Cooking in your microwave is so convenient, but it can also be a bit messy. Fortunately, there is a solution. Microwave covers are so simple to use, and a good one can target the heat, trap in steam, and increase the speed that your food cooks. This article looks at some of the best microwave covers to determine which ones deserve our attention and money.

  • Comes in a set of 5 different sizes
  • Made from BPA free silicone
  • Creates an air and watertight seal
  • Can be used on pans, on the cooktop and in the oven too
  • Withstands temperatures from minus 40 degrees F to 500 degrees F
  • Dimensions of largest cover: 12 x 12 x 1.2
  • Weight 11.2 ounces

  • BPA free and food-grade material
  • SAfe for use up to 300 degrees Fahrenheit
  • Easy grip handles
  • Fits most plates, bowls, and platters
  • Steam Vents allow moisture to escape
  • Dimensions: 11.5 x 11.5 x 3.34
  • Weight: 6.4 ounces

  • Fits plates up to 10.5 inches
  • Perforated lid allows steam to be released
  • Collapsible for versatility and easy storage
  • Can be used when flat or expanded
  • Comes in bright colors
  • Dimensions: 10.6 x 10.6 x 0.7
  • Weight: 6.4 ounces

  • Fits most size microwaves
  • Steam vents in the lid
  • 10-inch diameter
  • Dishwasher safe and easy to clean
  • BPA free materials
  • Dimensions: 10 x 10 x 4
  • Weight: 5 ounces

  • Keeps food warm even after cooking
  • 11-inch diameter fits most plates and platters
  • BPA free material
  • Top rack dishwasher safe
  • Clear plastic makes it easy to see the food inside
  • Dimensions: 11 x 12.2 x 2.1
  • Weight: 7.2 ounces

  • BPA free material
  • 10.2-inch diameter fits most size plates and platters
  • Convenient removable side handle
  • Adjustable steam vents
  • Dishwasher safe
  • Dimensions: 10.2 x 10.2 x 4.3
  • 8 ounces

This brightly colored set of 5 different sized microwave covers is convenient and practical. And because they’re made from high-heat, BPA-free silicone, they can be used in the microwave, on pans as lids, and even in the conventional oven as long as the temperature doesn’t exceed 500 degrees Fahrenheit.

They can also withstand temperatures of minus 40 degrees Fahrenheit too. When the lids come into contact with a plate or dish they create airtight seals, so spillages should be rare.


  • BPA high-heat silicone
  • Creates water and airtight seal
  • Comes as a set of 5 lids, so all plate sizes accommodated
  • Can be used in a regular oven and on the cooker top


  • Not rigid so may sag in the middle
  • Leaves an odor on the food
  • The seal isn’t always secure, especially on non-smooth surfaces

This microwave plate cover has easy grip handles and perforated steam vents to allow the moisture to escape. This cover also helps to speed up the cooking process by focusing the heat of the microwave.

Thanks to its size, the ZFITEI cover fits almost any plate, bowl, and platter. Don’t worry if you have large dishes; this cover will cope. It also has a clever magnet that sticks the cover to the inside roof of your microwave oven so that it acts as an umbrella to catch any splashes and stains. It can also withstand temperatures up to 300 degrees Fahrenheit.


  • Magnet to act as an umbrella that sticks to the inside of the microwave
  • Steam vents
  • Large size fits most plates
  • Easy grip handles


  • Can’t be used for longer than 10 minutes at a time
  • Can’t be used when the oven is in grill or convection mode

This is a collapsible microwave plate cover and can be used either as expanded or flat depending on the dish you are covering. It collapses easily for storage in your cupboard, which is great if you have a compact kitchen with limited storage.

It has vents for the steam to escape and covers a 10.5-inch plate easily, so larger dinner portions should be fine. They come in three bright colors too as well.


  • Collapsible for easy storage and versatile use
  • Brightly colored
  • Perforated lid for steam to escape
  • LArge size: 10.5 inches


  • Hard to clean in the collapsible folds
  • Small handles make it hard to grip

This microwave lid fits most microwaves easily, even the smaller models, and because it has a ridge on the top, you can set another plate in the microwave (space permitting) to do some multi-level cook.

Ikea has designed this lid to be as simple and as functional as possible. It’s dishwasher safe, easy to clean, and it’s made from BPA free plastics so that it won’t leave you with any nasty aftertastes in your food.


  • Allows for multi-level cooking
  • Clear plastic for easy viewing
  • BPA free
  • Dishwasher safe and easy to clean


  • No handles so not that easy to grip
  • There isn’t a lip on the bottom, so it sits awkwardly on some dishes

This Nordic Ware clear plastic cover makes viewing the food in the microwave easy. It is durable, has one large vent in the top rather than many smaller holes, and even keeps the food warm after cooking.

With an 11-inch diameter, it will accommodate large plates, bowls, and platters, and because it’s BPA free, it won’t contaminate the flavor of the food. The design is simple and the construction is robust, as are all Nordic Ware products, so it does a fantastic job.


  • Hard wearing plastic
  • BPA free and non-toxic
  • Clear plastic making viewing easy
  • Large 11-inch diameter


  • No handles
  • Large vent hole lets splatters escape

This plate cover looks great. With a large, detachable handle on the side of the cover, getting it into and out of the microwave is easy. The handles are also removable for easy cleaning, and the entire cover is dishwasher safe.

It’s made from BPA free plastic and has adjustable vents to regulate the amount of steam you want inside the cover or in your microwave. With a diameter of 10.2 inches, most dishes and platters should fit comfortably.


  • BPA free plastic
  • Large diameter: 10.2 inches
  • Convenient side handle that detaches for cleaning
  • Dishwasher safe and easy to clean


  • Handle pops off too easily
  • Releases lots of moisture during cooking

Microwave Cover Buyer’s Guide

When it comes to selecting the best microwave cover, consider a couple of things: How big are your largest dishes and will it cover them, do you want a collapsible cover, and is it easy to store? All of these questions are important. Also, do you want a microwave cover, like the Nordic Ware, that’s very basic but durable and does what it says, or do you want versatility?

Maybe you want something that can double up as a pan lid to use in the conventional oven? Check out the Elegant Live set of 5 microwave covers in that case. The primary purpose of a microwave cover, though, is to focus the power of the microwave, enhance the speed with which the food cooks, and to prevent any splatters on the wall and roof of the oven. There’s nothing like a baked on food stain to test the human limits of patience


Some microwave covers offer merely the basic protection of the microwave from dirt and grease while cooking the food more quickly. Some, however, are versatile, allowing you to adjust the amount of steam inside the cover, which great if you are cooking fish and vegetables. Given this range, you’ll want to think about how you’ll want to use your covers.


Just how much styling can you get in a microwave plate cover? The answer: Not a lot!

They have a pretty basic shape and style; however, some, like the Fajiabo plate cover, try and inject a little flair in their designs. With a large handle on the side and a rounded dome top, the Fajiabo looks more like a flying saucer from a 1950s B-movie than a microwave cover.

Clever Technology

Beyond venting and preventing splatters, some covers incorporate clever design in their versatile applications. Again, we have to mention the Elegant Live covers here, especially for their versatility and design. Imagine not having to worry about digging out a pan lid, or microwave cover again? With the Elegant Live set, it does it all.

Product Warranty

The Nordic Ware plate cover comes with a 5-year warranty, so you’ll have no worries about it splitting or warping. As you’d expect from a major retailer, Ikea also guarantees their cookware for 5-years too, so again, you can have peace of mind that what you buy will last the distance. Tovolo, on the other hand, doesn’t state its warranty period, instead choosing to say that if there is any manufacturing defect it will repair or replace the product. This doesn’t cover wear and tear and misuse, and it also doesn’t state a timespan for this policy either.

Reliable Brands

Ikea and Nordic Ware come out well in this category. We like their no-nonsense design and the fact that they’re prepared to put their money where their mouth is and offer such long warranties. Nothing says quality like an extended guarantee.


Keep it simple! Simple might mean a product that is multi-use and versatile; it might also mean that it’s easy to store, especially if space is a premium in your home. As we said earlier, the essential questions to answer ar: does it stop the microwave from getting splattered in baked-on sauce and food stains, and does it speed the cooking process?

For sheer ingenuity and adaptability, the winner for us in this list has to be the Elegant Live set of 5 microwave covers. They work in the microwave, they work in the oven, and they work on a pan on the stovetop. They look good, are made from high-heat silicone that withstands extreme cold and hot temperatures, and because they come in a set of five, they fit any pan or dish you care to mention. And finally, because they are virtually flat, they store easily too.


Is the microwave cover BPA- and melamine-free?

Because of the high standards in food-grade products, being BPA-free and melamine-free is a rule that should be met by all the microwave covers. If you are unsure, check with the manufacturer.

Will the cover fit my microwave?

Microwave food covers are designed to fit most microwaves. That said, check the measurements before you buy, as they do vary.

Are the covers dishwasher safe?

On the whole, yes, but check with the individual manufacturer before committing your cover to the dishwasher. Some makers state that their product is dishwasher safe but only on the top rack. Check before cleaning because if you damage the product, it will invalidate any warranty that may exist.

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