If you want a microwave without all the bells and whistles, something basic and perhaps small enough to fit in a dorm or apartment, then you\u2019ll want the AmazonBasics Microwave Smart Microwave Works with Alexa. If you didn\u2019t notice, it also has the potential to link with Alexa to open voice commands. With its niche use and performance, it may earn a place on your counter as one of the best kitchen appliances.\r\n\r\nWhy We Like It - AmazonBasics Microwave Smart Microwave Works with Alexa\r\nWhile plain and basic, this affordable microwave has everything you need and is small enough for any apartment or dorm, with the added benefit of being a smart device.\r\n\r\nPerformance\r\nFor a small microwave, the AmazonBasics Microwave is pretty decent at its job. It isn\u2019t the most powerful, only peaking at 700 watts, but it knocks out all the basic features like defrosting and popcorn\u2014certainly more versatile than the Dash DEC005BK. It\u2019s as basic as you can get before being useless, but what this microwave has that none of the best appliances, like the Instant Pot Duo 7-in-1, is it\u2019s a smart microwave. Yes, as an Alexa enabled device, you can connect it with the Amazon Alexa app and open up voice controls. Simply press the ask Alexa button and use the \u201csay Alexa\u201d command to get started. For example, \u201cAlexa reheat one cup of coffee\u201d or \u201cAlexa microwave one bowl of popcorn\u201d and so on.\r\nDesign\r\nNow let\u2019s talk about design or rather, lack thereof. The AmazonBasics Microwave Smart Microwave Works with Alexa is by far the most basic-looking microwave we\u2019ve seen. The irony that it\u2019s a part of Amazon\u2019s Basic line is not lost on us either. It truly is basic. But is that a bad thing? Not really. The microwave works, and that\u2019s all the matter to us in the end. It has a kitchen timer, defrost, and popcorn button for popcorn replenishment. For something with wider appeal, the Ninja FD401 Foodi 8-qt. 9-in-1 Deluxe XL Cooker & Air Fryer might be more valuable.\r\nValue\r\nContinuing our AmazonBasics Microwave review, let\u2019s talk value. Who is this for? Well, give that it is a small microwave and isn\u2019t the most powerful, it\u2019s perfect for smart homes\u2014preferably homes that view microwaves as niche appliances. Something you use when you need it, but largely left in the corner. At the same time, the Alexa integration obviously means you need an Amazon Echo device. It\u2019s the only way you can take advantage of the Alexa voice commands, unfortunately. Still, when you remove that aspect, you still have a decent microwave for a good price.\r\nAmazonBasics Microwave Smart Microwave Works with Alexa Wrap Up\r\nFor someone in a small apartment or dorm, having a small microwave is a godsend. After all, frozen meals only need a microwave! It\u2019s plain, yes, but you can expand its use through an Amazon Echo device, provided you have access to one. And if you don\u2019t, that\u2019s okay\u2014the microwave is only $60, and still works as a decent appliance.