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The Top Electric and Microwave Bacon Cooker for Your Kitchen

Best Value
Nostalgia 3-in-1 Electric Cook Station
5/5
Best Budget Option
Hamilton Beach 4-in-1 Double Griddle Cooker
5/5
Best Overall
Instant Omni Plus 14-In-1 Electric Cooker
5/5

While the smell of sizzling bacon in the morning is enough to get most people’s taste buds watering, not everyone enjoys pan frying bacon, as it can cause leave both a mess and an unpleasant smell in your kitchen. A solution to these issues is an electric or microwave bacon cooker, two items that make cooking the tasty slices of fatty pork easier than ever.

If you’re in the market for the perfect bacon cooker, but don’t know where to begin, look no more – we have the information you’re after. Throughout the following sections, we will be covering some of the best electric and microwave bacon cookers on the market.

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Best Microwave Bacon Cookers

1. PrepSolutions Microwavable Bacon Grill

At first glance, this model may not look like anything special, but it has several distinctive features that allow it to stand above the rest. For starters, the surface consists of several grill-like raised ridges and grooves that provide a place for fat to collect during the cooking process.

 

 

The first bacon cooker on our list is a simple yet highly effective product from PrepSolutions.

At first glance, this model may not look like anything special, but it has several distinctive features that allow it to stand above the rest. For starters, the surface consists of several grill-like raised ridges and grooves that provide a place for fat to collect during the cooking process.

Secondly, the raised lid comes with ventilation holes that not only allow heat to escape and circulate but also keeps grease and oil from splattering out of the plastic cooking surface and onto the walls of your microwave.

Lastly, this bacon cooker is 100% dishwasher safe, meaning both the plastic pan and cover can be placed in the dishwasher for easy cleaning after each use. The only downside to this bacon cooker is the size, which some people may find a little on the small side.

 

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2. Lekue Microwave Bacon Maker

Unlike the last PrepSolutions model we saw, this microwave bacon cooker includes a drain spout that allows you to easily empty the grease tray. This feature, along with the fact that it’s fully dishwasher safe, makes it one of the best Microwave bacon cookers around.

Like the last item we looked at, the Lekue Microwave Bacon Cooker features the same grill-like groves that give bacon grease somewhere to collect during the cooking process and enough space to fit up to six slices of bacon.

Similarly, the lid is designed with well-placed ventilation holes to ensure an even cook and protect the walls of your microwave from any hot grease splatter that may occur.

However, unlike the last PrepSolutions model we saw, this microwave bacon cooker includes a drain spout that allows you to easily empty the grease tray. This feature, along with the fact that it’s fully dishwasher safe, makes it one of the best Microwave bacon cookers around.

That being said, this microwave bacon cooker does have a few drawbacks. First off, the width is a little short, meaning some pieces of bacon will have to be cut in half or rolled up at the end to fit. Secondly, the grill groves are not the deepest, meaning accumulated fat could potentially overflow before the bacon is done cooking.

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3. Makin Bacon Microwave Bacon Tray

This product features a significantly different design than the last two bacon cookers we have looked at, and instead of a grill-inspired cooking surface, it uses three cooking racks over which bacon strips can be draped, allowing you to cook bacon in just under a minute.

 

If you like your bacon crispy, but don’t have the required cooking skills to get the job done, then the Makin Bacon microwave bacon tray may be just what you need.

As we can see from the photo, this product features a significantly different design than the last two bacon cookers we have looked at, and instead of a grill-inspired cooking surface, it uses three cooking racks over which bacon strips can be draped, allowing you to cook bacon in just under a minute.

Along with an interesting design, this bacon cooker also comes with a deep drip pan to catch any fat that falls off the bacon slices and enough space to easily fit 12 slices of bacon, which is double the capacity of most other models.

The major downside side to Makin Bacon Microwave Bacon Tray is that there is no lid to stop any bacon grease splatter, meaning unless you put a paper towel or two over the strips of bacon, the walls of your microwave will likely end up dirty.

 

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4. Maconee Square Non-Stick Grill Pan

Some people strongly prefer the taste of bacon when it’s cooked in a microwave oven instead of a traditional electromagnetic microwave. Of course, normal plastic bacon cookers won’t do well in a microwave oven, and something made out of a more durable and heat resistant material is required.

Some people strongly prefer the taste of bacon when it’s cooked in a microwave oven instead of a traditional electromagnetic microwave. Of course, normal plastic bacon cookers won’t do well in a microwave oven, and something made out of a more durable and heat resistant material is required.

To meet this challenge, in steps the Maconee Non-Stick Grill Pan, which with measurements of 11″ x 11″, provides a solid 121 square inches of cooking space to enjoy.

What really makes this item great is the fact that it’s not limited to just bacon and can be used to cook a wide variety of foods, making it extremely versatile. Additionally, it comes with a grooved grill surface to catch fat drips and is 100% dishwasher friendly.

That being said, because of its size, this grill pan is only fit for microwave ovens that have a size of 31 liters or more.

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5. Presto 0511 Microwave Bacon Cooker

The Presto 0511 is another microwave bacon cooker that employs the space-efficient rack design, meaning it can hold significantly more strips of bacon than grill-surface bacon cookers of similar dimensions. This size-efficient design makes it a perfect choice for small microwaves.

The Presto 0511 is another microwave bacon cooker that employs the space-efficient rack design, meaning it can hold significantly more strips of bacon than grill-surface bacon cookers of similar dimensions. This size-efficient design makes it a perfect choice for small microwaves.

Like all rack-based bacon cookers, grease and bacon fat drip off the strips and down into the drip pan below, producing considerably healthier bacon than its pan-fried counterpart.

However, because the design doesn’t incorporate a lid, the Presto 0511 suffers from the same drawback as all rack-based bacon cookers, namely the fact that grease is prone to splattering over the microwave walls. In addition to this drawback, the portion of bacon draped over the thin plastic cook racks often comes out undercooked.

Still, the Presto 0511 is a very easy-to-use device, and for our money, it is the best microwave bacon cooker for small microwaves.

 

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6. Prep Solutions Large Microwave Bacon Cooker

With a price tag of just over $10, this bacon cooker by PrepSolutions is one of the best budget options and comes with a larger than average 12″ x 10″ cooking surface, meaning it can be used for cooking much more than just bacon.

 

With a price tag of just over $10, this bacon cooker by PrepSolutions is one of the best budget options and comes with a larger than average 12″ x 10″ cooking surface, meaning it can be used for cooking much more than just bacon.

Like many other models we have seen, this budget bacon cooker is designed with grill grooves in the cooking surface, which trap bacon fat and grease and allow for quality heat circulation. On top of this, the pan is made out of BPA free plastic and dishwasher safe for easy cleaning.

All-in-all, this product by PrepSolutions doesn’t offer anything fancy but is one of the best bacon cookers in its price range.

 

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7. Emson Bacon Wave Bacon Cooker

Most of the microwave bacon cookers we have covered so far don’t provide users with enough space to cook more than six to nine bacon strips at once. Those looking for a product that allows them to cook up to 14 strips at a time may be better off with the Bacon Wave by Emson.

 

Most of the microwave bacon cookers we have covered so far don’t provide users with enough space to cook more than six to nine bacon strips at once. Those looking for a product that allows them to cook up to 14 strips at a time may be better off with the Bacon Wave by Emson.

As we can see from the photo, the Bacon Wave uses a unique design that has taken some inspiration from the rack-based models we have seen earlier – a design that emphasizes highly efficient use of space.

One aspect of this product that makes it particularly special is its scalability, allowing users to stack one unit on top of another, meaning a total of 28 bacon strips can be cooked at once.

When it comes to effortlessly cooking bacon in large quantities, this microwave bacon cooker by Emson is one of the better options around. This item’s main flaw is that it takes considerably more time to load than other models, as each strip of bacon much be placed into the slots one by one.

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8. WowBacon Microwave Cooker

This offering from WowBacon is another unique/innovative product that can be used for cooking bacon and eggs, making it one of the more versatile bacon cookers on the market.

 

 

This offering from WowBacon is another unique/innovative product that can be used for cooking bacon and eggs, making it one of the more versatile bacon cookers on the market.

When the lid is opened, users will see a set of racks from which a total of 6 bacon strips can be hung. Once the lid is closed, the cup can then be placed in the microwave, where it will take roughly four minutes for the bacon strips to cook fully. For eggs, simply crack an egg or two into the bottom of the cup and repeat the same process.

Although this unit can’t cook as many bacon strips as some of the other rack-based models we have seen, its design solves a major issue that plagues all rack-equipped bacon cookers, that of bacon grease splattering on the walls.

The innovative cup design ensures that your microwave stays free of grease splatter and, being dishwasher safe, is itself easy to clean, making it one of the best bacon cookers available.

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9. Nordic Wave Microwavable Bacon Cooker/Defrost Tray

Along with its larger than average size, one aspect of this unit that really stands out is the fact that its high-density plastic construction allows it to be oven safe in temperatures up to 400F, something that isn’t very common as far as microwave bacon cookers are concerned.

 

Next up, we have the Nordic Wave Slanted Bacon Cooker, a highly versatile product that also doubles as a defrost tray.

Along with its larger than average size, one aspect of this unit that really stands out is the fact that its high-density plastic construction allows it to be oven safe in temperatures up to 400F, something that isn’t very common as far as microwave bacon cookers are concerned.

Furthermore, it has a large collection tray located at one end of the item, and given its slanted nature, gives bacon fat a place to collect.

There isn’t much to complain about regarding this model, and the only issue might be a size one, as not everyone’s microwave will be large enough to allow the tray to rotate.

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10. Nordic Wave 2-Sided Bacon Cooker

Rounding up our top 10 list is another quality bacon cooker from Nordic Wave, one that comes fully reversible with a grill side and a griddle side (that works great for cooking eggs).

 

 

Rounding up our top 10 list is another quality bacon cooker from Nordic Wave, one that comes fully reversible with a grill side and a griddle side (that works great for cooking eggs).

What’s more, this USA-made bacon cooker is backed by a five-year warranty, is made with 100% BPA-free plastic, and even comes with a convenient raised lid to ensure your microwave stays clean.

Although this model is a little more expensive than some of the other bacon cookers we have covered, at just over $20, it won’t break the bank and is easily one of the best bacon cookers one can buy.

 

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11. Instant Omni Plus 14-In-1 Electric Cooker

With so many options to choose from, you might be worried that the cooker can be challenging to use/program. Luckily, the display uses a very intuitive design and doesn’t at all feel crowded or hard to understand. Moreover, it comes with two cooking plates/pans that are easy to clean and can be used to cook a large array of food items.

 

At first place on our list, we have one of the most versatile and useful electric cookers available, a unit that comes equipped with 14 different cooking functions, including electric cooker, rotisserie, air fryer, broiler, mini-oven, toaster, warmer, convection oven, and more.

With so many options to choose from, you might be worried that the cooker can be challenging to use/program. Luckily, the display uses a very intuitive design and doesn’t at all feel crowded or hard to understand. Moreover, it comes with two cooking plates/pans that are easy to clean and can be used to cook a large array of food items.

There is, however, one minor flaw – the power cord is very short, and the instruction manual states in no uncertain terms that the cooker should not be used with an extension cord. Still, given everything the unit does, it is a great option for cooking bacon and a large number of other items.

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12. Nostalgia BCN6BK Bacon Express Cooker

This piece of electric cookware takes after rack-based microwave bacon cookers in its design and works by draping raw bacon strips over a hot cooking plate. Once the bacon is loaded, the cover is placed over the strips, the machine is turned on, and in just a few minutes, you’re left with perfectly cooked bacon.

 

 

If you’re not interested in a fancy, all-in-one electric cook unit – and you just want something specifically designed for cooking bacon – the Nostalgia BCN6BK is just that.

This piece of electric cookware takes after rack-based microwave bacon cookers in its design and works by draping raw bacon strips over a hot cooking plate. Once the bacon is loaded, the cover is placed over the strips, the machine is turned on, and in just a few minutes, you’re left with perfectly cooked bacon.

Like the standard microwave bacon cooker, this electric version features a pan at the very bottom to collect dropping bacon fat, a pan that can be easily removed for cleaning purposes.

 

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13. Hamilton Beach 4-in-1 Double Griddle Cooker

Besides bacon, this cooker is excellent for grilling burger patties, paninis, chicken, fish, and a wide selection of other food items. On top of this, the non-stick pans are easily removable for cleaning purposes, making it just as convenient as it is versatile.

 

 

Although not designed specifically for cooking bacon, this double griddle cooker is more than up to to the task, and with 200 square inches of cooking surface, you can fit many more strips than you would be able to with a standard microwave bacon cooker.

Besides bacon, this cooker is excellent for grilling burger patties, paninis, chicken, fish, and a wide selection of other food items. On top of this, the non-stick pans are easily removable for cleaning purposes, making it just as convenient as it is versatile.

Another useful feature is the built-in kickstand which, when engaged, tilts the griddle cooker on an angle, making sure all bacon fat rolls off the griddle plate and into the catch tray, which is also easily removable.

 

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14. Zojirushi EA-DCC10 Electric Sizzler

The Zojirushi EA-DCC10 is another electric cooker that, while not designed specifically for bacon cooking, is more than capable of getting the job done.

 

 

The Zojirushi EA-DCC10 is another electric cooker that, while not designed specifically for bacon cooking, is more than capable of getting the job done.

Made out of high-grade stainless steel, this 19″ x 12.5″ indoor grill can reach a max temperature of 425F and even comes with a raised lid to trap in heat and stop grease splatter from covering your kitchen countertop. Additionally, the cooking surface is coated with a non-stick layer which makes the griddle surface extremely easy to clean.

The most notable flaw is that the electric griddle doesn’t come with a drain hole for grease or fat. That being said, any leftover food matter can easily be wiped off with a paper towel and cleaned in the sink, making this issue a minor drawback at best.

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15. Nostalgia 3-in-1 Electric Cook Station

The Nostalgia 3-in-1 functions as an entire breakfast cook station and comes with three major components. The first, and arguably most important, component is the family-sized griddle surface, which can be used to fry bacon, eggs, sausage, and more.

 

The Nostalgia 3-in-1 functions as an entire breakfast cook station and comes with three major components. The first, and arguably most important, component is the family-sized griddle surface, which can be used to fry bacon, eggs, sausage, and more.

The second component is the large toaster oven, which, aside from heating bread and pastries, can be used to cook small oven pizzas, burritos, and several other pre-packaged food items.

Lastly, we have the coffee pot, which, as most people will agree, is an essential component of every breakfast.

Given the fact that you can cook an entire family-sized breakfast on this 11.5″ x 19.25″ x 12″ unit, the Nostalgia 3-in-1 is a great bacon cooker for both value and versatility.

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Bacon Cooker FAQs and Buying Guide

Microwave Bacon Cookers

A microwave bacon cooker is a simple plastic device that typically uses either a grill surface or rack system onto which raw bacon strips can be placed. Once loaded, the plastic bacon cooker is then put into the microwave, where the raw bacon strips are cooked using the electromagnetic radiation generated by the microwave.

This type of bacon cooker is very affordable, durable, and, when made with BPA and melamine-free plastic, is also safe. One main advantage these devices offer over pan-frying bacon is a reduction in fat content. Because of the way the average microwave bacon cooker is designed, fat and grease falls into the grill-grooves or catch basin, and doesn’t get cooked into the bacon the way it does with pan-frying.

That being said, microwave bacon cookers do have some drawbacks. First off, not all come with a lid, meaning bacon grease will inevitably splatter over the microwave walls. Furthermore, depending upon the size of the bacon strips, even cooking can be difficult to achieve.

Electric Bacon Cookers

Electric bacon cookers are any electric devices that can be used to cook bacon. Some, such as the Nostalgia BCN6BK, are designed specifically for cooking bacon, whereas other devices, like the Zojirushi electric griddle, are more general-purpose cooking items.

Although considerably more expensive, electric bacon cookers have several advantages over the average microwave bacon cooker. For example, they are usually highly versatile and can be used to cook much more than just bacon strips, and they typically provide a much more even cooking surface and deliver a superior final product.

The best bacon cookers will be slightly different for each person depending upon what they’re after and how much they’re willing to spend. That being said, when it comes to the best bacon cookers, we strongly recommend the PrepSolutions Microwavable Bacon Tray, the Lekue Microwave Bacon Maker, and the Nordic Bacon Maker/Defrost tray.

Neither method is inherently superior to the other, and both have their pros and cons. For example, while pan-frying may provide a more even cook, it produces bacon with a much higher fat content. Similarly, although microwave bacon cookers reduce overall fat content by as much as 35%, they are only capable of cooking much smaller amounts and don’t always produce an even cook.

Final Thoughts

Microwave bacon cookers offer a quick and easy solution to cooking bacon and are great for those whose cooking skills aren’t up to par or people who simply don’t want to deal with the mess of pan cooking bacon.

Dino Paccino

Dino Paccino

Dino is a lifelong writer and home improvement specialist. He enjoys bringing cutting-edge information on home renovation and remodeling to Kitchen Infinity.

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