Toshiba EC042A5C-SS, a solid built stainless steel countertop microwave with convection is available on Holiday Season sale 2021. The appliances is equipped with smart sensor, mute function and many other interesting features.
Laden with smart sensors and convection mode, the Toshiba EC042A5C-SS is a sturdily built stainless steel microwave to last years of regular use. It accommodates a whole chicken, small-sized pizza, and large dinner plates. It bakes cookies, cakes, roasts, grills, reheats, and defrosts food efficiently and is a mini-oven at your home for varied uses.
It’s larger yet fits the profile of an intuitive appliance that isn’t unnecessarily complicated by tonnes of features. Its noteworthy features include:
- Power: 1000 watts
- Internal capacity 1.5 cubic ft.
- Convection mode with auto bake and auto roast
- Pre-programmed sensors
- One-touch cooking
- Warm hold Function
- Sound on/off
- Power saving option
Toshiba EC042A5C-SS Holiday Season Deal and Review 2021
To accelerate global expansion, Toshiba has shaken hands with Midea Group (a Global Chinese-based brand that produces the world’s leading appliances) to procure original microwaves. Toshiba is not the only brand whose microwaves are manufactured by Midea; most of the countertop microwaves from all famous brands are manufactured by the same company.
Toshiba EC042A5C-SS that we have tested and reviewed is one of the large-sized appliances for a kitchen countertop but still smaller than built-in or above-the-range microwaves.
Design and Dimensions
Toshiba EC042A5C-SS doesn’t only have the surrounding stainless steel trim around plastic; the whole microwave, including its interior, is built with smudge-proof stainless steel. It’s available in two colors – black stainless steel and natural color stainless steel. Both color variants suit the modern kitchen and complement the existing appliances.
The microwaves exterior dimensions are 21.77 width x 21.5 depth x 12.99 height, whereas the interior cavity measures 15.5w x 15.35d x 10.2h. The turntable measures 13.6 inches in diameter. Due to the spacious interior, the microwave can hold large dinner plates, baking trays, and a whole chicken for defrosting or roasting.
Since the large design is more on the heavier side, the microwave stays put and steady in its position when we open the microwave door.
Instead of separate auto-cook features for pizza, potato, dinner plate, or beverages that we see in 700 or 900 watts small countertop microwave, Toshiba’s 1000 watts microwave operates on sensor auto-cooking. It means the microwave senses the food’s moisture level and automatically sets the time and temperature for cooking or reheating. It’s more convenient as we aren’t bound to only a limited number of food items for reheating.
Toshiba’s microwave is not only for reheating food; it can bake, roast and grill too with convection mode and works just like the mini-version of an oven. We used it for frozen pizza and cakes; both turned out to be perfectly cooked with no burnt edges or cold spots.
The pre-programmed sensors also have auto bake and auto roast functions. The unit comes with double racks that we only use with convection mode. The rack also makes it possible to reheat two dinner plates at once.
The unit has auto defrost and time defrost options. We tried both options to thaw meat, and both worked tremendously well with the meat thawed to the core without cooking it. Our favorite and convenient option was auto defrost, where we didn’t have to guess the defrosting time. It automatically sets the time, and we just have to enter the weight written on the package; we were able to get the perfectly tender meat with no frozen spots.
One-touch start or express cooking allows you to simply select the time from 1-6 minutes for reheating the food, and we don’t have to press multiple keys for the simple time setting. It’s just an added convenience in the microwave.
Also, the microwave has the 30 second time-extend feature to increase the cooking cycle by 30 seconds, in case our food needs a few extra seconds to get that perfect crusting or browning that everyone wants.
Since it’s a large microwave so you can pop large popcorn bags in it, we tried this feature, and the whole bag of popcorn popped without burning or leaving un-popped corn behind.
The powerful unit with 10 varied power levels consistently performed well in all aspects, be it roasting, baking, reheating, or defrosting. We only had to tweak pre-programmed timings in a few dishes that we tried. As discussed above, the popcorn functions also worked great.
“It takes time to get used to all the options, their usability to utilize the microwave’s potential to the fullest.”
The stainless steel interior doesn’t absorb the odor from the food, and inevitable splattering inside the microwave is also easy to clean.
The outside walls of the microwave do get hot, so you will have to be careful if the kids are roaming around the kitchen.
The turntable spins smoothly throughout the cooking process without whirring noises, which lowers down overall microwave humming and buzzing noise too.
Comparison with Panasonic NN-SN65KW
Panasonic is one of those brands not manufactured by Midea and has the inverter technology for even cooking. Close in size to Toshiba, the 1.2 cubic ft. microwave doesn’t fail to impress but lacks the convection mode.
|Toshiba 042A5C-SS||Panasonic NN-SN65KW|
|It’s a 1000 watts model with 10 varied power levels to choose from.||It has 1200 watts with 11 power levels.|
|The Toshiba model doesn’t have inverter technology.||Inverter technology results in even heating from center to edges.|
|Convection mode for baking and roasting.||No baking or roasting.|
|More versatile because of convection mode.||Limited usage due to non-availability of roasting or baking.|
|Turntable size 13.6 inches||The 13.4 inches is close to Toshiba’s model because of the roomy interior.|
|Toshiba is heavier with 44.8 lbs. weight.||Panasonic NN-SN65KW is lighter at 28.7 lbs. and easier to carry.|
|The “Keep warm” option doesn’t let the food go cold before serving.||Panasonic also features a “keep warm option.”|