There is nothing like the smell of cooking bacon to chase away the last remnants of sleep in the morning, but who wants to deal with the mess of the greasy frying pan afterward? Save some work (and make healthier bacon) by using your microwave to cook great, crispy bacon. This article looks at several great microwave bacon cookers available on the market and offers our pick for the best option, so read on to bring out the best bacon for your next breakfast.

  • Quick and clean to use
  • Cooks 6 slices of bacon in under 5 minutes
  • Deep grooves in the tray to drain the fat away for healthier cooking
  • Drain spout for easy pouring of fat
  • Clear lid to see the bacon cook
  • Large handles
  • Dimensions: 11.02 x 9.8 x 2.3

  • Fits 95 percent of standard-sized microwaves
  • Cooks 6 slices of bacon in 3 to 5-minutes
  • Dishwasher safe and easy clean
  • Separates bacon from the fat when cooking
  • Cooks scrambled eggs too
  • Fat collects in the cup for easy draining
  • Dimensions: 5 x 6 x 7

  • Slatted tray for fat separation
  • Large capacity for many slices of bacon
  • Dishwasher safe and easy to clean
  • BPA and melamine free materials
  • Can double up as a defrosting tray
  • Sturdy construction: Weighs 1.1 lbs.
  • Dimensions: 1.3 x 10.2 x 12

  • Reduces fat by up to 35 percent
  • The bacon is suspended from a rack away from the fat
  • Easy clean and no splashes
  • 1-minute cook time per bacon strip
  • Fits a maximum of 18 strips of bacon
  • MAde from specially formulated high-heat plastic
  • Dimensions: 9.2 x 8.8 x 1.6

  • BPA free materials
  • Hold 4 to 5 bacon slices
  • Ridged tray to separate the fat
  • Easy clean and splatter lid
  • Dishwasher safe
  • 1-minute cook time per bacon strip
  • Dimensions: 8.5 x 10.5 x 1

  • Dishwasher safe and easy to clean
  • Separates the bacon from the fat
  • Cooks evenly
  • Holds up to 6 slices of bacon
  • BPA free
  • Tray to catch the fat
  • Dimensions: 11.2 x 10.4 x 2

  • Fat separates from the bacon for healthier cooking
  • BPA free and break resistant
  • Also steams vegetables
  • Dishwasher safe and easy to clean
  • Fits 4 slices og bacon
  • Can be used in a conventional oven
  • Dimensions: 11.5 x 9.8 x 1


The Lekue doesn’t have the most significant capacity but is easy to use and offers a much healthier way to cook bacon thanks to the deep-ridged tray that catches the bacon fat.

It is also easy to clean, with a drain spout for convenience. The clear lid means that there won’t be any splatters of grease inside the microwave, and the bonus is that you can see when the bacon is cooked. This model is slightly quicker at cooking the bacon than the competition, at 45-seconds per slice.

Pros

  • Simple design and unfussy look
  • Drain spout for draining the fat away
  • Clear lid to avoid splatters
  • Faster bacon cook than most other models

Cons

  • The spout is ineffective when pouring away fat
  • Vents in the side of the lid allow some grease leakage

The WowBacon cooker, apart from the catchy name, is shaped like a cup, something entirely unique in the bacon cooker field. It handles six slices that drape over a rack, allowing the bacon fat to drip into the bottom of the cup.

Then you merely pour away the residue of grease once the bacon has cooked. The company claims that this model fits 95 percent of all standard-sized microwave ovens. Like most bacon cookers, it cooks 6 slices in around 5 minutes, but with the WowBacon there is a bonus: It cooks scrambled eggs too!

Pros

  • Healthy separation of bacon from the fat
  • Unique design to look like a cup
  • Easy to pour away the grease
  • Cooks scrambled eggs too

Cons

  • Because of its shape,it isn’t as easy to store
  • Not very robust
  • The bottom has a tendency to warp

This Nordic Ware has to be the simplest design of all. Basically, it’s a plastic tray with grooves along the base to catch the bacon fat.

It doesn’t have a lid with this model, although you can buy a Nordic Ware bacon cooker with a top. It’s made from BPA and melamine free plastic and can handle many strips of bacon in one hit, although they don’t specify how many exactly. It can also be used as a defrosting tray. As far as simplicity goes, this one hits the spot.

Pros

  • Large bacon capacity
  • Simple design and easy to use
  • Dual use as a defrosting tray
  • Sturdy build quality, weighing a full 1.1 lbs.

Cons

  • No lid, so expect spillage
  • Too large to spin on the carousel in many microwaves

This bacon cooker claims to reduce the fat content of your favorite breakfast food by 35 percent. With this cooker the bacon is suspended on a rack over a drip tray to catch the grease.

The bacon is completely detached from the tray so all the fat drips away. The other good news is that this thing can handle up to 18 slices of bacon at a time. The bacon cooks at roughly 1-minute per slice, and it’s easy to clean too.

Pros

  • Large cooking capacity
  • Reduces fat by 35 percent
  • Sizeable fat tray to collect the grease
  • 1-minute cook time per slice of bacon

Cons

  • Not effective when cooking 18 slices of bacon
  • No lid, so some grease escapes in the microwave
  • Once the grease gets drained the bacon can taste dry

This Joie Piggy bacon cooker is a little on the small side, with a capacity of only 5 bacon strips. Made from BPA free material, it comes with a ridged tray and a splash lid to avoid messy cooking.

It’s dishwasher safe, so should be easy to clean. The bacon cooks at a rate of 1-minute per strip, but this depends on how crispy you like your bacon.

Pros

  • Crisps bacon well
  • BPA free material
  • Splatter lid for clean cooking
  • Simple design and easy to use

Cons

  • Bacon sticks to the tray and is hard to clean off
  • The unit is too small for typical size bacon slice

This Oxo model is designed to cook the bacon evenly, and because it has an adjustable tray, the fat drains away completely. It doesn’t have the most significant capacity compared to some, but it will cook 6 slices at a time.

The tray should be easy to clean, and it is dishwasher safe, so after use, just throw it in the dishwasher and move on to something else.

Pros

  • Adjustable drip tray
  • Cooks evenly
  • Distinctive design
  • Healthier bacon

Cons

  • Need a splatter cover as it spits fat in the microwave
  • Small capacity

This Zakware is very robust. They claim that it’s break resistant, and because the material is BPA free, it will be safe to use. This little thing is versatile too, allowing you to steam vegetables, and use it to defrost meat.

It can even be used in a conventional oven as long as the temperature doesn’t exceed 350 degrees Fahrenheit. It’s dishwasher safe, and fits 4 slices of bacon. Okay, so we get that it’s not the biggest bacon cook on the list, but it is ideal for one.

Pros

  • Cooks flat, crispy bacon
  • Steams vegetables
  • BPA free materials
  • Can be used in a conventional oven

Cons

  • Needs a cover to stop splatters
  • Small capacity

Microwave Bacon Cook Buyer’s Guide


Selecting the best bacon cooker depends on how many strips of bacon you like to cook at once and how you want your bacon cooked. Another thing to think about is the cleaning aspect: you’ll want one that is dishwasher safe and not prone to warping in the extreme heat of either the microwave or the dishwasher. It is also helpful to consider the following factors:

Functions

It seems that many of the bacon cooks featured have a primary purpose to make your bacon healthier. They mostly succeed at this aim, with drip trays that separate the bacon from the grease. We recommend getting a bacon cooker with a lid, though, to stop splatters in the microwave. It can also be handy to get a cooker with a deep tray so that you won’t risk spilling hot bacon fat everywhere. Some products, like the rack style cookers, produce crispy strips because there is no contact with the fat. The downside, though, is that you do get dry bacon!

Styling

We’re not going to get too hung up on the way your bacon cooker looks; after all, it’s a bacon cooker, not a fashion accessory. That said, some of them are pretty weird looking in their design, like the WowBacon, with it’s rack in a cup design

Clever Technology

We think the rack style cookers are strong because of the way in which the bacon gets draped over the rack to produce the crispiest slices (because all the fat is drained off). The Allstar model tries to employ different technology with its unique pressure lid, but it seems that the company has overestimated the amount of bacon you can cook in one go. To use plain language here: The simpler the design, the better the results.

Product Warranty

It’s worth checking with each manufacturer because our research found that the warranty varied massively from product to product. To give you an example, some manufacturer’s only provided a 1-months warranty, whereas the Cameron bacon cooker has a 3-year warranty. As with other products, it boils down to who is confident about the quality and design.

Reliable Brands

Stick with what you know and trust. Look at websites, and assess how satisfied friends and family are with their choices. If something has many negative reviews, give it a wide berth and move onto the next bacon cooker. There is no substitute for customer experience, and there is no shortage of people keen to tell you if its a good or bad one. For us, brands like Nordic Ware are always a safe bet when seeking a quality, durable product. With their bacon cooker, they have stuck to a winning formula.

FAQ

Can I clean my bacon cooker in the dishwasher?

Most bacon cookers are dishwasher safe, while some bacon cookers can only be placed on the top shelf of the dishwasher. It’s best to double-check the manual or packaging to confirm.

Does it cook the bacon crispy?

Because the bacon is separated from the fat, it cooks really crispy.

Can I use my bacon cooker in the ordinary oven?

No. It is made from plastic and will melt in a conventional oven

Final Thoughts

The quality and value of each bacon cooker vary substantially, but what we’ve discovered is that simple is best. Stick with a simple grooved tray to catch the grease and a lid to stop the splatters. After that, go for the most significant size you can. You don’t want a bacon cooker that cannot accommodate all of your slices of bacon. In addition, you should take the capacity sizes that some manufacturers claim with a pinch of salt. They’ll show you pictures of 14 or 18 slices of bacon, but the reality is that overloading the bacon cook reduces its efficiency and the quality of the cooking.

For sheer simplicity and design, the Nordic Ware Bacon Tray gets our vote as the best option on this list. It’s inexpensive, easy to use, easy to clean, and has a dual use as a defrosting tray. Couple that with the significant number of sales on Amazon, and the Nordic Ware has to be the winner.

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