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on July 24, 2012
This is a nice new take on the indispensable microwave that adds a lot of value.
It's larger in person than it seems in the picture. Though the microwave interior is not very large, it's large enough for anything I'd cook. And it cooks food thoroughly, heats drinks quickly, has an easy quick touch turnon (like all microwaves these days). I found the unit easier to clean than its LG predecessor.
The 'oven' aspect is quite nifty. I was eating baked cookies about ten minutes after I got this thing. The results are great.
The oven is not large enough for large pizzas, but for medium ones (12 inches) it's a very convenient way to cook. It's fine for most of the pizzas I get at the store. It's large enough for most shallow casseroles. And unlike my oven, this unit doesn't heat the kitchen itself up, saving my air conditioner a lot of trouble.
The finish is good, not excellent. Thank goodness I read the other review here puzzling about the bubbling finish and wondering if it was a protective layer. Indeed my microwave came out of the box in a nearly impossible to detect layer of plastic that had to be peeled off the entire unit. Had I cooked with it on, it would have been very hard to remove. Be aware of this.
There's one other factor that impresses me. The most important thing to me about products like this is reliability. This unit has already taken a really nasty dose of damage (Accidentally) and is working reliably. I will update with more feedback on its reliability, but it seems to be built to last.
The versatility of the design makes this item a good value.
Cooking performance is good, but the temps and times are a little different than recipe instructions in many cases. You'll have to adapt. I'm finding a slightly lower temp works the best. It's cooking evenly and quickly. The secret to a microwave is often lowering the cooking power and increasing the time.
I've added a photo with a 12 inch pizza to help show scale.
I've had this unit for over two years. It gets daily use and works excellently. When it was delivered, the FedEx guy must have dropped it very hard, as the unit had a huge dent on the side. Because this was a free product for a review I didn't return it, but obviously most people would in that case. Despite this damage, this device operates perfectly every day. LG deserves some credit for overbuilding this thing.