I bought this microwave after my first one decided to up and spark! This one has been going strong for the last 3 years! It cooks food quickly and efficiently. Cooking popcorn is one of my microwave necessities, and this one cooks it perfectly almost everytime. Some of the times it does cook a little unevenly and there can be hotspots. This was one of the cheaper microwaves I was looking at so I expected it not to be amazing. I do like it for the price. It is compact and fits on a smaller surface. It seems to handle well even with things on top of it without heating too much on the top of it. I would buy an Emerson again because of my experience thus far. My first model was a cheap GE and it made me stay away from those for awhile!