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Amazon is an incredibly smart retailer, and when this e-commerce giant sees potential in some products, then makes its own versions. Therefore the AmazonBasics line exists.

The new addition to its product line is AmazonBasics Microwave, an Alexa-connected oven with auto-refilling popcorn feature, and simplified controls. Sounds great? Hmm, there are a few things you should know before you buy this smart microwave.


Not An Alexa Speaker

This is not a device with Alexa speaker. You can’t talk directly to the microwave, because this device does not have a microphone or speaker inside it. There is no playing music, no weather or traffic updates, or asking your microwave to turn off lights.

However, it works with an Alexa speaker, like with the second generation (and above) of the Echo or Echo Dot. The Alexa button that sits bottom center on the microwave’s controls have to be paired to the Echo device to go into listening mode, and then you can give it your commands. Without an Amazon Echo device, the microwave is just a normal low-wattage microwave like any other on the market.

There’s only one feature on the device that differentiates it from regular microwaves, and that’s the big blue “Ask Alexa” button at the bottom center of the control panel.

AmazonBasics Microwave Should You Buy It

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Only 700-watts

Most conventional microwaves come with 1,000-watt, but AmazonBasics Microwave has only 700-watts. What does it mean? You will simply need longer cook times. Higher the wattage, the higher the power microwaves go at your food. Is 700W a huge problem? Most affordable, lower-end microwaves are equipped with this maximum wattage which makes food cook a little bit longer or less evenly, but sometimes higher wattage models are not necessary.


Should you buy it?

It depends. If you’re looking for a basic, small, low-cost microwave, then yes. AmazonBasics Microwave is affordable that works well. It is cheap if you already own an Alexa Echo device, if you don’t have one, you should add a minimum of $30 to the cost.


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