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May 21, 2020
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Microwave recommendation

Looking to buy a Microwave in the budget of 60-80$. Any deals or recommendations?
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Feb 7, 2017
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See this is your first post, so welcome to RFD

Recommendations:

1- Check the HOT DEALS Section of RFD = hot-deals-f9/

ALL RFD FORUMS are Searchable ... just go to the directory I linked ... and put MICROWAVE into the SEARCH THIS FORUM Box at the top of the page (right hand side, just above the first red bar )

2- Do a search on Flipp to see which stores in your area has promos / sales on

3- Buy the best you can afford.
It will be worth the investment, in the long run.
We are big fans of Panasonic (will last eons)
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vrscdx wrote: Panasonic all the way!
Totally agree but does Panasonic even sell a $60 microwave?
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Yup, my parents have a Panasonic since 1991 and it still works like new - 29 yrs and counting. Of course even Panny doesnt make MW like they used to. SAD!
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vrscdx wrote: Panasonic all the way!
mrweather wrote: Totally agree but does Panasonic even sell a $60 microwave?
aznnorth wrote: Yup, my parents have a Panasonic since 1991 and it still works like new - 29 yrs and counting. Of course even Panny doesnt make MW like they used to. SAD!
From all accounts I've heard, Panasonic may have made good microwave ovens in the past but quality/durability of recent-builts leaves a lot to be desired. I was going to buy a Panasonic MW but after reading reviews, decided not to. Current m/w is an old Kenmore picked off the side of the road. Dumped because the dial doesn;t work over 5 minutes (gets stuck).

I'd go with Sharp but they didn't start selling in Canada until recently. and the cheapest/only free-standing model is $750! The rest of their built-in stuff, they're asking almost German prices for. FWIW, my mother is still using a free-standing Sharp from the mid '70s.
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thriftshopper wrote: From all accounts I've heard, Panasonic may have made good microwave ovens in the past but quality/durability of recent-builts leaves a lot to be desired. I was going to buy a Panasonic MW but after reading reviews, decided not to.
Well of course.. that goes for majority of consumer products. The increase in tech and lowered costs in outsourcing have made consumer goods less durable and unreliable. Consumer goods are now pump and dump. Make as many as you can at cheap enuff prices such that when shit breaks down it's not worth the repair but buy a new one. Keeps the revenue flowing aka stock prices and dividends. Panasonic used to be the top name for MV's for decades until the last 6-7 yrs. Now they are built cheap AF and wont last more than the limited manuf. warranty. The old panasonics weighed a ton. Like 30+ pounds and built with heavy metal. Nowadays everything is plastic garbage.
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we recently just purchased a microwave and bought this one.

https://www.lowes.ca/product/countertop ... eel-818173

it was very low in stock as it is discontinued but had great reviews. Managed to find it in the newmarket location. we absolutely love it as it is low profile and has no real buttons in the front (The buttons are inside when you open the microwave. Online it shows out of stock almost everywhere but if you call a lowes location, they will be able to tell you which stores have stock.
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thriftshopper wrote: I'd go with Sharp but they didn't start selling in Canada until recently. and the cheapest/only free-standing model is $750! The rest of their built-in stuff, they're asking almost German prices for. FWIW, my mother is still using a free-standing Sharp from the mid '70s.
Bought my Sharp stand alone microwave here in 1993. Door latch starting to go but otherwise still in excellent working condition.
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woof wrote: Door latch starting to go but otherwise still in excellent working condition.
The latch/door mechanism is apparently is the first to go on the new Panasonics, reportedly.
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I have a newer Panasonic Genius and its still working great 6 years later. I paid $140 for it.

Before that I had a $200 Samsung which lasted 2.5 years.
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We've had our Panny microwave for almost nine years and it's been working fine. But it's not an inverter type and I'd like to replace it at some point with one.
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vrscdx wrote: Panasonic all the way!
x2. We just bought a Panasonic Inverter, best microwave we've ever bought. This thing makes the perfect Oville Redenbacker popcorn every single time.
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Funny enough I just had to replace my microwave. Originally had a Panasonic genius basic model that lasted well over 15 (maybe 20?) years until a few weeks ago an acrid white smoke started coming out of the inside. Did a lot of searching and ended up with a basic 1.3 cu ft Panasonic inverter model that was on sale at Best Buy ($180). Nice features over my older model: the inverter, white LED display, and a black stainless exterior. Not so great is the push button/lever to open the door, the inside is smaller even though it uses nearly the same space as the old unit, and the interior light is really dim (perhaps due to the black grille on the door). It's also a fingerprint magnet. I highly doubt it will last as long but fingers crossed.

Op I don’t think you’ll find something in your price range. $100 may be a better target if you’re looking new and in the compact size.
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I wouldn't cheap out on something that can possibly leak radiation

My original microwave was a GE 1500 Watt model and it lasted over 20 years.

My current one is a Panasonic which I have had for 10 years.
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I bought my sister a cheap RCA compact m/w 11 years ago, it was about $75.. it's still working daily.
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My microwave died last week and I was faced with the same question. Went with the Panasonic flatbed ... So much easier to clean and you can fit much more in......

No Sharp carousel !

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