The Toshiba EM925A5aA-BS isn't one of the absolute best microwaves you could pick up, though it still performed practically perfectly on some of our tests, and it struck a good balance between the features on offer and its reasonable price.
A contracted writer for TTR, Angie has covered plenty of types of products over the years, ranging from countertop appliances and other home goods to vacuum cleaners and mold testing kits for nearly a decade. Her spare time often goes to planning improvements for her quirky 103-year-old home or hiking in the gorgeous Utah mountains. In her past role, she was a newspaper journalist and she has a bachelor's degree in Technical Writing.
Toshiba EM925A5A-BS: Design
The Toshiba EM925A5A-BS was one of the smaller microwaves we tested, but it was not the smallest. When we loaded it up with a relatively large dinner plate and glass, there was plenty of room left.
It also fits a mixing bowl and a large popcorn bag just fine. If you want to be able to cook large family dinners, though, this might not be the best bet. Consider the RCA RMW1414 is you're looking for a larger unit.
Toshiba EM925A5A-BS: Cooking experience
The Toshiba EM925A5A-BS microwave is not the most powerful we tested; it only has 900 watts of power, but this should still be enough power for most tasks. It did just fine on our testing tasks, and even impressively had the highest score for heat consistency out of all our units. This meant it heated food evenly from one side of the plate to the other, a nice change when you compare it to some microwaves that leave cold spots in frozen dinners and other dishes.
This microwave's even cooking was especially evident on the marshmallow test. We melted an even layer across each unit's tray and then purposely burned them slightly to see heating patterns. The marshmallows on the EM925A5A-BS tray were pretty evenly browned all the way across. That was not the case with many competing units – some of which had brown stripes as a heating pattern and others that had brown concentric circles.
This one was average on our popcorn-popping test in most ways. It left about 6 grams unpopped, which is not bad. There were no burned spots at all and that was pretty rare during our testing. The potato we microwaved also came out almost perfect by using the potato button. Overall, it scored well cooking different types of food.
Toshiba EM925A5A-BS: Features
You get a nice assortment of presets and power levels with the EM925A5A-BS, including popcorn, potato, pizza, frozen vegetable, beverage, and dinner plate buttons. A longer warranty would add to the value of this microwave, though it is not surprising for one at this price point to have just one year of coverage on everything.
The Toshiba EM925A5A-BS did a nice job on our tests. It was especially good at maintaining the same heat levels across its cooking surface, and at its price point, we think it could be a worthwhile addition to your kitchen.