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Fisher & Paykel 60cm Built-In Combination Companion OM36NDXB1

Fisher & Paykel 60cm Built-In Combination Companion OM36NDXB1

MPN: 36189239
1.2 from 6 reviews

Difficult to use and doesn't work as expected

The first one made a loud noise on start up and then intermittently during fan cycles in the over, didn't defrost properly and started turning itself off intermittently. A F&P Technician came to see it and said they'd just replace it as it's so new. The second one was finally installed yesterday and rattles and doesn't defrost. This was a last minute decision as part of a kitchen install and looks beautiful but is a bad purchase. I also agree it visitors would never be able to use it, there are a lot of steps just to microwave something for 30 seconds. I agree with the other reviews that the companion oven is super easy to use, works like dream. But I wish we had chosen BOSCH or AEG like we had originally planned.

Purchased in December 2018 for $2,998.00.

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I hate this microwave

I confirm all the comments above are accurate.

Pro's:
The aesthetic design is excellent, particularly with the paired combination oven. Once it's going it performs perfectly.

Con's
Everything about the interface to actually try and cook or heat anything is completely rubbish.

Our kitchen is completely fitted out with Fisher and Paykel equipment and every other appliance is a pleasure to use. Back to the drawing board Fisher and Paykel, and don't change the design, because a lot of us would be tempted to trade out our existing microwaves if you could produce one in the same style that was actually functional / practical. I really dislike it that much but I am committed to the style.

Date PurchasedOct 2016

Crap product from F&P

Difficult to use as others have said. I have used it as a convection oven on the odd occasion, but it is so user unfriendly, that I don’t bother - just use the big oven. Also difficult to turn off - you have to press the button twice and open and close the door to stop the fan whirring! Magnetron broke at about 4yrs old and cost $350NZ to repair. It is easy to clean though. Would definitely not purchase again - I also purchased it as an oven/combo oven combo - if I could do it all over, I would probably buy Bosch instead.

Date PurchasedMar 2014

Worst Product I have ever bought

I bought this beautiful looking Microwave to match my oven in a new kitchen install. I have to admit I didn't research as much as I should as I usually love F&P appliances. The oven that matches it is wonderful ... love it ... but this microwave is the worst designed product I have ever used for some of the reasons below:

- The display is ridiculously dim (even after correction from F&P),
- To turn it on requires 4 steps just to microwave something for 30 seconds
- The seconds go up in increments of 5 so to do a minute requires multiple presses or, if you hold it it whizzes up to 6+ minutes way too fast
- If you pause to think for 5 secs the whole thing clears and resets
- The fan goes all the time if you don't go for the full amount set ... bizarre as it turns off instantly if you set for 1 min and then use for 1 min, but if you set for 1 min and use for 30 secs it will not turn off ever ... until you open and close the door repeatedly and then turn power on and off (F&P brushed this off as no big deal and never got back to me with a solution)
- No one .. and I mean no one ... would be able to figure out how to use it without reading the instructions ... which are extremely poor
- My family hates it and can't believe I bought such a piece of garbage !!!

On the upside .. it looks really lovely sitting above my oven !!!!!!!!!!!!


Disappointing!

After eight months of persevering with this oven, I have run out of patience, and with the benefit of hindsight, wished that I had purchased a separate oven and microwave. I have found this oven slow, difficult to use, and frankly not up to the usual standard of the brand and I am seriously considering replacing my F&P kitchen.
It looks good.
Slow, difficult to use due to inadequate instructions, and temperamental


Looks aren't everything.

Purchased this combination microwave convection along with the other three items in the Fisher & Paykel "Companion" series (steam oven, compact oven & coffee machine). The microwave/convection oven failed from new in that; on the Microwave use it stops continually, for no apparent reason, maybe every two or three seconds or two or three minutes, it has a mind of its own. Fisher & Paykel were great, "No worries sir, we will replace it as we do not repair microwaves". Great!! ........Not really. That was February, 2014. Then I was contacted a few days later and informed they were on back order until April. Now mid May I called and they are on back order until at least late October!! Or I can have a refund. Refund? What do I do with the hole in the wall of my brand new kitchen? In our brand new house? Answer, "Not their problem". So it is until October we wait. In hindsight which is always 20/20 we should have gone with a competitor.
Not much it doesn't work
Can't be replaced

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OK. So after being replaced by F&P with a brand new oven "way too long after the event". ( I had actually fixed the fault PRIOR, a faulty micro switch on the door)! But they do NOT fix Microwaves they replace them?? No probs I took the new one and the repairer sold my old one ( which I had repaired!!) After "massive" use I must admit. 1) The Microwave works well. 2) It is complicated to use 3) I have never used it as an convection oven as it is far too complicated 4) It looks good. Work it out for your self!!

Questions & Answers

My display is very dim, sometimes I cannot see it at all and have to get a torch, the tech men say it is normal from the factory and won’t even attempt to look at it. I have adjusted contrast myself, they didn’t even suggest this, but is not much better. Is this really normal? How can f&p accept such garbage and just say too bad. Is there anything I can do so I can at least use my microwave?
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Hi Betsy, I had EXACTLY the same issue. It is absolutely ridiculous. The display is extremely hard to read. Ours is above the F&P oven which has a perfectly normal brightly lit display and then the microwave is so dim that often, especially looking up at it from an angle, I find it extremely hard to read. I had a technician come out to look at it and they said it was "normal". Other than fixing the contrast there is nothing you can do. This is another reason why I wrote such a scathing review (which I've never done for any product previously!). At least I'm not alone in finding this ridiculous ! I can't believe they haven't had more bad feedback. Unfortunately it's something you'll just have to put up with :-(

I am about to purchase the built incombination oven and the matching built in oven 11 function..I was literally going to place my order today but feel very unsure now after reading these reviews what are your views?
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Leanne, We have had ours for around three years now and it works faultlessly (as a Microwave). However, I will be honest here and state that we have never used it as a Convection Oven, only because we have two others and haven't found the need. I will still say, "It is not very user friendly". It does require five steps just to microwave an item. Then it has several programs for 'defrosting' etc. I can never remember what the codes e.g.. P1, P2, P3 etc mean, but I just keep pushing enter buttons until the weight of the defrosted item is required and then go for it and it does the job. I guess if you used these functions regularly you would remember? If the power goes off same thing resetting requires grabbing the Instruction Book and following instructions, they are not hard as much as they involve too many steps. Regarding another reviewer here I agree with the timer setting you can set for 30 secs or so easily then the timer goes into 'warp' speed and next thing you have 6 - 7 mins. displayed and then you go back down and similar. The fact that the fan continues after use is to clear the internal unit of moisture etc. so as the sensors will function correctly for the next use, the fan will sometimes run for a good 5 or so mins. following cooking, I don't see this as a problem. Just close the door it's quieter. Similarly when the cooking cycle finishes it 'Beeps' and 'Beeps' and 'Beeps' for bloody ever, so if your busy with something else you have the oven continuously beeping, ... Grrrr. Overall it looks sleek and modern, it is not a noisy oven and works well as a Microwave. It just could be a lot more user friendly. Hope this helps.Hi Leanne, I'm the original poster of this review and I still believe, after 2-3 yrs ownership and use, that this is not a product up to the usual F&P standard. I agree totally with everything said by TC55 above. It works fine ... definitely not a problem ... and looks good. But it is a non-intuitive process to do anything. We all know how to use it now so do it without thinking but there is no way a visitor would ever be able to figure it out ! My fan was/is an issue not because of the obvious functionality of cooling down after use but because ...sometimes ... it just decided to go on forever until I open the door, turn it on and off again, etc. This may just be mine. I stated that it was the worst product I'd ever bought because it is such a convoluted process to use basic functions .. and it's a microwave for goodness sake ;-) I am highly technically competent so this is just a poorly designed user interface. If you are after a certain look in your kitchen (like I was) definitely go ahead and purchase but just be aware that it will be annoying until you get used to it! Hope that helps. :-) PS. On the other hand, the matching oven is beautiful and simple to use !

Does the companion microwave om36ndxb have a 15amp plug or is it hardwired? I can't see anything about electrical connections.
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Hi Robert, I am pretty sure my electrician hard wired it. Was done during a kitchen renovation, but it is completely fitted in so you can not pull out to unplug. Hope that helps.No mate, just normal 10amp plug. And by undoing a screw on each side it comes out. Takes about 30 seconds.

Details

60cm Built-In Combination Companion OM36NDXB1
Price (RRP)2299
Capacity29
Height457
Width595
Depth570
TypeSingle
Release dateJul 2012

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  • MPN: 36189239
  • GTIN13: 9415112806159

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