Specific feature question for in-cabinet microwave
My wife and I are finalizing our appliance choices, and we've left the microwave for last, mostly because we don't care that much. But there are a few features that are important to me, and they are not discernible from product descriptions, so I am turning to you to help me.
We're going to be building the microwave into a 24" cabinet. It doesn't need to be built-in per se, but we would like a version that is able to go in a cabinet and would look good doing so.
The features I care about are:
1) 1-touch on for a specific number of minutes (e.g. punch the number "2" and it comes on for two minutes),
2) Add time while running in 30-second increments, and
3) (This is the one that is impossible to tell) The ability to adjust the power while the unit is running.
That last one is the kicker for me. It drives me nuts when the only way to cook at less than 100% power is to set up a timed cook and set the power before you start the unit.
For example, the Sharp R1214T looks like it might be a nice, reasonably-priced and attractive unit for our kitchen, but from reading the manual, it doesn't appear to have an instant-on (other than possibly for one minute, which isn't the end of the world), and it's not clear that you can adjust the power while the unit is running. (I also don't like that to set the power you have to hit the power button once for each 10% less power you want instead of just punching power and then the power-level from 1-9 or whatever).
It's very frustrating to me that you can get 50 million per-programed recipes in the unit that I can't imagine ever using, but the UI for basic operation is so clunky.
So if you have a in-cabinet microwave that you like, could you check whether you can change the power during cooking and let me know?