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Toshiba ML2-EM09PA(BS) Microwave Review

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

The Toshiba ML2-EM09PA(BS) is a small, budget-friendly microwave. As a 900-watt microwave, it doesn't heat food as fast as some, but it has all the functions you might expect, like quick start, defrost, and mute. However, it doesn't have a sensor that detects steam for more automatic microwaving, which is worth keeping in mind if you want a microwave with all the bells and whistles.

Our Verdict

7.4 Power

The Toshiba ML2-EM09PA(BS) is a 900-watt microwave and doesn't heat food as quickly as most 1000-watt microwaves, such as the Toshiba EM131A5C-BS.

  • Mute controls function.
  • Compact design.
  • Heats food somewhat slowly.
  • No steam sensor.

Performance Usages

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

Differences Between Sizes And Variants

The Toshiba ML2-EM09PA(BS) only comes in 'Black Stainless Steel.' You can see the label for the unit we tested here and here

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

Compared To Other Microwaves

The Toshiba ML2-EM09PA(BS) is a small, budget-friendly microwave. It doesn't have a steam sensor, but unlike some budget-friendly microwaves, you get a 'mute controls' option. Its size and functions are basically the same as the Toshiba EM925A5A-BS, which is usually cheaper. If you want a faster 1000-watt microwave with a compact design, the LG LMC0975ST is a high-end option suitable for small spaces. The Panasonic NN-SN67HS is a budget-friendly option that heats food faster and has a steam sensor, but it's not quite as small.

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

Test Results

perceptual testing image
Height 11.6" (29.4 cm)
Width 19.1" (48.6 cm)
Depth Without Handle
14.5" (36.8 cm)
Depth With Handle
16.0" (40.7 cm)
Power Cord Length 3.48 ft (1.06 m)
Cooking Chamber
Advertised Chamber Volume
0.9 cu. ft.
Turntable Diameter
10.6" (27.0 cm)
Chamber Height
8.3" (21.0 cm)
Chamber Width
12.1" (30.8 cm)
Chamber Depth
13.9" (35.2 cm)
Measured Chamber Volume
0.8 cu. ft. (0.02 m³)

Its small cooking chamber makes it best for heating drinks in mugs or reheating food in bowls, since dinner plates or bigger pans may not fit. The light inside makes it very easy to see into the chamber.

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

This microwave has basic controls, including some 'Quick Touch' buttons, like 'Popcorn,' 'Pizza,' and 'Potato.' It's easy to start a quick 30-second cycle with one touch. You can defrost by weight or by time and mute the controls. However, it lacks a steam sensor, so you'll always have to manually set the cooking time or weight yourself. You can set it up to cook in two stages with different power settings, but unlike some microwaves, it doesn't have a 'Standing Time' or 'Delayed Start' option. Instead of displaying a clock, the 'Eco Mode' button simply switches off the screen when the microwave isn't in use.

In The Box

  • Turntable
  • Turntable roller
  • Manual

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

All microwaves perform similarly when evenly heating food in shallow dishes. It depends on what kind of food you're heating, how much of it there is, and in what container it's in. If you're interested in reading more about microwave performance, check out our investigation here.

Deep Dish Heating Uniformity
Min. Food Temperature (100% Power)
83 °F (29 °C)
Food Temperature Range (100% Power)
107 °F (59 °C)
Min. Food Temperature (50% Power)
82 °F (28 °C)
Food Temperature Range (50% Power)
98 °F (54 °C)

Like with shallow dishes, all microwaves heat food in deep dishes similarly evenly. Evenness depends on what food you're heating, not what microwave you use. Check out our investigation into microwave performance here.