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Frugal and Energy Efficient Living

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Mon Mar 21, 2016, 03:17 PM Mar 2016

Doesn't any company make a decent microwave oven any more? [View all]

Our LG countertop microwave died after 1 year, 1 month and 3 days. It stopped in the middle of cooking. I called the 800 number on the oven and was told to take it to a particular appliance repair place. This repair shop had very poor Yelp reviews, so I am not going to waste money on it.

We bought the LG oven from Best Buy after returning another microwave that lasted only a month or so. Can't remember the brand. Before that we had a GE microwave for a couple of years. but the interior started rusting.

We seldom use a microwave, just popcorn and the occasional frozen dinner or cup of water for coffee. So it's not as if it got heavy use. When the LG died, I was using it to thaw and warm some homemade dog food for our two small dogs.

After looking at Consumer Reports and Amazon and doing various online searches, I could not come up with a single medium sized model that I would bother buying. Even the best-recommended ones had numerous one-star reviews complaining that the ovens stopped working after a short period of time. It seems like microwaves have become disposable items, which is crazy, because we don't need to be dumping thousands of them in landfills.

It seems like this is true of many other consumer products. Things are made like crap and the companies don't care. They are not held accountable unless there is some serious hazard.

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