A lot of you know that my Microwave officially died about 2 weeks ago. For the last year I've only had the numbers 1, 3, 4, 6, 7, 9 and reset and start to use on the key pad. (Try making 8 minutes using only those numbers!) - well, it's now gone to Microwave heaven and it's time to stick it in the trash.
Friday when I woke up I had a iWave Microwave in my front door waiting for me to review it and do a giveaway (yup, you heard that right!) - what timing! It's amazing how disappointing it is when you REALLY want a cup of cappuccino, oatmeal or a cup in hand and I can't because it needs to be microwaved and I didn't have one. I also was really missing my popcorn.
The iWave Mini Microwave is a cool 12 pounds, approximately 12"x12" and it's just the right size for a dorm room, putting on a desk or in the RV/Boat for those cups of coffee to keep you awake. I have it sitting on my little washing machine (it hooks up in the kitchen at the sink) along with my toaster w/ a little space to make toast/oatmeal.
It has a little handle on top to make it easy to carry in the car, to store it at work, to put in the RV or on your boat. Also the keypad is on top to make it easy to access and read. There are little buttons for hot sandwiches, coffee, popcorn, gel packs and soup. (I was really excited about the gel packs - I use those religiously to cut pain and ease my cramped muscles from Fibromyalgia. Sometimes the packs are all that works.)
The only downside to the Mini Microwave is that it's too small for frozen dinners like Healthy Choice or the regular size Weight Watchers meals. I haven't tried the mini meals like Fresh Lunch by HC or the smaller entrees by WW like their spaghetti w/ Marinara. The trays are smaller so they may work. I have made the cups of macs & cheese (the larger cups) and those turned out really good - just give them a little longer to cook. And I've also heated up water for a cappuccino and heated up a Cup in Hand by Campbells. The 600 watts of power is more than enough to heat up things - you just may need a few extra minutes to heat up your food.
You can purchase your own iWave Microwave online here - it comes in several colors. Like I said above I think it would be perfect for the dorm room and would fit on those dorm fridges to make it easy to have something to eat when studying or the cafeteria's closed.
These links for Healthy Choice (register w/ newsletter), Weight Watchers and Soup in Hand all have coupons - to make putting together your care packages for college kids easier. This way you know they are eating somewhat nutritiously and with the iWave Microwave it's easier!
Giveaway: iWave.com is giving away a Mini Microwave to one of my LUCKY readers!