So much for CHOICE recommendations!
We bought this unit for almost $400 based on Sharp's good name and a high placing in the Choice road tests.
Early in the warranty, the sensors blew and the microwave stopped heating. We had it repaired under warranty but it's now out of warranty and the sensors are going again. We have to run a defrost program twice or 3 times for our food to even partially defrost.
The light also started to dim and has now blown... It's an LED!! They're meant to have 50000+ hours of life and we've had this product less than 2 years. A replacement light unit ...is expensive and requires disassembling the microwave to replace. I queried having it done via the retailer and was told globe replacement was expected of purchasers, not something they will consider as a service. Waste of money. Won't buy based on Choice recommendations again. Questioning whether or not to even give Sharp another try. Maybe we got a lemon?? Maybe their products are all lemons. Unsure.
Purchased in August 2019 at JB Hi-Fi Retail Stores for $389.00.
Not built to last
My first ever Sharp Microwave was great and lasted many years. This Model however had the light fail after a year then the unit blew it’s fuse due to an internal fault just shy of 2 years. Not good enough for the price paid, I’m not buying a Sharp again.
Purchased in July 2018 at The Good Guys.
Like the options it provides and the design is sleek and blends in well with other appliances in my kitchen. Easy to clean. Only downside is the defrosting option - it will only sensor defrost meat if I put in at least 500g and unless I'm standing next to it to press start again, it will come up as an error. This can be frustrating when it has 'sensed' the weight and type of meat but will not defrost fully without a couple of attempts.
Purchased in September 2018 at Harvey Norman for $249.00.
Light Failed... like a lot of other people's experience - 6 days after warranty expiry.
Ok, so I've had the same Sharp Convection microwave for years... when I say years I mean something like 30 years. It was made in Japan and weighed a tonne. It still works fine today, but the door seal has begun to fail and fall apart. If only the parts were still available today.
I figured I'd stay with Sharp given that experience and went to my local GoodGuys and found the R396EST. The guy in the shop gave it a glowing review so I went ahead with the purchase (actually purchased it though their ebay store).
On unpacking it I was surprised at h...
Purchased in November 2018 at The Good Guys for $298.00.
We're Sharp fans, but with reservations
Our previous Sharp microwave died after around 10 years, so we're pretty happy with the brand. The think we always disliked about it was the long cooling cycle.
After researching our replacement, we had to buy basically the same microwave. We knew it would most likely have the same annoying characteristic, namely whether an item was heated for 5 seconds or 5 minutes, there always followed at least 30 seconds of cooling off. Since not every microwave oven requires this, it seems Sharp could build into the logic an appropriate cooling down cyc...
Purchased in December 2018 at The Good Guys for $245.00.
- R395EST / R395EBS
Avoid this unit - ruins Sharp's reputation for making quality microwaves.
Overall, pretty unhappy with this unit. Just today the light started flickering as is the case with many users. I have a week left on the warranty, so I suppose this is fortunate - just not looking forward to it happening again in 6 months (which other users are reporting).
There are other problems however:
1 - Despite it's attempt at a good aesthetic design, the door is misaligned from the housing.
2 - The clock runs very fast - I don't even bother setting it anymore.
3 - When cooking anything for any length of time, the door panel fills up ...
Purchased in August 2018 at The Good Guys.
If you are thinking of replacing your old Sharp with this, don't.
Another example of designers outsmarting themselves in the never ending battle to outdo the competitors. Lots of really clever ideas that don't work. Forget about the 'smart' defrost, unless you think 'defrost' means block of ice. The weight parameters for defrost are just plain silly. 'Sensor' rice cooking? What's wrong with 3 min high; 12 min low. The clock is unreliable. The globe lasted 6 months and apparently the microwave should be returned to a service centre for a replacement globe to be fitted (under warranty presumably, but the warranty won't cover the cost of transporting to and from). My previous Sharp Carousel microwave lasted for years and was perfectly good. I'm sorry now that I replaced it.
Purchased in June 2018.
Good value for money!
This microwave works perfectly. It has a sleek minimalist appearance. Easy to clean, easy to use. The only thing it doesn't do is keep time very well, but then again that is what clocks are for
Purchased in October 2018 at Winning Appliances for $290.00.
I purchased this microwave 2 weeks ago to replace a 7 year old Panasonic that died all of a sudden. Rather than purchase another Panasonic, I decided on the new Sharp model as it looked like it would fit into our décor a bit better and had a good feature set. While the microwave function has worked as expected, like the previous reviewer, the clock on the unit runs fast, gaining about 22 seconds a day. Although I could reset the clock each week, in this day and age, accuracy like this is not acceptable. To make matters worse, the clock on th...e microwave is the only clock we have in the kitchen. After I discovered the problem, I searched the internet to see if there was a fix, or if others had reported the same issue. I should have done the search before I purchased the microwave, as I found several reviews reporting the same issue. After reading the review submitted by 'Not Great', and his praise for Sharp customer support, I decided to give them a ring to see if there was a fix available. Unfortunately I did not get the fantastic service that 'Not Great' received. Initially I was informed the instructions for setting the clock were in the user manual. When I eventually managed to get the support person to understand the clock was running fast, I was informed I would have to take the microwave to an authorised Sharp repair centre. When I informed the lady that this was not acceptable, as the microwave was only one week old, I was told I would have to make a warrantee claim. To make this claim, I was told to email a photo of the receipt and the photo of the serial number inside the microwave to customer care. I was given an email address to send the information to, and it was sent as requested. Unfortunately this is the last I heard from Sharp. (Maybe they’re busy?) I'll give them until the end of the week and if I don’t hear from them, I'll be returning the microwave to the store for a refund. While the basic functionality of this model works well, and the unit looks great, if the clock feature is important to you, do not buy this microwave. I think I should have stuck with Panasonic.
I purchased the microwave (SHARP R395EST) and intitially was very happy as it looked great and ran well.
After a week I noticed the clock had sped up.. maybe 5 mins.. I re-set it, thinking I had set it wrong to start with, however a week later the same thing, it had sped up maybe 5 mins or so. I called Sharp and they said they have had one back with the same issue and they sent it to a service centre who determined the product was fine as that the issue with the clock not keeping time must be to do with the power supply to the house..
Questions & Answers
Why does the fan continue to work after opening the microwave oven is opened
This model (along with a few others these days, with Inverter technology and sophisticated electronics controls) does this to cool the internal components after a cooking cycle finishes (as things would not instantly cool down after a cooking cycles completes), AND also helps to evaporate any moisture that hangs around after cooking. I believe it mentions this in the manual.
Elizabeth Qazim -
I purchased a Sharp R395EST 34L 1200WS/Steel Inverter Microwave from The Good Guys, Cairns on 02/07/19 for$266.00. The internal light has begun flickering and I want to know how I deal with this. Will I return the appliance to The Good Guys or should I take it to a Sharp retailer in Cairns (if there is one) for repair under it's 12month warranty. I hope I don't get the run around and would like to hasten a safe solution
How do you defrost less than 500g
There is a power control button above the Stop button... I set it to 400 then press the Start button to set the power. Then dial in about 3 or 4 mins and hit Start...
Hi, thank you for contacting us. Please refer to page 22 on the operational manual from this link https://support.sharp.net.au/downloads/opmanuals/R350E_R395E_om.pdf. Also, on page 8 we have instructions on manual operation and 400W - 220W power setting can be used to defrost.
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|Features||Child Safety Lock and Inverter||Child Safety Lock, Inverter and Sensor Cooking|
|Dimensions||315 x 520 x 410 mm||315 x 520 x 410 mm|
|Turntable Diameter||315 mm||315 mm|
|Door Mechanism||Push Release|
|Power||1,200 W||1,200 W|
|Colour / Finish||Stainless Steel||Black|
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