Summary: I ordered this microwave as a replacement for one that died on me. Reviews seemed good and the price was right. This model was installed where the last one was located, but is much taller then the one I previously had. Make sure you measure height carefully! That was a minor problem, but the real problem is how much noise this thing makes. It reminds me of an 80s microwave which sounded like an airplane taking off.
Summary: I replace my old hot point microwave after 12 years of use. I really liked my old one but I'm not feeling the same about this model. Several things that are different. 1). Only one light under the microwave causing uneven light distribution. 2) Timer only beeps a few times the shuts off. I have missed it a few times since it isn't that load. 3) can't use the timer and the cooking function at the same time. 4). does not heat as fast As their old microwave.
Summary: I moved after I bought this microwave and bought another one for my new house. The microwave does a great job while being reasonably priced. It has buttons for popcorn, defrost, 30 second beverage warming and a timer. When you go to install the microwave make sure you have the vent fan positioned on the top or out the back. You have to move it for out the back venting. The first microwave I lifted onto plastic cubes to get it into position by myself.
thwipp89 "compliments of your friendly neighb..., Amazon
11 July 2013
Summary: i bought this item because it matched my hotpoint gas stove (the stove had good reviews and was a consumer reports best buy). the price was great and like i said, it matched the stove. i later read this microwave didn't have the best reviews on CR but i haven't had any problems and am very happy with it. the reviews on this site seem to be more positive, which i was happy to see. i've had it a couple of years now with no issues. it cooks/re-heats well and is very large.
Summary: I've had this for 10 years and it finally died on me this morning. I make popcorn nearly every day (air-popped and the cancer-causing kind). It's not silent, but I wouldn't call it noisy. There's no carbon filter. The light burned out after 8 years, I never replaced the bulb, but it started working again 6 months later, only to die again after a week and come back to life. I really love this microwave.
Summary: Any criticism of the product might be found in the louder than usual fan motor. I would like to mention that the fan seems to be more powerful than that of any above-range microwave I have used. The ease of use, clean design, ease of installation (outside vent option is very easy to adapt), and powerful magnatron make this a great microwave. The price make it an incredible value.