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How Old Is Your Microwave?

I wanted to revive/reply to the following thread, but it's archived, so I couldn't.

How old is your microwave?

Anyway, our 37+ year-old microwave broke this morning and tripped a circuit breaker. I thought about taking it apart, but my wife has been angling for a faster microwave for over a decade, so we purchased a new one today. How nice of the old Toshiba to break on boxing day so that I could get 40% off the replacement.

I am going to write Toshiba to see if they want the unit for their museum... I paid $750 back in 1979 and $250 today. I'm hoping the new Panasonic works for at least 10 years. The new unit is significantly faster than the old Toshiba, requiring only about 70% of the time to do the same task.

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I have a Kenmore that's about 30 years old. Still going strong.

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Mine is only 4-5 years old. So far so good.
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We had bought a Panasonic with inverter technology a few years back and it lasted maybe 3 years. Sad to say but the new Panasonic you bought will not make it as long as your previous one.

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I had an original Panasonic that cost over $1000, but I purchased one from a guy who brought a bunch back from the States for $500. It was a full size unit, huge and powerful, and it lasted for years and we got tired of it after we moved. Sent it to Goodwill. Purchased from Sears a Kenmore. About 10 years old now. No problem at all.

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My GE is still going strong since 1983.
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My last Panasonic lasted 3 years. Bought another , on year two now.
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The original transformer based microwaves seemed to last forever. The magnetron was the most likely cause of failure. They often gradually lose power instead of failing completely. Transformer powered microwaves can be identified by the added weight of the transformer. I had one for 15 years and only got rid of it because it leaked. I could feel it burn when my hand near the exhaust vent and it interfered with satellite TV. Replaced that with a Panasonic inverter model. On the third one in about 15 years. The PSUs on these seem to be the cause of failure. Can't really complain too much for $110 from Walmart. Small appliances with an inverter or electronic control don't seem to last as long as the ones with dumb switches. On the positive side, they are cheaper, lighter and have more features.
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Yeah, while the older microwaves did last a much longer period of time, one must remember that they also cost a lot more than the "cheap" microwaves that tend to function for fewer than 5 years.

I'm on my 3rd Panasonic. They tend to die every ~4-5 years or so.

Still, they're under ~$150 when I get them on sale at Costco.
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My panasonic is at least 5 years old, maybe a bit older. Over the stove one. I still like it.
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Great scott, I didn't realize microwave ovens costed so much back in the day, I was probably a young teenager back when we got our first microwave oven, however we did not get them when they first came out, we waited a few years untill the market was saturated with them and finally got one. My parents are smart, they are not early adopters and will only buy something after it has been in the market for a while and the price comes down to a more affordable level. We also did the same with VCR's and CRT TV Sets.

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My wife bought our current large microwave & regular oven combo in 1991 before we were married. It is still working perfectly.
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Great scott, I didn't realize microwave ovens costed so much back in the day, ....We also did the same with VCR's and CRT TV Sets.
My first VCR was $1500 in the late 70s. Electronics were very expensive in those days. I also tended to wait a couple of years if possible.

Microwave ovens were introduced to home kitchens in 1967 by Amana, so I purchased ours more than a decade after that!

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Formerly found only in large industrial applications, microwave ovens increasingly became a standard fixture of residential kitchens in developed countries. By 1986, roughly 25% of households in the U.S. owned a microwave oven, up from only about 1% in 1971; the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics reported that over 90% of American households owned a microwave oven in 1997. In Australia, a 2008 market research study found that 95% of kitchens contained a microwave oven and that 83% of them were used daily. In Canada, fewer than 5% of households had a microwave oven in 1979, but more than 88% of households owned one by 1998.
Looks like I was at the 5% level.

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Bought our first microwave in mid '70's, believe it was a Toshiba and weighed a ton. No turntable, you stopped unit and turned food a bit.
Included was a 2-hour "cooking course" with a small group of fellow purchasers. Forget what replaced that unit some years later but bought a Panasonic Inverter about 8 years ago and it worked to perfection but finally failed. Made in Thailand I believe. Bought the same model but this one is made in China and is a P.O.S. Door needs to be slammed to close ... turntable sounds like it was made by International Harvester and slips when changing direction. No surprises there because of where it was made. My wife "sort of" remembers that first Toshiba cost around $750. sailmaker
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Similar issues here with the door on the Panasonic. Opening the door tends to drag the microwave off the shelf. That's due to a combination of the light weight of the unit and the cheap latches.
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