How Hot Does a 1100 watt Microwave Get

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Have you ever stopped to ponder the inner workings of your microwave oven?

Amidst the whirlwind of modern life, it’s easy to take for granted the marvels of technology that simplify our daily routines.

Yet, hidden within the sleek exterior of your kitchen appliance lies a world of science and precision.

Today, let’s embark on a journey to uncover one such mystery: how hot does a 1100 watt microwave get?

There is no doubt that microwaves have revolutionized the way we cook, offering speed and convenience that was once unimaginable.

In this guide, we’ll peel back the layers of this seemingly incredible appliance and delve into the depths of its capabilities.

Join me as we embark on a quest not only to know how hot a microwave oven can be but also to unravel the mysteries of temperature control.


To give an exact number on how hot a microwave can get on high involves a lot of parameters to consider such as “the amount of food you plan to heat”, “the food’s moisture content”, “duration of heating”, “the specific brand of microwave oven”, “the microwave wattage” and other variables that affect how hot the food gets.

However, generally on high a microwave can potentially heat food to temperatures of about 160°F (71°C) or hotter.


how hot does a 1100 watt microwave get

Microwaves, such as 1100 watt microwaves, do not have their temperature; instead, they use microwave radiation and wattage to swiftly heat foods and liquids not by getting hot themselves.

A 1100 watt microwave will normally heat food items 20-30% faster than a 700 or 800-watt microwave model.


How hot does a 1200 watt microwave get

The maximum internal temperature that a 1200W microwave might heat something to is close to the average boiling point of water, which is 100°C (212°F).

 To achieve this, a pure-water load and ideal conditions are required.

However, with normal food loads the temperature reached tends to be lower, around 160-180°F, due to non-uniform heating.

Furthermore, a 1200-watt microwave oven, like an 1100-watt microwave, does not heat up on its own.

The wattage rating defines the power level at which it produces microwave radiation to heat meals, not its temperature.


Yes, 1000 watts is a good option for a microwave because it provides you with strong cooking power, the higher wattage means you can reheat food faster and more efficiently.


The main difference between a 1,000-watt and 1,100-watt microwave is that the 1100-watt microwave provides a 10% higher cooking power and speed compared to the 1000-watt microwave.

In addition, the 1100-watt microwave oven provides more even heat distribution than the 1000-watt due to the higher intensity of microwave energy being emitted. This can lead to fewer cold spots.

The extra power allows a 1,100-watt microwave to better handle cooking larger portions or multiple items at once compared to lower 1,000-watt models.


Microwave ovens commonly reheat food to temperatures between 60°C and 80°C (140°F to 175°F) in Celsius.

Temperature range: 140°F to 175°F in Fahrenheit.

As I have always discussed the actual temperature attained is determined by various factors, including the type and amount of food, cooking time, microwave wattage, and how well the container is insulated.

However, most people reheat food to an internal temperature of 165°F (75°C), which is regarded as safe and hot enough to kill hazardous bacteria while retaining the dish’s taste and texture.

So, 75°C or 165°F is a common goal temperature range for warming leftovers or prepared items in a microwave oven.


In other articles,  we have explained the workings of a microwave oven stating how the effects of microwave energy help to vibrate the water molecules in your food thereby generating friction that heats the food.

This action leads to the food being cooked very quickly so you can see that microwaves don’t cook food by heating the air inside them.

Now, to ascertain the temperature that your microwave cooks at, you have to first consider the following factors: cooking time, microwave power levels, type and amount of food, and the containers used.

Based on these parameters, we can generally agree that most microwaves should operate around the boiling point of water (212 degrees Fahrenheit or 100 degrees Celsius).


Below is a basic microwave temperature chart that contains: Microwaving time, Power Level, and the food item involved:

15-30 seconds – High (100%) – Heat a cup of liquid

1 minute – High – Reheat a slice of pizza

2 minutes – High – Reheat 2 servings of leftover pasta

3 minutes – Medium-High (70%) – Reheat a bowl of soup

3-4 minutes – High – Cook a raw potato

4-8 minutes – Medium (50%) – Cook fresh vegetables

6-9 minutes – Medium – Cook frozen vegetables

8-10 minutes – Medium – Cook rice

10-15 minutes – Medium-Low (30%) – Simmer oatmeal or stew

12-15 minutes – Low (10%) – Keep food warm

The times are approximate and will vary based on your microwave wattage, the amount and type of food, and personal preference.

It’s best to start with less time and check food intermittently, adding more time if needed.

Take care when microwaving to prevent overcooking.

Let the food stand for 1-2 minutes after heating to allow heat to continue cooking the inner portions.

Enjoy your meal!


Do we have standard microwave temperature settings or do they differ? Below are a few tips for understanding and using microwave temperature settings:

Microwave ovens do not heat to a specific temperature.

If you look closely at the body of your microwave oven, you will see buttons on it called “Power Levels”.

They can be from “10  or 11 power levels” depending on the brand of microwave 10 means the highest power (100%) and 1 being the lowest (10% power).

Higher power levels make food cook faster, while lower power levels cook food more slowly and gently.

High power is good for boiling water or reheating food quickly. Lower power is good for melting chocolate or cooking sensitive foods that’s where the 700-watt microwave comes in as a good choice.

There is no standard wattage for microwaves just as there is no standard microwave weight, so the power level differs across models.

We recommend you check your appliance manual to understand what each number translates to in terms of wattage or percentage of power.

As a general guideline, use 70-80% power for most reheating and cooking tasks. Go higher or lower as needed based on how the food is responding. Track cooking times and make adjustments.

Microwave-safe containers and lids are important, as is stirring or rotating food midway through cooking. Arrange food in a ring around the outer edge of the turntable for more even cooking.

Use a food thermometer to test final temperatures and ensure food safety when reheating meat, poultry, fish, and other foods. Microwaved food can have hot and cold spots.

So in summary, the numbers on a microwave relate to adjustable power levels, not defined temperatures.

Always pay attention to food while cooking and adjust times, power, and techniques as needed.

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