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The Sharp R1874T over the range convection microwave is one that we can consider more functional than fancy, as it’s got a wide range of features that make it a multipurpose kitchen appliance. It’s got a capacity of 1.1 cu ft, making it a standard mid sized microwave that’s fit for family use, and since it’s also capable of convection cooking, you’ll be able to bake a cake or roast a chicken when you need to. It still has a lot of checkboxes to tick for it to be considered the best over the range microwave, but if you’re looking for the best microwave oven, it should be included in your top three.

Why We Like It – Sharp R1874T 850W

The Sharp R1874T 850W microwave is perfect for anyone that wants to be able to roast, crisp, bake or brown their food, and this is thanks to its convection cooking feature. It’s got 8 sensor cook settings, weighs 72 pounds, and has up to 11 power levels that you can alternate.

Pros
  • Features both microwave & convection cooking
  • Sensor cooking technology
  • 10 Year Warranty on Magnetron
Cons
  • 1.1 Cubic Feet may not be best for a large family

Power & Performance

The Sharp R1874T stainless steel convection microwave oven delivers a power output of about 850 watts, which for some people, might be less than what you expected based on how tough and functional it looks. The Samsung MC12J8035CT 1.2 cu ft microwave however is almost twice as powerful as it, so if you need to get a microwave that’s got a lot more cooking power, then it should be the ideal pick. What we do appreciate about the stainless steel Sharp microwave is that it’s got 12 pre programmed convection settings, making it very convenient to use.

Durability

As with most microwaves, the stainless steel body of this Sharp over the range microwave makes it a lot easier to clean, and also prevents a lot of the microwave energy from seeping out. The vent that’s below it does a good job of dissipating the smoke or steam from your cooktop, and with a cooktop light that’s got two brightness levels, you should be able to get the right amount of brightness for your cooking. The 1.1 cu ft capacity may be a bit discouraging considering how big the microwave looks from the outside, but with the wide range of controls and features that you get with it, you’ll be able to do a lot of things even with that small space.

Ease of Use

From a distance, the many touch keys on this Sharp microwave may make it seem as though the microwave is pretty difficult to navigate, but this couldn’t be farther from the truth. Almost each key on its control panel has a label, and as much as we would’ve preferred a numeric pad layout that’s similar to what we have on the BLACK+DECKER EM720CB7 Microwave Oven, what we get with the Sharp 1.1 cubic feet stainless steel microwave still works well but will take a bit of getting used to. It’s got a 2 color, interactive display that’s easy to read off of, and a set of sensor cooking and convection cooking options that will get you great results even if you’re not that great of a cook. For a  microwave oven that has all its touch keys well laid out on the control panel,check out the Magic Chef 0.9 cu ft 900w.

Added Features & Versatility

The 1.1 cubic feet stainless steel Sharp microwave is not as capable as the Farberware Black FMO10AHDBKC microwave, since, with it, you’ll get to choose from up to 4 different ways of cooking while the Sharp microwave only lets you choose between two. It does however feature a 13-inch turntable that provides even heating, and a minute plus quick start button that’ll let you get it started up at full power for one minute whenever you need to warm up something really quickly.

Value

This Sharp over the range convection microwave oven features up to 11 power levels for you to decide between, and also comes with a child lock that you can engage to prevent any unauthorised use. It’s also got a mute sound button for quiet operation, and this can come in handy especially those times when you need to prepare a meal and you don’t want to wake up anyone else in the house. There aren’t any other color options to consider with this Sharp microwave, so you’ll just have to do with its silver color stainless steel body.

Sharp R1874T 850W Wrap Up

This Sharp range top cooking microwave is backed by a 1 year warranty that covers both parts and labor, and an additional 10 year warranty that covers its magnetron. For those that don’t know, the magnetron is the part from which microwave energy emanates from, and is very much its most important working component.

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Kenn Muguna

Kenn is a writer that's fascinated by all things tech. Having been born curious about how everything works, he spends his time taking things apart to put them back together, and shares what he finds out through writing.

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