Rated 4.4 out of 5Â by 52
Rated 5 out of 5Â by peej working for over 5 years now
I thought we would have problems when I read the reviews but it was the only under-counter built-in microwave I could find. I took a chance. It was installed in 2009 and we have had no problems. We've had black outs and brown outs and still the panel works like its supposed to. It's a nice little oven and we like the preset features on the panel. I would buy it again.
May 8, 2014
Rated 3 out of 5Â by ldc50 On our 3rd one in 10 years due to LED failure
This microwave works fine, and as far as an undercabinet micro, this is the only game in town. So, when you commit to this, and the cabinet spacing for this, there is no going back. The problem with these, is the LED panel goes out every 2-3yrs. We have been using ours, one minute at a time for a couple years. The part to fix the panel is $100 plus labor, so I just buy another one. This is a very common problem, and if you read reviews on other internet sites, you will find multiple people with this problem. As there are no others pointing out this problem on Home Depot's reviews, makes one wonder how many are real. Or they just haven't owned them long enough. I have had a computer line filter on my plug for the last 2 of these, and still the panel only lasts about 2 yrs. So, we have just installed our 3rd one in 10 yrs, as there are no other options out there for a 24" undercabinet microwave. If there were, we would switch. I bought an extended warranty this time, 3 extra years.
January 24, 2013
Rated 4 out of 5Â by DoubleSteve Probably the only stainless over the counter microwave on the market
We have an island in our new kitchen which houses the range, so our only options were a counter top microwave or an over-the-counter model. We had our cabinets configured (at Home Depot) to house an over-the-counter microwave based on a recomendation of this microwave from the HD cabinet designer.
After looking around on-line this the only stainless Over-The-Counter microwave that I could even find, so if you have stainless appliances and you want an over the counter microwave to match this is pretty much your only option. In case you don't know Over-the-Range models have a vent fan underneath and Over-the-Counter models don't.
Overall I'm happy with the microwave. I think it was over priced (probably due to it being kind of a niche product), but I like that it isn't as large as most of the over-the-range microwaves (fits under a 24" cabinet). I don't use a microwave very often so it's fine for my needs.
A few things you should know:
1. Don't mount this with a wall or deep cabinet on the left side. We have our refridgerator framed in next to this and the door of the microwave rubs on the wood frame when you open it. I had to mount it to the far right of the cabinet space just to get it to open.
2. Much like over-the-range microwaves this needs a power outlet in the cabinet it is mounted underneath. I wired an outlet behind it thinking there might be enough room, but the microwave mounts directly to the back wall, so an overhead (in-cabinet) outlet is the only option.
3. This item was backordered when I ordered it and it took weeks for me to get it. I think this product might be nearing it's end of life, so make sure there is one available before you design your cabinets around it.
Other than that installation was fairly easy. After I moved the electrical outlet it probably took me an hour total and that included moving it because of #1 above (I ended up with about 1/4" of space between the microwave and the cabinets so there's a little slop).
I thought the installation instructions were overly complicated, but the actual process was pretty easy once I figured out what the templates were supposed to do. I did have to make some 3/4" mounting blocks under the cabinet to support the top anchors. You may not have 3/4" building materials lying around so keep that in mind depending on if your cabinets have a recessed bottom or not. If your cabinets have flat bottoms it's not an issue.
I don't use 90% of the features this microwave has, so I'm not a great person to review this product from that standpoint. You can type in an amount of time and hit start and it heats things up for that amount of time, so in that regard it's great. It's a quality looking microwave too. Doesn't feel cheap or plastic.
The work light underneath is kind of nice but I rarely use it. If you're interested they also sell mounting rails and hooks so you can hang utensils or various bric-a-brack underneath if that's something you're into.
Overall I'm happy with the microwave itself. I'm not very happy with the cabinet designer not accounting for the door rubbing against the refridgerator frame.
May 21, 2012
Rated 4 out of 5Â by Riverrat Provides extra counter space
Haven't had it long enough to really see what it can do. So far it works great. My only concern is how loud it is when turned on. Seems like it kick starts then quiets down and runs smoothly. I'm thinking it might be the glass tray rattling around and just seems louder because it's suspended off the counter. Maybe if it was sitting directly on the counter the sound would be more solid??? I do like the light underneath provides counter light to the dark corner it's been hung in. As for installing my husband and I were able to install but when time to actually attach to the wall my daughters strong arms were needed. The control buttons seem dark to me and hard to see. Maybe after I get them memorized it will be easer to use
July 22, 2014
Rated 5 out of 5Â by TennisCee A work horse!
Bought this microwave in 2006 and it has worked wonderfully for a large family with heavy use. I'm replacing it now with the same model because after 8 years the carousel stopped rotating. It may be possible to repair this since it doesn't sound like a big deal, but I'm opting to replace it. Given that there are not many options for an under the counter microwave, Sharp is the best.
April 25, 2014