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Old 08-26-17, 11:22 PM
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Help me choose a microwave

are there any now that cook more even?
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Old 08-27-17, 01:03 AM
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Most microwaves with turntables cook evenly. We've had an Emerson 1500 watt model with turntable and overhead grill for a few years. Works great.

Get at least a 1000 watt model, preferably more. Helps cook quicker and more evenly.

The overhead grill is okay but takes much longer than a conventional broiler. I mostly use it for browning, or reheating pizza, not for cooking. A toaster oven or regular broiler would be better.
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Old 08-27-17, 01:16 AM
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wow id love 1500 watts
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Get an inverter model, defrosts much better than a normal one, because it actually reduces reduces the output power. Normal ones are just on and off at low powers... which can tend to cook the edges of things while the middle is still frozen.
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Old 08-27-17, 01:39 AM
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Yeah, good point about defrosting. With my conventional microwave defrosting a large cut of meat takes a long time to do properly. To avoid cooking the edges I use the lowest output and longer times.
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My wife researched this extensively. We ended up with a Cuisinart CMW-200. A nice unit and does grill/convection oven as well. <$200.
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Somebody left a full-sized Sharp Carousel on the corner down the road from me and I waited several hours to retrieve it...works perfectly. An absolute joy.
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Pretty much all modern microwaves cook pretty evenly. We had a ~ 18 year old over the range microwave that just got replaced. It was a little loud but did a decent job of heating. Felt a little bad replacing it. BUT, the new one (just a standard GE model) cooks a bit faster and doesn't splatter soup or other liquids. It's awesome not to have to cover everything. I'm sure if you put a plate of marinara sauce in for ten minutes it would splatter, but using a little common sense, the thing stays clean. Talking to other people, this is a common trait of modern models. Search on lowes, or home depot or amazon for what you're looking for and check reviews. If everthing looks good, go for it!
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Make sure it has a POPCORN button. You don't want to be pushin more than one button to make popcorn.
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wow i never knew how important a microwaave was till i had no microwave
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I am the opposite, five years now without one.
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Make sure it has a POPCORN button. You don't want to be pushin more than one button to make popcorn.
Average medium sized and powered oven time is approx. 2 min. 30 sec. and you can tell when pops are consistantly absent for more than a second and you can learn the correct time quickly.
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Originally Posted by UmneyDurak View Post
I am the opposite, five years now without one.
I rarely use the stove/oven that came with the rental now.
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Average medium sized and powered oven time is approx. 2 min. 30 sec. and you can tell when pops are consistantly absent for more than a second and you can learn the correct time quickly.
"Average" "consistently" "learn" "correct" -- sounds like going back to school, PROFESSOR

POPCORN -- it's one button!
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... Transmitter? or satellite, dish, receiver?
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Delay Start and Timer; More/Less Control; Quick Minute, Popcorn Key
Oh yeah, baby, that's what I'm talkin about!
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Make sure it has a Ppcrn Shrimp button. You don't want to be pushin more than one button to make popcorn shrimp.
bjrkfify (CC @ 1:12 lol)
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Love it! Reminds me of the subtitled opening credits for monty python and the holy grail


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"Average" "consistently" "learn" "correct" -- sounds like going back to school, PROFESSOR

POPCORN -- it's one button!

RR, one was a gift and the other was a like-new full sized Sharp left at a corner.


I rarely eat popcorn. I do a lot of scratch cooking with mine.


PS Regardless of having a POPCORN button, you still must pay attention to the sound of the pops and stop it manually it needed. When the pops grow to more and a second or so apart it's time to stop. You can still end up with scorched popcorn even with a preset, and the only solution is ketchup.
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Habitat for Humanity

About $10
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Habitat for Humanity

About $10
That's where I got my latest one... but it is about 1000W and does have a carousel. Great price. Heck, we went in looking for shelving, and walked out with the microwave.

Been good for over two years now.
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I rarely use the stove/oven that came with the rental now.
I only use the oven in winter to do a lot of baking and help heat the house. Mostly it's the grills and microwave for actual cooking.
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Free is good , my 1sr one was left by the house seller , by agreement , 2nd one free, too..
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