As an avid buyer of all small appliances (much to my husbands dismay) I fell in love with the cool retro style of this microwave! I loved the red and thought it would be a fantastic accent to our kitchen. And at $64.99 it was a pretty good deal. Well...it would have been a pretty good deal if had lasted more than 13 months.
I purchased the Emerson Red/Stainless Steel microwave in June of 2006. It began 'acting up' about 3 or 4 months after we purchased it. At first things just didn't seem to be heating up. I thought it was just me. But when a bag of popcorn that is supposed to take 3 minutes to pop, still isn't done after 6 minutes, well you know you have a problem. Sometimes the microwave would just not work! The light would come on when you opened the door so you knew it was still alive, but none of the buttons would work. Then it would start working again for no apparent reason.
Finally in the summer of 2007, it gave up and just gave out. Although I was very disappointed in the short life of this cool looking microwave, I was relieved when it finally put us out of our misery and died. Now I can make popcorn in peace. I would NE VER buy another thing from Emerson.