microwaveI really, really didn’t think it would be so difficult to replace a microwave.  Honestly, all I wanted was something that works and doesn’t cost sixty million dollars, and won’t break down in 3 years.  But lo and behold, two passed in and out the door before, finally, the third stayed.

#1: The Danby

Got this one because it was cheap and on sale.  And the door was stainless steel, and it look flash and everything.  Then I checked out the reviews online, on various sites, and saw that feedback was almost universally craptastic.  Back it went.

#2: The Panasonic

We can trust Panasonic, right?  I’m pretty brand loyal, and Panasonic I would basically stand by.  Bought it, took it home, set up and plugged, and everything’s great for a day … until I read the manual.  To set the power level, I have to press “Power Level” the reverse number of times as the power level I want.  Not, “Oh, I want to set it at Power 5, so I’ll press ‘Power Level’ and number ‘5’”.  No, it’s I-have-to-press-“Power Level” five freaking times.  If I want Power 3, I press the button 7 times.  Is there ever a more inefficient process in the world?  I expected better from Panasonic.  Back it went.

#3: The GE

After using it for a few days, it’s nowhere near as powerful as the Panasonic, which wasn’t as powerful as the six-year Samsung, which wasn’t as powerful as the 20-year Toshiba.  But it’ll have to do.

What’s your take on buying appliances?  Quick and cheap, or dearer and durable?

– Jean AAR