In the last few years, there has been a rise in the use of the microwave. To some it has become a more convenient alternative for ovens and to others, it is more affordable than one. In fact, families with seniors choose a microwave for seniors with dementia to cook safely. With the increasing use of a product comes the knowledge of the said product. What are the microwave amps everyone is talking about? Why are they important? How many amps does a microwave use? And, How many should one have?

How many amps does a microwave use?

The number of amps a microwave uses will depend on the wattage. Generally, a microwave uses from nine to fifteen amps at 120 volts. 220 volts microwaves, on the other hand, use from five to nine amps. This range is quite vast, so in order to know the wattage and amps used, you should consult your users’ manual.

As a general rule, the amount of current drawn will depend on the input power rating. The higher the input power rating, the higher the current drawn.

Microwave Oven Wattage

Many people do not consider the wattage of the kitchen appliances they buy. This is a mistake you shouldn’t make. Wattage in microwaves is very important because it determines how quickly and thoroughly your food is cooked. So, how many amps does a microwave use?

Most microwaves have a power output that ranges from 600 to 1200 watts. Microwave recipes usually require 800 watts. This is why, unless you intend your microwave for light usage, this is a good place to start. But just to be on the safe side, you might want to get a 1000 watts microwave.

How do watts translate to amps? Well, a 600 watts microwave has 5.00 amps, while an 800 watts has 6.67 amps. But if you want to go big or go home, then 1500 watts to amps is 12.17amps.

Give the Microwave its Own Circuit

We often hear that some appliances need a circuit of their own. But, why is that? Some kitchen appliances – microwaves included- require too much power. This means that sharing a circuit with other appliances could cause electrical overload. This could result in damage to your entire electrical system.

Microwave Safety Tips

Here are some tips on how to safely use your microwave. Remember that it is only through good care and maintenance that an appliance can have a longer life. I give this tip assuming that the microwave is being cared for and maintained properly. And hoping that the user’s manual is being put to good use.

Do not turn on the microwave if it is empty

Turning the microwave on when empty can damage the interior walls of the microwave. Many manufacturers recommend always leaving a glass of water inside, as in case it is accidentally turned on, the glass will absorb microwaves.

Plug Into the Right Circuit

As I said before, a microwave having its own circuit is very important. Not only do we want to prevent any electrical overload and the resulting damage to your system. But we also want to avoid any fire hazards, which are many when electricity is involved.

Make Sure It is Easy to Use

Some can be a little hard to use. Truth is, the simpler the microwave the better. Not only does this make it easier to use, but also safer for children and elderly people. Since this can give them more independence and safety than a regular oven.

I strongly suggest children under 5 years old not use a microwave unsupervised. Most microwave burns result from this.

Keep It Clean

To make sure your microwave is always in good condition you should clean it regularly. This prolongs the lifespan of your appliance and keeps things hygienic. If you don’t cover the food you cook it can splatter everywhere and make the inside of your microwave messy. If this builds up it can be a lot harder to clean later.

Stop Using if Something Seems Broken or it is Making Strange Noises

If you think something is wrong with your microwave stop using it and call a technician. Never attempt to fix an electric appliance by yourself it is very dangerous.

Now you can check how many amps your microwave is using and connect it to its own circuit to make it last longer.
About the author

Hi, I’m Gabriella, passionate about food and innovative kitchen technology. The kitchen is my favorite place at home and I love sharing all about the best practices in the kitchen, cooking tips, and tricks to get the most out of your cookware on