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Kenmore 73163 Microwave oven

 
Approximate retail price:
$163.87
Summary: This Kenmore 1.6 cubic-foot 1100-watt has
  • a sensor
  • auto-defrost
  • touchpad controls.
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Type: Large countertop microwaves
About - Kenmore 73163

The Kenmore 73163 is part of the microwave oven test program at Consumer Reports. In our lab tests, countertop microwave oven models like the 73163 are rated on multiple criteria, such as those listed below.


Heating evenness:
This reflects how evenly a model reheated a dish of cold mashed potatoes.

Defrosting evenness:
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.
About This Brand

This brand, sold at Sears, offers a wide number of countertop microwave ovens, with prices ranging from $70 to $350. Capacities are from 1 to 2 cubic feet, and some models provide convection cooking. Kenmore over-the-range models measure about 1.5 to 2.0 cubic feet and have wattage ratings of 900 to 1,200; they cost $200 to $800. Sears offers a wide range of OTR ovens and sells a model with GE's Advantium speed-cook technology.

Features & Specs - Kenmore 73163
info Claimed capacity (cu. ft.) 1.6
info Watts 1100
info Detailed prompts No
info Convection mode No
info Sensor Yes
info Stainless/SS-look option Yes
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User Reviews - Kenmore 73163
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2.0
Not reliable
2/12/2015
Pros
Attractive Design
Easy To Clean
Easy To Install
Heats Evenly
Powerful
Cons
Noisy
Unreliable
Unstable Tray
Best Uses
Defrosting
Frozen Food
Leftovers
Popcorn
Comment:
Bought the first one on sale at Sears. The turntable wobbled and it was exchanged for another one of the same model. After a few months, the oven would randomly reduce the power from maximum to some lower power. The only workaround was to unplug it, and re-plug it. That helped some of the time. Sears customer service was very helpful and they refunded what we paid for it. Too bad because we really liked it otherwise.
How long have you owned it:
More than six months
Bottom Line
No, I would not recommend this to a friend.
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