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Samsung MC12J8035CT Countertop Convection Microwave Review

By: Kelly Burgess on October 04, 2017

Bottom Line

The Samsung MC12J8035CT gets better reviews than most other microwave/convection ovens for performance in both of those modes. Owners rave about its versatility and most say it's very simple to use as well.

Pros

  • Versatile
  • Attractive
  • Excellent defrosting
  • Even heating/browning

Cons

  • Slow to heat
  • Lacks a sensor
Our Analysis
Specs

Breaking it down

Performance

Mixed reviews for convection feature. Quite a few reviewers say they regret not buying a combination convection oven/microwave sooner, because the Samsung MC12J8035CT is so convenient for such a wide variety of cooking tasks. They say that it performs particularly well when roasting cuts of meat, cooking them evenly, with a nice, browned crust. In testing at ConsumerReports.org, the MC12J8035CT earns scores of Good for speed of heating and even heating; Excellent for defrosting. This Samsung microwave also features what they call a "Slim Fry" technology that is similar to oil-less fryers in that the manufacturer claims you can get the taste of fried foods without the fat. Owners say it's clever, but that, in reality, it doesn't work well and you get better results with the convection feature. However, some users agree with testers who say the convection feature takes a while to heat up and cooks more slowly than a conventional convection oven, so you need to add a few minutes to your recipe's cooking times.

Features

Good array of options. The Samsung MC12J8035CT has several pre-programmed settings, including a popcorn key, reheat, defrost, and a Slim Fry button. It includes 10 power levels, and a 30 second add-on. The convection oven also has presents for grilling, roasting and baking. Users say that it's a decent selection of features and that most cooking needs are right at your fingertips. Most are thrilled with this oven's versatility compared to a dedicated microwave.

Ease of use

A learning curve. All convection/microwave combinations are more difficult to use and have a steeper learning curve than traditional microwave-only ovens, but the user feedback and expert testing indicates that the Samsung MC12J8035CT is easier than most. While it's not as intuitive as a dedicated microwave, most say they master the learning curve very quickly.

Durability/appearance

Stainless steel styling. The Samsung MC12J8035CT has a rather unique door feature: unlike most microwaves that open to the side, the MC12J8035CT opens from the top. Most love this design, saying it looks modern and sleek, and is easier to use since the door doesn't swing closed while they're using it. However, others don't like that the door does not lie flat due to the handle on the exterior of the door; something that can be avoided if this oven is used as a built-in, which it can be with the optional Samsung MA-TK3080CT Trim Kit (Est. $200). Most users agree that this Samsung oven is very attractive. We did see some complaints about durability, most notably with the convection feature which some owners say failed quite early into their ownership of this microwave. However, those are very much in the minority.

Our Sources

Editors of ConsumerReports.org, Not Dated

Editors of ConsumerReports.org test and rate dozens of countertop and over-the-range microwave ovens, including the Samsung MC12J8035CT. Performance ratings include heating and defrosting evenness, speed of heating, noise, ease of use and usable capacity. They are also ranked against each other.

Contributors to HomeDepot.com, As of October 2017

The Samsung MC12J8035CT gets an overall rating of 4.5 stars out of 5 in nearly 55 customer reviews; 94 percent would recommend the microwave. The convection feature gets particular raves for how versatile it makes this oven compared to other microwave-only models. The pull-down door gets mixed reviews. Some of these reviews were culled from the Samsung website.

Contributors to Amazon.com, As of October 2017

Satisfaction with the Samsung MC12J8035CT is equally high, with nearly 115 owners giving it an overall rating of 4.5 out of 5 stars; 93 percent of reviewers would recommend this microwave to a friend. Most say it's well-made, attractive and performs very well. All of these reviews are unique to BestBuy.com.

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