Have most microwaves eliminated the 1-6 minute time buttons, as this article seems to imply? That’s all I ever use but sophistication must be on the rise while simple all American reheating is on the wane.
Going to purchase a new microwave also. I like this Panasonic model and this Brevillemodel
They both look nice. Neither overly complicated and currently the same price.
Panasonic has been making microwaves for decades so I’d go with them. They’re like the Toyota of microwaves. Breville is like the Tesla.
When you get into the driver’s seat of an unfamiliar passenger car or light truck, you always know where the actual driving controls will be, what they’ll look like, and how to operate them. I don’t know whether that conventional setup has been coded into any regulations, but regardless, you always know.
The radio and other equipment are a different story.
And microwave controls are like car radios - every time I use a different one, I have to learn the controls first. Maybe microwave manufacturers want to maintain a sophisticated and complex image, even though 99% of the time you want a very simple function.
I’d argue that buttons 10 seconds, 30 seconds, and 1, 2, 3, and 4 minutes, would be a better use of a constrained set of six buttons. The number of times I’ve shut a microwave off early is a lot higher than the number of times I’ve wanted exactly 6 minutes. But I don’t care if it’s six buttons, I’d just like a predictable set of main controls always in the same positions. Plus whatever the manufacturer likes, outside of that.
Agree with you here @Respectfully_Declined - I had multiple problems with microwaves over a range; a technician told me it was probably from steam from the stove. I made a lot of soups and stews, and also canned. Now that MW is in a separate spot, it hasn’t gone on the blink.