Cooking and the microwave are generally synonymous around this house. Although I don't rely on it as much anymore, I still keep a microwave for warming food quickly when the kids are hungry and cannot wait. Usually we purchase a unit that is the cheapest one available. I'm not one who needs lots of frills in a microwave, just heat my food. Though purchasing a cheap one means we'll be replacing it at some point, it works for us and our space, which is pretty small. Our current model is a small GE 1100 watt Microwave Performance My main goal in a microwave is for it to heat my foods, without killing them. Occasionally I need to defrost some meat as well. Our GE microwave seems to do pretty well with this. Our only major concern so far has been heating popcorn. The last bag I went to make did absolutely nothing. Outside of this though, the microwave heats like I need it to. Settings/Features The GE microwave has some very basic features. There is one-touch buttons for minutes up to 5 minutes, one touch start for 30 seconds and six buttons at the top for pre-set options like popcorn. I've never used these as I find it easier to just put in the amount of time I need instead. Ease of Cleaning In general for cleaning all I need to wipe out the inside with a clorox wipe or paper towel. The goo seems to just lift off. The plate inside is dishwasher safe so if it gets too bad I just put it in the next load. Ease of Use With the one-touch buttons, the GE microwave is pretty easy to use. I've been able to teach my children how to use the microwave in order to help out with the cooking. The only thing that threw me off though was the start. Other microwaves we've owned have the one-touch start add 1-minute to the time. This microwave adds 30 seconds to the time. So I have gotten used to pressing the "1" button and then the start in order to get 1:30 in time. Durability We have had the GE for around 4 years now and it is holding up alright. I can tell it is starting to lose its effectiveness though so I'm sure we'll need to replace it after a while. Design The GE JES1142WD is a simple basic microwave. The size is small enough it easily fits on my small counters and I still have room to place storage baskets on top for spices. There is a plate included that rotates as the microwave is running. The inside space is alright for the kids' plates or reheating containers. It is almost too small though for our dinner plates as the just barely rotate in there.