We have a countertop Sharp, a $65 unit we bought as part of our hurricane
emergency kit, to use if storms knock out our power and we go to generator
power. It sits out in the garage unless we have a power outage. We also
recently replaced a failed GE microwave/convection over-the-range model with
a Whirlpool Gold microwave -- it fit in the old space and is very easy to
use -- I'll let you know in 20 years whether it's reliable. We chose the
Whirlpool primarily because of its features, that it had the correct
fittings for use as the exhaust fan, and the exhaust filters seemed to be
properly placed, easy to get to and easy to clean.
Ooh, good point about looking for easily cleaned exhaust filters.
By the way, one poster mentioned that a turntable is essential; not so.
What is essential is that the microwave's hot and cold spots be "moved
around," as it were (microwaves being an uneven heating source). Some
microwaves do this by using a turntable to move the food in and out of
the hot/cold spots, some do it by incorporating a "stirrer" that moves
the microwaves themselves around.
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