Sparks with small items, off with steam
Buttons Feel Cheaper
We bought this unused at a garage sale for cheap, so I didn't research it beforehand. It fit the space and looked good, though I didn't know about the brand. Our 15 year old Sharp that came with the house had started occasionally starting on it's own when you closed the door after using it, basically spinning the tray and turning on the fan so it sounded on, but only heating when you actually wanted it to heat.<br /><br />This Magic Chef microwave is ok, but has had enough problems for me to take a look at the reviews. Looking at the ones from HD and Amazon, it sounds like a lot of people have problems of this one dying too soon, or hitting an overheat safety and turning off.<br /><br />For us, the display LCD wasn't as good as the old sharp, and the buttons work but don't feel quite as good. Sometimes we heat up small things, possibly without too much moisture, and often with a little oil or button. Last night when reheating 1-1.5 servings of carrot slices with some butter on them, some of the carrots sparked and one even caught on fire for a couple seconds. This has happened occasionally, maybe 1-2 time per month. This time it was enough for me to look up the model number.<br /><br />My wife also likes to steam vegetables, putting 6 servings of broccoli in a glass bowl with some water and a plate on top, and then microwaving it on high for 6-8 minutes. Sometimes in these cases we've had the microwave stop working when she checks on it. It seemed like this was related to the steam, but it may just be having it on high for a while like the reviews elsewhere.<br /><br />Overall, this microwave looks good and does most things ok. But with the problems we've had and the reviews out there, and a price that matches brands that have made microwaves longer, I wouldn't recommend this.
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No, I would not recommend this to a friend.