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Panasonic NN-SD377S 0.8 cubic foot, 800 Watt Stainless Steel Microwave Oven, Auto Cook

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Microwave Oven Type - This is a countertop microwave oven

Watts – 800 watts

External Size - this microwave oven measures approximately 19 x 14.3 x 11.1 inches and weighs about  26.2 pounds

Interior Space - This microwave oven has an interior 4/5-cubic-foot capacity

Overall Rating - This microwave oven has an overall rating of 4.5 out of 5 stars

Overall Reviews - 77% of the reviews for this Panasonic NN-SD377S Microwave Oven were very favorable and accompanied by a 4 or 5 star rating. This is a compact microwave oven. Yet it still has a rotating turntable, something often praised within the reviews. The reviews speak glowingly of the easy to use control dial which is used in place of the standard keypad controls found on most microwave ovens. The authors of most of the reviews find the controls to be very intuitive and easy to use. This microwave oven works very well; it heats evenly and quickly, especially for a compact model.

Many people expect this to be a compact version of the Panasonic Prestige (listed at the top of the Panasonic page) which has no difference other than wattage or size. It is important to realize that this is not the case. The Panasonic Prestige uses inverter technology to deliver true power choices. Basically it is capable of operating at 50% power (or many other power settings) where most other microwaves (including this one) don't actually have the ability to work at 50% power. Instead, they utilize a rotation of 100% power on and off to get the desired percentage. This is not quite as effective as true 50% power, especially when defrosting, but it is the way most microwaves work.

The most often repeated complaint found in the reviews has to do with the digital display. There are many reviews that refer to problems with reading the display from different angles and heights. Panasonic has addressed this issue and the microwaves sold now no longer have that problem. Another issue that pops up in the reviews is the awkward cord placement. This issue has still not been resolved by Panasonic and it is something you should be aware of before you buy this microwave oven. Oddly, the cord does not come out of the back of this microwave oven. The cord comes out of the right side towards the front of the microwave oven. This means, unless there is a wall to the right of where you intend to place your microwave oven, you will need to run the cord across your countertop. It exits about two inches from the front of the unit. See 94 Microwave Oven Reviews

 


Oster OGG61403 1-2/5-Cubic-Feet Microwave Oven, Stainless Steel

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Microwave Oven Type - this is a countertop microwave oven

Watts – 1200 watts

External Size - this microwave oven measures approximately 20 x 22 x 13 inches and weighs about 45 pounds

Interior Space - this microwave oven has an internal capacity of 1-2/5 cubic feet

Overall Rating - this microwave oven has an overall review of 4 out of 5 stars

Overall Reviews - 71% of the reviews for this Oster Microwave Oven were very favorable and accompanied by a 4 or 5 star rating, which is a higher approval rating than you will find on most microwave ovens in this price range. Most reviews speak glowingly of the 1200 watts of power available in this model, while one person said the abundance of power caused her circuit breakers to pop. This can be an issue in homes with older electrical wiring. This is a very powerful microwave, especially for its price range. This leads to even and fast heating.

Many people like the handle on this microwave oven, instead of the push button opening you'll find on most mid-range models. This is a feature normally only found on high-end microwave ovens, and it lends a feel of solid construction to this Oster microwave. Overall, most reviews agree that this is a great microwave that is a good value for the money. See 17 reviews for this Oster microwave oven

 


 

DAEWOO KOG867T9 1000 Watt 0.9 cu. ft. Compact Microwave Oven with 2 Slot Toaster

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Microwave Oven Type - countertop

Watts – 1000

External Size - approximately 14.1 x 25.7 x 18 inches and weighs about 39 pounds

Interior Space - 0.9 cubic-foot capacity

Overall Rating - 3.5 out of 5 stars

Overall Reviews - 67% of the reviews for this Daewoo Microwave Oven were very favorable and accompanied by a 4 or 5 star rating. That number jumps to 84% if you exclude one review which simply said that they had issues with Daewoo in general and never actually mention anything specific to this microwave oven.

Most reviews agree that this is a solidly performing microwave oven which doubles as a toaster, saving you counter space. A couple of people feel the toaster isn't the best it can be, but that tends to be a recurring issue with multi-taskers such as this appliance. It is just difficult to design a single machine which flawlessy does the job of two. But this Daewoo microwave oven does do a good job in both areas (even if not outstanding,) making this one worth a second look. See 6 reviews for this Daewoo microwave oven


RCA RMW953 0.9-Cubic-Foot Microwave Oven, Black

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Microwave Oven Type - countertop

Watts – 900

External Size - approximately 15-1/2 by 19 by 11-1/16 inches and weighs about 33 pounds

Interior Space - 0.9 cubic-foot capacity

Warranty – One year limited

Overall Rating - 3 out of 5 stars

Overall Reviews - 50% of the reviews for this RCA Microwave Oven were very favorable and accompanied by a 4 or 5 star rating. It basically boils down to this: two people absolutely love this microwave oven for both its looks and performance. Out of the other two, one likes it but didn't realize it would be so small. The other said it has stopped working after only three months of use. It should have still been covered under the one year warranty, but the reviewer does not mention if they contacted the company for repairs. See 4 reviews for this RCA microwave oven


Panasonic NN-SN667W, 1.2cuft 1300 Watt Sensor Microwave Oven, White

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Microwave Oven Type - This is a countertop microwave oven

Watts – 1300 watts

External Size - this microwave oven measures approximately 11.9 x 20.4 x 15.9 inches and it weighs about 24.2 pounds

Interior Space - This microwave oven has an interior capacity of 1.2 cubic feet

Overall Rating - This microwave oven has an overall rating of 4 out of 5 stars

Overall Reviews - 72% of the reviews for this Panasonic NN-SN667W Microwave Oven were very favorable and accompanied by a 4 or 5 star rating. Many of the reviews heaped praise on this well-powered and solidly built microwave oven. It has inverter technology, which allows for a true reduction in power. Most microwaves just alternate between 100% power and 0% power when set for 50% power. The inverter technology lets this microwave oven truly operate at a steady 50% power (or any other power level chosen.) This is especially important when defrosting foods, as they are more likely to be defrosted though to the center without cooking the edges.

This microwave oven gives you the ability to mute all sounds; this can be a great feature if someone likes to use the microwave while others are sleeping. This model really packs a power punch with 1300 watts. This makes it cook quicker than most microwaves out there. This can also be a bad thing if you have old electrical wiring in your home. You may need to make sure you don't run other power-sucking appliances on the same circuit at the same time. This is a large microwave oven, equipped with a 13 1/2 inch turntable for even cooking.

So what will you find in the negative reviews? There are a lot of complaints about the protective mesh screen making it hard to see your food inside. This really annoyed some people; others don't care since most microwaved items don't need to be watched while cooking. Also, the interior light does not stay on when the door is open. This bothers some people; others feel their kitchens are well-lit enough and this is not an issue. These 2 items were bothersome enough for some reviewers that they actually returned the microwave oven. So if high visibility of food is at the top of your microwave oven wish list, this is not the best microwave oven for you. See 110 Microwave Oven Reviews


Nostalgia Electrics RMO-400BLK Retro Series .9 CF Microwave Oven, Black

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Microwave Oven Type - this is a countertop microwave oven

Watts – 800 watts

External Size - this microwave oven measures approximately 19-inches by 14-inches by 11-inches and weighs about 30.7 pounds

Interior Space - this microwave oven has an internal capacity of 0.9 cubic feet

Warranty – One year limited warranty

Overall Rating - this microwave oven has an overall rating of 4 out of 5 stars

Overall Reviews - 71% of the reviews for this Nostalgia Electrics Microwave Oven were very favorable and accompanied by a 4 or 5 star rating. This is a new model of microwave oven which only has 7 available reviews at this time. 5 out of those 7 reviewers absolutely loved this microwave. It has a nostalgic flair to it that is evident in the pictures, but more than that, there is a nostalgic feel in how solid, sturdy and well-constructed this microwave oven is. It is a smaller microwave without the high wattage of some modern models, but as long as you have realistic size and power expectations, you are not likely to be disappointed.

So what happened with the other 2 reviews? The first negative review comes from someone who seems to have gotten a defective unit. He says it was extremely loud and vibrated quite a bit. This sounds like something must have come loose during shipping. Other reviews mention how quiet and smoothly this microwave operates. The second review also comes from someone who received a defective microwave oven, which would not work properly from the beginning. You can protect yourself from these problems by buying your Nostalgic Electrics microwave oven through this site. We have partnered with Amazon and all sales go through them. Amazon has an unrivaled customer service record and will replace or refund any defective product within 30 days. They will also cover shipping costs. See 7 Microwave Oven Reviews


Nostalgia Electrics RMO-400RED Retro Series .9 CF Microwave Oven, Red

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Microwave Oven Type - this is a countertop microwave oven

Watts – 800 watts

External Size - this microwave oven measures approximately 19-inches by 14-inches by 11-inches and weighs about 30.7 pounds

Interior Space - this microwave oven has an internal capacity of 0.9 cubic feet

Overall Rating - this microwave oven has an overall rating of 4 out of 5 stars

Overall Reviews - 2 of the 3 reviews for this Nostalgia Electrics Microwave Oven are very favorable and accompanied by a 4 or 5 star rating. They loved this retro lipstick red microwave oven.

The author of the third review received a microwave that was likely damaged in shipping. It was dented and wouldn't work; this shouldn't necessarily be held against Nostalgia Electrics. Obviously, if it was dented it had been dropped somewhere along the way and isn't going to work as well as it ought to.

There are only 3 reviews available for this red Nostalgia Electrics microwave oven. However, the other 3 models offered by this maker are identical save the color. Read the combined reviews for all four colors to get the best idea of what to expect from this microwave oven. See 3 Microwave Oven Reviews


Nostalgia Electrics RMO-400WHT Retro Series .9 CF Microwave Oven, White

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Microwave Oven Type - this is a countertop microwave oven

Watts – 800 watts

External Size - this microwave oven measures approximately 19-inches by 14-inches by 11-inches and weighs about 30.7 pounds

Interior Space - this microwave oven has an internal capacity of 0.9 cubic feet

Overall Rating - this microwave oven has an overall rating of 4 out of 5 stars

Overall Reviews - Both of the reviews available for this Nostalgia Electrics Microwave Oven are very favorable and accompanied by a 5 star rating. Those two reviews say this is a solid, well-constructed microwave oven lacking any cheap feel at all, unlike most compact microwave ovens. The authors of those reviews enjoy the solid, easy to use dial controls and the sturdy handle that is used instead of a cheap push button door opener.

This microwave is identical to the other Nostalgia Electrics microwave oven models except for its color. Read the other reviews to get a clearer overall idea of what to expect from this microwave oven. See 2 Microwave Oven Reviews


NOSTALGIA ELECTRICS RMO-400BLUE MICROWAVE – BLUE

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Microwave Oven Type - this is a countertop microwave oven

Watts – 800 watts

External Size - this microwave oven measures approximately 19-inches by 14-inches by 11-inches and weighs about 30.7 pounds

Interior Space - this microwave oven has an internal capacity of 0.9 cubic feet

Overall Rating - this microwave oven has an overall rating of 4 out of 5 stars

Overall Reviews - The one review available for this Nostalgia Electrics Microwave Oven is very favorable and accompanied by a 5 star rating. The author of that one review absolutely loves this microwave oven. Obviously, one review isn't enough for you to get a feel for what to expect from this microwave oven.

The three other Nostalgia Electrics microwave oven models are identical to this unit except for the color; read those other reviews for a better overall picture of this microwave oven. See 1 Microwave Oven Review


Cuisinart CMW-100 1-Cubic-Foot Stainless Steel Microwave Oven

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Microwave Oven Type - This is a countertop microwave oven

Watts – 1000 watts

External Size - this microwave oven measures approximately 20 1/2 by 16 by 12 3/4 inches and weighs 37.8 pounds

Interior Space - 1-cubic-foot capacity

Warranty – A three year limited warranty is included with this microwave oven

Overall Rating - This microwave oven has an overall rating of 2.5 out of 5 stars

Overall Reviews - Only a dismal 29% of the reviews for this Cuisinart Microwave Oven were very favorable and accompanied by a 4 or 5 star rating. That is one of the worst approval ratings of any microwave that is still available, since companies normally scrap production of a model that fares so poorly. Let's start with what people liked. The biggest feature on this Cuisinart microwave oven that is not found on others is the stainless steel interior. First, it gives it a more expensive look than the standard plastic used in most models. Second, it makes it easier to clean.

This microwave has an actual handle instead of a push button for opening the door. This not only adds to the high-end look, but tends to prevent door issues down the road.

The majority of the negative reviews speak of both product failure and poor customer service. The latter issue seems to have been a problem with all Cuisinart products for the last 10 years or so. Read a few reviews for their other products, such as food processors or toaster ovens, and you will find many people who have experienced poor customer service from Cuisinart. It is a shame, since this is a well-regarded company as far as product quality is concerned. There are 51 detailed reviews available, written by real people who have used this Cuisinart microwave oven. See All 51 Microwave Oven Reviews


 


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