Today we are going to talk about some of the popular Sharp microwaves on the market right now, including the Sharp carousel models. Now before we go any further, we feel we should clear up a common misconception. There is no such thing as a Sharp carousel microwave. Carousel is a type of technology invented by Sharp that comes as standard on all their microwaves. So essentially when we refer to a carousel microwave made by Sharp, we are referring to a generic model instead of of an specific unit. So what do these microwaves cost, and what type of features do you get for your money? With that in mind lets get started.
Is Sharp a reliable brand?
When it comes to choosing a new product, most folks out there tend to go with a big brand name for peace of mind. Sharp is fairly well known, but does that mean that they are reliable? Below we will have a very brief look at their history so you can make up your own mind, if you have no interest in this you can skip to the products below.
Sharp as a company wasn’t officially formed until 1962, exactly 50 years ago, but that doesn’t mean that they weren’t active for many years before that. As early as 1912, the companies founder Tokuji Hayakawa invented the snap buckle belt, and up until Sharp was officially formed in the USA in 1962, Tokuji and his company invented and revolutionized many products and items in the office, appliance and industrial equipment departments. After the official formation of the USA branch of the company, a manufacturing base was established to cement their reputation of supporting the local community. Since then they have grown from strength to strength, and today are one of the top brands currently in America. With some much history over the past 100 years it is really difficult to sum it all up, but then surely if they have lasted that long then they must have done something right.
So now that we have a rough idea of their history and reputation, lets have a look at some of the better know Sharp microwave models.
|First up we will be taking a look at the Sharp R820BW. This is a convection oven, and has 900w power. It has a grill top and bottom so you can cook food like in a conventional oven on top of the microwave capabilities. There are 11 different power levels to choose from, and it also comes with 35 different presets which allow you to cook and defrost a wide range of meals. The capacity of the unit is 0.9 feet, and the rotating plate which has Sharps carousel technology is 12.75 inches in diameter.
This microwave also comes with an easy to clean design, and has a one year warranty for peace of mind. If you don’t like the look of the white unit, then you can opt for a black one instead which is the R-820BK model. The retail price of this unit is around $279, and it looks like a reliable choice.
|The next microwave we are going to be looking at is the R-1406 unit. This is an over the range microwave, and has 950 watts of power. It has 12 automatic settings for cooking and defrosting, and then also has 11 manual settings if you want to cook things your way. The cooking capacity of this unit is 1.4 feet. It has the option to set your own presets too, for example if you cook or reheat a particular meal often enough you can make a particular setting for that meal if need be. The Defrost technology automatically sets the defrost time on meat judging by the weight.
This Sharp carousel microwave has a very large 14″ turntable, which is big enough to accommodate most meals with ease. The retail price on this unit is about $249 so it is good value for money. You can read some of the many user reviews and find out more about it over at the Amazon product page.
|Now we are going to have a look at something that has a bit of a larger capacity size for those of you whole like to do big meals like roasts. This is the R-930AK model, and is a 900w microwave. The capacity of this microwave is a large 1.5 feet, and it is a convection microwave so it can also grill, roast or bake food quite nicely. The turntable is a large 15 3/8″, and provides a large base to cook your meals on. As with the other Sharp microwaves it has 11 different temperature settings, and it also comes with a nifty little feature called Reheat sensor.
What this does is monitor the temperature of your reheated food until it has reached the optimal temperature. This ensures the food is evenly reheated without any cold spots. Due to the large capacity of this microwave you are looking at a price of about $450 or so. You can get more info on this model over at Amazon.
|Last up we will take a look at the enormous R-530ES microwave. This has a massive cooking capacity of 2 feet, which is the largest you can get. It has 1200watts of power, and the large 16″ carousel can hold almost any size dish you can find. It has a handy Keep Warm Plus service which allows you to keep cooked food at the right temperature for up to 30 minutes without any degradation in quality. The Defrost Center allows you to quickly and easily defrost a wide range of foods.
The high quality stainless steel finish provides a smooth and elegant look to compliment any kitchen. The smart sensors automatically adjust the power levels and cooking times for a range of popular meals. The retail price on this unit is $299, and you can get more info on it over at the Amazon product page.
Above we have talked about four popular Sharp carousel microwave units. They are all good choice, but at the end of the day it all depends on what your cooking needs are. Remember that these are all popular choices, so you should find some of them in the bigger retailers. If not, there are many online shops offering them at discounted prices such as Amazon. Odds are you will find a good deal and save a bit of cash, so this is undoubtedly the best way to do it. Remember that a Sharp microwave is a great choice, and will give you many years of trouble free cooking!