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The 9 Best Microwave Bacon Cookers


For this 2021 update, we tested three new microwave bacon cookers, all of which had a lid to prevent grease splatter. After our extensive testing, we decided that our previous top pick, the Presto – Power Crisp is still the best microwave bacon cooker. However, of the three new cookers we tested, we’ve selected the Nordic Ware 2-Sided Bacon and Meat Grill as another great choice.

Our Top Choices

The Top Pick


Power Crisp

Also Great

Nordic Ware

Bacon & Meat Grill

For this 2021 update, we tested three new microwave bacon cookers, all of which had a lid to prevent grease splatter. After our extensive testing, we decided that our previous top pick, the Presto – Power Crisp is still the best microwave bacon cooker. However, of the three new cookers we tested, we’ve selected the Nordic Ware 2-Sided Bacon and Meat Grill as another great choice.

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The 9 microwave bacon cookers we tested

Six microwave bacon cookers on table

ProductPriceTypePerformanceCapacity (strips of bacon)
Presto - Power Crisp$Rack★★★★★9-12
Nordic Ware - Bacon & Meat Grill$$Tray★★★★★4-5
MSC International - Joie Piggy$$Tray★★★★4-5
Emson - Bacon Wave$Rack★★★12
Cameron Products - Makin' Bacon$$Rack★★12
Wow Bacon$$$Rack★★6
Nordic Ware - 60150$$Tray★★5-6
OXO Good Grips - Bacon Crisper (Discontinued)$$$Tray★★★★★5-6

Best overall: Presto – Power Crisp

Presto Power Crisp draped with bacon slices

The Presto – Power Crisp is a microwave bacon cooker that has three sturdy plastic racks over which the bacon is draped. As the bacon cooks, the fat drips into a tray underneath the racks. The bacon cooks into a V-shape, which easily slides off the rack. Although the bacon isn’t straight like traditionally fried bacon, it was evenly cooked with a nice crunch.

The Presto – Power Crisp can hold up to 12 slices of bacon, depending on the width of the bacon. The instruction manual recommended 40 to 90 seconds per slice and we programmed the microwave for five minutes to avoid over-cooking. The bacon was only half-done after that time, so we cooked it for three-and-a-half minutes more. The fat was beautifully rendered and crispy, and the meat was chewy without being rubbery.

Top Pick: Presto - Power Crisp

With an efficient, compact design that’s convenient and easy to clean, the Presto - Power Crisp drains away fat and makes bacon crispy.

For our next test, we cooked three slices for three minutes. We prefer our bacon extra crispy, so we added 30 seconds more and again, it was perfect. As recommended by the manufacturer, we covered the bacon with a paper towel and it absorbed all grease splatter without the paper towel sticking to the bacon.

The tray into which the racks are inserted is made of heavy-duty black plastic that remarkably stayed cool to the touch. The grease poured easily out of the tray without dripping and the entire cooker is dishwasher safe.

Of the rack-style microwave bacon cookers we tested, the Presto – Power Crisp is one of the least expensive and its superior design and construction gave us the best results.

Key takeaways:

  • The Presto – Power Crisp’s design allows more bacon fat to drip off the bacon into a cool-to-the-touch tray underneath.
  • The three stand-up racks cook the bacon into an unconventional V-shape but also produced the crispiest bacon of all the cookers we tested.
  • The racks can be stored in the tray, so this cooker easily fits in a kitchen drawer.

Also great: Nordic Ware – Bacon and Meat Grill

Nordic Ware - microwave bacon cooker

When we first tested microwave bacon cookers in 2018, we found only one that had a cover. For this 2021 update, we tested three bacon cookers with lids to prevent grease from splattering in the microwave. Of the three, the Nordic Ware 2-Sided Bacon and Meat Grill performed the best.

In truth, you’re really not going to get the best bacon by cooking it in a microwave. But if you’re in a hurry and you have a lot of bacon lovers to cook for, then a microwave bacon cooker can go through a pound of bacon in minutes.

This Nordic Ware model is a tray-style cooker, but it differs from others by being two-sided. The ridged side is for cooking bacon and other meats, and the reverse smooth side is for pizza and nachos. The cooker is 10.8 inches in diameter and is made from heavy-duty BPA-free and melamine-free plastic that, according to the packaging is oven-safe to 400F. (We’re suspicious of that claim since the cooker is not dishwasher safe.)

Also Great: Nordic Ware Bacon and Meat Grill

This sturdy ridged tray with a heavy duty deluxe lid cooks bacon well and keeps your microwave spatter-free.

Two models are available: A cheaper one with a lid that reviewers complain is flimsy and warps easily. The model that we tested has a sturdy, more attractive “deluxe” lid that can be used on a dinner plate for cooking or keeping food warm. Nordic Ware claims that the ridged tray can hold six pieces of bacon; in reality, it can hold four pieces, and we had to curve them on the tray to get them all to fit.

Nordic Ware recommends microwaving the bacon at one minute per slice, that is, four minutes total. After four minutes, though, the wider parts of the bacon needed 30 seconds more to be fully cooked. Of the three new cookers we tested for this 2021 update, the bacon microwaved on the Nordic Ware tray was the most visually appetizing. It also had both the crunch and chew of traditionally cooked bacon. The bacon had substantial shrinkage, mostly due to water evaporation, and the rendered grease was pretty minimal.

We had no problems with cleaning the tray and cover with a sponge and sudsy water. The only complaint we have about the Nordic Ware is that the tray has no handles, so we had to use potholders to take it out of the microwave.

The Nordic Ware Bacon and Meat Grill set is a bit more expensive than our top pick. But if you’re looking for a lidded bacon microwave cooker that keeps your microwave clean inside, it may be worth spending the few extra dollars.

Key takeaways:

  • The Nordic Ware Bacon and Meat Grill is two-sided; one side for microwaving bacon (and other meat) and the reverse side for pizza and nachos.
  • The Deluxe lid is made from heavy-duty BPA-free and melamine-free plastic and prevents grease from splattering in your microwave.
  • It’s not dishwasher safe, but it cleans easily with dish detergent and water.

Other products we tested

Four runner-up bacon cookers on table

Lekue – Microwave Bacon Cooker

Lekue - microwave bacon cooker

The Lekue – Microwave Bacon Cooker is one of the new bacon cookers that we tested for this 2021 update, and it has a couple of nice features that gave us hope the bacon might actually turn out right.

It’s a heavy-duty plastic tray with deep grooves for capturing rendered bacon grease and water, similar to other tray-style bacon cookers. One of the Lekue’s stand-out features is the tray’s stay-cool handles that make it easy to remove the tray from the microwave. Another great feature is the tray has a pour spout, which when tilted with the lid on, allows you to pour out the grease into a container for disposal.

The tray measures 8 inches by 11 inches, so it can fit in most microwaves. But the handles diminish the cooking space by 3 inches so the bacon had to be squeezed together to fit. Although Lekue claims that six slices of bacon can fit, we struggled to arrange four slices evenly on the tray. The Lekue comes with a nice see-through lid, but it doesn’t fit properly and jiggled off during the microwaving.

As to the cooked bacon: Lekue recommends 5 minutes for “tender bacon,” but it had been desiccated into bacon jerky. Lekue also recommends 6.5 minutes for “crispy bacon,” which would pretty much mummify the bacon.

Wow Bacon

Wow Bacon - microwave bacon cooker

Another microwave bacon cooker that we tested for this update was Wow Bacon, which certainly gets points for a creative design. It’s a 7-inch tall pitcher into which a six-prong rack fits. The bacon is draped over each prong, inserted into the pitcher, and the lid is snapped on.

Sadly, we had issues with Wow Bacon from the get-go. Draping the bacon onto the rack was easy, but inserting the loaded rack into the pitcher was challenging since the bacon was pushed up the sides. Once we managed to straighten the bacon strips, the next issue was snapping on the lid, which needs to be perfectly aligned on the rack’s shaft. Finally, the lid needs to be secured with two tabs, and with a little trial and error, we got the hang of it.

For all of this hassle, we wish the bacon had cooked better. We followed the instructions, and after the first microwave, the bacon wasn’t fully cooked. We added another minute, and the bacon was still half raw. We microwaved another 30 seconds, and this time, though the bacon was cooked, it was rubbery. On the plus side, all of the grease and water did gather in the bottom of the pitcher and was easy to pour out and dispose of properly.

MSC International – Joie Piggy Microwave Tray

The Joie Piggy — also called the Joie Oink Oink — is a 9-inch by 8-inch curved rectangle tray with slightly raised serpentine ridges. It comes with a vented pink cover with an impossibly cute pig-head handle. Its small size only fits four bacon slices at a time.

It performed well in our tests; the bacon was crunchy and chewy. The tray’s tiny handles, however, made it difficult to remove the hot tray from the microwave. When we lifted the lid, we found that there had been substantial grease splatter since the tray lacks a drainage receptacle. Consequently, we had to dab the collected grease off the top of the bacon with a paper towel.

The Joie Piggy is dishwasher safe, which is fortunate since the excess splatter thickly coated the inside of the lid.

Emson – Bacon Wave

This best-selling “As Seen On TV” product is an interesting concept. The Bacon Wave is a molded BPA-free tray with three grooved rows, into which the bacon is inserted horizontally. The bacon is then held into place with two plastic skewers inserted through at both ends. The skewer needs to be inserted high enough through each slice to elevate it above the tray.

The packaging claims that the Bacon Wave can cook up to 14 slices, which seems possible, but it’s also ridiculously time-consuming to weave the skewers precisely to hold the bacon upright. As the bacon cooked, shrinkage pulled the slices tightly together and the fat dripped into the tray as intended. However, there was also a lot of grease was absorbed by the paper towel on top.

In our three tests of the Bacon Wave, the fat was well-rendered, but the bacon did not crisp and had the consistency of jerky.

Cameron Products – Makin’ Bacon

The Makin’ Bacon is a small plastic griddle pan that resembles a toy. (It was, after all, created by an eight-year-old girl.) Three t-bars are inserted into three holes and the bacon is draped over them. The website claims that 16 pieces can be cooked at one time, which is certainly an exaggeration.

The vague instructions claim that six slices can fit on one spindly t-bar. However, the most we could fit was 12 pieces crowded together. Since they kept sliding off, we reduced the number to three per bar, but the ends flopped at the bottom of the tray.

We cooked the bacon per the instructions — six minutes for nine slices — but half were crisp and half were rubbery. Also during the cooking, a couple of the slices had curled and slipped off the t-bar and were lying in the accumulated fat. We continued to cook the bacon in 30-second increments until done. We did get bacon that was crispy in spots, but mostly it was very chewy.

The frying-pan design makes it simple to pour out the accumulated grease and all parts are dishwasher safe.

Although our winner has a similar design, we did not get the same results. The Makin’ Bacon comes apart easily for convenient storage, but it seems cheaply made and a bit on the pricey side for what it is.

OXO Good Grips – Bacon Crisper (Discontinued)

OXO Good Grips with microwaved bacon

(Editor’s note: In 2021, we learned that our former runner-up, OXO Good Grips – Bacon Crisper, has been discontinued.)

The OXO Good Grips – Bacon Crisper was double the price of most of the bacon cookers we tested, but it had two unique design elements that we think are worth it. It’s a tray-style bacon cooker with a deep gutter for catching rendered bacon fat. A ridged removable silicone insert fits into the hard plastic tray, which prevented grease from leaking into the tray and was incredibly easy to clean.

The second feature we loved is that the tray had a kickstand, which raised the tray to an approximately 45-degree angle. As the bacon cooked, the rendered fat drained and ran off into the gutter.

During our tests, the raised tray had positive and slightly negative effects on the bacon. On the positive side, most of the bacon fat drained away, leaving the bacon very crispy. On the other hand, so much fat had been rendered that the bacon meat of a couple of slices was chewier than the other slices.

Nordic Ware – 60150 (Not Recommended)

The Nordic Ware – 60150 is a tray-style bacon cooker onto which bacon slices are laid across the ridges. Differing from the other ridged-tray cookers we tested, the ridges are in a V-shape, which is supposed to allow the rendered fat to drain down a center gutter into a reservoir at the bottom of the tray. It’s a nice idea, but it limits how many slices can actually fit. We managed to squeeze in six slices.

The Nordic Ware has a serious design flaw:  the tray measures 10 inches by 12 inches, which makes it too long to use in a standard microwave. Our large microwave has a center circular revolve with a 14-inch diameter, but the Nordic Ware has a 15-inch diameter and cannot turn. Consequently, we had to manually stop the microwave, turn the tray and restart the microwave.

Results were actually quite good; the bacon had both crunch and chew. But since the Nordic Ware is not dishwasher safe, it’s simply too inconvenient to use.

How we selected

There are basically two types of microwave bacon cookers on the market, both of which we tested. One type has a rack onto which the bacon is draped so it’s lifted off the tray and the other type is simply a plastic tray with raised ridges. The companies that manufacturer bacon cookers all boast that their design quickly crisps up bacon in the microwave with little or no mess.

Bacon connoisseurs on Reddit, however, generally dismiss microwaved bacon as lacking both the flavor and texture of traditionally cooked bacon. We combed through reviews online, but most are advertisements. Our best resource proved to be the thousands of Amazon reviews and photographs posted by consumers who documented their results (including the bacon cookers melting in their microwaves).

We focused on finding microwave bacon cookers that had consistently high ratings and stood out as less gimmicky than the many cookers on the market.

How we tested

We used Costco’s Kirkland Signature Bacon for our tests and its slices can be wider than other kinds of bacon. The number of slices that we tested at one time was dependent on the size and shape of the bacon cooker.

For the ridged-tray-style bacon cookers — the OXO, Joie Piggy and Nordic Ware — we had to lay out the bacon horizontally across the ridges, so the bacon stays elevated. Consequently, the ridged-tray cookers could hold only four or five slices at one time.

We were able to fit up to 12 slices on the rack-style bacon cookers — the Presto – Power Crisp, Emson – Bacon Wave and Makin’ Bacon — but due to the bacon width, we avoided overcrowding by testing nine slices at a time.

Bacon prepared for microwave cooker

We followed the instructions for each bacon cooker and programmed the microwave for the recommended cooking times. In each case, the recommended time was too long, since we used a 1700-watt microwave. As a second attempt, we decreased the power level and cooking time for subsequent tests to determine whether a lower power and time combination would affect results.

For our third round of tests, we cooked only three slices to see if the bacon cooked differently than when the cooker was loaded to capacity.

We also wanted to test how well turkey bacon cooked on each cooker, and since there’s less fat in turkey bacon, we cut the cook time in half. We got excellent results from the Presto and the OXO.

Finally, we tested whether or not each bacon cooker was dishwasher safe by washing them in the upper rack of the dishwasher.

Important features to consider

During our testing, we learned that there are several important features about the design of a microwave bacon cooker that you should consider.

Dimensions: Before purchasing a microwave bacon cooker, measure the inner dimensions of your microwave to ensure that the cooker you buy can actually fit. The rack-style bacon cookers are compact enough to fit any size microwave. The tray-style, however, can be either square or rectangle and depending on its length, it might not turn properly on your microwave’s turntable.

BPA-free plastic: Since the bacon comes in contact directly with the cooker, make sure that it is made of BPA-free plastic.

Gutter design: Since the purpose of the bacon cooker is to drain off as much fat as possible, look for a design that keeps the bacon elevated enough so it doesn’t sit in the captured fat. We found that the rack-style bacon cookers were the most efficient. However, the unique design of the OXO Good Grips, with its kickstand that raises the tray so the fat drains into the gutter, is also excellent.

Ease of storage: The rack-style bacon cookers are the easiest for storage. The racks can be removed, laid in the tray and stored compactly in a cabinet.

Build quality: Microwaving any plastic item has a long-range effect on its stability, so look for a bacon cooker that is made of a sturdier plastic.

How to cook bacon

Cooking bacon perfectly crisp in a skillet isn’t as easy and is more time-consuming than you may think. A cast-iron skillet is generally considered to be the best type of pan for any frying. Although the cast-iron skillet has superb heat distribution, you still need to regulate the heat at a low temperature for frying bacon. The low-and-slow method allows the bacon’s fat to render and crisp and the bacon meat to cook evenly and not turn rubbery.

There are, of course, many ridged pans, square pans, and grill pans for cooking bacon, but we prefer oven-cooked bacon. Once you’ve laid out the bacon (you can cook up to a pound) in a foil-lined baking sheet and pop it into a 350F oven, it’s virtually stress-free and hands-off for the next 15 to 20 minutes. The bacon comes out crispy and chewy — cleanup is a cinch. And while you might consider using a toaster oven, cooking bacon in a microwave is a faster alternative.

How to microwave bacon

You could simply microwave bacon on a microwave-safe plate sandwiched between paper towels. We tried out this method before testing the microwave bacon cookers and it gave us rubbery bacon with bits of paper towel stuck to it.

Depending on the microwave cooker, you can cook between four (the Joie Piggy) and 12 slices of bacon (the Makin’ Bacon) at a time. Substantial shrinkage occurs during the cooking, so you can lay as many slices on the tray as it can hold without crowding them. Also, avoid overlapping the slices as this will cause uneven cooking.

Cooking time

The majority of microwave ovens have a range of 600 watts to 1200 watts and the microwaves with higher wattage will cook food more quickly and evenly. Most of the bacon cooker instructions are based on your using a 1000-watt microwave oven.

All of the microwave bacon cookers we tested advise cooking the bacon for one minute per slice. However, because of the variance in wattage of microwaves, there’s really no hard rule to follow. For lower-wattage microwaves, you need to add approximately 10 to 15 seconds per slice; conversely, for higher-wattage microwaves, you need to subtract 10 to 15 seconds per slice.

Turkey bacon is literally and figuratively another animal altogether. Turkey bacon is chopped turkey with oil added that’s been compressed into bacon-like strips. It doesn’t have the high-fat content of pork bacon and needs approximately half the time to cook.

How to get crispy microwaved bacon

Crispy bacon spread on breadboard

You can get crispy microwaved bacon, but it’s a bit by trial and error. All of the cookers (or trays) we tested are supposed to produce crispy bacon. Our results were decidedly mixed and more often than not we ended up with crisped fat and bacon-meat jerky that would put the strongest teeth to the test.

We recommend initially undercooking the bacon; for example, program three minutes for four slices of bacon. After that, turn the bacon over, then reprogram the microwave at 30-second increments, continually checking the bacon until it’s as crispy as you like. Also remember that if the fatty sections of the bacon are golden brown, the bacon will crisp up as it cools.

Should you use paper towels?

If the microwave bacon cooker has a lid (like the Joie Piggy), then it’s not necessary to cover the bacon with a paper towel. Otherwise, we recommend covering the bacon with a paper towel to absorb the significant grease splatter. It’s not necessary to line the cooker with a paper towel since all of the cookers we tested are designed to capture and drain rendered bacon fat.

The bottom line

The best way to cook bacon is undoubtedly in the oven. But if you want to enjoy healthier bacon with less fat, a microwave bacon cooker will make it fast and easy. Over the course of our research and tests, we learned that a lot depends on how the cooker is designed. All of the bacon cookers we tested gave us good to excellent results, but two stood out as particularly well-designed and convenient to use.

Our top pick — the Presto – Power Crisp — can cook up to 12 slices at a time in about 12 minutes. Its efficient stand-up racks allow the rendered bacon fat to drip into the tray beneath, leaving the bacon crispy and evenly cooked. It also makes disposal of bacon fat easy and is completely dishwasher safe.

If you’re looking for a microwave cooker with a heavy-duty lid that eliminates bacon grease spattering inside your microwave, we also recommend the Nordic Ware Bacon and Meat Grill

And now that the bacon’s taken care of, check out our review of the best nonstick cookware for frying your eggs.

Top Pick: Presto - Power Crisp

This well-priced microwave bacon cooker will give you crispy bacon that’s fast and convenient to make.

Bryan Vu, Editor

Bryan is our cooking and kitchen expert, with more than 15 years of experience of cooking and testing kitchen products. When outside of the kitchen, he enjoys woodworking, photography, videography and figuring out how to live a more eco-friendly lifestyle. He thoroughly enjoys discovering the best, whether it’s ingredients or equipment, and finding products that can stand the rigors of daily use.