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Old 08-05-2006, 10:29 AM   #1
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Have they stopped making microwaves without turntables?

My microwave oven (Whirlpool brand) is at least 14 years old. It just went kaput.

I really liked this microwave because of its large volume and empty rectangular cavity. No turntable. And I love it that way.

I went to several stores to try to find a replacement, but all, all, all the models they had on sale had a turntable. Don't they make the ones without any more? I find them *so* convenient because, for instance, you can put 2 or 3 dishes in there at the same time, and there's not all that lost room you have by using a round turntable in a sqare appliance...
Furthermore, those darned turntables do break.

Why did the type of oven I have go out of existence... or maybe just on my market?

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Old 08-05-2006, 10:39 AM   #2
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I have never had a turntable break on me. I can see your point about being able to fit more in without the wasted space that a turntable does cause. I think the turntables have taken over tough because it is the most convenient way to make sure your food is evenly cooked.
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Old 08-05-2006, 10:56 AM   #3
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Mine is one of those over the stove type. It has a very large cavity with a turntable on the bottom and a rack above that can be adjusted up or down. I just turn the turntable off if I'm not using it. I don't know if they make the other type still or not.
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Old 08-05-2006, 11:11 AM   #4
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I believe that the element in my oven that gave up the ghost turns.

Even with a turntable model, don't you get small pockets of less cooked food?

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Old 08-05-2006, 11:14 AM   #5
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Even with a turntable model, don't you get small pockets of less cooked food?
Yes you sure can. The turntable just minimizes it, but it does not eliminate it.
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Old 08-05-2006, 11:22 AM   #6
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I liked the ones without the turntable too, but couldn't find one when I bought my last one either. I don't see any pronounced difference in how the food cooks now that I have the turntable. I liked it better without too.

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Old 08-05-2006, 11:29 AM   #7
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They do have turntables but you can use it without--or turn the turntable off if the dish is too big. Mine also has racks.
If you are cooking or defrosting something for a long time hot spots don't build up because of the turntable and/or you don't have to "tend" to it.
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Old 08-27-2006, 02:48 PM   #8
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Just about every microwave that I've seen in the stores these days comes with a turntable.

I don't think that there are any now, that don't.


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Old 08-27-2006, 04:34 PM   #9
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I guess it is good that I like the turn-table. Our microwave oven died a few days ago. It's amazing how much you depend on them, even when you aren't cooking something. I was in the kitchen yesterday and glanced over at the microwave to see what time it was. No more clock on the counter now!

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Old 08-27-2006, 09:37 PM   #10
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Time for a new one.

There are many out there.


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