Sharp ZR559YW Microwave Oven Review

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Updated August 16, 2022
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When buying a microwave oven, most people consider power capacity, size, how easy the controls are to use, and the kind of meals that the microwave can prepare. When buying a microwave oven for a senior, often, the focus is narrowed down to how easy it is to use. This might work for elderly people who wouldn’t want to spend a lot of time fidgeting around the microwave and its controls. However, if you’d prefer one with more features, then check out the Sharp R1874T 850W.

While the Sharp ZR559YW might not be one of the best microwaves for seniors with this kind of preference, other seniors would prefer learning how to use a modern microwave and all the features that come with it. If this sounds like you or someone that you might know, make sure you get to the end of this review.

Why We Like It – Sharp ZR559YW Microwave Oven

The Sharp ZR669YW Microwave Oven is a large microwave with a capacity of almost 2 cubic feet, making it the perfect microwave to get, especially if you tend to make many large-sized meals. It’s got a significantly large power capacity of up to 1100 watts, and it also features express cook options that you can use to get it to work quickly.

  • Large 1.8 interior capacity
  • Sensor cooking option
  • Melt/soften feature for butter, ice cream, chocolate or cheese
  • No eco mode for energy efficient functioning

Power & Performance

The ZR559YW Sharp countertop microwave oven comes with a respectable 1100 watts of power, making it slightly more powerful than the Toshiba EC042A5C-SS microwave, which features up to 1000 Watts. At 1.8 cubic feet, the Sharp microwave also happens to be significantly bigger than the Toshiba EM131A5C-BS, therefore, the ideal choice for large family meals.


Just like the Panasonic NN-SU696S, the Sharp microwave is made of stainless steel material, and aside from blocking harmful microwave energy from leaking out of the microwave, it’s also very easy to clean. Inside, there’s a 15-inch glass turntable that’s big enough for the largest tray, and it can also be removed so that you’re able to clean it better. Just like the Top Rotary Commercial Microwave Oven, this Sharp microwave is backed by a 1 year warranty that covers both parts and labor, so if you come across any problems during the first year of use, feel free to contact the customer care center, and they’ll be glad to help you out.

Ease of Use

If you’re used to a single dial timer like the one that the Nostalgia microwave comes with, it might take some time to get acquainted with the various options that the Sharp carousel microwave now provides. With it, you’ll get 6 one touch express cooking options, as well as a sensor cooking mode where all you need to do is choose the kind of food that you’ve put inside from the options provided. It’ll get to work by using the humidity and temperature of the food to calculate how long and at what power level it needs to cook it. If you want a microwave oven with a control panel that is pretty straightforward and glass touch controls on it that are organized horizontally instead of vertically, check out the Samsung MC12J8035CT 1.2 cu ft microwave.

Added Features & Versatility

One unique feature missing in many of the other microwaves in the same category as this Sharp countertop microwave oven ZR559YW is its melt and soften feature. This is ideal for when you want your ice cream, chocolate, butter, or cheese at the right consistency. The auto defrost function on this microwave also allows you to thaw your frozen meat, fruits, or vegetables by weight or time, making the whole process more accurate and automated.


To prevent any unauthorized use, the Sharp ZR559YW microwave oven comes with a control lock used to deactivate its touch key control pad. This is essential, especially if you have kids running around wanting to handle the microwave now and then.

Sharp ZR559YW Microwave Oven Wrap Up

There’s not much about the Sharp ZR559YW microwave that’s left to say, other than the fact that it’s a great microwave for about $160, and with up to 10 cooking levels to alternate from, you’ll always be in total control of how exactly you’d want your food to come out.

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