Sharp R959SLMAA Combination Microwave : Excellant for a large family!

We ordered this to replace a large panasonic microwave which gave 10 years service. Compared with the panasonic it seemed not as solidly built (but abt £200 cheaper) it was slightly larger which was good for the large dishes we often use. Much noisier – but one gets used to that. It did not sit properly on the surface and we had to put a wad of paper under one side. The instruction book would have benefited from better indexing but in other ways was very good. Using it for about 3 weeks we are getting used to it and it performs perfectly. Hopefully we have made a good choice. And should suit anyone who wants a really massive microwave.

Looks great, cooks ok like the one i already had. So it’s missing a clock don’t need one anyway have two others in the kitchen. A good feature is that it shuts down after use saving energy. I was lucky to find this on the internet as other manufacturers don’t make large ones like this and i use the capacity a lot.

Bought this to replace identical model that had lasted 10 years. Had it 3 months now and the quality of turntable and stainless steel is inferior to original. My current convection cooking consisted of mince pies (twice), frozen fish in batter, and yorkshire puddings. Despite wiping down after each use, the rear wall is stained. Have tried microwaving a lemon with zilch results. The mince pies, in 2 x 6 patty tins and using the baking tray, were almost burnt on the left hand side of the oven after 5 minutes. Have given up trying to ring sharp guarantee number. The guarantee details were emailed by a company called vestel ltd, who make white goods for most of the well known brands, which probably explains quality not as good as original sharp. Built down to a price, not up to a standard. Also amazon sent me a free one year guarantee to start after sharps 2 guarantee expires, only sharp paperwork says only 1 year guarantee from them.

Over the many years things die and always replaced with the same item. This item has proved its worth becuase of its large capacity unlike most similar devices. The one thing i have discovered is that spare parts for older models are no longer available. The oven is even large enough to cook a christmas dinner as i have done for 6 people easily. The capacity within the unit can take a 14″ pizza with ease. Two wire trays; different heights, for baking or grilling, and so apart from making coffee i would recommend this unit in any kitchen.

This is the fourth sharps combination microwave i’ve pursed in the last 30 odd years and i’m even more pleased with this one because it came with shelves for fan-oven use as well as the microwave racks – what a sensible idea. Sharps have hit a winning design with this model and all of the design tweaks simply add to its excellence.

My previous oven had a crappy conventional oven that had to be set way above recommended temps to cook with but this does well to match a fixed oven’s performance, maybe with 10 degrees added, touch controls are easy to clean and the combi modes work well as does the microwave with no noticable hotspots. Conventional oven also seems to have a decent heat spread when using a fixed shelf, it’s also big enough to put a casserole dish on the turntable. Downsides are an interior light that’s not very powerful, a temperature sensor for the conventional oven that will show the actual temperature while heating but once it reaches the target temp it only shows the target. If you open the door and close it again the temperature will not show any drop off. My mum has an older version of this that shows the real time temp at all times, don’t know why that’s been changed. There’s a power saving feature that shuts down the display when not being used which is good but you have to open the door to activate, would be better if a button push brought it all to life.

I have had one of these ovens for years, so i know its a great little addition to my kitchen so much space for a combination oven i use it all the time. Although the oven the door is not sitting completely flush on one end.

Great value, second one we have purchased, the last one lasted 20 years and was still working except the bulb went and we gave it to our grandson for his workshop, very pleased with new one with extra features.

  • Excellant for a large family!
  • OK in the short term
  • Good size and decent conventional oven, needs better light.

Sharp R959SLMAA Combination Microwave, 40 Litre, 900 Watt, Silver

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Excellent combi oven, i have had a few (2 properties) over the years, best in the market – but this one may have to go back for replacement as it looks as though there is condensation between the 2 panes of the glass door. If you like crispy baked potatoes (i microwave large potatoes for 4 mins/lb then combi on default setting for 20 minutes) and superfast roasts, use the combi setting, it is totally excellent. I hope they keep making them for years to come. Can’t recommend highly enough.

The only combi/microwave that ive owned that was simple enough to programme and actually use with all its functions. Its also the biggest capacity microwave out there short of buying a commercial model. I cooked a roast in it with convection. The preheat function is great, though be careful not to put anything in the oven until it beeps at you otherwise it will burn. I have grilled with it as well. Because of its overall dimensions this is not an oven for a small kitchen or one short of worktop space but otherwise highly recommended.

I bought this to replace a 35 year old brother mf3200 that finally could not be repaired. Maybe it is an unfair comparison but the sharp is not as good as the brother. They are of similar size but the sharp is very light, if you open the door one-handed the whole unit is pulled forward (it needs some blutack under the front, right leg). I keep looking at the display expecting to see the time – so why doesn’t it have a clock?.The ui is strange, i don’t quite understand why i need to enter the time before i choose the cooking method; except for convection, you can enter the time first but it starts counting down immediately without preheating alternately if you hit conv. Then put in the time it will preheat indefinitely & needs manual intervention to start counting down. The default combi setting – 30% micro means that roast/baked spuds take forever, the brother took 30/20 mins respectively, 50% micro on the sharp will achieve the same times but it takes 3 extra button presses to get there. The wire racks are a bit flimsy & the white ceramic base is hard to keep clean. I was going to give it 3 stars but that’s in comparison to a far superior machine so 4 stars seems fair because it is big enough and does the job once you figure out the controls.

This is a big beast and has many functions that i have yet to try. It is easy to use and the instruction manual talks you through all the many options available plus has quite a few great recipe ideas to try. The best part is that the inside is huge and will take large dinner plates plus oval dishes without any problems. Great for a family of 5 with three growing teenage boys. The machine comes just short of the edge of a standard work top and the height just fits under the wall cupboards. It is nice and quiet when cooking. The only thing you have to be aware of is that when it has finished cooking it only “pings / beeps” once and does not give any reminders it has finished (my old micro wave used to re-beep every minute to remind), but this is minor compared to the pros. The delivery service was excellant and the price very good. – would highly recommend both machine and seller.

The first lasted over 12 years the second is over 5 years old. I purchased one for my mother-in-law when her oven failed around 6 years ago, and she has never bothered to replace the main oven. My latest purchase is for my own mother who doesn’t now require the use of a domestic oven and she loved ours so much when she stayed over at christmas that this is the reason for this purchase. My first oven was actually given away to my sister-in-law as the illuminated display was going a bit dim. The oven is still going strong. 4 ovens and no complaints, means i can honestly say i don’t know of a better oven for the price or reliability. Will cook a frozen chicken or leg of lamb in less than an hour, to perfection you have never seen from your domestic oven. Defrosting is a thing of the past. Baked potatoes done on the automatic cook function come out crispy skinned and so soft inside.

I owned one of these for well over 15 years and was delighted to see that not only is the basic design still going but that the display technology has been updated. The original lcd display had deteriorated over time and became unreadable. A highly recommended alternative / standby oven which is more than capable of a good-sized christmas roast and acts as a contingency for our gas main oven.

  • Excellant for a large family!
  • OK in the short term
  • Good size and decent conventional oven, needs better light.

Sharp R959SLMAA Combination Microwave, 40 Litre, 900 Watt, Silver

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