The Sharp R-520KS 2 Cubic Foot 1200 Watt Microwave Oven is full size at 2 cubic feet volume. The large 16 inch diameter turntable means that dishes such as casserole dishes can fit inside, and with 1200 watts of power available this microwave can successfully handle larger quantities of food. This is a big microwave, ideal for a large family.
The control dial of the Sharp microwave oven is well set out in basically four groups most are sensor operated. The first group is three buttons for Hot Water, Sensor Reheat, and the Keep Warm or Simmer function that will keep food warm for up to 30 minutes. In the second group are nine pre set buttons dealing with foods like baked potatoes, popcorn, fresh vegetables, ground meat, rice, and fish or seafood. The fourth group includes three buttons that deal with cooking chicken breasts, frozen entrees and vegetables. The fourth group also has three buttons which deal with reheating (Fresh and frozen rolls and muffins, and beverages). On the Sharp microwave oven these are all one-touch process buttons.
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Beneath the main panel is the defrost area that includes buttons for: ground meat, steaks/chops and boneless and bone-in poultry.The operation of the Sharp microwave oven involves ten power levels.
The digital display of the Sharp microwave oven is two color and seven digits with the current function that you may be using displayed in orange. There is a clock and a timer function. This Sharp Countertop microwave oven is a large unit measuring: Height 13.4 inches; Width 24 inches; Depth 19.2 inches.
The Sharp R 520KS microwave oven Features and Specifications
• Large size 2.0 cubic foot microwave with 1200 watt power
• Large 16″ diameter turntable holds almost any dinner service plate or dish.
• This Sharp microwave oven has 10 power levels.
• Clear easily visible 7 digit display that is two colors
• Nine Sensor Cook buttons, including Reheat, Popcorn, Defrost (2)
• Four defrost buttons
• Keep Warm/simmer function
• Minute plus function
• Dimensions: H 13.4”;W 24”; D 19.2”.
• Child Lock
Reviews of the Sharp R 520KS microwave oven
This Sharp microwave oven appears to be a popular microwave oven with 58% of reviewers giving it a 5 rating, and the total for ratings of 5 and 4 totalled 77%. Further it would appear that the few lower ratings (1) were more associated with delivery damage sustained to the Sharp microwave oven rather than the actual performance of the microwave. So operational ratings are in fact higher than stated. As an added aside, Amazon’s customer support and quick delivery were given a thumbs up by quite a few reviewers.
There were positive comments about the good size of the Sharp microwave oven. Obviously it is a true, family sized microwave oven. The sensor reheat performed very well heating the food to just the right temperature (Goldilocks would have been happy) and most users were pleased with the eveness of the Sharp microwave ovens cooking for such a large unit. The chicken breast preprogram function performed well, apparently surprising some people with its efficiency. Tests with the muffin and bread roll warming function were successful and some positive comments were made about the beverage warming function.
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There were a few comments that the Sharp microwave oven seemed noisy – these comments were in the minority. I suppose it comes down to personal preference or what you are used to because, for example, there were differing opinions about the loudness of the ” Beep” when the Sharp microwave oven had completed the task. In any event the beep can be turned off.
One comment was made that the Sharp microwave oven represented “intuitive simplicity”, referring to the large number of easily identified options available on the control panel. A few people thought the buttons could have been more logically set out – but in commentng on this it didn’t appear to affect the rating they gave.
The Sharp microwave oven so far seems to do what it says it will do, which has pleased the majority of consumers. Therefore we would recommend this Sharp microwave oven and place it at Position 4. We would add, however, that it is bigger than the majority of the microwave ovens we have reviewed here, so for those who want “big” then the Sharp R520KS microwave oven could be what you are looking for.