I bought this Microwave about a month ago. The first thing I put in it was a Chef Boyardee microwavable meal. It was literally bouncing around inside the microwave making a load popping noise. I quickly turned it off and opened the microwave to make sure that the lid was secured properly to the microwavable bowl, it was. Started it again, same outcome. I don't know if its Chef Boyardee's fault or GE's, but I haven't tried that again.
Also, it sounds like you just cranked a nuclear reactor, when you turn it on. It is as loud, if not louder, than the first microwave my parents bought, which was 35 years ago and was the size of a compact car.
My biggest problem by far, is the keypad. It has a thin film of plastic over it, which is about the thickness of heavy duty saran wrap. My fingernails are about as short as you can get them without cutting into the quick, yet, there already several of the keys that have little cuts over them, from just setting the cook time. These tiny cuts let air under the plastic film, which in turn lets in air bubbles and water, when you wipe it off. I can only imagine what the keypad will look like in six months, if its this bad after a month and maybe a dozen uses.
It looks good right out of the box, but the quality of construction and the fact that it sounds like a B-52, are deal breakers.
Bottom line, spend a little extra and get a microwave that you won't need ear protection to use and doesn't look as if it came from a garage sale, after month of use!
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