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Half Time AAC34-S
 
Approximate retail price:
$200
Summary: This Half Time 1.2 cubic-foot 1000-watt has
  • speed-cook
  • convection
  • touchpad controls.
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Type: Midsized countertop microwaves
User Reviews
User Reviews

 
4.0
I LOVE this oven.... But............
2/8/2012
Pros
Accurate
Attractive Design
Fast
Heats Evenly
Powerful
Cons
Arcs in 2times mode
Best Uses
Defrosting
Frozen Food
Leftovers
Popcorn
Quick Meals
Roasting whole chicken
Comment:
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:
One-to-three months
Bottom Line
Yes, I would recommend this to a friend.

 
1.0
Love/Hate relationship
7/8/2011
Pros
Great speed defrost
Cons
Large and heavy
Microwave keeps dying
Unreliable
Best Uses
BISCUITS
Defrosting
Pizza
Popcorn
Comment:
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
Bottom Line
No, I would not recommend this to a friend.

(1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)
 
4.0
Super Product [...]
1/7/2010
Pros
Attractive Design
Easy To Install
Heats Evenly
Inexpensive
Powerful
Real time saver
Simple Display
Cons
HARD TO CLEAN
Best Uses
Defrosting
Frozen Food
Full meal capability
Leftovers
Popcorn
Quick Meals
Comment:
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!
How long have you owned it:
More than six months
Bottom Line
Yes, I would recommend this to a friend.
The Half Time AAC34-S is part of the Microwave ovens test program at Consumer Reports. The Half Time AAC34-S Microwave ovens features and specs include Convection mode, Detailed prompts, Claimed capacity (cu. ft.), Sensor, Stainless/SS-look option, Watts. In our lab tests, Microwave ovens models like the Half Time AAC34-S are reviewed on Ease of use, Heating evenness, Microwaving noise, Speed of heating, Usable capacity (cu. ft.), Overall score, Defrosting evenness. Consumer Reports subscribers share reviews of the Half Time AAC34-S based on personal experience. The user reviews of the Half Time AAC34-S include star ratings, pros, cons, best uses, and a bottom line review to help guide your purchasing decision of the Half Time AAC34-S.
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