Kenmore 73163 microwave oven

Price range:
$122.00 - $169.99
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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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not as good as the 1999 Kenmore model I bought per first use
It Is Larger Than My Old
Buttons Are Hard To Push
Timercook Problems
Tinny And Cheap Feeling
Best Uses
Sensor Too Hot
I cook in large batches and freeze leftovers. I had to adjust to the new ways to operate over my 1999 Kenmore model. The best mode for me right now is timed cooking. <br /><br />Great: larger cooking area.<br /><br />Improvements needed: <br />1. timer and cooking do not happen at the same time. Old model I could do both at the same time.<br />2. buttons are difficult to press. The exact point has to be pressed not necessary at the center of the buttons.<br />3. Sensor cooking warms up food too hot.<br /><br />I should have do research before purchasing. I was used to Kenmore being the best brand overall. Apparently, it is not and that includes washer, dryers, and refrigerators. I have ones from 1982 which I just had repaired rather than buy new ones.
How long have you owned it:
A month or less
Bottom Line
No, I would not recommend this to a friend.
(1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)
Not reliable
Attractive Design
Easy To Clean
Easy To Install
Heats Evenly
Unstable Tray
Best Uses
Frozen Food
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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