Well designed, easy to use
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.