Microwave ovens have gotten a lot smaller over the decades, but they’ve pretty much always looked the same. In the near future, if this Fagor Spoutnik microwave is any leader in design, your microwave could look more like a little dome on your countertop.
The circular shape takes up less space on the counter, but still accommodates an 11-inch turntable allowing plenty of room for most items. It has a one-touch lever that opens the dome to a 65-degree angle so you can perfectly position the dish. Once closed, the dome stands 12.9 inches tall, so go ahead and put that taller glass in.
The other benefit of that pop open dome is it also allows you easier access to clean the microwave in case you heated that bowl of soup without a cover; it avoids all those nooks and crannies that get ignored in the square microwave.
The Spoutnik does have other interesting features besides its shape. It has an illuminated ring that is red while cooking and turns blue when the dish is done. Whether this is keyed to the temperature of the dish, which would allow you to stop the cooking and start eating before the timer goes off is unclear, but that would be an interesting way to prevent overcooking.
The LCD control panel is minimal with basic cooking functions like defrost, low, high and reheat available at one touch. Like any other microwave you can also preset a time or use a quick start button.
The Spoutnik has a 700kw power output and 230V-50Hz consumption. There are also three vibrant colors — Blue Odyssey, Ultraviolet and Green Flash.
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