Thursday, November 25, 2010

Microwave Consumer Reviews: Counter Top & Over Range Microwaves

Nov 24, 2010 Bernard P. Nelson

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Three “Best’ countertop microwaves and two “Best” over the range microwave ovens were reviewed on the ConsumerSearch (CS) website:

  • GE Counter Top Profile JES2251SJ.
  • Panasonic Counter Top NN-SD688S.
  • Sharp Counter Top R-230KW.
  • GE Profile Over the Range JVM1790WK.
  • Samsung Over the Range ASMH9187ST.

ConsumerSearch claims " no point are our editors influenced by advertising or other commercial considerations." The organization investigates and recommends a variety of products. The company, a service of About dot com, provides on-line product ratings and reviews.

Panasonic Counter Top Microwave Oven Consumer Review

The Panasonic NN-SD688S (est. $140) counter top microwave oven was designated “Best Mid-Sized Countertop Microwave” by CS. The model comes with inverter technology providing uninterrupted power as opposed to other microwaves whose cooking cycles between heat and no heat.

The 1.2 cubic foot NN-SD688S model is “stylish...[the] stainless-steel design earns high marks.” The model has the Good Housekeeping Seal of Approval which extends the two year warranty an extra year. The magnetron tube has a five year warranty.

The Panasonic NN-SD688S “...earns high marks from several professional reviewers” states CS. Their longer review lists the Panasonic’s “pros:”

  • Defrosting is excellent. Sensor to prevent overcooking. Good Housekeeping Seal of Approval. Stainless design is stylish.

The CS longer review lists the Panasonic’s “cons:”

  • The model is noisy. When door is opened (during cooking only) light doesn’t come on. Display is not easy to read.

The Amazon website has 34 owner reviews giving the Panasonic NN-SD688S 4.1 out of five stars:

  • 17 owners gave the model 5 stars. 11 gave 4 stars. 2 gave 3 stars. 1 gave 2 stars. 3 gave 1 star.

Amazon lists the NN-SD688S “Product Features:”

  • 1300 watt with 1-1/5 cubic feet. Screen is multilingual with button control panel and “pop-out dial.”
  • Inverter technology with 10 power selections.
  • Popcorn button.
  • Delay start timer.
  • Quick minute increase or reduction of cooking control.
  • One year limited warranty.

GE Consumer Counter Top Microwave Oven Reviews

The GE Profile JES2251SJ (Est. $225) was designated “Best Full-Size Countertop Microwave” by CS. The inverter model has 2.2 cubic feet of space and a 16 inch turntable. The GE Profile comes with attractive features including adjustment for humidity levels. The only “con” mentioned in the CS review is some owners report breakdowns after two years of use.

The GE Profile JVM1790 WK (est. $500) was designated “Best Over-the-Range Microwave Oven” by CS in their mini review. Owners generally praise the model featuring a convection oven mode for improving baking and roasting food. The model has 1.7 cubic feet of space and a 13.6 inch turntable.

Sharp Counter Top Microwave Oven Consumer Review

The Sharp R-230KW (est. $75) was designated “Best Compact Microwave” by CS. The model provides 0.8 cubic foot space with a 10.75 inch turntable. Owners report the model works good, and most reviews state the R-230KW does a good job of cooking and is “easy to use.” The model comes with a touch pad display and defrost feature.

The Samsung SMH9187ST (est. $260) was designated “Best Budget Over-the-Range Microwave” by CS. The stainless steel model provides 1.8 cubic feet of space with a 14-inch turntable. The microwave does not have inverter or convection features, but owners report the SMH9187ST does a good job of cooking. Reviewers applaud the “powerful venting system” keeping smoke and heat away from the range.

The ConsumerSearch mini reviews web page provides additional information about each of the four CS "Best” microwave ovens. The mini reviews page provides links to longer CS “Our Analysis” reviews of the same microwaves and provides additional links to outside sources reviewing the same models.


Microwave Reviews, ConsumerSearch, Mini Reviews, “Microwaves: Reviews,” March, 2010.

Panasonic Microwave Review, ConsumerSearch, “Our Analysis” Review, “Panasonic NN-SD688S: Best Mid-sized Countertop Microwave,” March, 2010.

Amazon Microwave Owner Reviews, “Panasonic Prestige NN-SD688S, 1.2cuft 1300 Watt Sensor Microwave Oven, Stainless Steel by Panasonic,” Owner Reviews Dated.

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