Microwaves with convection technology use a small fan to circulate hot air through the interior of the oven; this helps to brown food, yielding crispier French fries and crunchier pizza crust. The 0.9-cubic-foot Sharp R-820 receives good overall reviews, with both professionals and users saying its cooking performance is quite satisfactory. However, some users find it underpowered and slow, and we read some complaints about durability. We found much better reviews for the GE Profile SpaceMaker II PEM31 (*Est. $220) , a similarly sized microwave that does not include a convection feature.
ConsumerGuide.com discusses the Sharp R-820, and it gets a large number of user reviews at Amazon.com and Buzzillions.com.
More than 90 owners review the stainless-steel version of the Sharp R-820 at Amazon.com, and we found another 80-plus reviews for the black version. Overall, it gets a 4-star rating, with most users praising its versatility and performance. However, some complain that it is underpowered and report problems with durability.
Review: Sharp R-820JS 0.9-Cubic Foot Grill 2 Convection Microwave, Silver, Contributors to Amazon.com
The Sharp R-820 receives a decent review from ConsumerGuide.com, which says it lacks the best feature of convection microwave ovens: combination cooking. However, the reviewer notes that its microwaving and baking performance are both satisfactory.
Review: Sharp R-820 Convection-Microwave Oven, Editors of ConsumerGuide.com, July 6, 2007
Only about a dozen user reviews are available at Buzzillions.com, where the Sharp R-820 earns an average rating of 4.5 stars out of 5. One reviewer is disappointed with the small capacity and fake stainless-steel finish, but he or she is clearly in the minority.
Review: Sharp 0.9 cu. ft. Microwave/Convection Oven (R820JS), Contributors to Buzzillions.com