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Microwaves Heating/Cooking.Despite all the many features bundled into the newer and the best microwaves, they still must perform the fundamental function of heating food, be it refrigerated leftovers or a frozen dinner. If the microwave accomplishes these tasks thoroughly and quickly, consumers are satisfied with their purchases.
The Panasonic NN-H765 meets this standard with ease. Reviews on sites like Amazon assert this feature-rich model is a big-time convenience and particularly rave about its sensor heat and turbo defrost functions. The latter eliminates the trial-and-error, note users, and the sensors produce perfectly cooked foods, including a mac-and-cheese casserole devoid of cold spots. Reviewers also like the consistent and speedy results with the Panasonic NN-H765, noting that its 1250 watts get the job done faster than the older units it replaced.
Sensor cooking and hefty wattage are also big attractions of the Kenmore 6633. A number of users comment on Sears that the power exceeds that of older models and as a result, they've had to revise cooking times downward. One consumer, obviously familiar with the delights of burnt bacon, notes that once his wife starting using the sensor function, breakfast has been far more enjoyable. Speed and power are hallmarks of the Kenmore 6633, according to user reviews, and its gentle touch on delicate ingredients such as chocolate and butter is worth noting.
Power is a big draw for our other best microwave picks, as well. Users of the Oster OGG61403 also report that cooking times needed with their older microwaves no longer apply. Microwave reviews posted on Walmart talk up the convenience of the preset buttons that are often, but not always, fool-proof. A few reviewers say results aren't perfect -- some foods are too hot and others too cold. The simplicity of the GE JES1142S appeals to consumers, who assert it more than adequately fulfills its primary function; that is, reheat foods and beverages. We read consumer reviews on several sites extolling its virtues in office settings, where lots of people use it throughout the day to warm lunches, snacks, and liquid refreshments. Reviewers posting on Best Buy deem it efficient, noting that it makes foods very hot in short order.
The LG LMA1180ST also passes the proficiency test. According to reviews on Best Buy, its 1000 watts seem sufficient and food is heated through relatively quickly and evenly. The reviewer at Cooking Connect, however, says this model could use more than three options for defrosting meat.
Power, or lack thereof, is an issue for the microwave-convection combo Haier MWM12001SCG. Some consumers like the Haier MWM12001SCG because it's an opportunity to reduce appliance clutter while providing an alternative to the oven when baking a small casserole. Others counter that it's no substitute for a real oven and even the microwave function is less than impressive. Indeed, quite a number of Amazon customers gripe about inadequate heat in convection mode ; the highest temperature setting is 425 degrees, writes one consumer, but the oven doesn't get hotter than 360 and takes forever to heat up.
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Panasonic NN-H765 Microwave Review
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