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.
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.
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
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.
This is a revised review. I really like this model now. There is a large space inside. I really like the one touch cooking and use it much of the time. It fulfills all my needs.<br /><br />The only downside is that the timer and cooking cannot run at the same time. My older model was able to do that.
How long have you owned it:
Yes, I would recommend this to a friend.
By Don T. Hun
from Fullerton, Ca
not as good as the 1999 Kenmore model I bought per first use
It Is Larger Than My Old
Buttons Are Hard To Push
Tinny And Cheap Feeling
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
No, I would not recommend this to a friend.
from Albany, OR
(2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)
Easy To Clean
Easy To Install
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.