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Panasonic Prestige NN-SD797S, 1.6cuft 1250 Watt Sensor Microwave Oven, Stainless Steel

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Microwave Oven Type - this is a countertop microwave oven that can be converted to a built-in

Watts – 1250 watts

External Size - this microwave oven measures approximately 19.4 x 21.9 x 12 inches and weighs about 31.1 pounds

Interior Space - this microwave oven has an internal capacity of 1.6 cubic feet

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

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

Overall Reviews - 80% of the reviews for this Panasonic Microwave Oven were very favorable and accompanied by a 4 or 5 star rating, one of the highest approval ratings you will find for a microwave oven. This is a large and powerful microwave oven, something very much appreciated by most reviewers. The inverter technology on this model allows the different power levels to offer true power reductions, which leads to more even cooking and especially defrosting. A normal microwave set to 50% power cycles between 100% power and 0% power. The inverter technology allows this microwave to operate at a true 50%. This means you shouldn't end up with cooked edges on the frozen meat you are defrosting before the center thaws. This microwave oven also has sensor cooking, which allows the unit to know when your food is done. All reviews indicate this function works very well.

There are mixed reactions to the user interface, although most of the reviews in this regard are positive as well. This microwave oven has a dial rather than keypad. The dial itself feels very solid and sturdy. Most people thought the dial was easy to use and they prefer it to a keypad. Others long for the keypad they are accustomed to.

This countertop microwave oven can be converted to a built-in microwave with the purchase of the Panasonic 27" Stainless Steel Trim Kit for 1.6 cuft Stainless Steel Microwaves . This microwave has enough of a high-end look that it won't look out of place when converted,unlike some other countertop models. See 66 Microwave Oven Reviews


Panasonic Prestige NN-SD688S, 1.2cuft 1300 Watt Sensor Microwave Oven, Stainless Steel

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Microwave Oven Type - This is a countertop microwave oven

Watts – 1300 watts

External Size - this microwave oven measures approximately 16 by 20-3/8 by 11-7/8 inches and weighs about 30.2 pounds

Interior Space - 1-1/5-cubic-foot capacity

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

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

Overall Reviews - 78% of the reviews for this Panasonic Microwave Oven were very favorable and accompanied by a 4 or 5 star rating. Most of the reviews paint a picture of an incredibly efficient and fast microwave oven. This microwave oven cooks quickly and evenly with an impressive 1300 watts and sensor technology. The microwave offers three different languages (English, French and Spanish.) This Panasonic microwave oven also has inverter technology and inverter turbo defrost. Check out our editor's review and ratings (the link is above) for more information on these features. This microwave oven also has a delayed start option. This is a fairly large microwave oven, with over a cubic foot of interior space. It has a beautiful modern look to it and feels solid and well-constructed.

So what will you find in the negative microwave oven reviews? Many people complained about an issue which has since been resolved by Panasonic: the readout on this microwave had been difficult to see from most angles, but that is no longer the case. Many other negative reviews were based on the controls. There are no numbers, only a dial. Some people feel the controls are not easy to figure out and in the beginning the user's manual is needed often. Others enjoy the simplicity you get with dial based controls. See 142 reviews for this Panasonic Microwave Oven

 


Panasonic NN-H765BF Full-Size 1.6-Cubic-Feet 1250-Watt Microwave Oven, Black

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Microwave Oven Type - this is a countertop microwave oven

Watts – 1250 watts

External Size - this microwave oven measures approximately 19-7/16 by 21-7/8 by 11-15/16-inch and weighs about 33 pounds

Interior Space - this microwave oven has an internal 1.6 cubic-foot capacity

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

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

Overall Reviews - 75% of the reviews for this Panasonic Microwave Oven were very favorable and accompanied by a 4 or 5 star rating. This microwave oven has sensor cooking, and the reviews indicate that it works quite well. There are quite a few handy features on this microwave, such as three different bag size settings for making popcorn. This is a smart and intuitive microwave oven. This model has a great safety feature: a child lock. This is much appreciated in homes with small children. It also has three languages to choose from: English, French and Spanish. This is a powerful microwave oven, with 1250 watts that provide quick and even cooking. Most of the reviews agree that this is a fabulous microwave oven and a great value for the price.

Almost all of the negative reviews for this microwave oven relate to the poor customer service provided by Panasonic. Unfortunately, this seems to be a growing problem with ALL microwave makers, not just Panasonic. As more and more customer service centers outsource to other countries, the service inevitably declines. See 176 reviews for this Panasonic Microwave Oven


Sanyo EM-S6588S 1-Cubic-Foot Microwave Oven, Stainless Steel

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Microwave Oven Type - this is a countertop microwave oven

Watts – 1000 watts

External Size - this microwave oven measures approximately 17-3/8 by 20-3/16 by 12 inches and weighs 38 pounds

Interior Space - this microwave oven has an internal capacity of 1 cubic foot

Warranty – One year parts and labor

Overall Rating - this microwave oven has an overall rating of 3.5 out of 5 stars

Overall Reviews - 65% of the reviews for this Sanyo Microwave Oven were very favorable and accompanied by a 4 or 5 star rating. This is a decently powered microwave oven with 1000 watts, and that is reflected in the majority of reviews. This microwave oven has a few features only found on more expensive models, such as a glass front instead of plastic and a handle instead of a push button door opener. It also has a nice, high-end look with a stainless steel finish and black accents. It has a very solid, well-constructed overall feel to it. Another great feature that is important to a lot of families is the child safety lock-out option.

So what complains will you find lurking in the negative reviews? Some people feel the keypad and user interface is not as good as it can be. Many others disagree with them and believe they are not using their microwaves properly. They say the shortcuts and easy to use settings are there, just read the user's manual in the beginning. There are many reviews that complain about the plastic over the keypad either bubbling or scratching: this is a protective film that should be removed when you purchase the microwave oven. So please discount any negative reviews that refer to the plastic bubbling, scratching or peeling from the keypad as this is simply an oversight on the part of the reviewer. See 49 reviews for this Sanyo Microwave Oven

 


Amana 1.4 cu. ft. Countertop Microwave, AMC5143AAW, White

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Microwave Oven Type - this is a countertop microwave oven

Watts – 1100 watts

External Size - this microwave oven measures approximately 18.8 x 21.9 x 12.3 inches and weighs 40 pounds

Interior Space - this microwave oven has an internal 1.4 cubic-foot capacity

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

Overall Reviews - An impressive 84% of the reviews for this Amana Microwave Oven were very favorable and accompanied by a 4 or 5 star rating. While there are only twenty reviews available, they do still give you a good idea of what to expect from this microwave oven. One reviewer actually dropped her Amana microwave on the floor and it suffered no damage, certainly a testament to its sturdiness. All the reviews paint a picture of a solid, well-constructed microwave oven.

This Amana microwave oven is available in white; this is welcome news to many people who have found most microwave ovens today are only available in stainless steel. This microwave oven has sensor cooking, and the reviews show it to work well. This oven heats quietly and quickly.

Most of the reviews heap praise on the intuitive and easy to use controls. Another favorite feature is the adjustable sound. Amana took into consideration that there is no one perfect sound level. Someone who uses their microwave at night while someone else is sleeping in the next room will obviously prefer a different sound level than someone who wants to hear if the food is ready while doing chores on the other end of the house. It's little features like that that show Amana truly thinks about a customers wants and needs, and that does come through in the final product. See 20 reviews for this Amana Microwave Oven

 

 


Cuisinart CMW-200 1-1/5-Cubic-Foot Convection Microwave Oven with Grill

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Microwave Oven Type - this is a countertop microwave oven

Watts – 1000 watts

External Size - this microwave oven measures approximately 23-2/3 by 21 by 14-3/5 inches and weighs about 50.4 pounds

Interior Space - 1-1/5-cubic-foot capacity

Warranty – Three year limited

Overall Rating - this microwave oven has an overall rating of 3 out of 5 stars

Overall Reviews - 33% of the reviews for this Cuisinart Microwave Oven were very favorable and accompanied by a 4 or 5 star rating. The low rating is mostly due to problems or perceived problems with the convection feature. Most reviews agree that this Cuisinart is a great microwave oven, which does everything you expect out of a solid microwave oven.

So what's wrong with the convection oven feature on this microwave oven? What is mentioned most in the reviews is the inordinate amount of time this Cuisinart takes to warm up. Some claim that this can take as long as an hour. A few people wrote that they put the food into the microwave oven while it was warming and by the time it had reached the desired temperature, the food was done. This avoids wasting time waiting for the warm up. Our suggestion: if you do purchase this microwave oven, immediately try the convection feature. If it does not work to your satisfaction, return it for a refund. Since it seems to be a matter of personal preference, this is the best way to determine if this is the microwave oven for you. See 24 reviews for this Cuisinart microwave oven


Whirlpool : MT4155SPT 1.5 cu. ft. Countertop Microwave Oven with 1200 Cooking Watts

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Microwave Oven Type - this is a countertop microwave oven

Watts – 1200 watts

External Size - this microwave oven measures approximately (WxHxD): 21 7/8" x 12 1/2" x 17 1/8" and weighs 40 pounds

Interior Space - this microwave oven has an internal capacity of 1.5 cubic feet

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

Overall Reviews - 71% of the reviews for this Panasonic Microwave Oven are very favorable and accompanied by a 4 or 5 star rating. This is a large microwave with ample power to spare. It is sold as a counter top unit but can be converted to a built-in with separate purchase of a kit from Whirlpool. This microwave oven is well priced for the power it offers. This is a very large and powerful microwave, especially for its price range.

There are a few mentions within the reviews about how noisy this unit is; that is pretty common with a value priced microwave oven. Ditto for the complaints about it being made primarily of plastic. While this may not be a cheap microwave oven, it does pack a lot of power and cubic feet for its price. See 7 reviews for this Whirlpool microwave oven


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

 


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