The Best-Selling Microwave Accessory That Amazon Shoppers Are Obsessed With

updated Feb 21, 2020
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Of the many cardinal sins of improper microwave usage, zapping your food without a protective splatter shield ranks very high on my list. (If you’ve ever had to clean up a mysterious tomato sauce-based murder scene from your microwave’s ceiling, you’re probably very much in agreement.) And in places like offices, where communal microwaves are a breeding ground for bad behavior, the need for an effective splatter-guard solution is even more prescient.

Of course, waxed paper or a wet paper towel will do the trick in a pinch, but both result in unnecessary waste. Instead, we recommend a more sustainable option that will last you many, many, many microwave minutes, like this favorite from Amazon shoppers.

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Buy: Tovolo Collapsible Microwave Food Cover, $10

The Tovolo Collapsible Microwave Food Cover is a pop-up lid that can cover dishes up to three inches tall and is wide enough to fit over even the largest dinner plates. It has built-in steam vents to optimize heating and airflow while avoiding a soggy condensation mess. It’s made of BPA-free plastic that’s both microwave- and dishwasher-safe. When not in use, it collapses down to less than one third of its expanded height. Look!

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It’s the single bestselling microwave accessory on Amazon, and customers have left more than 5,000 ratings for it (more than 75 percent of which are 5-star). Here’s what some of them have to say.

“This is an excellent food cover for use in the microwave. It is flexible, yet sturdy. The many holes in the cover let the steam escape evenly and prevent overheating. We use it mainly for popping corn in the microwave and we get best results using this cover (as compared to another cover with only a couple of holes).”

“This is part of my push to limit the use of plastic wrap and keep my tiny kitchen under control. There is no room for gadgets or things that do not earn their keep. This pops up, folds down, and fits over a standard dinner plate perfectly.”

“Great product for catching the splashing and bubbling that occurs when you microwave. It fits over all sizes of plates and can be kept collapsed if you want to lay it over a bowl as well. Since it collapses down, it stores easily (I put it with my pan lids). Cleaning it after using it is way easier than scrubbing crusty, dried-on food out of a microwave.”

Do you use a splatter guard when you microwave food?