We are looking at replacing our microwaves and there are a few things which have left me a little surprised..
We have a Sharp Carosel it's worked fine in it's little cubby whole with ventilation via a gap out the back all the way to the roof.
The two microwaves I have been looking at are a R890NS Sharp and the NN-CS596SQPQ Panasonic..
I spoke to Panny today and they were really wound up about ensuring anything I bought had enough space to ventilate.. 250mm on top, 40mm rear and 50mm on the left and 100mm on the right. I said I didn't even have close to that, and he didn't recommend me buying one! I see Sharp requires 400mm on top of theirs... I don't recall ever being told I needed that much space with our existing one and it has nowhere NEAR that clearance (perhaps 150mm on the top and half that on both sides). Is this just a new thing and am I going to truly break something if I do install it without those clearances (In which case I can't replace my existing for any decent new one).
Also is it worth worrying about radiation or having 5 year old microwaves checked etc?
Are the new Inverter and Convection technologies really any good, or should I just buy a cheap and dirty $200 model? I see they even have STEAM models now! Is that just a marketing thing or worth while?
Also the auto sense functions, how do they work ? Is there a scale in the thing somewhere that works out the weight?