Samsung MC17F808KDT Over-the-Range Microwave Review
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The MC17F808KDT did well in our popcorn test. Once the cycle was complete only 76 unpopped kernels (out of a possible 300) remained behind, and we found no burnt kernels.
The convection setting also proved impressive. The tops of our test cookies were not particularly uniform, but the bottoms were. Also, there was little noticeable difference when comparing the tops and bottoms of individual cookies.
We also baked some cakes, which have no business being in a convection microwave. Still, they weren't terrible. The tops were pretty consistent and there was little difference in uniformity between the cakes. The bottoms were a bit of a mess, but they were no worse than those we cooked in competing microwaves.
The MC17F808KDT was pretty much consistent with most over-the-range microwaves in this department. We recorded a sound level of 50.7 dB during normal operation. Sound levels rose to 62.4 dB when using the exhaust vent.
Heating and Defrosting
We reheated a portion of macaroni and cheese using the MC17F808KDT's default power levels. The resulting reheated food exhibited overall good evenness. There were a couple of cold spots, but a good mix during cooking should resolve that, and we would rather see cold spots over hot spots. You can always add cook time, but you can't un-burn food.
We saw similar results in our defrosting test. At the completion of the nine minute cycle, we found a tiny amount of frozen food left behind, and a few sections of our previously frozen ground beef were overcooked.
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