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The convection microwave is awful
on September 5, 2011
First of all, it is extremely stupid to have a convection oven that you cannot set to a temperature and expect it to stay at that temperature, right? That's just intuitive. Well, the idiots at Kitchenaid must think we're all idiots since you have to set the "original recipe" temperature and the recipe time in order for the convection oven to work at all--then if you find you need more time, guess what, you have to do it all again!!
Second, the convection microwave oven is impossible to clean. Any baked on grease must be SCRUBBED off because the convection microwave cannot be used with a lot of heat (burns out the electronics (I guess Kichenaid hasn't heard of insulation)), so it is not SELF CLEANING.
Third, the heating element that comes on with the "crisp" feature cannot be turned on except when using the "crisp" feature. The crisp feature is the only way you can use both microwave and convection together--so you have ZERO control over both the heating element and microwave power...Again, VERY POOR design especially if you WANT TO COOK.
Fourth, none of the "programmed" features work very well with the microwave. Potatoes are undercooked, reheated plates of food are BLASTED into mush, Popcorn is underpopped with a lot of partially popped or non popped kernels.
Fifth, in this century, can you imaging a microwave power of only 900 watts?
What is nice about it? Well, the combination did save us space in the kitchen and we could choose other appliances that "went with it" when we remodeled (that is, the handles all look alike). IMO, that's not enough reason to get this poorly designed and horribly engineered cooking appliance that is nothing more than a larger "easy bake oven". SHAME ON YOU KITCHENAID. NO WONDER AMERICAN APPLIANCE COMPANIES ARE GOING BANKRUPT--YOU ARE THE REASON PEOPLE DON'T BUY AMERICAN MADE PRODUCTS.
Just to be clear, we had kitchenaid products for 19 years prior to the remodel. THOSE products actually worked well. This new "Kitchenaid" generation, however, is NOT WELL DESIGNED NOR WELL BUILT. Highly recommend that you "Stay Away" from this product.