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New microwave - turntable or flatbed?

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cozietoesie Sun 17-Apr-16 11:58:22

My current microwave - an older turntable model - is starting to show some signs of frailty and I may have to acquire another at fairly short notice. (We use it a lot.)

Given the large price difference and the fact that if we have to have a new one, we'll likely be stuck with it for a good while, I was wondering in particular whether it's worth investing in a flatbed model.

Does anyone have any microwave recommendations?

cozietoesie Sun 17-Apr-16 19:53:46

I guess nobody has a flatbed microwave - and that's telling in itself. smile

janethegirl2 Sun 17-Apr-16 19:58:44

Turntable, why would you want a flat bed one?

cozietoesie Sun 17-Apr-16 20:18:17

I suppose I liked the thought of a larger capacity which would take different sized plates and dishes more easily. And also, with no turntable, easier cleaning I assume?

ReedBunting Sun 17-Apr-16 20:22:21

we replaced our not so old panasonic with a flatbed panasonic earlier this year as our one had developed a non repairable fault.
New one is slightly smaller internally but that has only been a problem once when using it as an oven for big things and required juggling around pans to fit.
But I have to say I like the flatbed and think it's an improvement. it still catches me as odd that whatever you've got in doesn't turn around though! If I'm worried about things boiling over then I make sure I use the rectangular Pyrex tray that came with the microwave.
we also opted for a drop down door rather than side hung and that's great. HTH

KP86 Sun 17-Apr-16 20:35:23

Is Flat bed the same as a convection microwave? Or just a microwave without a turntable?

We have a commercial non-turntable microwave at work and it's great. Easy to clean, heats evenly etc.

If I had a choice and it wasn't heaps more expensive I would probably go with the flat bed.

cozietoesie Sun 17-Apr-16 21:19:29

They're a lot more expensive, I'm afraid. sad

oldfatandtired1 Sun 17-Apr-16 21:54:17

I've recently moved house and inherited a flatbed microwave. I didn't know such things existed! It is bloody fabulous.

cozietoesie Sun 17-Apr-16 22:00:42

Ah. Why is that, old?

Passthecake30 Sun 17-Apr-16 22:03:21

I have a combi neff microwave/grill/oven, no turntable and the microwave works just fine. I didn't even know microwaves existed without revolving until last yeargrin

oldfatandtired1 Sun 17-Apr-16 22:09:54

It just seems so much better than my old turntable microwave! Can't really explain why. It is a Siemens and a pretty expensive model but I do love it, use it all the time.

TheFutureMrsB Sun 17-Apr-16 22:13:16

I have a flatbed Panasonic combi microwave/oven with the drop down door and it is great. Easier to clean, heats stuff evenly and bakes cakes better than my electric oven. I luffs mine grin

LogicalThinking Sun 17-Apr-16 22:18:29

A flatbed panasonic here too and I love it
Much better than my old turntable models.

cozietoesie Sun 17-Apr-16 22:35:57

Hmm. So those who have one mostly really like it?

ShelaghTurner Sun 17-Apr-16 22:52:04

I've never heard of a flatbed microwave but if it means that the stupid turny ring isn't going to jump off its thingy every time I use the damn thing then I'm buying one angry.

LogicalThinking Sun 17-Apr-16 23:24:42

This type
No annoying turntables!

cozietoesie Sun 17-Apr-16 23:42:24

Not an entirely fulfilling relationship with your current one then, Shelagh? grin

ShelaghTurner Mon 18-Apr-16 01:06:22

You might say that grin

Want to know why my microwave is such a bastard? Let me tell you... What kind of idiot sits down to redesign the company's new offering and thinks "hmm, I know what will go down a storm, let's make the ring underneath the round glass plate triangular! Yes! No trouble will come from that at all!"

Wanker angry

Alasalas2 Mon 18-Apr-16 01:56:28

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ReedBunting Mon 18-Apr-16 08:12:27

Logical that's the one we've got.

ParrotFashion Mon 18-Apr-16 12:59:48

Got a Miele combi oven with flatbed and its brilliant. Just so easy and solid and no faffing. Heats evenly. Wouldn't buy a revolving one again, what is the point?

FrogFairy Mon 18-Apr-16 13:38:53

I have a Panasonic flatbed combi microwave with drop down door.

I really like it but find it hard to clean, especially the tubes at the top inside. Not sure how to clean them without damaging them.

Mine is less than three years old but is making loud cracking/popping noises when in use so may be on it's way out. Not sure I would pay another £250 for the next one.

NanTheWiser Mon 18-Apr-16 18:25:30

I've also got the combi Panasonic flatbed with drop down door - bought about 4 years ago. Love it - easy to bake dishes in rectangular containers, and it's very powerful, so microwaving is much quicker. As I live alone, I often heat up ready meals, and this is perfect for the job. Go for it!

FrogFairy Mon 18-Apr-16 21:07:34

Nan please can I ask how you clean yours? Especially the grill part inside. Mine is singing and I really want to scrub it but worry I will damage it.

NanTheWiser Mon 18-Apr-16 21:24:57

Frog, I am ashamed to admit I've never cleaned the grill, but that may be because I've never used the grill function! As for the rest of the inside - just a wipe round when I think about it. I don't cook "messy" food too often, although heating soup usually means a few splashes which get wiped straight away.

I'm surprised yours is making a noise, as Panasonic are so reliable - my old Dimension 4 combo was about 30 years old when I replaced it, and still worked well!

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