If you're on a tight budget or short on space, the Sharp R-230KW is an inexpensive, compact microwave that gets good reviews from owners. Available in black or white, this microwave has a simple control panel that owners say is easy to use. However, this 0.8-cubic-foot microwave doesn't have many bells and whistles compared with more expensive units -- there's no cooking sensor or inverter technology to prevent over- or undercooking -- and it only creates 800 watts of cooking power, meaning it will be slower than a more powerful microwave. The Sharp R-230KW gets quite a few complaints about durability, with users reporting a variety of different malfunctions within the first year or two. Users also say that its display can be hard to read. This microwave has a one-year warranty, and its magnetron tube is covered for five years.
We did not find any professional reviews for the Sharp R-230KW, but we read more than 250 owner reviews at Amazon.com, Epinions.com and Walmart.com. Most owner feedback is positive, but there are some complaints about the Sharp R-230's durability, small capacity and hard-to-read display.
The black version of the Sharp R-230 receives more than 125 reviews, and we found another 80 or so for the white version. Reviews are mixed, with an overall rating of 3.5 stars out of 5. Many are pleased with this basic, affordable microwave, but others complain of durability problems and say that the display is hard to read.
Review: Sharp 800-Watt 4/5-Cubic-Foot Compact Microwave, Contributors to Amazon.com
The Sharp R-230KW receives an average of 4.5 stars (out of 5) in more than 40 reviews. Many reviews date back to 2001 or earlier. Owners say this microwave is easy to use and surprisingly good quality for the price, but there are a few reports of malfunctions within the first year.
Review: Sharp R-230 800 Watts Microwave Oven, Contributors to Epinions.com
Users at Walmart.com give the Sharp R-230KW an overall 4-star rating in roughly 45 reviews. Most are pleased with the microwave's compact size and ease of use, but some find it too small. Others say the door construction feels flimsy and the display is hard to read.
Review: Sharp 0.8 cu. ft. Microwave, White, Contributors to Walmart.com