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Buying a microwave
« on: February 19, 2017, 07:38:31 PM »
I'm moving into a new place and it's the first place I've lived that doesn't have a built-in microwave, so I'm going to have to buy a countertop one.  I don't know the first thing about buying microwaves - what matters, what's just upselling me.  Would appreciate any feedback on microwave models you recommend and any general advice about what to look for when buying one.

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Re: Buying a microwave
« Reply #1 on: February 19, 2017, 08:57:17 PM »
If you are using it to reheat plates of food and cook veggies, at least 1.0 cubic feet and 1,000 watts will be enough.  I like Sharp and Panasonic, but none is as well made as say 15 years ago.  Costco has or had a Panasonic around $100 with 1,100 watts that was a reasonable size.  Large microwaves have large foot prints and take up a lot of counter space.  If you can pick up a working older Sharp from Craigslist, I would consider that.  Mine is at least fifteen years old as are the ones I left in rental units.


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Re: Buying a microwave
« Reply #2 on: February 23, 2017, 07:39:46 AM »
I bought our emerson brand microwave at target on clearance in 2008 for $36, regular price was probably $60 or so.  It's 9 years old and still works.  So I wouldn't spend a ton.  All I ever use is the +30 seconds button (as many times as needed), I don't think there's any need for the fancy settings or power levels.