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New Microwave - WOW!

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We've had the same microwave for over 10 years and it's been on its last legs for a few years. The LCD screen quit working a few years ago (so we've just been flying blind) and the door sensor has been wacky for about a year (necessitating slamming of the door to get the microwave to work). It finally went out completely a few days ago and I ordered a new one from Amazon.

I got a Panasonic Genius Sensor 1250, a 2.2 cubic foot 1250 watt workhorse that got good reviews, only cost $127, and we got it the next day for $3.99 (since we are Prime members). (Our old one was 2 cubic feet and 1200 watts.) It had a bunch of newer features (probably old features to most of you). I've already tested out several and have been impressed.

It has sensor reheating. Just hit the button (and then Start) and it'll warm up whatever you put in there (at a reduced level) until it starts to steam. I hesitantly tried it with precooked bacon this morning. It looked slightly more done than I like when it finished, but was perfect.

It has an Inverter defrost mode. I always hated trying to defrost meat because it would cook the edges. This one claimed that it wouldn't. I tried it with some frozen chicken breasts. Basically, you just hit the Defrost button, enter the weight (in tenths of a pound) and hit Start. About halfway through, it stopped and asked me to turn it over. I did. When it was done, the three pieces were almost perfectly defrosted. The two bigger ones were slightly frozen in the middle and one had one edge that was slightly cooked, but WAY better than our old microwave would have done (and the new one was almost automatic!).

It has a bunch of other features (popcorn mode, preprogrammed cooking of various things, popcorn mode, etc.) that we haven't tried yet.

I was really impressed. Now if it's just last as long as our old one. :)

So, if you're using an old microwave that's on it's last leg, I just wanted to share that the new features introduced over the past 10 years really do live up to their hype!
 

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Geez, popcorn button has been on a microwave for 20 years. LOL
You know they now sell cameras without film now ? :)

We've had the same microwave for over 10 years and it's been on its last legs for a few years. The LCD screen quit working a few years ago (so we've just been flying blind) and the door sensor has been wacky for about a year (necessitating slamming of the door to get the microwave to work). It finally went out completely a few days ago and I ordered a new one from Amazon.

I got a Panasonic Genius Sensor 1250, a 2.2 cubic foot 1250 watt workhorse that got good reviews, only cost $127, and we got it the next day for $3.99 (since we are Prime members). (Our old one was 2 cubic feet and 1200 watts.) It had a bunch of newer features (probably old features to most of you). I've already tested out several and have been impressed.

It has sensor reheating. Just hit the button (and then Start) and it'll warm up whatever you put in there (at a reduced level) until it starts to steam. I hesitantly tried it with precooked bacon this morning. It looked slightly more done than I like when it finished, but was perfect.

It has an Inverter defrost mode. I always hated trying to defrost meat because it would cook the edges. This one claimed that it wouldn't. I tried it with some frozen chicken breasts. Basically, you just hit the Defrost button, enter the weight (in tenths of a pound) and hit Start. About halfway through, it stopped and asked me to turn it over. I did. When it was done, the three pieces were almost perfectly defrosted. The two bigger ones were slightly frozen in the middle and one had one edge that was slightly cooked, but WAY better than our old microwave would have done (and the new one was almost automatic!).

It has a bunch of other features (popcorn mode, preprogrammed cooking of various things, popcorn mode, etc.) that we haven't tried yet.

I was really impressed. Now if it's just last as long as our old one. :)

So, if you're using an old microwave that's on it's last leg, I just wanted to share that the new features introduced over the past 10 years really do live up to their hype!
 

MichaelColey

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LOL. When it comes to technology, I keep up. I have an iPhone 4S, Windows 7 laptops, Kindle Fire, a fairly nice digital camera (although I mainly use the iPhone), etc. But we've had our old microwave for quite a while and I figured all the new features were very overrated.

Surely I'm not the only one here who likes to wait to replace things that still works until they fall apart.
 

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I didn't want to tell him about the phone without wires. Maybe next week :)

Meh - he's probably still waiting for Al Gore to invent the internet.
 

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Geez, popcorn button has been on a microwave for 20 years. LOL
You know they now sell cameras without film now ? :)

I really don't understand why they have popcorn buttons, every microwave popcorn bag I have seen has indicated not to use the popcorn button on the microwave.
 

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We have a Panasonic also with the Inverter technology. I like the power level better than older microwaves. Older technology at 50% power would run for 10 seconds at 100% power and then 10 seconds at 0% power. The new microwave actually reduces the wattage so it is always running at a lower power to give a more even reheating or cooking.
 
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