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Old 10-08-2006, 08:36 AM   #1
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Time for a new microwave

Like searching for a new doctor or church, shopping for a new major appliance can be real pain, but I've put off doing my homework long enough. My last microwave was a Wards model with no turntable and it was great, lasting 24 years..
This time, we'd like an off-the-counter model, since we've grown accustomed to the the old one's absence and can think of other things to do with that space. What are your suggestions?

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Old 10-08-2006, 09:56 AM   #2
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We have a Panasonic Inverter microwave. It is over the stove. I do not use it often, but when I do use it, it works very well. The inverter feature has to do with defrosting I think. I hate using microwaves to defrost (as almost never do), but this one actually does a pretty good job.
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Old 10-08-2006, 06:50 PM   #3
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We have a Panasonic Inverter microwave. It is over the stove. I do not use it often, but when I do use it, it works very well. The inverter feature has to do with defrosting I think. I hate using microwaves to defrost (as almost never do), but this one actually does a pretty good job.


I, also, do not like to defrost foods in the microwave, especially meat. It tends to cook on the edges prematurely!!

I own the Kenmore Toast N' Wave, but it's a counertop model. But it's huge, has a big roomy interior and is loaded with lots of "bells and whistles".

But you can get a Kenmore over-the-range unit as well. Don't know much about them, since all of the microwaves that I've owned were the coutertop type.


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Old 10-09-2006, 08:31 AM   #4
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I'm curious about convection microwaves. Are they worth the extra cost? I have a large family, and have always wanted a second oven, so I wonder if this would be a more like that..or would I be better of getting a regular microwave and envtually replacing the old stove with a convection oven?
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Old 10-09-2006, 11:00 AM   #5
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[quote=Corey123]I, also, do not like to defrost foods in the microwave, especially meat. It tends to cook on the edges prematurely!!


I didn't like to defrost meat in the microwave before either. That is, until we bought our last microwave. It's a Sharp carousel model with a Compu-defrost feature that works almost flawlessly. I love it and use the defrost feature all the time. It doesn't cook the meat at all.
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Old 10-09-2006, 11:49 AM   #6
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My Kenmore Toast N' Wave has a defrost cycle - in fact, it has several, but I still have yet to try one of them. Maybe someday, I will, but with extreme caution, though.


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Old 10-09-2006, 11:53 AM   #7
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My Kenmore Toast N' Wave has a defrost cycle - in fact, several, but I still have yet to try one of them. Maybe someday, I will, but with extreme caution, though.


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I hear you about the caution bit..who wants to sacrifice a package of any meat to test run the defrost function? $$$
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Especially a large one!

I might try a small package of meat such as two pork chops or something like that.


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Especially a large one!

I might try a small package of meat such as two pork chops or something like that.


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Old 10-09-2006, 12:18 PM   #10
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My favorite microwave had a temp probe. omg, that was wonderful. It also came with a ceramic soup/casserole pot type thing.

I didn't have to moniter anything. The probe turned the microwave off when the temp that you programmed in, was reached.

I believe that was a Sharp.
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