I really, really didn’t think it would be so difficult to replace a microwave. Honestly, all I wanted was something that works and doesn’t cost sixty million dollars, and won’t break down in 3 years. But lo and behold, two passed in and out the door before, finally, the third stayed.
#1: The Danby
Got this one because it was cheap and on sale. And the door was stainless steel, and it look flash and everything. Then I checked out the reviews online, on various sites, and saw that feedback was almost universally craptastic. Back it went.
#2: The Panasonic
We can trust Panasonic, right? I’m pretty brand loyal, and Panasonic I would basically stand by. Bought it, took it home, set up and plugged, and everything’s great for a day … until I read the manual. To set the power level, I have to press “Power Level” the reverse number of times as the power level I want. Not, “Oh, I want to set it at Power 5, so I’ll press ‘Power Level’ and number ‘5′”. No, it’s I-have-to-press-”Power Level” five freaking times. If I want Power 3, I press the button 7 times. Is there ever a more inefficient process in the world? I expected better from Panasonic. Back it went.
#3: The GE
After using it for a few days, it’s nowhere near as powerful as the Panasonic, which wasn’t as powerful as the six-year Samsung, which wasn’t as powerful as the 20-year Toshiba. But it’ll have to do.
What’s your take on buying appliances? Quick and cheap, or dearer and durable?
- Jean AAR