Popcorn and bacon keep the Galanz Microwave Oven on overtime
Aug 28, 2004 (Updated Aug 28, 2004)
Review by Bonnie Sayers
Rated a Very Helpful Review
I do not recall what brand Microwave I had prior to the purchase of the Galanz Microwave Oven I picked out at Kmart on March 1, 2003. My previous oven blew up when I cooked bacon for too long and I had to toss it out after owning it for about five years.
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The Galanz Microwave Oven I have is model No. WP700L17-8, in a white shade with black rim around the viewing screen. The handle is white and there are two dials for cooking. I found this generic link for Galanz Microwave Oven, inquired to the Category Lead on which model this could be written on and a photo was added while the other generic link was removed. Therefore this is the spot for any model on a Galanz Microwave Oven.
We are located in Southern California where the oven is only used a few months out of the year. This is due to having only the one air conditioner in the bedroom and two small windows in the kitchen and a ceiling fan that helps modestly. My nine year old could live on macaroni and cheese nightly, while my eight year old switches from popcorn, bacon and french fries.
At my house it is not out of the ordinary to have popcorn going in the Galanz Microwave Oven at seven AM. This is a very basic microwave costing $39.99. Inside are three items to keep the operation going. " The coupler fits over the shaft in the center of the oven's cavity floor." This is directly from the manual since I had no clue what the knob thing was called. It is a brown plastic type tool that slides down into the hole inside. If you try to turn it there is a weird cranking noise, so just pull it out if you need to clean it.
The white roller guide goes on next and it is positioned on an incline that is inside the oven in a circular motion. There are three wheels located on this guide that keep the glass tray in place. These three pieces need to be used in order for the Galanz Microwave Oven to work.
No other glass tray can be utilized, and food items placed inside the oven need to be on a plate or dish and not directly on the glass tray. I use paper plates for the lean pocket type items that come in a sleeve. Popcorn packets can be placed on top of the tray. With the microwave popcorn I place 4-6 pieces lengthwise on a paper plate and cook for under a minute. The box states five seconds for each piece, but we like crunchy bacon and feel it needs to be inside longer. Popcorn takes three minutes or less each time.
The dial for time is located on top of the dial for the temperature. The time range is 0-30 minutes in increments of five minutes. There are six heating elements from Low, Defrost, M Low, Medium, M High and High. Honestly I have never used the low options or the defrost. We use medium to high for everything. You can easily tell from the sound emitting from the Galanz Microwave Oven when it is on medium. It is a lower type tone and I can easily move it to high for popcorn and not interrupt the popping technique.
The inside door is black around the rim just like the outside of the viewing screen. This is easy to clean with a wipe or paper towel. I have never used a sponge on the inside and have had no problems cleaning the glass tray with a detergent wipe. The top inside and bottom are the hard to reach and clean areas. It takes a few wipes and towels to really clean the food particles and grease stains.
The one drawback to the Galanz Microwave Oven is the scent stays and lingers for a long time from the previous item being cooked. This model of ours always smells like bacon or popcorn and a smell that I am now used to but it is not always pleasant. A hot dog on a paper plate only takes a few seconds, much quicker than slices of bacon.
I am not a coffee drinker, never touched the stuff, but do enjoy a cup or two during the winter months of hot cocoa. I utilize the kettle on the stove and have never tried boiling a cup of water in the microwave. I have not had much luck cooking baked potatoes inside so I prefer to buy the precooked ones with double cheese and this works just as the directions state on the box.
I use plastic containers for vegetables, but do prefer cooking those on the stove top as well. The vents are located on the left side of the unit. You really should not keep items on top of a microwave, but I do store a food tray on top. This measures 0.7 cubic feet and weighs 33.5 pounds. The cord is on the short end in length, but is able to fit around the refrigerator with the three prong plug. It is purposely short to avoid tangling or tripping over. If needed you can use this with an extension cord as long as it has the three prong availability. I have it stored on a microwave cart with the cord in the back and out of sight. I do keep it plugged in at all times. My house has a circuit malfunction often with my neighbor behind me on the same system. They cannot use their microwave and toaster without one turning off. Since they told me this many years ago I have never used both appliances at the same time. We are in a duplex with the neighbors occupying the back apartment and we are in the front as the main house.
The power levels for the Galanz Microwave Oven go from low at 119 watts, medium at 462 watts and the high at 700 watts. This is not meant to be used for deep fat frying or boiling eggs in their shell. Some items need piercing before cooking to prevent bursting. We like breakfast sausage and this has never happened, but I do need to blot the excess grease with a paper towel before serving.
This is an indoor appliance only, not to be stored near water or in a wet basement. When the door is opened the unit automatically stops cooking. My children do not operate the Galanz Microwave Oven. The oven cannot be operated when empty, newspaper or clothing materials are not to be used inside. I did use some health product once that was made for microwaves and it was not too hot when applied to the skin. If a fire does occur keep the door closed, turn off the power and unplug or disconnect the circuit breaker. Recycled paper products should not be used due to impurities that could cause sparks. No metal containers or tin foil is to be used within the Galanz Microwave Oven.
This oven is working fine after 1.5 years of repeated daily use, there is never a day that it is not turned on. It works fine for our daily needs and I hope it stays that way for several years to come.
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Amount Paid (US$): 39.99
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