We bought one of these to replace a 10 year old Zanussi microwave/grill. What was striking (in Dec 2012) was how appliances had gone downhill in quality (see reviews of previously well-regarded brands like Bosch/Siemens). AEG has a good reputation in appliances historically, but the built quality of this microwave did not bear it out. We also struggled to find a microwave with decent capacity like our old 30 L Zanussi. The standard sizes now seem to be 17 and 26L. Noticeably smaller and no good reason for this given that the overall space taken by the built-in appliance is the same. The AEG one just had legs to make up the volume. Unlike videos I found online of what seemed to be this microwave, the one we got did NOT have a stainless steel interior (painted white). In fact, the only difference between the white, black and stainless models is a frame on the front (and the colour of buttons). Its boggo standard microwave otherwise. The rotary knob is reasonably solid and feels OK in use, but this and all buttons are platic (nothing worse than plastic trying in vain to look like metal). As it happened, ours arrived damaged (cheap plastic frame being vulnerable in transit) so we sent it back. We purchased an IKEA model instead (Nutid MW6) which although a bit more money (£400 vs £350) is chalk and cheese in terms of quality. Its also 31L, 1000W and comes with a 5 year guarantee. Altenatively check out Which? for a handful of other built-in options which they recommend.
I was looking a good brand built-in microwave and the choice out there is somewhat limited. Aeg look good, perform all the functions of a normal microwave and although expensive to buy not as expensive as some other brands.
I have owned the microwave for 5-6 years and i see no reason why when i repace the kitchen that i would not keep the microwave and use it in the new kitchen.
The main benefit is the fact that it is built in making the kitchen look so much sleeker. This comes at a price compared to freestanding microwaves which some might see as prohibitive but as a finishing touch to an expensive kitchen in my opinion well worth it
The build quality is fantastic never had a problem, the stainless steel is good quality and has not stained or discoloured as i have seen this on some stainless before.
The ergonomics are good, it has a large capacity, i can get a 3.0litre pyrex pot in easily and the glass plate is larger than a normal dinner plate.
It is simple to use in its basic form - turn the dial for the time you want then press start. None of these press 6 buttons twice then the start button three times etc
Some microwaves have more functions but at the end of the day it is a microwave not an oven or grill.
It fits in a standard 600wide cabinet and i can't remember having any depth issues when i fited the kitchen.
I recently had a new kitchen put in and this was the microwave which i had been offered to be built into the design. On first appearances, it looked quite plain and not very efficient. In reality it was a very neat and compact mirowave with all the basic features you would expect from a modern day microwave. It cooks food thoroughly (especially soup and jacket potatoes) within a few minutes and is easy to clean. It makes hardly any noise and because it is built in, it frees up your kitchen top space for actual cooking.
However, it is quite pricy for the functions it gives and i only chose this one because it would save me the space for preparing and cooking normal meals. You could easily get something which is more powerful than 900 watts, with many more functions for something a fraction of the price. You do however need to sacrifice working space.
After several months of using this microwave i have found no faults or had any issues with it so it appears to be reliable.
Short name: AEG MC2662EM