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Old 07-25-2011, 01:02 PM
 
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Sharp R-315JS 1200-Watt Microwave Oven, Stainless

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Rating: 4 out of 5
  • Currently 4.0/5.0

I have rarely used a microwave in the past other than to steam some vegetables or heat up leftovers once in awhile so this one by Sharp was bought purely for its appearance. However, once I started using it, I found myself wanting to use it more and more. It looks fabulous with its black L-shaped face that is bordered in stainless steel. It does take up a lot of room on your counter so if you don't have a lot of space, this one may not fit. It is also a magnet for fingerprints so be prepared to give it a wipe down constantly, especially if you have children.

This Sharp microwave has a lot of settings that I thought I would never use more than one or two but I was wrong. It has 11 different power levels, 6 reheat settings, 6 automatic cook settings, 4 defrost buttons and a popcorn key. It also has short cuts for warming, melting and softening which I use all of the time for baking. The popcorn is fantastic too. The sensor allows the microwave to cook small and large bags perfectly where you usually have to stalk the mini bags so they don't burn. The microwave ha turned out to be very convenient for me and I use it far more often than I have ever used one in the past. The settings are a bit intimidating at first but once you figure them out, they are quite user-friendly, of course, it may have helped if I had ever read my owner's manual. Also, the turntable is handy too to allow things to warm or cook evenly.

My one concern with this microwave is the control panel. I don't understand why they would design such a great microwave and put the keypad behind the door. There are only four controls on the outside of the door, other than that, you have to open the door to use the buttons. This just makes no sense to me. I know it would have probably taken away from the styling but it definitely would have made things convenient.

This stainless steel microwave oven is definitely a good buy and for $134.99 it is moderately priced in comparison to those of the same size. If you are looking for a microwave that has a lot to offer and is a real attention grabber in the kitchen, you will enjoy this unit.

Review by professional reviewer, Oct. 2, 2010
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