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LG LCRT2010ST Countertop Microwave Review

This LG cracks the code for frozen foods.

$158.00 at HomeDepot.com
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The LG LCRT2010ST (MSRP $199.99) countertop microwave certainly is affordable, but some iffy results in our evenness tests and borderline unusable defrosting settings keep it from earning our highest recommendation.

Fortunately, the LCRT2010ST excelled in other areas, particularly when it came to sensor cooking. If you cook food on a sensor-based preset, you'll get flawless results. Also, TrueCookPlus compatibility opens up a code-based system that completely automates the cooking process of select pre-packaged microwave food.

If you like to press a button and let your microwave do the rest of the work, this LG will do the trick. But if you like to be in control of your cooking, look elsewhere.

Design and Usability

No alarms and no surprises

LG LCRT2010ST Controls
The LCRT2010ST features TrueCookPlus which makes for hassle free microwave cooking. View Larger

Do you love rectangular stainless steel boxes? If you do, you'll love the LCRT2010ST.

Joking aside, LG has done little to separate this microwave from the herd, insofar as design is concerned. To that end it should look at home amongst your stainless steel appliances. You can put it on a countertop or install it in cabinetry, if you purchase an optional trim kit.

Like most microwaves, the LCRT2010ST seems designed with ease—and speed—of use in mind. The aforementioned TrueCookPlus lets users simply enter a code on a frozen food box. The microwave automatically selects a cooking time accordingly.

If you do make a mess, a round cavity wall and Easy-Clean surface makes cleaning less of an arduous process.

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Performance

Things fall apart, the center remains cold…

Depending on what you expect from your appliances, the LCRT2010ST is either the perfect microwave or a complete waste of space. Our tests revealed that the LCRT2010ST has some of the best sensor cooking and popcorn popping performance we have ever seen.

Our test popcorn was almost perfectly popped, and the frozen macaroni and cheese we cooked on a sensor setting was evenly cooked throughout, with no hot or cold spots.

LG LCRT2010ST Cavity
The LG LCRT2010ST has a round internal cavity, which makes for easy cleaning. View Larger

Our high expectations were soon dashed by the LCRT2010ST's utterly awful evenness and defrosting performance. When using default, timer-based cooking settings, our potatoes emerged with hot and cold sections aplenty.

Meanwhile, the defrost setting failed to defrost our entire portion of ground beef, and it tended to overcook the edges as well. That's disappointing to say the least.

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Before You Buy

Don't tell it what to do

LG LCRT2010ST Front
The LG LCRT2010ST countertop microwave. View Larger

The LG LCRT2010ST works best when you leave it alone. Plug in a code or activate a sensor cooking mode, and it'll give you near-perfect food.

We appreciated its totally automated TrueCookPlus option, and a sensor that worked better than any instructions found on the back of a frozen pizza box.

But if you tell this LG how long to cook, it will likely disappoint. For a few dollars more, you could buy the Panasonic NN-SN973S, which pretty much excels at all types of cooking.

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