Dacor PCOR30S Discovery Review

Dacor is a well-established brand known for producing high quality kitchen appliances. Their microwave ovens are, more often than not, powerful, robust machines, perhaps a bit reminiscent of old-school microwaves (in a good way).

One of their best known over-the-range microwave models is the PCOR30S Discovery.

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The PCOR30S is a visually striking microwave oven. If you went shopping for a microwave, this one would certainly stand out among the crowd. It looks a bit like it’s been teleported from the previous century. The old school, retro design is not a sign of underwhelming performance though, but more about that in a bit.

Even though this is a unique model when it comes to design, the PCOR30S should fit in well with your other kitchen appliances and perhaps inject a bit of color and flavor. With that said, some might be turned off by the eclectic visual appearance of this microwave oven, but that is a matter of personal preference and taste.

The vertical control scheme looks modern and the touchpad is well-designed and easy to use. The capacity of 1.1 cu. ft. is not on the high-end of things, but at the same time it’s probably more than enough for most users. The child safety lock is another nice addition that homeowners with children will certainly appreciate. The LED display is nice, simple and easy to read.

The 300 CFM Ventilation System, with recirculating or outside vending options included, works perfectly well and equally as good for those who don’t have an external vent option. Overall, this is a solid over-the-range microwave oven with some clever and unique engineering solutions and unique, yet perfectly adaptable aesthetic design.

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Good engineering solutions are the perfect foundation for good performance and Dacor’s PCOR30S model doesn’t disappoint in this segment. On the contrary, the overall performance of this microwave can be described in two words: powerful and subtle.

Most buyers ask questions about the seemingly low power of this model – the wattage is only 850 watts. We’re used to 1000-watt microwaves, so it’s natural to have these preconceived notions, especially if you’re not too familiar with engineering of home appliances.

To put it simply, the PCOR30S may need only 850 watts of power, but it delivers the same performance a high-end 1000-watt microwave would deliver. For example, with the PCOR30S you will be able to cook chicken up to 30 minutes quicker than with a standard electrical oven.

Apart from being quick and efficient, this over-the-range microwave oven reheats, boils, roasts, bakes and keeps your food hot remarkably well.

Dacor PCOR30S Discovery in action

Preparing large family meals and completing complicated cooking tasks is what the PCOR30S is intended for, but that doesn’t mean simpler things like popcorn cooking or defrosting food are a no go. Presets make everything easier and it shouldn’t take much time to get used to using them to prepare a quick meal. Sensor cooking and automatic settings can perhaps be considered highlights of this model.

This is a quiet, subtle, yet powerful microwave oven. When it comes to performance, this Dacor’s model is one of the best microwave ovens we’ve reviewed

Dimensions and Technical Specifications

  • Weight: 84 lbs.
  • Width: 30 inches
  • Height: 16.2 inches
  • Depth: 15.2 inches
  • Capacity: 1.1 Cu. Ft.
  • Colour: Stainless steel
  • Material type: Stainless steel
  • Voltage: 120 volts
  • Wattage: 850 watts
  • Cooking programs: convection, convection + microwaves, reheat, keep warm, sensor cook technology
  • Power levels: 10
  • Fan Type: Recirculation


  1. Ease of use
  2. Great performance
  3. Unique design
  4. Large number of cooking programs
  5. Efficient venting system


  1. Not for every budget

Final Verdict: A Powerful and Unique Over-The-Range Microwave Oven

The Dacor PCOR30S Discovery works well, cooks fast and acts subtle in all of its power. This uniquely designed microwave is, at the same time, a valuable aesthetic asset for every kitchen and a personal assistant of sorts to every cook.

Whether you want to prepare a meal for your family, quickly reheat some leftovers or prepare a small tasty dish fast, this microwave will get the job done quickly and efficiently. The only downside is – with the relatively high price it is certainly not a kitchen appliance for every budget, but it is a worthy investment.

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