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Whoever designed this did a great job with the interface. It is totally intuitive and makes a lot more sense when you are trying to cook something than a traditional digital keypad. The icons down the inner right side of the door allow you to experiment with the many features of this device as opposed to just zapping something for 30 seconds to reheat it, which is all a lot people use a microwave for.
The grill element and grill Pan allow you to crisp the bottom of a pizza, microwave the middle and grill the top, all at the same time with a couple of touches of the buttons, that's smart.
It does some great tricks that you can see on YouTube, like controlled melting of butter and chocolate etc.
My only criticism would be its size, they should have made a 40 liter version with 1200 watts for those that require it. We have a large 900mm electric oven with gas jobs, which is great when the family all come home occasionally, but takes a lot of heating up for a snack when only the two of us are here. We are enjoying experimenting with the versatility of this device and despite it's smaller size it suits us. Make sure you get the 'Crisper' version, other models look similar. Check out the YouTubes for what it does.
When the warranty replacement unit fails within 6 months, I reckon the chances are it's a bad design rather than bad luck.
--- There's a lot to like about this microwave, but there's always a but:
1. It is quite noisy. In particular, the fan that operates even after the heating has finished is annoying and loud. It's also a bit disconcerting that the microwave is making all this noise even when the door is open. I know it's not operating, but I'd rather remove the element of doubt.
2. Viewing could be improved. The side lighting isn't ideal and I'm disappointed that it's from a dull conventional bulb that will burn out sooner or later. I'd prefer a bright ring of LEDs on the back face of the door. It would also help if the window shielding was more see-through.
3. It's largely well built but a few elements give it an el-cheapo feel (the door handle and the start button in particular). Even when brand new, the start button feels like it's already halfway to broken. It's quite unsatisfying to use as you can't really tell if it has registered the press or not. I do like the theory of the dual click/spin action though.
Seems to heat food quite well. Have not had call for the griller function yet (maybe that's due to my own lack of imagination though).