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5 reasons you want a voice-controlled microwave

AmazonBasics Microwave
AmazonBasics Microwave (Image credit: Joe Maring / Android Central)

The AmazonBasics Microwave is a great first attempt from Amazon for a product of this kind. It's built well, works as advertised, and comes in at a great price. While all of that's fine and dandy, a lot of people aren't sold on the idea of a voice-controlled microwave in the first place.

Why do you need a microwave that can be used with your voice when it's just as easy to press a couple of buttons to do the same thing? That's a valid question, and below we've put together five big reasons why something like the AmazonBasics Microwave would be an excellent fit for your home.

It's great for people with disabilities

For a lot of us, pressing buttons on a microwave isn't something we have to think much about. For others, however, it can be a struggle. Multiple disabilities can make everyday tasks a lot harder for many people, and with the ability to use your voice instead of pressing buttons, that makes the AmazonBasics Microwave a lot more accessible for a lot more people.

If someone is blind or has difficulty seeing, saying "Alexa, microwave for three minutes" enables them to perform a task that would otherwise be impossible or incredibly difficult.

There are also plenty of folks out there with severe arthritis and other inflammatory diseases that can cause chronic pain/stiffness in fingers. For them, telling Alexa to microwave something is substantially easier than pressing a series of buttons and putting themselves in more pain than they already are.

While this doesn't apply to everyone reading this, it's the most encouraging and important reason why voice-controlled microwaves are essential and worth looking into.

Controlling it with dirty hands is a breeze

Next, let's talk about something more of us can relate to — dirty hands while cooking.

You're putting together dinner, need to pop something in the microwave, but don't want to get your dirty, grimy hands all over the buttons. With the AmazonBasics Microwave, you don't have to. Just tell Alexa to do it for you and be on your way. That's all there is to it.

Setting the power level is a lot easier

Most of the time when you're microwaving something, chances are you want it at the default max power setting. For those times when you need to decrease it to something else, though, it entails messing with complex button combinations to get the power right where you want it.

Once again, Alexa can step in and make things simpler.

In one swift voice command, you can say something such as, "Alexa, microwave at power level five for three minutes." The microwave will turn on at that power level, no mashing of buttons required.

Simpler for kids to use

If you're teaching your kids how to cook, you'll eventually need to show them how to use a microwave. Especially for younger kiddos, understanding the different buttons and combinations required to perform specific tasks could prove to be difficult.

You know what's not difficult? Talking to the microwave.

Especially for children of this latest generation that are growing up with voice-controlled things all around them, it's only natural for them that they're able to talk to Alexa and have it control another device in their home.

It's just fun

Last but certainly not least, using your voice to control your microwave is just a lot of fun.

It's not always necessary or substantially time-saving, but it's a unique thing to have and fits right into a home that already has smart light bulbs, plugs, etc.

Plus, at least on the AmazonBasics Microwave, you also benefit from features such as a digital clock that never needs to be manually changed and a feature that automatically re-orders popcorn for you when you're running low.

Joe Maring was a Senior Editor for Android Central between 2017 and 2021. You can reach him on Twitter at @JoeMaring1.

11 Comments
  • Hmm... I think if a kid can't understand the buttons, they're not old enough to be using a microwave.
  • How about no Scott...a "dumb" microwave is good enough for me.
  • For the vast majority, its a function of laziness.
  • But you still have to put the food in and take it out, so not really laziness. i don't see the point in it and with all the articles Android and Windows central is posting about it, I presume Amazon is paying them them a lot of money
    I have a cheap Microwave that cost me £30 6 years ago, i has two dials, one for time, one for power.
    I think there is a problem with it now as the turntable sometimes stick on start up, for the price it have done well.
    The amazon MW is not available in the UK and i would not buy it anyway, i will just get another cheap one. i did think about a combination oven, but i has one before and it lasted 18 months and was useles before that,
  • 1) Yes, it is good news for some. A friend of mine has been slowly losing control over her muscles, using voice control for computing (until she'll lose control over her voice, too).
    Note: she does have the power in her muscles, it's the nerves that are getting worse. Dirty hands may well be another cause. Not just for cleanliness, but also to reduce chances of infection when having reduced resistance (like when on drugs fighting cancer). 2) Yes, like in the example given, there is more to a microwave than applying full power (as with a car...). I happen to have taken one aspect of sous-vide cooking to the microwave: I enjoy cooking at reduced power for a prolongued time. (Even brown rice, but not yet pasta.)
    Voice control featuring power steps would enable more people to concentrate on one or more electric appliances to do their cooking. (Note: microwave appliances differ in their number of power steps.) 3) Nevertheless, I keep getting amused by my imagination. Imagine a parrot repeating "Alexa, microwave at power level five for three minutes." A soon-to-be ex-parrot. ;-)
  • Man, you guys keep releasing articles about this microwave. Makes me wonder how much of a kickback you're getting.
  • How about 5 reasons not to use a microwave at all?
  • I don't think there aye 5 reasons to not use a microwave...
  • They are fine for some things, i admit i don't use mine a great amount, but fine for soup, beans and melting butter for baking.
    I even made a couple of cakes in them a few years back.
  • The voice-controlled microwave requires the additional purchase of the Echo Voice Controlled device per Amazon website.
  • I talk to myself, my cat, and my phone but I draw the line at talking to a microwave oven. My cat probably wishes I'd get a microwave to talk to. Sometimes when I talk to him he starts flicking his tail and walks away in disgust. He's already heard all of my stories.