My 1995 microwave developed a hole in the back and has to be replaced. I can't seem to find a microwave with decent reviews that will go more than 2 years without repairs. Does anyone out there have any inside knowledge on the most reliable microwave?
Don't go for longevity or a built in, as the technology continues to improve. As long as you are happy with the looks and features, and reasonable quality, you can change it out in a few years for half the price and twice the power and features.
I have learned to leave the door completely open for an hour or longer when I have finished microwaving. This gives the inside of the microwave time for any moisture to dry out. The first two microwaves I owned started showing small rust spots after two or three years, but the one I own now (Maytag) is six years old and still new looking. When I'm through with it I pull the "turntable plate" out of it and wipe everything down and leave it open for an hour or two to air out.
I hear ya as our last two micros lasted less than a year! The one we have now is still hanging in there three years later and is called: "The Genius 1300w Panasonic" and it says "Inverter" on there somewhere. It has had a lot of use and still works perfectly. It does a great job and when it goes my next one will probably be a Panasonic. Only minus with ours is it hard to see inside when the door is shut but no biggy.
A note on old microwaves such as "1995"...I would not trust something that old when radiation is involved unless you have some way of testing. I bought my Panasonic here on Amazon. Here it is: Panasonic NN-SN667W, 1.2cuft 1300 Watt Sensor Microwave Oven, White It's smaller than what I would have liked but at the time we had to put it on top of our counter but now have moved it into our pantry. Good luck!
OMG, I had an one of the big old honkers from Montgomery Wards that I actually gave away to get a smaller one. It was one of the first toughpad micros and I had it for 12+ years and it's still ticking:)
I can recommend a GE Advantium 120 over the range oven. It is a good microwave, a regular oven to 450 degrees and has Speedcook technology that works well. We have had one for about six years and for us there is no better method to cook for two or four people.
I have the microwave my mom bought when I was 4! Im now 4 dyas away from 30. Its huge and ugly and has its quirks but Im glad I have it. I had a expensive GE model a tad bit smaller that only lasted a little over a year. I was glad when my stepdad gave me the old power hog. I will eventually replace it but its gonna have to be really special to trade in all the space I have in this which is where I store things removed from the oven while they cool down.
We are still using a Sharp Carousel bought for us by my parents when our first child was born in 1979. The 32 year old unit (the microwave) was repaired once when it was about 1 year old. Had to replace a internal fuse after it was turned on with something metal in it.
I have a Fridgedaire, purchased 6 yrs ago when I remodeled my kitchen - never a problem at all with it. Before that, I had a GE that was in the house when I bought it 25 yrs ago - never a problem with it, either.
Nothing lasts like it used to. I have a sharp I've been using for over 10 years, but I talked to someone working in appliances a few years ago when I was looking for a freezer and he told me they don't make anything to last too long because they want you to have to replace them more often.
Yeh it's sad they don't make stuff like they used to. My appliance repair guy told me that some of the washers and dryers look like the insides were put together with Cracker Jack toys. He's been in the business for 25 years and has seen the quality go down. "All fancy looking out the outside but junk on the inside"....