We’re in the process of building a house and thought we’d put in a new built-in microwave in the kitchen. Our current Sharp Carousel (not built-in) has been with us for almost 27 years (but is definitely showing signs of age) so we thought perhaps a current Sharp model with a trim kit would be suitable. However, looking at choice readers reviews (and others around the interwebs) it seems that you’re lucky to get much more than 2 years service out of the current models, with melting doors seeming to be a common issue. Indeed its been very difficult to finding any reviews of microwaves purchased between 2 and 5 years ago that would lead us to buy that model.
Is there such a thing as a recommended microwave oven model that is both currently available and can be expected to function for a reasonable lifetime (where I would expect reasonable to be greater than 10 years of light use)? I’m not interested in a recommended brand based on a purchase made 20 years ago as we would ourselves have absolutely recommended the Sharp based on our previous purchase, but the current models just don’t seem to past muster. I’m equally not interested in a recommendation for a model purchased less than 3 years ago, given the alarming number that seem to fail straight after they come out of their 2 year warranties.
Our requirement is merely for a simple microwave oven, no convection, no grill, just microwave with preferably power of 1000W. Our current Sharp has the convection function and we did indeed use it occasionally for the first couple of years but eventually reverted to just using the microwave features.
If microwave ovens are now truly disposable items then we’ll have no choice but to abandon the concept of built-in as there is no way I want to design a kitchen around something I’ll be discarding within a short timeframe.