Samsung MS11K3000AS 1.1 cu. ft. Countertop Microwave Oven with Sensor and Ceramic Enamel Interior, Silver Sand

January 25, 2018 - Comment

Samsung MS11K3000AS 1.1 cu. ft. Countertop Microwave Oven with Sensor and Ceramic Enamel Interior, Silver Sand Product Features Effortlessly remove grease or oil from surfaces and protect against scratches that occur from daily use Automatically adjusts cooking time with vapor-sensing technology for optimal results Easy to use dial control allows you to add or decrease

Samsung MS11K3000AS 1.1 cu. ft. Countertop Microwave Oven with Sensor and Ceramic Enamel Interior, Silver Sand

Product Features

  • Effortlessly remove grease or oil from surfaces and protect against scratches that occur from daily use
  • Automatically adjusts cooking time with vapor-sensing technology for optimal results
  • Easy to use dial control allows you to add or decrease time while cooking, adding convenience and precision
  • Three microwave distribution points to cook food evenly and thoroughly. Product Weight (lb.)-31.9 lb.
  • Striking blue LED display adds clarity and style to your kitchen

Samsung MS11K3000AS Review

Price:   $150 List | $149.00 at Amazon
Pros:  Solid at defrosting
Cons:  Slow, poor at heating, expensive
Bottom line:  This model performed very poorly and is exceptionally pricey.
Editors’ Rating:    1 2 3 4 5 Model:  MS11K3000AS
Watts:  1000 W
Cubic Feet:  1.1 cu ft
Manufacturer:   Samsung
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Our Verdict

The Samsung MS11K3000AS tied for the lowest score overall in our test, delivering a very poor performance in our highest-weighted test metric. This model was decently expensive and got substantially outperformed by models that were over $50 less expensive. The Samsung MS11K3000AS did tie for the top score when it came to defrosting, but it’s hard to recommend this product solely on that fact alone.

The Samsung MS11K3000AS performed exceptionally poorly in our heating and speed metrics. Heating food is the primary reason you get a microwave, and a model that did the worst out of the entire group at this crucial task is definitely something to be wary of.

We purchased the top microwaves that are currently available and put them through the wringer to see which one came out on top. We divided our testing methodology into four weighted metrics: Heating, Ease of Use, Defrosting, and Speed. The following sections give the full results on how the Samsung performed relative to its competition.

For a metric that is the cornerstone of these products, the Samsung MS11K3000AS did surprisingly poorly, earning the lowest score of the entire group with a 2 out of 10. We made a variety of foods in each mode, ranging from chicken pot pies to Hot Pockets, and evaluated the results to determine scores.

This model did absolutely terrible in our frozen burrito test, earning the lowest possible score that we give out. We followed the package directions for heating, and this model failed to hit the required temperature in the middle, with it feeling almost cool to the touch. In addition, this model had the largest average temperature variation of the group, with an average of 46.9°F between the left, right, and center regions.

The Samsung MS11K3000AS didn’t fare any better when it came to heating up an individual serving of lasagna, once again earning the lowest possible score. This model failed to hit the stated minimum temperature, and had tons of variation between regions, averaging 25.3°F, much more than the 3.1°F of average variation on the best model in this test, the Oster. This model did much better at reheating the plate of leftovers, doing an above-average job. We used the “Sensor reheat” function for a dinner plate to heat up our plate of green beans, mashed potatoes, and chicken tenders. While there was a weirdly warm hot spot on the potatoes — enough to scald your tongue — everything was adequately heated, and the potatoes rapidly cooled to an acceptable temperature.

This model redeemed itself slightly in our leftovers test, doing an above-average job.
For the chicken pot pie test, the Samsung MS11K3000AS resumed its terrible performance, once again meriting the lowest score we give. The middle of the pie was cool, well below the minimum temperature stated by the package directions, and there was an average of 32°F of temperature difference between different regions of the pie.

This model did the worst job of the group in our chicken pot pie test.
Redeeming itself slightly, the Samsung MS11K3000AS actually did reasonably well in our Hot Pocket test, doing a comparable job to the Sharp. There was only about 7°F average temperature difference between the left, center, and right, and all three areas exceeded the minimum temperature listed by the package.

This product did an acceptable job at heating the Hot Pocket.
Our final test for this metric was a heat map made with chocolate. We heated a thin disc of chocolate for one minute, then looked for even melting.

The very center of the chocolate remained completely solid.
The Samsung MS11K3000AS did slightly below average, leaving the center very cold and completely solid — explaining some of the poor performance in the previous tests. The center never made it above 130°F, much lower than the minimum temperature required for most of the pre-prepared foods.

Comments

Sarah H. says:

Glad i took a leap of faith!

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Paul says:

UPDATE!! – Good looking microwave with issues Our new kitchen remodel required a new microwave to fit into a cabinet area. This fit the space plus there was a discount & I had $20.00 from Amazon to apply to the purchase. So I took a chance.Pros -modern lookBlue digital readoutEasy to learn settingsLight on when door openedNice looking interiorHeats food easily & quicklyCons -Loud when heating – so is this microwave just noisy or is this a defect?The microwave has suddenly started when slowly opening the door. That shouldn’t happen. At least it hasn’t happened with any microwave I’ve owned in the past.I will update this review in a few days. I need to decide if I should return it or chance it. The microwave does have several excellent qualities but the cons I’ve were apparent from the first day.UPDATE – I have decided to return this microwave. The fact that the door can activate the microwave without anything in the oven made this oven dangerous…

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