFEE’ retro microwave reviews to find the best microwave oven for you.
COMFEE’ Microwaves: History Overview, Reliability and Product Line
COMFEE’ is a popular brand of household appliances, one of the flagship names owned by Midea Group. Midea is a Chinese manufacturer of electrical appliances that makes microwaves for a variety of popular brands, including Toshiba, BLACK+DECKER, and Whirlpool.
Midea Group’s microwaves are reliable yet affordable. Their variety and price varies from brand to brand (and model to model), but when it comes to COMFEE’, the brand addresses all consumers who look for a compact microwave – including the ones on a budget.
The COMFEE’ product line currently comprises two microwave ovens. One is geared towards retro-inspired appliances with modern functionality. Soft lines combine with paste colors, but the technology inside the microwaves matches modern demands.
The other is a smaller, portable microwave oven perfect for small apartment kitchens, dorms, and RVs.
Despite the limited choice, both models are available in multiple color options and suit a variety of interior styles.
Why do I recommend COMFEE’ microwaves?
Finding a reliable, retro-inspired microwave isn’t easy. Finding mini microwaves with a retro design is even harder. COMFEE’ addresses both needs with its retro-inspired, compact microwaves.
Design aside, the microwaves from this brand are affordable and reliable. Depending on which line you like, you can get a high-quality microwave oven for under one hundred bucks. While other brands also have lines of affordable microwaves, none matches COMFEE’s convenience.
What to know before you buy a COMFEE’ microwave?
COMFEE’ microwaves have some huge advantages. They are affordable, long-lasting, easy to use, and easy to clean. Yet, there are a few things to consider before buying.
One of the most important is your household size. As explained above, COMFEE’ manufactures compact microwaves. They are ideal for a household up to three people, but will unlikely suit a larger family.
You should also consider the design. While I love retro-looking appliances, they may not look right in your small kitchen. If you’re unsure about the appearance and how the microwave will match your existing cabinets and appliances, at least pick a neutral color such as white or black.
What you need the microwave for also matters. COMFEE’ microwaves are ideal for casual cooking, reheating, and defrosting. However, they are not powerful enough to cook elaborate meals. Their wattage doesn’t exceed 1,000 watts.
With this in mind, what COMFEE’ microwave should you get? Let’s find it out in our reviews – Ialso included an alternative, in case none of the COMFEE’ models fits the bill.
COMFEE Microwave Reviews
1. COMFEE’ CM-M092AAT Retro Countertop Microwave Oven
The first on our list, this retro microwave oven suits traditional and modern interiors alike. Soft lines with rounded corners and a minimalist control panel complete the unit’s charm.
A compact footprint makes it easy to fit on all counters, no matter how much or little counter space you have available. Ideal for students and professionals alike, the unit has a capacity of 0.9 cubic feet and outputs up to 900 watts of power.
Why I love it
Easy to use
The no-frills control panel makes operation a cinch.
You can use the buttons to adjust the power setting or quick-start a cycle. The large knob allows you to shuffle through the pre-programmed settings or manually set the cooking time.
Don’t you hate it when you have to defrost a meal first and then to set the oven all over again for cooking?
If you do, you can optimize the process with this oven’s multistage cooking. This setting allows you to program a cooking sequence whenever you want.
This retro microwave is available in three color options, including apricot, retro green, and red. They all have the same functions, but the price could slightly vary from one color to another.
This microwave oven isn’t the most powerful to begin with, but it heats slower than other 900-watt microwave ovens.
The unit has a rather large display, but the screen isn’t backlit. This means that you won’t see the clock in the dark.
2. COMFEE’ EM720CPL-PM Countertop Microwave Oven
If you’re looking for a mini microwave to keep in your RV, this portable unit can fit the bill. Despite its compact size, it has all functionalities you’d expect from a modern microwave and an intuitive control panel with a keypad. Power-wise, it is less powerful than its retro counterpart but its 700 watts of power and 11 cooking power levels are plenty versatile.
Why I love it
Keypad control panel
Retro microwaves are nice and all, but if you prefer the convenience of a keypad, this microwave oven is for you. The digits are large and clearly visible thanks to the striking contrast between the black characters and white background – the best small microwave oven for most people.
Eco and sound-off modes
This microwave might be small and portable, but it still packs all the bells and whistles. The unit has both an eco mode that saves energy in standby and a sound-off mode that makes it perfect for dorms or households with young kids.
Pre-programmed cooking settings
Eight pre-programmed cooking settings add up to versatility. Alongside six pre-programmed menus ranging from popcorn to dinner plate, you can also choose from two defrost modes.
The soft interior light adds aesthetic value to the unit, but it is not the most functional. The yellowish hue makes it challenging to see the progress without opening the door.
This microwave oven has a nice design, but the plastic feet slide easily across surfaces. You can solve the issue with non-slip pads.
3. Toshiba EM131A5C-BS Countertop Microwave Oven
If none of the COMFEE’ microwave ovens above suit your needs, you might want to check out this unit from Toshiba. The microwave oven is slightly larger and more powerful than the units above, but it is still a compact microwave oven. It has a capacity of 1.2 cubic feet and outputs 1,100 watts of power.
Why I love it
Quick start buttons
If pressing lots of buttons just to get the oven started is not up your alley, you’re going to love this digital microwave oven. The digits one to six enable you to start a cycle with just one touch.
This microwave is powerful enough for all your cooking needs. It also comes with several pre-programmed options for easier operation.
This black stainless steel microwave is very easy to clean. You won’t have to wipe fingerprints constantly either, thanks to the brushed finish.
The oven light is bright enough so that you can monitor the cooking without opening the door (and interrupting the cycle). However, the bulbs have a short lifespan and you’ll have to keep replacing them over and over again.
The powerful microwave heats everything you put inside – and I do mean everything. You should pay attention when removing plates or mugs to prevent scalding.
COMFEE’ Microwaves Comparison Table
|COMFEE’ CM-M092AAT||COMFEE’ EM720CPL-PM||Toshiba EM131A5C-BS|
|Capacity||0.9 cu. Ft.||0.7 cu. Ft.||1.2 cu. Ft.|
|Max power||900 watts||700 watts||1,100 watts|
Comfee Microwave Reviews Related questions
How do you mute a microwave from COMFEE’?
COMFEE‘ microwaves are easy to mute by pressing the digit 8 for three or more seconds. If you want to mute the retro microwave from the brand, hold the Timer/Clock button for about three seconds to enable the function.
Toshiba microwaves can also be muted. Hold the 8 digits for three seconds to activate or deactivate the sound.
How do I set the time on my COMFEE’ microwave?
When you plug in the COMFEE’ microwave, the display will show 0:00. Press the Clock button; the display will start to flash.
On the retro model, use the dial to set the hour and minutes. On the keypad model, use the digits to set the time by pressing each digit in order. For instance, if the time is 11:12, press the sequence 1 1 1 2 to set the time. When you’re done, press the Clock button again.
On all COMFEE’ ovens, the clock doubles as a kitchen timer.
You can use the same steps to set the time on your Toshiba microwave oven, should you prefer it over the COMFEE’ ones.
COMFEE’ is a reliable brand that manufactures reliable small microwave ovens. The brand doesn’t impress with a vast offer or powerful units. Yet, these compact microwaves are perfect for students, camping, solo life, or small apartments.
Whether you want a retro or a keypad model, I hope this guide can help you find the best compact microwave oven for you.