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Compact, affordable microwave with 700 watts and convenient Ready-Select panel

If you’re looking for a good microwave with basic features, and don’t want to spend a lot of money, this Frigidaire is a great option. It has 700 watts and an easy-to-use Ready Select panel complete with variable power and one-touch cooking modes. If you’re on your own for the first time and don’t have a lot of counter space, this is a good microwave to consider.

700 watts

This microwave has 700 watts, which is on the lower side for home-use microwaves. It isn’t really intended for cooking, so it works best when you’re using it to reheat leftovers and drinks. It does have ten power levels, which makes the microwave more versatile than other basic units that just offer “low” and “high” options.

Ready-Select control panel

The Ready-Select control panel is easy to use and features an Easy-Set start (1-6 minutes) and four one-touch options for a baked potato, fresh vegetables, beverages, and popcorn. There’s also an “add 30 seconds” button so you can add extra time to an item without restarting the whole cycle.

.7-cubic feet

With .7-cubic feet, the Frigidaire is ideal for smaller kitchens and RVs. Microwaves can be really bulky and dominate an area, but this Frigidaire fits snuggly into a corner. If you’re single or only making enough food or drinks for two people at most, .7 cu.ft. should be enough

Strengths

Lightweight

Some microwaves can weigh twice as much, and can be a real pain to move around. The Frigidaire is very lightweight and weighs only 22 pounds. This makes it very easy to transport if you move a lot, which is common for young people who go from apartment to apartment.

Affordable

The FFCM0724LW is very reasonably-priced, especially when you consider the nice array of features you get. Getting a microwave can save you a lot of time in the kitchen, but if you’re on a budget, you don’t want to spend hundreds of dollars. With the Frigidaire, you can get the convenience of a nice microwave without the high expense.

Easy defrost

One of the most convenient features on the Frigidaire is the easy defrost. You just push the button labeled “defrost” and the microwave evenly and quickly thaws just about any frozen food item.

Weaknesses

Small if you have a family

If you have a family of 3+, you will probably find this microwave too small. A “family-size” microwave comes at around 1.2-cubic feet, so the .7 cu.ft. and 9.6-inch turntable on the Frigidaire isn’t quite enough room for larger dishes.

Low wattage

700 watts is not very powerful. For most users, you need about 1000 watts to get food cooked or heated quickly. If you want to do more than just zap a beverage, it can take a long time with this microwave, and you have to be careful about not overtaxing the microwave. Using a low-wattage microwave too frequently can result in a fast burnout, and you have to replace the unit.

Overall Review

The Frigidaire FFCM0724LW is a solid microwave if you’re looking for a cheaper microwave that still has some convenient features, like variable power and a quick defrost. The .7-cubic feet is probably too small if you have a family, but the small size is very convenient if you have limited counter space, and 700 watts is on the longer end in terms of power. However, if you don’t plan on using your microwave for more than just reheating, this is a good buy.