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Galanz Retro GLCMKZ07RDR07 Review

This aesthetically pleasing appliance is convenient, but its performance is lackluster
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Galanz Retro GLCMKZ07RDR07 Review
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Price:  $99 List
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Manufacturer:   Galanz
By Genaveve Bradshaw and Ryan White  ⋅  Nov 14, 2023
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RANKED
#12 of 12
  • Heating - 40% 4.7
  • Frozen Foods - 30% 4.7
  • Defrosting - 20% 3.0
  • Ease of Use - 10% 7.4

Our Verdict

While the Galanz Retro GLCMKZ07RDR07 excels in appearance, its overall heating performance is average. If aesthetics or size are your top concerns, it's a suitable choice. The compact appliance will fit in most kitchens and help save space, all while throwing in a touch of color. The knob-style control is also unique among our lineup of top-ranked microwaves. However, you might consider alternatives for more advanced cooking needs.
REASONS TO BUY
Fun vintage design
Compact
Proficient at reheating leftovers
Inexpensive
REASONS TO AVOID
Lacks dedicated preset buttons
Too small for most users
Lackluster at most things

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Bottom Line Even though it's nice to look at, it has lackluster heating and defrosting abilitiesThis appliance is a fantastic choice for anyone predominantly heating up frozen foods and seeking a larger modelA middle of the road product for a reasonable price, but we weren't exceptionally wowed by any aspect of this microwaveThis model stood out for its ease of use and great performance with frozen foods, but performed poorly at defrostingIdeal for those on a budget or with limited space, but this model falls short in terms of premium build quality and high-level performance across our evaluated metrics
Rating Categories Galanz Retro GLCMKZ... Toshiba EM131A5C Panasonic NN-SB458S Toshiba EM925A5A Comfee EM720CPL-PMB
Heating (40%)
4.7
4.9
6.2
6.3
5.5
Frozen Foods (30%)
4.7
8.0
6.7
8.0
4.3
Defrosting (20%)
3.0
9.5
7.0
2.0
7.0
Ease of Use (10%)
7.4
8.1
5.5
7.7
6.3
Specs Galanz Retro GLCMKZ... Toshiba EM131A5C Panasonic NN-SB458S Toshiba EM925A5A Comfee EM720CPL-PMB
Wattage 700 watts 1100 watts 900 watts 900 watts 700 watts
Size 0.7 cu. ft 1.2 cu. ft 0.9 cu. ft 0.9 cu. ft 0.7 cu. ft
Dimensions (WxHxD) 17.8" x 9.5" x 12.8" 20.5" x 12.8" x 17.1" 19.1" x 11.5" x 14.8" 19.2" x 11.5" x 15.9" 17.1" x 10.1" x 12.4"
Turntable Diameter 9.6" 12.4" 10.6" 10.6" 10"
Internal Dimentions (WxHxD) 10.5" x 6.4" x 10.4" 15" x 9.5" x 13.1" 13.9" x 8.1" x 12.4" 13.7" x 8.7" x 12.3" 10.8" x 6.8" x 10.1"
Child lock Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes
45 Sec Heating Temp Rise 67 F 79 F 89 F 89 F 67 F

Our Analysis and Test Results

The Galanz Retro GLCMKZ07RDR07 is a sleek, vintage-appearing microwave that's sure to start a conversation in the kitchen. It's also very small, easy to use, and inexpensive. It reheats leftovers fairly well, but its overall performance is not amazing.

The Galanz Retro has a unique style and easy-to-use interface.
Credit: Abriah Wofford

Performance Comparison


Our testing approach was divided into three key metrics: heating, ease of use, and defrosting. After warming, heating, and cooking all the classics, each model received a score in these key categories. Overall, the Galanz left much to be desired. It didn't excel at our heating tests, though its compact size is ideal for small kitchens.

galanz retro glcmkz07rdr07 - inserting the cooking time is done by turning the large knob.
Inserting the cooking time is done by turning the large knob.
Credit: Abriah Wofford

Heating


The primary reason for purchasing a microwave is the quick and effortless heating of food. With that in mind, we emphasized the importance of the appliances' heating first and foremost. Our series of heating tests included a heat map and speed test. We also assessed the microwave's ability to effectively heat leftovers, pizza, and canned soup.

galanz retro glcmkz07rdr07 - heating up a plate of leftovers is an essential function of a...
Heating up a plate of leftovers is an essential function of a microwave.
Credit: Abriah Wofford

Heat Map Test


In our heat mapping test, we spread marshmallow fluff on a circular parchment paper cut to fit the turntable. We selected marshmallow fluff for its unique discoloration as an indicator of heat distribution. The Galanz didn't impress us with this test. As you can see below, the marshmallow was very burnt in the center yet nearly uncooked on the outside. This indicates that much of the microwaving power is aimed at the center. While this might not be a problem for smaller items, it will fail to heat larger dishes evenly.

galanz retro glcmkz07rdr07 - the heat map test of the galanz retro shows a scorched center yet...
The heat map test of the Galanz Retro shows a scorched center yet seemingly untouched perimeter.
Credit: Genaveve Bradshaw

Heating Speed Test


Next, we used a 125 mL water-filled beaker as our test subject. Placed at the center of the microwave, we measured the water's temperature increase after a 45-second heating cycle, contributing to 20% of the overall heating score. Unfortunately, the results weren't great. After 45 seconds, there was only a difference of 67 degrees Fahrenheit. Speed is not a strong point for the Galanz Retro.

galanz retro glcmkz07rdr07 - the galanz retro increased the 125 ml beaker of water to 108 degrees...
The Galanz Retro increased the 125 mL beaker of water to 108 degrees Fahrenheit in 45 seconds.
Credit: Genaveve Bradshaw

Leftover Heating


The Retro did a great job reheating our hefty plate of leftovers. We placed pre-cooked sausage links, mashed potatoes, and green beans into the microwave and selected the reheat dinner plate option. This preprogrammed cycle lasted seven minutes and 20 seconds. All the items were sufficiently hot, with the potatoes bordering on too hot at 180 degrees Fahrenheit.

galanz retro glcmkz07rdr07 - the galanz reheated leftovers with relative ease.
The Galanz reheated leftovers with relative ease.
Credit: Abriah Wofford


Soup Heating


Again, the Galanz scored well here. It managed to heat the canned chicken noodle soup evenly throughout and was just under the perfect temperature for consumption at 137 degrees Fahrenheit. Another 20-30 seconds, and it'll be perfect for most.

galanz retro glcmkz07rdr07 - checking the temp of soup after the heating test.
Checking the temp of soup after the heating test.
Credit: Genaveve Bradshaw

Pizza Heating


The last 15% of our heating evaluation consisted of reheating two slices of pizza for one minute. The results are mostly positive here, as the pizza was perfectly edible. The temperature range was 119 to 181 degrees Fahrenheit, which might seem like a large variation. However, most pizzas were in the 130 to 140-degree range.

galanz retro glcmkz07rdr07 - the lower knob is used as a timer.
The lower knob is used as a timer.
Credit: Abriah Wofford

Frozen Foods


Next, we assessed each microwave's performance in heating frozen items like Hot Pockets, burritos, and lasagna. We focused primarily on how effectively and evenly the microwave heated these frozen items. We used digital probe thermometers to measure the performance.

We started by heating the frozen burrito according to the package instructions. The Galanz Retro did a passable job, with the burrito reaching a sufficient internal temperature of 161 degrees Fahrenheit. In contrast, the frozen lasagna had a different outcome. It failed to reach the appropriate temperature within the allocated time, resulting in inconsistent temperatures and textures across the dish. The Hot Pocket gave us similar disappointing results. The ends of the pocket turned rather tough, while the rest lacked the expected crispiness. Although the item was adequately hot, it didn't have the typical texture you'd anticipate from this popular dinner choice.

galanz retro glcmkz07rdr07 - checking the final temperatures of the hot pocket in various...
Checking the final temperatures of the Hot Pocket in various locations.
Credit: Abriah Wofford

Defrosting


Another minor drawback of the Retro is its defrosting feature. It allows you to defrost by time or weight, which is a helpful feature for a compact appliance. When using the weight option, we found that it took 12 minutes for our one pound of ground beef to partially defrost. We had to return it for additional time to achieve full defrosting, leaving about 9.8 ounces fully thawed and the rest slightly frozen.

galanz retro glcmkz07rdr07 - using the interface is easy and straightforward. to set a cook time...
Using the interface is easy and straightforward. To set a cook time, simply turn the large knob.
Credit: Abriah Wofford

Ease of Use


This product provides easy and enjoyable operation through a single tactile knob for most functions. It includes dedicated buttons for Auto Cook/Reheat, Defrost Time/Weight, Power Level, Clock/Timer, and Stop/Cancel — covering all your needs. Additionally, you can run the timer while the microwave is in use.

galanz retro glcmkz07rdr07 - the elegant and simple design makes the galanz fun to look at.
The elegant and simple design makes the Galanz fun to look at.
Credit: Abriah Wofford

Should You Buy the Galanz Retro GLCMKZ07RDR07?


The Galanz Retro GLCMKA07RDR-07 handles basic tasks like reheating leftovers effectively. This could be an okay option if you seek style, a compact size, and are on a budget with basic needs. But we don't recommend this device for anyone else who needs to heat up frozen burritos or defrost meat quickly and effectively.

What Other Microwaves Should You Consider?


The Comfee EM720CPL-PMB is another compact, budget-friendly option. It performs well in most aspects, although it might not have the same stylish appearance on your countertop. For the best of the best, check out the GE JES1109RRSS. This powerful appliance tackled just about everything we threw at it and defrosted meat perfectly, though it isn't the most budget-friendly.

Genaveve Bradshaw and Ryan White