Haier 0.6 Cu. Ft. Countertop Microwave
I bought this microwave to go inside my overhead bin at work and it fits perfectly. I can close the door to the bin and no one can see it so my work area still looks professional. Best of all, I no longer have to clean up after other people!
November 21, 2012
Good but not perfect.
The fact that it is so difficult to find microwave ovens with dial timers, in my mind, indicates a triumph of marketing hype over common sense. "Push-button convenience" has been a staple of the advertising boys since the 1950's if not earlier, but for the life of me I cannot see how it is any more convenient to think in precise numbers and push 3 or 4 buttons than it is to simply grab a knob and give it one twist. I don't know how other people use their microwaves, but typically I throw some odd-sized hunk of cold leftover in there, zap it for about "yay" long, stop to check if it is warm enough yet, and maybe zap it a little longer. I rarely know going in how much cooking it is going to take. Plus or minus a few seconds certainly is not going to make any difference in most cases.
My requirements for a microwave oven, other than decent quality, are that it have a dial timer and a turntable. I firmly believe that the turntable is a virtually indispensable feature, given the way the microwave radiation tends to focus and concentrate in ways that are neither uniform nor predictable. Since this microwave is almost the only one on the market that has both of those features, I can hardly give it less than a 4-star rating.
On the other hand, it could be better. These microwave ovens that turn on whenever the door closes #assuming there is time left on the timer# are a bit idiotic. I'm not sure if there is any danger either to me or to the microwave-generating magnetron tube, but it instinctively scares me to run a microwave oven empty. In my opinion the best setup would be to have separate "start" button to begin the cooking only when you wanted it to begin.
Another negative point is that the oven could either be built a bit sturdier or else be priced $20 cheaper. It is OK; it should hold up a long time if used by intelligent adults; but it could afford to be a little heavier duty at least in the door hinges.
Oh, the big tough sticker on the door window sure was a pain to get off. I peeled off as much of the slick paper as I could, then loosened what was left with pumice-free "Go-Jo" hand cleaner. But I think the manufacturer would be doing themselves a favor by switching to a sticker designed to peel off easily. I can only imagine how many customers scratch the window up on day one trying to scrape off that tough adhesive, then complain about that high and low.
I hope this review does not sound too negative. I'm just irritated by the lack of common sense among microwave oven manufacturers in general. I certainly was relieved to find this one for sale with the major features I wanted, and I am satisfied with my purchase. One small positive point I should mention is that the design of the turntable keeps it on track a lot better than in the 20-year-old oven that this replaced.
October 28, 2012