Who is the Speed Queen of Microwaves?

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I've had the same Sharp oven for 31 years. I had to replace a shorted HV cap and HV diode,cost was $25 at an appliance repair store. The oven cost ISTR $350.
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Today, that oven with twice the power, many more features is less than $99 and will last 3 to 5 years. Last one I bought for work was $69, but now you can get them for even $39 with minimal features.
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You obviously are extremely unfamiliar with Sharp microwaves. I used to repair microwaves for a living, and I won't own anything other than a Sharp. The same is true for most restaurants. Many of them use the CONSUMER models, because they hold up so well.
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OK, it is $99. Do you think it will last 30 years? (Amazon.com product link shortened)
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I would think that a consumer MW used in a restaurant would suffer failed door switches in a short time,from higher than normal use.
My question is; why are the newer MW's failing in only a few years? What's failing?
There's not that much to a MW oven.
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The consumer will not pay what it takes to build a nice one here in America. So, we are all stuck with cheap, Chinese crap! (No offense to the Chinese, they are just following specifications from their American buyers.)
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It very well might. I'd guess more like 20 years on average, but more is always possible.
Overall, I don't think of Sharp as making exceptional stuff other than their microwaves. Their microwaves, however, are clearly superior.
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The button panel will likely wear out before that. I had an Amana RadarRange that lasted almost 25 years, the readout panel wore out at 20 years so you could not see any numbers on the display, but still it worked. The labyrinth door was very heavy and solid, but today you get el cheapo crap made in China.
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The reviews on the web say that the small model I am after is horrible. Remarks like the covers on the membrane switches rub off. After a few months they were only able to heat on popcorn, etc. (Reviews mainly from Amazon.com)
What do you think of the Kenmores?
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Try to find out who makes them. Fact is, all microwaves are made by two or three companies, but specs can vary a bit.
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Small models from anyone are gonna be disposable. Buy a mid-full size machine if you want something durable. Look for something at least 1 cubic foot capacity.
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That is what I gathered. Problem: the genusis that wired my house put all the kitchen (except the stoves 220), the dining room, the garage, and half the living room on the same run. So I have to watch my amps. Anything over 9 amps (input) on the kitchen microwave and I am going to be out in the snow resetting breakers. :-(
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One of my houses was like that. I ran 220 to a branch box and used that to take some of the load and distribute it a bit. That freed up a few breakers at the main box, and one became a dedicated circuit for my microwave.
Yeah, it was a bit of a project. I felt it was worth it, to not have that constant annoyance of deficient wiring everywhere.
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yeah,I've seen them advertised,but mine has a bigger cavity,and it's paid off. 8-)
Plus I'm proud that I fixed it and that it's lasted so long!
I've found that many of the college students that rent here throw away their working MW ovens when they graduate and move away. I could have several if I wanted.
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On Wed 20 Jan 2010 08:17:53p, Jim Yanik told us...

The Panasonic has models with a larger cavity. I didn't need one that large, plus I also have an over the range unit as well.
You couldn't give me a 30+ year old m/w with the antique technology and lack of features.
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On Fri, 22 Jan 2010 02:29:22 GMT, Wayne Boatwright

My house came with a 80's litton range microwave that developed a bad stirer -- it wasn't a turntable and it used a mechanical spinner to distribute the microwaves. I took it apart and couldn't find it. Then I figured that I'd lost trace of which of the 50 screws went where so I chucked it.
Ended up with a samsung that was basically the the third cheapest on in the store. It's main features are an exhaust fan that can move a huricane and an easy user interface that can run a countdown timer while still cooking. It has a sensor but I never use it. It has programmed menu options that I never us either. I always use time and power level and am never surprised.
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I need to stay under 9 amps or I will be out in the snow untripping a breaker.
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Ah,but I already have it,it's paid for,and it works fine.
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