Two weeks ago, I decided to get rid of our old GE microwave for a couple of reasons. The paint on the inside was peeling after years of cleaning, the wheels on the turn table had rusted and left rust stains on the floor of the microwave. The worst offender of all was the infernal beeping, which drove my husband up a tree. My husband and I also wanted a smaller microwave that would take up less space on our counter. Finally, we budgeted between $100 and $150 for our next microwave.
We went to three stores before we ended up at Best Buy, because this store was the farthest out on our route. My husband's main criteria was a microwave that could be muted with a button on the panel, or at least with a series of panel pushes. We'd read about this feature online, but once we were out on the road, finding one was like trying to find the elusive leprechaun. None of the models at the other stores had a mute button, and the majority did not have a manual to ascertain if muting was an option.
When we arrived at Best Buy, we were approached by a sales person in the appliance department, and my husband described what we wanted, mainly the mute feature. He looked at my husband like he had two heads and said, "Most people want to know when their food is done." I was sort of stunned. I think we are pretty capable of telling when the microwave stops without a beeping alarm that sounds like a garbage truck backing up.
There were two microwaves on display with the mute button function. And wonders of wonders, manuals were available to peruse! While I realize I could have looked up a manual on-line with my iPhone, that is time consuming. How great of Best Buy to have a manual available!
Because it was Labor Day week-end, this model was on sale for $144.00, which obviously fit in our budget.
Besides the mute feature, I was super impressed with the ceramic interior (no peeling paint), and the metal free turn table (no rusting). At this point, we didn't even know about the crisper feature! We just wanted a microwave that was in our budget, didn't beep, and was easy to clean. I was also surprised at how quietly and easily the door closed. Our old one sounded like we were closing the vault to Fort Knox.
After using this for a week and a half, I have to say that I am extremely impressed. The food heats evenly, even during defrost mode. The crisper feature works, although that isn't very important to us. It's more like a novelty than a necessity. The microwave is a little larger than we wanted, but sacrificing an inch of space on my counter is worth all the great features.
I am extremely happy with this microwave and would recommend it to anyone.