Summary: We bought a Sharp 409 series microwave from a big box store a week ago. It worked ok, but was very noisy. Turns out that when we used it to cook rice, and had it run 14 minutes that the noise was from a non working fan. This caused smoke to fill the house from burning wiring etc. Store and Sharp just want to exchange the unit.
Summary: My mother just gave me one of these and I'm very happy with it. It's big enough to fit bowl of rice and it works well. It even reminds you that you left something inside the microwave by making those little beeping sounds every minute or so. The controls are pretty easy to figure out, too.
Summary: My previous experience with Sharp products including TVs and microwave were delightful. So it was very disappointing to have this product fail within 6 months. As my previous Sharp Carousel lasted more than 10 years, when I had to replace it I went with the Sharp R-409YW, though the controls had a cheap look to them. My usage is limited to reheating food. For that it was satisfactory. Unfortunately it stopped working 6 months after purchase.