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Microwave Oven - Is it possible to get one without a turntable?

ChillyDog Jul 5, 2012 01:18 PM

My monstrosity of a Kenmore microwave oven finally died. Since I haven't purchased one since the Reagan administration (or was it Carter?), I would like some advice.

Does anyone make one without a turntable? Do I need to look at commercial models? Alternatively, can you recommend one that has a turntable that you can turn off?

It has to be a countertop model, in the mid or large size range. Other features (convection, slow cooking) are not important; as long as they don't get in the way.

I appreciate your help.

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    jorjagirl Jul 5, 2012 01:23 PM

    Amana Commercial microwaves do not have turntables; they have several different 1000 watt units, some with dial timers and some programmable. Look for their RMS series or their RCS series.

    1. lmure Jul 5, 2012 05:41 PM

      I'd try to find another vintage one if you liked the one you had. Some of the Sharp Half Pints didn't have a turntable. They're very compact, though.

      1. pamf Jul 5, 2012 08:43 PM

        Why don't you want a turntable? For large items? In my experience the turntable is helpful in even heating.

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        1. re: pamf
          tanuki soup Jul 6, 2012 04:17 AM

          Hi pamf,

          I have a Panasonic no-turntable combination microwave and convection oven (a Japanese model) and really love it.

          The heating is actually very even because the microwave generator is rotated underneath the floor of the cooking chamber, and the oven also has an infrared heat sensor that scans different areas of the food during cooking so that the microwaves are preferentially directed to the areas where they're needed. (Another advantage of the infrared sensor is that it monitors the temperature of the food as it cooks. So you don't have to guesstimate the time needed to reach the desired temperature and set a certain number minutes -- you simply set the temperature you want the food heated up to.)

          Also, since there is no turntable, you can put long, rectangular, or irregularly shaped items in the oven without worrying about them getting snagged or jammed up as they rotate. You can even put two or three different bowls in there at the same time. The cooking chamber is wider than it is deep -- not square.

          Finally, it's super easy to clean.

          Hope I've convinced you of the advantages! ;-)

          1. re: tanuki soup
            pamf Jul 6, 2012 09:16 AM

            Thanks for the reply, it was very informative. It sounds like your oven is much more sophisticated than the inexpensive, generic ovens we often seen here in the US. This is good to know.

            In the past I have owned a Panasonic with temperature sensor, and it was superior to any other microwave I have had before or since. Unfortunately it only lasted about three years.

            I will definitely remember this next time I am shopping for a microwave.

            1. re: tanuki soup
              ChillyDog Jul 6, 2012 09:40 AM

              Thanks, Tanuki Soup! What pleases you about your microwave is exactly what I am looking for.

              I'm going to take a closer look at combo MW/convection ovens. In the meantime, I might breakdown and get a used one to tide me over. It's so HOT here that I don't want to turn on the oven!

              1. re: tanuki soup
                hill food Jul 8, 2012 12:32 AM

                "microwave generator is rotated underneath the floor" - tanuki

                so THAT'S how that works. I've also seen ones that have a metal grill to keep the plate off the floor. must be related (but grounded) seeing metal in a MW reminds me of the 7-11 in Junior High, tossing condiment packets in on HIGH to watch them short circuit and explode, those clerks loved us little scamps

                1. re: hill food
                  tanuki soup Jul 9, 2012 01:25 AM

                  If you're interested, there's a very clear explanation and a nice diagram in the "How does it work without a turntable?" section at this site:


            2. Kris in Beijing Jul 5, 2012 09:05 PM

              from their website:
              There is no turntable with the new Flat & Wide models, so you can conveniently cook multiple dishes including square shaped casseroles that fully utilize the cavity space


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                KSlink Jul 6, 2012 09:48 AM

                FWIW, the Jenn-Air micro/convect oven here has a button to turn off the turntable if you don't want to use it....

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                  kagemusha49 Jul 6, 2012 11:59 AM

                  Just about every microwave oven I've seen has a removable turntable.

                  1. junescook Jul 6, 2012 12:18 PM

                    I did love our old Panasonic. But our newer, over the range GE Profile has a turntable switch, plus an extra shelf if you dare cook more than one thing at a time.

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                    1. re: junescook
                      ChillyDog Jul 8, 2012 12:20 AM

                      I'd really like to have an over the range microwave, but I think I'd have trouble reaching it.

                      1. re: ChillyDog
                        hill food Jul 8, 2012 12:35 AM

                        plus the 2nd reason after conserving counter space is to combine it as a vent/exhaust hood - difficult in a retro-fit.

                    2. Caroline1 Jul 14, 2012 01:17 PM

                      Here's one without a turntable:
                      This is the new Flat and Wide" models from Panasonic. But all of the reviews I've read on them say you do have to keep opening the door on them and rotating the food if you want even cooking. Very uneven cooking is the nature of microwave cooking, and has been with us since the first Radar Ranges. Which is why mechanical turntables were invented in the first place. Use one and yuo do not have to open the oven door and rotate a quarter turn every three minutes or so. So be careful what you wish for!

                      Just in case you go ahead and buy ANY microwave oven without a built in turntable, you might want to keep this Tuny Url handy! http://tinyurl.com/6vycc8r

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                      1. re: Caroline1
                        hill food Jul 14, 2012 05:03 PM

                        ehh turntable or not I stir it up anyway

                        1. re: hill food
                          Caroline1 Jul 14, 2012 05:24 PM

                          Eeeeeeek! WHO stirred my lasagna!!! :-(

                          1. re: Caroline1
                            hill food Jul 14, 2012 07:35 PM

                            ok not lasagna. although would that be so wrong?

                            1. re: hill food
                              Kris in Beijing Jul 14, 2012 07:48 PM

                              HF-- you seem to have been a frequent CH poster for a while.
                              Is there a CH version of
                              "yes, I posted about that already in this thread about X# days ago"
                              that is polite and non-snarky?

                              1. re: Kris in Beijing
                                hill food Jul 15, 2012 12:33 AM

                                in this thread and context I don't think so, but I'm very sure I have been guilty of that before on other ones.

                                that last posted comment was in regards to others griping and wondering why I open the dang thing to mess with what's in it..

                        2. re: Caroline1
                          ChillyDog Jul 14, 2012 08:33 PM

                          I must use my microwave differently than you do as I have never felt the need to rotate anything a quarter turn every three minutes or so.

                          I am still considering the Panasonic Flat & Wide as yours is now the second recommendation. I need to get out and actually see some of these ovens. I'm hoping to do that this week.

                          Thanks to all for your input and please keep the suggestions coming!

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