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Good little microwave for basic tasks - almost what I wanted, but it keeps blowing internal fuses
on 4 August 2013
NB: this microwave has a technical fault that makes it blow an internal fuse from time to time, which is the only reason for the bad score. I bought it in June 2013. In May 2017 it blew its internal fuse for the first time for no apparent reason. The oven has not been extensively used and is placed in a dry place. After ordering a pack of the right fuses, taking the cover off and replacing the fuse, everything worked as normal until December 2017, where the glass fuse actually 'exploded' (see the photo) with a flash and a bang when I pushed the button to open the door, so I had to vacuum the 'shrapnel' inside. After replacing the fuse for the second time, it continued working as normal. Since this happened exactly when I pushed the button to open the door, it may be a badly designed door switch that in a few cases causes a short circuit. Each time the circuit breaker was triggered too. Fortunately the fuses are not very expensive, and I still have eight left.
What I wanted was a basic microwave of average volume and power, of a recognised brand, and where I can adjust the cooking time as precisely as ten seconds. I would have liked an oven thermometer to plug in, as my old microwave had, but not many models offer this handy feature that stops cooking when the temperature reaches a pre-set temperature.
My old oven broke down a few years ago, and the reason I didn't renew it immediately was that I could find no models allowing me to set the cooking time to the precision I wanted. The numeric keypad the old model had, allowing me to set the time down to the second, had gone out of fashion to be replaced with an inferior design of only allowing the user to choose between pre-set times such as 10 sec, 30 sec, 1 min, 1 min 30 sec, 2 min etc., insufficient precision if I know that a mug of milk starts boiling after 1 min 50 sec.
The precision problem has now been solved by certain manufacturers, Sharp included, by using three buttons to add respectively 10 min, 1 min and 10 sec to the cooking time. That means I can set the cooking time to a precision of 10 seconds regardless of the total cooking time.
There are more than cooking and defrosting programmes enough for my needs.
I like the design.
The price is about right. Good value for money.
The manual is easy to understand.
The buttons are not very sensitive. You have to apply a good deal of force to activate them. If there isn't anything behind the oven to stop it from sliding back, the entire oven may slide back by the force needed to activate the buttons, depending on how smooth is the surface it is placed on. The reason for this is possibly to prevent accidental start of the oven, something that could damage a microwave oven.
When not in use, the display just shows ":", as it has no clock. The clock programming guy was probably sick the week this model was designed. It's not a big deal. If you need a clock, you can buy one for a couple of quid. At least it has a kitchen timer.