Sharp R-1874 Over-the-Range Microwave Review
An all-around utility infielder.
The R-1874's sensor cooking modes were a little disappointing, in fact we discovered that cooking eveness improved considerably when we stuck with the default power options. The Popcorn setting setting performed fairly well, we found no burnt kernels, however we counted 122 (out of a possible 300) unpopped kernels once the cycle was finished.
The Sensor Cooking mode was also disappointing as we measured a wide variance in temperatures between sections of the potato we cooked.
The convection modes of the R-1874 faired slightly better in our tests. We cooked a batch of cookies as well as two cakes. The cookies were acceptably cooked, we noticed little difference between the tops and bottoms, however there was little uniformity between the individual cookies. When viewed as a whole the cakes emerged fairly uniform, however on closer inspection, sections of each cake where overdone.
The R-1874 isn't the quietest over-the-range around, we measured 54.5dB during normal operation and 64.2dB when the extractor was engaged. That isn't exactly deafening, however it's bound to get annoying after a while.
Heating and Defrosting
The R-1874 faired better in our defrosting and reheating tests. The defrost setting, while a bit slow for our liking was uniform. There was little ice left behind, and only tiny sections of the food where overdone after the cycle was completed.
Reheating was also excellent, with very little variance between portions of the reheated food. The R-1874 also heated water in a flash. The microwave took only 3 minutes to get 68°F water to 207°F .
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