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Sharp 1200 Watt 1.1 Cubic Feet Carousel R-180LS

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Well designed, easy to use

5

I bought the Sharp Carousel 1.1 cu ft. when my old one died unexpectedly about a year ago.  As usual, I hit the Internet to check reviews by both consumers and professional reviewers.  This unit scored well. When  I told my mother-in-law what I'd done, she said I should have saved myself all that trouble and just bought a Sharp like hers.  I knew hers had worked well for years, but the outside, originally white, had yellowed slightly.  My solution was to get the Carosel 1.1 cubic feet model in stainless steel.  I've never been sorry.   I like cooking but hate (loathe, detest and avoid) cleaninging, so I was pleased to see how easy this microwave is to maintain.  I expected the stainless steel to be easy, but the interior is impressive too.  I've had tomato sauce and bean soup spatter and cook onto the sides and roof of the oven.  They wiped clean in a snap with just my dishcloth and dishwater.  There are no stains,  The brushed stainless steel exterior does show fingerprints, but not as badly as bright chrome would.  Of course what really counts is how it cooks and how easy it is to use.  I found the special defrost control to be useless--more trouble than it was worth.  The constant resetting needed to thaw almost everything is irritating.  I do not miss having a sensor; the micowave has been able to cook things evenly and thoroughly without one.  The Sharp has as much power and as many adjustable settings as anyone could need.  The cooking settings are accurate.  The Sharp cooks things exactly the way the manual says it will, and the estimated times are accurate.  (I do occasionally cook in it, though most often I heat soup or pop popcorn.)  I no longer listen for the popcorn sounds to slow down in order to avoid burning the popcorn.  The Sharp 1.1 cubic foot micowave oven automatically stops when all my microwave popcorn is fully popped and before a single kernel is burned. Unlike the over-the-range models, the countertop style requires no special wiring.  Thhis model is sturdy but  and can be moved easily if I need extra counterspace to lay a few dozen cookies out to cool.  The shape and size of the interior are perfect for a plate of food, a chicken, or a good-sized casserole.  Whoever designed the dimensions has obviously spent time actually using a microwave oven.   The unit takes up a little more counter space than smaller (usually underpowered) microwave ovens, but it is not bulky and the extra room pays for itself with the extra convenience of not having to re-arrange food or look for special sizes of dishes to use in it.   I hope the Sharp 1.1 cubic foot microwave oven lasts as well as earlier models.  It's a joy to use. 

Sarasota, FL

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GREAT SHARP CONVENTION MICROWAVE NO COLD SPOTS!

5

We have an older conventional oven in our home that we are not ready to replace yet. Our solution to this is this super Sharp convection/microwave from Sharp. This Sharp Convection/microwave has a durable turntable-- which means for me cooking-- no cold spots! My food cooks evenly. I have cooked ALL kinds of foods in this Sharp Convention/microwave- from baked potaoes, to lasagne, muffins, popcorn and a Thanksgiving turkey breast-- all the food comes out great! The Sharp Convection microwave/Convection oven key pad is easy to figure out. Furthermore-- it is easy to clean. The inside of this Sharp microwave/convenction oven is stainless& also easy to clean - I have put the turntable in the dishwasher numerous times and it comes out great! My Sharp convestion microwave is black with a stainless interior. So in short-- GREAT product-- does it's job and it's easy to clean. I've had mine over 2 years now-- and it's going strong.

New York, NY

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I can count on this microwave

4

We just remodeled our kitchen and this is the microwave i bought to put in it. This microwave is nice because it has a sleek design and it looks nice in almost any theme of kitchen. The door on the microwave is easy to open and it is nice because it does not swing back too far when it is opened. the round glass plate on the bottom of the microwave is removable so that i can clean it if i need to. The buttons on the right side of the microwave are nice because they are easy to push and they are clearly labeled. there are also some preset options so that i can choose a different button when i cook certain foods. The microwave can be set up above the range or on the counter. We put it on the counter, and it does not take up a lot of room and it is not bulky.

Green Cove Springs, FL

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Sharp 1200 Watt 1.1 Cubic Feet Carousel R-180LS is only ok

3

Sharp 1200 Watt 1.1 Cubic Feet Carousel R-180LS is only ok. Microwave is nice when it does work. Since it was not used much at the beginning, I did not return it at the beginning. I will not keep this as I am worrying that it is not functionaling as it should. I bought it from the store more than 12 months ago. It works intermittently, the timer would start and there would be no heating up. As I was using it more and more I realized it is not working properly more and more, it automatically starts whenever the door is opened, and the timer does not stop, and we could no stop it until we pull the power. I was afraid to let the kids use it alone because if this thing does not stop it could cause a fire, also the radiations that flashes out when you open the door since it turns on by itself can not be good. This doesn't cause a lot, but the fraustrations is not worth for you to deal with it. Buy a better unit from other brand.

Milpitas, CA

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Sharp R-1871 850 Watts Convection / Microwave Oven

4

There are some faults in this model, that I think Sharp should've done better, so it only got 4 starts: The menu system could be better. E.g. the Start button on most microwaves also serves as 'Add minute' or 'Add 30sec', but here it would not do anything - one has to use dedicated 'Add minute' button. I got used to it, but my guests can't easily find this button. The fan is very very loud. It has two speeds, but even with reduced speed, it is very loud. It does not look extremely powerful either. The range light is generated by two small incandescent bulbs. I would expect energy efficient fluorescent lamps or LEDs for this high-end oven. They could've perfectly fit a long tube there, but have instead put old unefficient incandescent bulbs. The interior is stainless steeel, but it is not very smooth, so it takes some effort to clean the microwave

Creola, OH

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average perfroming

3

My microwave died so I needed a new one to replace the one I preciousl had. I decided to try this Sharp 1200 Watt 1.1 Cubic feet carousel R-180 LS. To me, it is an average performaing microwave. Nothing special about it. It isn't all that big so if you have a small kitchen this microwave might work for you. The carosuel performs as to be expected. It os not to fast and it is not too slow. Either way it never thaws perfectly. The setting have to be punched more thn one time because for some reason it will not take them the first time which can be annoying. The thaw setting in this microwave is a waste of time. It either cooks the food to much or it does not thaw the food at all which can also be a huge nusiance for time crunched people. This model was not expensve. it was fairly cheap for a microwave price. I just expect more out of my microwaves, so to me this is an average performaing microwave.  

Charlotte, TN

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Perfect for a Dorm

4

My college student came back over Christmas break and let me know the convienience his Sharp microwave brought to his day. He uses it to heat a quick snack, make hot chocolate, heat up microwave dinners, and boil water. Without a doubt, having it has made his college experience that much less stressful as he doesn't have to always make it to the cafeteria- a plus during a long session of studying. The unit is small enough that it fits comfortably in his rather small dorm room, yet spacious enough to make just about anything he needs. The device has several useful preset buttons, of which the popcorn one has had more than its share of presses. The Sharp microwave has heated food evenly for him, and definitely compares favorably in terms of pricing when stacked up against other similar models of microwave. The interior is easy to clean, when I manage to visit him that is, and is unobtrusive in its design.

Marysville, WA

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Sharp is a great Microwave brand!

3

I don't know how much you can review on a microwave but I'll try! It heats up my food quicker than my old microwave did, but I guess cause it was an old microwave! This one is quite spacious too! And looks sleek in my kitchen, and I would think so in any other kitchen, expect maybe one that looks too retro. The buttons are easy to press and isn't too loud when cooking my food. Although.. I might not know how to use the thaw setting because it doesn't quite do much for me. Maybe I'm just using it wrong?

San Jose, CA

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good microwave

4

I don't care what people say about the SHARP brand being substandard. I have always found Sharp microwaves to be of the best quality. I had an old one from the mid 90s that still works very well. I decided to give it away to my kid who is going off to college and bought this one I'm reviewing now and I have no complaints about it. It is powerful, heats evenly, and performs like or better than many top of the line, "groumet" microwave brands. Sure it takes up space on the counter, but I got a separate kitchen cart that I put my microwave on, and I have shelving space underneath for other things. It's economical and does the job that I need for a microwave to do. I like the turning carousel. It doesn't get stuck like many brands' turning plate does. The power to cubic space ratio is pretty good on this model as well. So even though it's small, it's not lacking in power, like many other microwaves of its size.

Houston, TX

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built to last

5

When a new microwave was on my Christmas wish list the other year. I never expected to receive this particular one. All I wanted was a simple on the counter microwave. Instead I received this over the range mounted Sharp microwave! It is used every day. Everyone in the family and all of our guests that pas in and out of the house every day have been known to use it. We mainly use it to heat things  up but my kids like to make popcorn in it. In fact, it even has a popcorn setting! You can safely thaw a variety of foods in it as well. In fact it has programmable features that will allow you to thaw frozen items at a temperature that is specific for them. You can roast and bake in this microwave as well. I have tried it a couple of times to make different microwaveable desserts by Betty Crocker but my family was not too thrilled with the outcome. The product does require elbow grease to clean. It is white and really needs to be cleaned often.

Lancaster, NY

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