For the price i don’t think you can beat this sharp microwave. I just wanted a basic microwave that did the job. I was replacing a countertop micro that was rated at 1200 watts and i was concerned that the rated 950 watts of the sharp would be inadequate. My fears were groundless as the sharp functions every bit as fast the older one. I like the sleek appearance without a protruding door handle. They recommend two people to mount this oven, however since i didn’t have help available i was able to easily mount it myself with a little thought. If i were to rate it down for anything it would be that the mounting instructions are confusing in a couple of areas, mainly in the venting info.
The microwave is light on features but works very well for the functions it provides. It’s a very simple micowave that does it’s core job well which is exactly what i wanted. I didn’t need all of the advanced features, cooking presets and auto-options that the more expensive microwaves come with. I installed the microwave in a couple hours removing the old one that didn’t work anymore and had a bag of popcorn right after.
My mother had one for 40 years and i have had one for 30 years before both required repair. My microwave needed a new magnetron and fuse which i fixed for $125. My mother’s microwave had to be replaced as we could not find all of the replacement parts we needed. Hence, i purchased the one above- almost an exact replacement. It works very well and is easy to use, but i am not happy with the outward appearance. Too much black and it looks cheap compared to her original one.
Key specs for Sharp R-1405 950-Watt 1-2/5-Cubic-Foot Over-the-Range Microwave, Black:
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- Space-saving, over-the-range microwave with convenient Minute Plus feature
- Auto-touch controls; precise programming with a 5-digit, 2-color lighted display
- Cook center and reheat center; defrost center; 10 variable power levels
- 3 convenient venting options: horizontal, vertical, or recirculating
- Measures 29-15/16 by 16-1/4 by 15-9/16 inches
Comments from buyers
“Ok, but some options are limited and the instructions are somewhat obtuse.
, Highly recommended.
, Basic Microwave
Purchased the microwave 3 months ago – no problems, so far. Microwave is easy to install – it’s heavy, though, so you’ll need 2 people for the install. One thing it did not come standard with that most over-the-range units do is the filter for recirculating air. (if your home is not vented for the over the range microwave, you will need this filter. ) you can buy it for $6 from sharp on-line. The keypad is not as ‘pretty’ as some of the other more expensive units, but that’s something i could look past for the $200 in savings. Other than that, no complaints with the microwave. This unit was an excellent price, and has out preformed my last microwave.
We picked this microwave primarily for its dimensions (we needed one with a short height). We are very pleased with this model since it is easy to use, works well and is very quiet. It’s not loaded with features but has been a pleasure use over the last few months that we’ve owned it.
I ordered two of these based on other reviews, one for my mother-in-law and one for our home. We were given a range of dates for delivery and received both on the first day of the range. So far i have only installed the one in our home and we are thrilled. That wasn’t true of the removal of the old microwave. Will update this after a month or so of use.
After finally installing the unit, it seems to work as well as its deceased predecessor. The old one had a nice mounting system and was made in the usa, which is why i purchased this model. Of course, they changed the mounting system, necessitating drilling more mounting holes, making the backboard resemble swiss cheese. The input panel isn’t as positive or smooth as the old one, either. Made in thailand, not the usa. Maybe the last sharp microwave product i will buy.
We purchased and installed this over the range microwave as a replacement for a 25 year old one. This is sharp is just perfect. We required one with the recirculating feature because we have no way to vent it, and this type is not easy to find.
Bought this model to replace the one bought thru amazon 6 years ago. It just died abruptly, thought it was a fuse but if there was one couldn’t locate it. Buying the same model made installation a snap. Just hope this one lasts longer.
This is the second sharp r-1405, over the range microwave i have owned. The first one lasted 8 years and gave me excellent service. So i was thrilled when i found the same model still being produced. I snatched it up and easily installed it because the same install hardware was required and 90% of the mounting hardware was already installed in the wall above the stove. The price was about $200 or $300 less than comparable over the range microwaves. An excellent product that gets the job done.
I bought this microwave to replace my previous sharp r-1449. This one is deeper, more plastic, and slightly more powerful. It seems reliable (only have had it 6 weeks), has a good vent and good stove lights. I wish it had a night light and a switch to stop turntable rotation though one can get around it by removing the turntable. My biggest disappointment was that it utilizes a different mounting plate than my previous sharp microwave. I gave it four stars b/c it does the job and it was inexpensive compared to other manufacturers. Incidentally, mounting instructions were very good.
I have had this microwave three years. The only problem i ever have with it is that the door sticks sometimes. I just have to tug on it every once in a while. The oven works consistently and does everything it should. The defrost stops intermittently to tell you to turn things over or separate them or whatever. That is sometimes helpful and sometimes not — if i have just one chicken breast in there to defrost i have to hit the button to resume defrost about three or four times. I do respond by turning the chicken over one of those times. I defintely recommend the microwave.
This thing works better then the old one. They packed this huge box up nicely two.
I bought this for parents to replace very old ge microwave. They are very happy with it and like the simple function buttons. Installation instructions could be a bit better especially when installing for top-venting configuration. When rotating the blower motor for top-venting, be sure that the power cable is positioned away from the top panel or you risk putting a screw through it when the panel is reinstalled. A warning message to position the power cable correctly and more accurate drawings showing the holes in the housing and panels should be provided. In use, the unit operates well and quietly and is a good value.
I bought this on amazon to replace a sharp microwave, which has served me well for several years. Based on the price, compared to other with similar features, this unit is the least expensive. I was also impressed with the comprehensive directions for installation. I am closer to being tim (the toolman) taylor than a professional at home improvements, so i followed the instructions with precision. The results were outstanding. Not only does it look great where my old stove hood used to be, it passed my ‘popcorn’ test, of which, i am particular. No scotching, full bag, satisfying and an extra plus, while i am beaming over my accomplishment, the beep sounds indicating the popcorn was finished, the display read ‘enjoy’. I have in my ‘digital locker’,courtesy of amazon, my own. What a great investment in money for the microwave and the time for installation of the unit. Solidly built, looks great, came with lightbulbs for range light installed. No cons, but could have used some help with installing, as the manual recommends 2 people install, but i did manage nicely by myself. I would suggest an additional set of hands for final insertion, once preparations are complete. I have only owned this for a day, but, i wanted to tell my tale to give others an incentive, if they are on the edge, to jump at this opprotunity to snazz up the kitchen in a big way and for little out of pocket.
Measured spot, questioned users to be sure there would be no problem (thank you to those that answered) and this fit in perfectly. If you’re accustomed to a counter top microwave with less watts – be very careful. One thing i do not like at all – the door hinge only lets this open to a 45degree to the oven and it bounces back when you open it. The first few times i almost lost an eye because i opened quickly and went to reach in – the door ‘bounced’ from the hinge and came back at my face. In addition, with the door opening only to this point, it doesn’t allow much space to reach in on the left side. I wish it opened wider and stayed there. On a personal note and for those just thinking about an ‘above the stove’ microwave — keep these points in mind:reaching above the stove to pull out hot dishes is awkward when the stove is off but even worse when you’re cooking things on the stove top. Every time i use the microwave, i worry i’m going to drop the hot dish and smash both that dish and crack the stove.
When the microwave is on, it interferes with my wireless signal. Laptop, wii, ipad, etc stop working. Fortunately i don’t use the microwave that often. My old whirlpool microwave never did this. Installation was fairly easy.
Sharp r-1405 microwave oveni recently replaced a whirlpool velos convection/microwave oven in our rv with this sharp r-1405 unit. I’m very happy with the results. Our previous oven would not operate properly on our on-board generator, even though the onan technician checked all the power parameters from the generator and said they were fine. Later the old oven started acting up even on shore power (plugged into a receptacle). We had a sharp convection/microwave oven in a previous rv and liked it so i didn’t hesitate to order this unit as a replacement. We don’t need the convection capability so we saved some money (and probably some weight) by getting just the microwave. This unit has been in our rv about three weeks and has been on one extended two-week trip. It works fine on both shore power and the generator. The first time i melted some cheese in it i noticed that it has more power than our previous unit, maybe even more than the microwave in our house. My wife appreciates the fact that this oven doesn’t stick out as far as our old one did which enables her to see items on the range top better than before. It also doesn’t extend down the wall as far as the old one did so there’s more room above the range as well. I liked the fact that this unit is lighter in weight than the old one so it was easier to install it than it was to remove the old unit. The range light works at least as well as the old unit’s and the fan is set up to vent out the rear through the same exterior vent that the old unit used. The oven comes with a short piece of foam weatherstripping to seal around the vent.
The install was easy for one person, it would have been easier for two people, but if you are handy and able to put other things together, this should be no problem. The light under the microwave is a great plus, we use it as much as the microwave when we are cooking on the stove. The only issue we have with this is the fan. It happens to be pretty loud. We are not sure if this has to do with the fact that we have it on re-circulation mode as opposed to external exhuast, but that is the one thing we would change. Other than that we are very happy with itwe use the defrost option almost every night for meat and it is great-also pluses for two different popcorn options depending on the size you are cooking.
Works fine, but somewhat lacking in some features. The defrost selection begins at 1/2 lbs. In a single person household, i often need to defrost smaller amounts. I buy packages of pork chops, vegetables, etc. And split them up into small packages and freeze them. Also, my previous microwave had a 30 second time add feature which i used more often than the 1 minute add feature on this microwave. One minute is often longer than i need and if 30 seconds is too short, i could always push it more than once. That microwave also had several fan speeds and light options. The lower fan speeds were useful when i didn’t need the higher speed and reduced the rather irritating high speed fan noise. These restrictions are mostly just somewhat irritating and, overall, i’m not dissatisfied with the unit.
What can you say about a microwave ??. It does the job looks nice , i am happy with it and the big plus it was delivered right to my door. No hunting around , carrying it in and out of auto.
Arrived in two days instead of the week as reported, this was a great plus. It fit into the same spot as old sharp, another plus. The mounting brackets were in a different location & constructed less sturdy than the old ones. The medal was cheaply made & much thinner. Overall i am happy with purchase.
It’s a cheap microwave, and you get what you pay for. That said it’s been working fine for me. The door didn’t open smoothly at first, but it seems to be getting a little better the more that i use it. I’m not sure buying a microwave from amazon is the best idea, i don’t think i’d do it again. The box arrived pretty beat up, and the microwave was poorly protected. The mount for the exhaust fan was partially broken when i received it (i installed it anyway instead of dealing with the return process).
Took less than an hour to install. Was a little overwhelmed with instructions, but was easier to install than originally thought. Looks great in my kitchen and has opened up so much space in my small kitchen. I would recommend this product to anyone.