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Toshiba ML-EC42P(SS) Microwave Review

Tested using Methodology v1.0
Reviewed Jul 10, 2024 at 10:13 am

The Toshiba ML-EC42P(SS) is a medium-sized, mid-range microwave, oven, and air fryer. It has some extra features that not all microwaves include, like a steam sensor and a mute controls option. Like other combo microwaves, it comes with cooking racks for when you're using its air fryer or oven function.

Our Verdict

8.5 Power

The Toshiba ML-EC42P(SS) is a fast 1000-watt microwave. It'll heat your food quickly, although the GE JES1109RRSS, which is also a combo oven and microwave, can do it faster.

  • Heats food quickly.
  • Has a steam sensor.
  • Mute controls option.
  • Bulky design.

Performance Usages

  • 8.5 Power
  1. Updated Jul 10, 2024: Review published.

Differences Between Sizes And Variants

This microwave comes in 'Stainless Steel' or 'Black Stainless Steel'. We tested it in 'Stainless Steel,' and you can see the label for the unit we tested here and here.

If you encounter another variant, let us know in the comments, and we'll update our review.

Compared To Other Microwaves

The Toshiba ML-EC42P(SS) is a combo microwave, oven, and air fryer with a medium-sized cooking chamber. Unlike the GE JES1109RRSS, a slightly cheaper multi-function microwave, it has sensor cooking programs, so it can detect steam and automatically adjust the cooking time as needed. The Panasonic NN-CD87KS is a more premium option. While it has a similarly-sized cooking chamber and most of the same features, you might prefer its higher-end look and controls.

If you're still looking for a microwave, check out the best microwaves and the best over-the-range microwaves.

Test Results

perceptual testing image
Height 13.0" (33.0 cm)
Width 21.8" (55.3 cm)
Depth Without Handle
20.0" (50.8 cm)
Depth With Handle
21.3" (54.1 cm)
Power Cord Length 3.58 ft (1.09 m)

Because a panel protrudes from the back of the appliance, it takes up more space on your counter than the GE JES1109RRSS, which has a smaller cooking chamber.

Cooking Chamber
Advertised Chamber Volume
1.5 cu. ft.
Turntable Diameter
13.6" (34.5 cm)
Chamber Height
8.5" (21.6 cm)
Chamber Width
15.6" (39.6 cm)
Chamber Depth
15.2" (38.7 cm)
Measured Chamber Volume
1.2 cu. ft. (0.03 m³)

This microwave has a medium-sized cooking chamber, so it'll fit all but the very biggest dishes. The light inside isn't the brightest, but you can still see inside quite well.

Controls And Functions
Door Release
Cooking Sensor
Popcorn Button
Defrost Button
Add Time Button
Kitchen Timer
Mute Sounds Button
Lock Controls Button

This microwave doubles as an air fryer and oven. When using it as a microwave, it has plenty of features. Unlike the GE JES1109RRSS, which is also a combo oven/air fryer/microwave, it has a steam sensor, so you don't necessarily need to manually select the cooking time. It has a 'warm hold' function and a 'Favorite' button so you can save and easily access your own custom programs. You can also combine microwaving and baking or microwaving and air frying to heat food quickly and crisp it at the same time.

In The Box

  • Turntable
  • Turntable roller
  • 2x grill rack
  • Grill tray
  • User guide
  • Air fry cookbook

Inverter Technology
Advertised Microwave Output Power
1,000 W
Tested Heating Rate At 100% Power
686 W
Shallow Dish Heating Uniformity
Area Of Underheated Dinner Plate
Grayscale Range Dinner Plate
Area Of Underheated Turntable
Grayscale Range Turntable

Microwaves all perform similarly when it comes to evenly heating food in shallow dishes. The evenness of heating depends on factors like what kind of food you're heating up and in what amount. You can read more about our investigations into microwave performance here.

Deep Dish Heating Uniformity
Min. Food Temperature (100% Power)
87 °F (31 °C)
Food Temperature Range (100% Power)
115 °F (64 °C)
Min. Food Temperature (50% Power)
93 °F (34 °C)
Food Temperature Range (50% Power)
100 °F (55 °C)

Like with shallow dishes, microwaves all perform similarly for heating food in deeper containers like bowls. Evenness depends on what you're heating, your specific container, and where you place it. You can read more about our investigations into microwave performance here.