Rated 3.4 out of 5 by 5
Rated 2.0 out of 5.0 by dlau The dimension is wrong
I'm giving it 2 stars for incorrect description on the website. Be aware!! The actual depth of this microwave is actually 20" NOT 16" listed. It just sticks out too much on my countertop, I had no choice but to return it. Otherwise, it's a good microwave for the price.
December 9, 2013
Rated 5.0 out of 5.0 by Gandalf Great variety of cooking methods
Manual is a little abbreviated. Need some experimentation to figure out times, etc. but I love the fact that I have convection, microwave, and grilling in a single unit. Good value.
December 10, 2013
Rated 1.0 out of 5.0 by martinm NOT 16 inches deep!
There is a huge motor housing on the back of this unit that extends it to 19 inches deep.
December 2, 2013
Rated 5.0 out of 5.0 by Reggie Great product. Nice to be able to microwave then brown.
Easy to operate, really like the fact it has a browsing element.
November 12, 2013
Rated 4.0 out of 5.0 by Rippie Amazing for the money, Quiet and ALL STAINLESS STEEL INTERIOR!
Admit it: most of you just reheat your coffee. But try reheating a large Dunk's and you're outta luck with most microwaves. Not this one!
I've had smaller and larger "nukes" with less and more power. This is perfect for one or two people and does a lot of things!
Amazingly, I can make REAL coffee (in a French Press with a plastic frame) every morning and it comes out great! It's quiet (oh so necessary first thing, isn't it?) and does the job consistently.
Enough power (1000W), the turntable is a little slower in rotation than other brands, which mostly are 6 rpm. This seems to be more in the 4 rpm range and it's quiet. No squeaks or chugging. You do hear the power supply "thunk" softly while the magnetron cycles on and off during cooking, no big deal. The fan is the loudest part of the machine and it's not very noisy compared to most.
I give this a "B" for noise, because it's not best of all nukes, but is surely best in class I've encountered.
Turntable is wide enough that take-away containers, full dinner plates and glass baking pans will fit without hitting the sides.
Actual turntable diameter is about 12-1/4" which is plenty big for a machine this size. Lip around edge should be enough to capture some spill-over without being thick enough to catch the edge of a cup you put in and cause the spill.
Yes. It can make a frozen pizza (a real one, not a "microwavable" one), the other big use. It's going to take some experimenting depending on the brand, but since most frozen pizzas are 12-14" across, you can do this, though you should get a small, thin round bake sheet for your "pie" since the lifting grill insert (included) is 10" wide. Included is a ceramic-coated steel drip pan to put in instead of the glass turntable when using the convection feature, or ON the turntable, if you feel spinning will make the cook more even (which it does).
Do most of the cook for pizza on convection and finish it off with the browning element on top to give the crisp you want to the cheese and dry the toppings off for that nice hot-oven look.
The ALL stainless steel interior is easy to clean (as SS is in any other cooking use). If you get cheesy sticky splatter with tomato sauce (that never happens!) baked onto it, take a pyrex measuring cup of water and boil it in the machine by microwave for a while. This will soften the stuck on gunk so you can scrape it off with a nylon pan scraper (so you don't scratch your shiny interior) and finish with a Dobe pad and sponge and you're done.
I suppose you can use oven-cleaner spray, but who wants to smell that in the future? Yuck.
Leave the space around the bottom clear. The heat exhausts out the bottom on microwaving. If your counter or surface is heat or humidity sensitive, place a glass cutting board sheet (hardened) underneath to protect the surface.
NO BUTTON to open the door, and no push-to-open lever! Just a real handle like in the old days! I LOVE that!
The manual is not good. It takes a little practice to get used to programming this, especially multistage cooking. Once you do, the wheel is great, fast and actually neater and cleaner than a grimy touchpad! I like the "real" buttons, too.
One thing I do NOT like is that the "finished" annunciator (5 beeps) does not stop when you open the door or hit Stop. I could see that as a problem in a studio apt if your other half is still sleeping or has fallen asleep.
I don't care for the blue backlighing of the display, would prefer a warmer color, but it shuts off shortly after you are done cooking. It's easy enough to read. The interior has a not very bright lamp that does not easily let you see condition of food as it cooks, but I'm adapting.
Fit and finish is pretty decent for a machine in this price range. My only other Haier product is a low-end full HDTV and it's holding up very well now 3 years in, one of the first LED TVs to come out.
I like the +30 button, right there next to the knob. I've always felt +minute buttons were too long.
I'm amazed at what you get for what you pay, and with free shipping from The Home Depot, it arrived in good shape in a few days and has been a welcome addition to my home ever since.
For one or two people, or for purely convenience use for a family, this is a crazy bargain! You could roast a chicken in here or bake a small ham! Pretty cool!
Handle and front door are covered in Brushed Stainless Steel, so they don't show fingerprints much and are easy to clean (the likely surfaces to grime up with kids).
Great bargain, seems pretty well made for a low-end machine with higher-end features. Just wish the manual was better and that there was a MODEL SPECIFIC cookbook of sample recipes of all sorts included to give button-by-button examples of how to do things.
Overall, a bargain!
December 10, 2013