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"Super" microwave ovens -- 1300 watts?


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"Super" microwave ovens -- 1300 watts?

maxzook | Jul 18, 2008 06:53 PM

I've just started shopping for a new countertop microwave to replace my old model which has served me faithfully for years. I use the microwave to heat or defrost supermarket frozen foods, but not for any cooking from scratch.

I don't know the wattage of my current model but I know it sometimes takes half again as long to heat frozen foods as the instructions indicate. And I've noticed that the labels on the larger things I cook (pot pies, lasagna, etc.) are starting to specify that the wattage should be over 1100.

I found several 1300-watt countertop models on Amazon, all Panasonic (NN-SA647, NN-SN667, NN-SD667S or NN-SN667W), all in my price range. My problem is that the reviews on all of these have a lot of negative comments about reliability (as in units that break down after 2-6 months and can't be fixed or replaced).

Does anyone have any experience with these or any other 1300 watt (or higher?) countertop models? And is the extra wattage worth it?


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