We love the thoughtful design of Breville appliances (like this microwave, which is also an air freezer and convection oven) – this quiet and attractive microwave is no different. A mute button shuts off all beeps, and the soft-close door claims to be 80 percent quieter than most microwaves on the market. We no longer have to remind our kids to gently close the microwave door – even when it slams shut, it automatically engages and closes quietly. The control panel is large and the slightly raised buttons are easy to press. Instead of a numeric keypad, there’s an ergonomic knob that feels like it’s clicking as it quickly cycles through minutes and seconds.
There are pre-programmed buttons for defrost, reheat, popcorn, beverages, and a food menu that includes presets for “baked” potatoes, reheating pizza, and defrosting frozen vegetables – they’re coded, so it takes a few tries to remember which code goes with which function. Reviewers praise that the food is heated evenly and consistently.