My over the stove, built in Hotpoint Microwave gave
out after 23 years. Wow. Made in Korea too.
Now I'd rather pay twice as much and have something
last 10 times as long. I am allergic to 3C (cheap
Anyone know of a long lived Japanese or American
made over the stove built in microwave that they like?
the riddle wrapped in an enigma wrapped
I don't have the foggiest idea. Aren't Hotpoint and GE connected?
Consumer Reports top three rated models are GE though.
GE Profile PVM9215SFSS $550 Rating 80
GE JVM3160RFSS $250 Rating 75
GE JVM7195SFSS $400 Rating 75
The middle one is rated a Best Buy due to price and points rating.
Corporate GE is in the USA, but microwaves are not US made. I'm 98%
sure they are made in Korea. The instructions are printed in Korea.
I read a few years back that all MW are built by three manufacturers,
Sharp being one of them. Don't recall the others.
Just checked mine. It is a GE made in Korea in 2001. It is also a
convection oven, very handy to have that capability at times. It has
been good so far.
I'm surprised the Advantium with halogen has not taken off more by now.
Allegedly much faster than MW alone.
Life with a microwave. Started out in 1970 with my Heathkit. I did not have
a microwave in the late 70's living alone. I didn't seem to mind.
Around 1979 I acquired two used norelco boxes. One sort of worked. The
seller could not get I working without grounded outlet. I found that out. I
never fully used the box. I was unique in it had a browning element and
temperature probe. I broke down and converted to a mechanical 10 minute
timer. My father loved that box. It was just like the Heathkit control.
In current house, I have a over the stove combo unit. I don't use the turbo
function because preheat takes too long. It's a sears/ge unit, but the
microwave is only about 900 watts. It's good though. The controls are very
fancy, dial for selections. You can add subtract time in real time.
On the side I have Panasonic inverter being used or 8 years. It's great for
speed, higher power. This old unit does NOT turn on the light when you open
the door, bitch. It's also got true power control, which can be handy.
Our "Made in Korea" GE Profile/Spacemaker microwave was installed in May,
2003 and has been used half a dozen times/day since then. It's doing great.
All I've done is replace the interior bulb once and the bulbs that light the
stove top below twice.
Haven't read the whole thread... but for the record, our counter top
1,200W made in Thailand (build date Aug 09) Sharp R-320H has seen heavy
daily use, is easy to clean and regularly leaves smiles on our faces.
We're usually not big 'auto function' fans and/or users... but this one
has loads of them that work astoundingly well. Baked Potato, Fresh
Vegetable, Frozen Vegetable, 'Frozen Entrees' (ie TV dinners), Ground
Meat, Rice and Chicken Breast. additional 'sensor controlled' functions
are (leftovers) reheat and Popcorn. All are easy to use, and return
It has a other settings for hot water including soup/s and the like,
another for near boiling water, and one for warming rolls... plus a
bunch of well thought out built in defrost settings.
We use it's easy to set/use kitchen timer feature sometimes multiple
times a day (but you can't use the µwave unless it's stopped/cancelled
The one thing I don't like is the way power levels other than 100% get
entered: you first key in the time, then you must hold (or repeatedly
press) the power level key until the desired level scrolls down in the
display. I much preferred our old Magic Chef method of entering the
time, pressing the power level key, then the desired level number key, 0
The Sharp can also can be easily programed for mid cycle power level
changes & delayed starts... (An example cook on high for 6 minutes,
another 6 minutes @ 50%, and a 0% power 'hold time' of 3 minutes... and
the item is ready for the table when it beeps.)
Back when Archie Bunker was driving cab, it probably
was. As to Todd and the microwave, a second hand shop
might have one. Calls to the store are likely to get
met with blank looks. Wonder if there is a web page
out there, Google might find?
Didn't Japan just have a tsunami and nuclear plant
accident? They will be in pain for a long time.
We bought a new inverter model too - to replace the old (28 years)
one my wife was always afraid was going to fail. I told her the old
one would quite likely still be working by the time the new one gave
up, but you know women ----. Couldn't give the old one away because
everyone thought the same as she did - so I scrapped it.
On 12/14/13 12:31 PM, email@example.com wrote:
My Litton Meal in One 500 is still working. I think it's from
about 1978. It needed a fuse once but has been trouble free other than
that. No worries here about possible failure.
I did a bit of snooping about microwaves. We can thank Percy
Spencer from Raytheon for them. He was working around radar and noticed
his Mr. Goodbar melted in his pocket. An experimenter quickly learned
cooking an egg in its shell wasn't a good plan.
I wonder what the percentage of inventions created by accident is
compared to the deliberately invented ones. Inspiration is there in
either case probably.
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