Magic Chef MCD1311ST 1100 Watts Microwave Oven Reviews

Magic Chef MCD1311ST 1100 Watts Microwave Oven

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  • The Magic behind the Chef

    Jan 20, 2009 by
    Rated a Very Helpful Review
    Pros: It is cost effective, easy to use and powerful!
    Cons: The door shuts loudly.

    Summary: We recently purchased the Magic Chef MCD1311ST 1100 W. microwave oven. This microwave caught our eyes as it's shiny stainless steel appearance and size fit what we were looking for. This microwave was a replacement as one day our Panasonic just up an ... read more

  • It's OK for the price

    Sep 1, 2011 by
    Rated a Helpful Review
    Pros: -good design
    - cheap
    - big inside
    Cons: - loud
    - surface gets hot
    - thin stainless steel
    - not option to choose 5,10,15 sec etc

    Summary: Our old microwave was still working but occasionaly it would act like it's making food warm but it doesn't. So we decided to buy a new one. I picked up this one because we were looking for middle size microwaves with medium power. All our kitchen stuffs ... read more

  • arcing

    Jan 21, 2009 by
    Rated a Helpful Review
    Pros: Looks nice, powerful. Big inside
    Cons: Big outside. Arcing is BAD, burned thru spattershield. No spare shields. Bulb hard to replace.

    Summary: I was given a used mcd1311st.It immediately produced bright and noisy arcing when I used it the second time -- and I noticed that the "spatter shield"  was burned thru with a small hole, and had much black charring in back.  It is also ... read more

  • How to Replace the Light Bulb

    Jan 5, 2008 by
    Rated a Helpful Review
    Pros: Oven looks and works GREAT!
    Cons: Really dumb to use a unique bulb & base and security screws.

    Summary: Our bulb burned out early, too. Bought 'security' screwdriver bits at computer store to open the stainless steel cover. There is a white plastic frame piece that holds the bulb and the door interlock switches. At Lowes, bought GE halogen 40 watt ... read more

  • Works GREAT when TAKEN CARE OF :-))

    Aug 26, 2007 by
    Rated a Helpful Review
    Cons: Takes up a lot of counter space.

    Summary: I got mine for free, in perfect condition with the exception of the arcing issue others have mentioned.. lucky for me I know what causes it.. Grease on the cover to the magnetron. To all of you complaining about the noise and arcing.. try cleaning your ... read more

  • Express Customer Reviews

  • Magic Chef MCD1311ST

    Feb 25, 2013 by
    Rated Show
    Pros: Nice looking inside and it won't rust.
    Cons: In my opinion the arcing cannot be fixed   It is a defective design

    Summary: Arcing occurs behind the splatter shield  at one point where there is a bend and small hole in the metal wall.  This is a poor design and I would not recommend this product at any price.  I believe this is a defective design as the ... read more

  • BOUGHT 2/12/2003...STILL GREAT!

    Aug 8, 2011 by
    Rated Show
    Pros: Longevity, Appearance, Price, Quick Cooking
    Cons: Little Loud

    Summary: My stainless steel Magic Chef 1.3 1100 was purchased about 8 1/2years ago from Costco ... $100.00.It has been my primary source of cooking all that time [I am a bachelor] AND, it still looks good and works like ... read more

  • Filled my house with grey smoke

    Mar 4, 2011 by
    Rated Show
    Pros: none
    Cons: fills your house with smoke!

    Summary: I purchased the Magic Chef 1.6 cu.ft. MCD1611ST microwave on February 26th, 2011, four days later after 30 seconds of use it filled my house with grey smoke.  Something inside the workings of the unit had caught fire and was burning.  After ... read more

  • Waveguide cover

    Aug 5, 2009 by
    Rated Show
    Pros: Stainless interior easy to clean.  Waveguide cover removable without tools.
    Cons: No complaints from my wife or I about this unit.

    Summary: We are quite happy with the unit.  We have used it for several years now.  It is very easy to clean.  Ours arced and I found that some food or grease on the waveguide cover had converted to carbon.  It was easy to remove the mica ... read more

  • shortest lived microwave I have ever owned

    Sep 19, 2008 by
    Rated Show
    Pros: Great style nice stainless steel but I am suffering from the fashion.
    Cons: Didn't last long less than 3 years. Dangerous from sparking and smoking!

    Summary: I have experienced the sparking and smoking plus frying of electronics smell. Bulb also burnt out several months after purchase. I disagree strongly with the reviewer's opinion that the sparking, etc is caused from untidy individuals. I clean the inside ... read more

  • DITTO!

    Aug 14, 2007 by
    Rated Show
    Pros: Works well and stainless is good, but . . . .
    Cons: Nice looking product, works well, but unrepairable and after less than two years.

    Summary: I purchased my Magic Chef MCD1311ST at Costco about 2 years ago and exactly the same thing has happened--started getting sparks and smoking, then cover on light cracked and now the light is burned out. Unable to replace and not worth having it repaired ... read more

  • Pretty things die early.

    Feb 10, 2007 by
    Rated Show
    Pros: Pretty and easy to use
    Cons: Everything else

    Summary: For its nice look and reasonable price, bought one in early 2005. The light bulb went out within a year. Finally, got a tool to open the case, only to find that the light bulb can't be replaced. The unit gradually developed a loud noise. Now, after less ... read more

  • Spark Problem and Light Burn Out Problem

    Jan 8, 2007 by
    Rated Show
    Pros: Stainless Steel inside and out, good power
    Cons: Light bulb irreplaceable Arcing and sparking and may cause a fire any day now!

    Summary: I have the same problems as others. I like the microwave and the power but after only 2 years it started sparking and making a terrible sound. Also, about that time the light bulb burned out and is irreplaceable. You would think that Magic Chef ... read more

  • paper light cover smoking, sparking.

    Sep 19, 2006 by
    Rated Show
    Pros: blah blah blah blah blah blah looks nice and is easy to operate
    Cons: blah blah blah blah blah blah blah blah blah smoking sparking paper.

    Summary: I got this microwave about two years ago .. the paper light cover on the inside of the oven is burnt and starts to spark and smoke when we use the oven.. i woudl think this would be an extemely easy part to replicate and sell and would probably fix the ... read more

  • Magic Chef Microwave

    Jan 2, 2006 by
    Rated Show
    Pros: I can't think of one pro for this microwave oven
    Cons: It is a piece of junk.

    Summary: I purchased a Magic Chef MCD1311ST microwave oven April 2004. I was pleased at first, but then it started turning off after you programmed something to cook. The green display light would blink off and on, then it would turn off completely, I would ... read more

  • Started sparking, catching fire after 3 years

    Oct 5, 2005 by
    Rated Show
    Pros: Nice looking. Easy to use. Nice clock.
    Cons: Light bulb not user-replaceable. Caught fire at 3 years old.

    Summary: I was very happy with this unit at first. After 2 years, the light burned out, and I couldn't figure out how to replace it (see another review here where someone had this happen after 1.5 years and it turns out to not be user-replaceable!) and then at 3 ... read more

  • 4th of July

    Sep 3, 2005 by
    Rated Show
    Pros: Looked great worked fine for 1 and 3/4 years
    Cons: Short life - fire hazard

    Summary: We have owned this microwave for approx 2 years. Two months ago, it started sparking and smoking (previously, it took longer to cook than before). No, there was not any metal being cooked. I called a local manufacturer recommended dealer and was told ... read more

  • Requires service call to change burned-out light bulb

    Mar 30, 2005 by
    Rated Show
    Pros: Works well, nice-looking, convenient features.
    Cons: Replacing a light bulb requires trip to repair shop; can't turn off the beep, either.

    Summary: The light bulb burned out on ours after 1-2 years. I tried to replace it myself with a stock microwave bulb from the grocery store, but found that a) the case is secured with special, tamper-proof screws (like an allen screw with a center post in the ... read more

  • Pretty Little Thing

    Jan 27, 2005 by
    Rated Show
    Pros: Appearance, performance
    Cons: Doesn't have a sensor cook feature

    Summary: An attractive unit with stainless steel construction inside and out. Well made also. The touchpad is firm and responsive and the display is bright - actually a very bright light green. Since I bought it several months ago, I've seen it on two TV ... read more

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