The label on the back of this oldie microwave says it was manufactured in January 2000, yet this model is still the backbone of my kitchen. I have had good luck with Sharp and Whirlpool models of microwaves, and this one happened to be a hand-me-down in my latest move. One of the features I like is the special Minute Plus menu. It has buttons for the following: Dinner Plate, Casserole, Popcorn, Baked Potato, Beverage, Fresh Vegetables, Frozen Entrees, Frozen Vegetables, and Rolls-Muffins. I can stick a raw potato in any dish with a splash of water, tuck it into the Sharp, and punch the Baked Potato button, and get a real baked-potato flavor as the end result. (click the same BP button till you get the number of potatoes you are placing in the Sharp). Similar convenience awaits me when making a bag of popcorn. Press Popcorn once and get REG, twice for L-REG, and three times for SNK sizes of popcorn. If there are too many unpopped kernels in a pouch, then you know to use the next size up the next time you make a batch. I really like this microwave. It has plenty of room if I put in a whole tray of cookies, and plenty of power for bigger jobs like thawing a pound of frozen whatevers. Durability Made in 2000 and still on the job, full-time!