The Half Time AAC34-S is part of the microwave oven
test program at Consumer Reports. In our lab tests, countertop microwave oven
models like the AAC34-S are rated on multiple criteria, such as those listed below.
This reflects how evenly a model reheated a dish of cold mashed potatoes.
This is based on how well the automatic-defrost program defrosted one pound of frozen ground chuck.
Speed of heating:
This score is based on the temperature rise of water heated in the microwave.
Features & Specs - Half Time AAC34-S
Claimed capacity (cu. ft.) Capacity as listed on the product or packaging.
Claimed capacity (cu. ft.)
Watts This is the manufacturer's figure of the microwave power output. In general, the more watts an oven offers, the greater its cooking power-and the faster your food will be cooked. That said, differences in claimed wattage of 100 watts or less are unlikely to result in significant differences in performance.
Detailed prompts Display offers instructions to guide you through the cooking process.
Convection mode A few microwaves include a convection oven feature, which has a heating element and a fan that distributes heat. In convection mode, you can set the oven temperature as you would in a traditional oven to bake or roast items.
Sensor Controls the cooking and reheating time automatically. It shuts off an oven when it determines (usually by sensing steam) that food is hot enough.
Stainless/SS-look option Stainless-steel is stylish, but it shows fingerprints. Another option: a vinyl-covered metal finish that gives you a stainless-steel look but resists smudging.
I just love this oven so far. It cooks super fast and very accurate. I haven't been able to burn anything yet!!! But there is one drawback so far. (In 2times mode)I have cooked a whole chicken, chicken parts etc. in a metal baking pan. At first I tried lining these pans with aluminum foil to save on clean up but the oven arcs when you use foil in the 2times speed. I removed the foil and saw no more arcing. This last time I cooked 2 chicken leg quarters using the 2times speed, no foil, when I took the pan out of the oven I noticed 2 small burned off places on the black oven tray that you must set your pan of chicken on to cook. These spots are the size of a bee bee and they show where the black coating was burned off of the pan by arcing and were not there previously. I wiped the tray and black coloring was all over the napkin. These 2 spots were perfectly lined up with the pan the chicken was in so I know it couldn't have come from a previous use when I tried foil. I will only use glass cookware when using the 2times oven mode from now on so it doesn't destroy my baking tray.
How long have you owned it:
Yes, I would recommend this to a friend.
By Jenny the painter
from Venice, Florida
Great speed defrost
Large and heavy
Microwave keeps dying
We are on our second Half Time oven. First one lasted about 3 years (microwave part stopped working). We liked the concept so well that we bought another. The second one broke down (microwave part) after 13 months! Talked with very helpful company customer service rep, paid $50 for repairs and sent back [...]. Returned to us and worked fine for about 3 weeks, then microwave part died again. Sent back again (no further charge), again returned to us, worked fine for about 3 months and microwave ability just died again! It's a huge endeavor for us to pack and unpack this heavy item. Great idea when it's working, but obviously there is some inherent problem with the microwave magnetron (whatever that is). So, to recap, two of these developed the same problem; namely, the microwave ability died.
How long have you owned it:
More than six months
No, I would not recommend this to a friend.
By Lord of Design
from Jacksonville, AL
(1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)
Super Product [...]
Easy To Install
Real time saver
HARD TO CLEAN
Full meal capability
We have found the Half Time Oven to be a real time saver, and the food really does come out cooked just right in half the time of a conventional oven. The Complete Meal feature is unlike anything I've seen anywhere else...You can put any combination of food in the oven at the same time on the same plate and somehow it cooks everything on the plate correctly. Wow!