If you’re looking for a solid microwave that’s modestly priced but has a fairly premium look, good power (1,100 watts) and is simple to use, Sharp is serving up a $50 discount on its SMC1655BS countertop microwave. It lists for $170 but Sharp’s e-commerce site has it for $120. That’s $20 less than we’ve seen it at other online retailers such as, which lists it as out of stock. The discount is available till Sept. 12.
I’ve had an earlier Sharp carousel countertop for over 10 years and it still works. Microwaves are basically commodities at this point, but this one seems to be a pretty good value at $120. At 1.6 cubic feet, it just classifies as “full-size,” according to, and when I tried it, it definitely heated food faster than my 10-year old microwave, which is slightly smaller and cost $100 back then. It has 11 power levels and an autodefrost feature.