Sharp R-820JS Convection Grill Microwave Oven

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.

Editors' Rating
  • Performance 6.0
  • Usability 8.0
  • Design 7.0
  • Features 8.0
7.1 Overall

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Review

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.

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Specs / Prices

  • MSRP $290
  • Brand Sharp
  • Exterior Color stainless steel
  • Microwave Oven Type microwave oven with convection
  • Microwave Cooking Programs CompuDefrost, automatic defrost, beverage center, keep warm, popcorn, reheat
  • Special Features Carousel turntable system, demo mode
  • Safety Features security lock
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