The Good The convection function of the Sharp Convection Grill Microwave R-820JS grills a good burger, and its lower wattage ensures that reheated leftovers won't get scorched.
The Bad Only about half of the presets work as expected.
The Bottom Line For $289.99, we expect all presets to function well and as only half of them do, the Sharp isn't a good value.
|Sharp R-820JS Convection Grill Microwave Oven||Panasonic NN-SD997S microwave||Whirlpool WMC50522AS Microwave||GE Profile Series 2.2 Cu. Ft. Countertop Microwave Oven||Amana AMC2166AS countertop microwave|
|Price||$290 MSRP||$290 MSRP||$309 Home Depot||$339 Home Depot||$290 MSRP|
Not as sharp as we had hoped
Except for advances in moisture sensors and convection cooking boasted by some newer models, microwaves haven't received the volume of updates or attention of other kitchen appliances. The few updates they have received, however, have created great disparity in prices. For example, I can go to my local superstore and find a countertop microwave for about $60. I can also order one online and pay more than $1,000.
With that spectrum in mind, the Sharp R-820JS' $289.99 price tag isn't so shocking. However, as our basic expectations of microwaves involve reheating leftovers or frozen meals and making popcorn, that very price range raises some questions. While it is certainly not the most expensive in the category, I would hope that, for $290, the Sharp would perform better than the bargain, $60 model. For $290, I expect to be wowed.
It gets it right about half the time.