Our new house doesn’t have a built-in microwave. I found myself shopping for a microwave for the first time in over a decade, and I was reluctant to spend money on a microwave for a rental home. We don’t need a ton of bells and whistles on our microwave — maybe steam vegetables and reheat the occasional bowl of leftovers.
We were at Wal-Mart to buy a few other things, and I found an Emerson MW1119 microwave for $57. Seemed like a decent deal, and it was in one of my favorite colors: black.
Unfortunately the microwave gave up the ghost after a single use.
Looks nice enough, eh? I like that it has a big ass vertical handle instead of the popular push-button opener in the bottom right hand corner. The controls were simple and straightforward, and the clock was easy to set.
The microwave was the right size and was powerful enough to steam up our bag of broccoli in short order.
However, after one use the keypad stopped working and the display became corrupted.
Did we buy a microwave for the Predator’s away ship by accident?
The Emerson MW1119 is going to go back to Wal-Mart. I haven’t decided if we’ll exchange it for the same model or try something else. Other reviews of the microwave are generally negative online. Many of the comments stemmed from a lack of features or weak power, but that didn’t seem to apply to us. Now we’re one of the folks with reliability problems.
We may get a different make and model, but that has a catch as well. Sedagive? wishes that our microwave had a silent mode, but that feature is often unpublished. It’s like opening a present; we’re not sure if the appliance will have the silent mode until we’ve unboxed the damn thing.