KitchenAid KCMS185JWH-4 Built in Microwave Oven User Guide

July 12, 2024

KitchenAid KCMS185JWH-4 Built in Microwave Oven

Product Information


  • Model: KCMS185JWH-4
  • Type: Microwave
  • Color: White
  • Model Compatibility: 105 Models

Product Usage Instructions

Safety Precautions
Before using the KITCHENAID KCMS185JWH-4 microwave, carefully read and follow all safety instructions in the owner’s manual.

Place the microwave on a flat, stable surface with proper ventilation. Ensure there is enough space around the microwave for air circulation.

Power Connection
Plug the microwave into a grounded outlet that meets the electrical requirements specified in the manual. Do not use extension cords.

Operating the Microwave

  • Open the microwave door and place the food item inside.
  • Close the door securely and select the desired cooking settings using the control panel.
  • Press the Start button to begin cooking.

Cleaning and Maintenance
Regularly clean the inside and outside of the microwave with a mild detergent and damp cloth. Refer to the manual for specific cleaning instructions.


  • Q: How do I defrost food in the KITCHENAID KCMS185JWH-4 microwave?

    • A: To defrost food, select the defrost function on the control panel and enter the weight of the food. Follow the on-screen prompts to complete the defrosting process.
  • Q: Can I use metal containers in this microwave?

    • A: No, do not use metal containers or utensils in the KITCHENAID KCMS185JWH-4 microwave as they can cause arcing and damage to the appliance.

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A Note For you

Thank you for buying a KITCHENAID® appliance!
KitchenAid designs the best tools for the most important room in your house. To ensure that you enjoy many years of trouble-free operation, we developed this Use and Care Guide. It contains valuable information concerning how to operate and maintain your new appliance properly. Please read it carefully.
Also, please complete and mail the enclosed Product Registration Card.

For assistance or service
Call the Customer Interaction Center toll free ……………………………………………………………… 1-800-422-1230

If you need assistance or service, first see the “Troubleshooting” section of this book. After checking “Troubleshooting,” additional help can be found by checking the “Requesting Assistance or Service” section, or by calling the telephone number above.

When calling, you will need to know your appliance’s complete model number and serial number. You can find this information on the model and serial number label/plate (see diagram in the “Getting to Know Your Microwave Oven” section.)
Keep this book and the sales slip together in a safe place for future reference. You must provide proof
of purchase or installation date for in-warranty service.

  • Model Number ————-
  • Builder/Dealer Name ————-
  • Seri a I Number ____
  • Address __ _
  • Date Installed ____ _
  • Phone ___ _


Your safety and the safety of others are very important.
We have provided many important safety messages in this manual and on your appliance. Always read and obey all safety messages.

This is the safety alert symbol.
This symbol alerts you to potential hazards that can kill or hurt you and others.
All safety messages will follow the safety alert symbol and either the word “DANGER” or “WARNING.” These words mean:

DANGER   You can be killed or seriously injured if you don’t immediately follow instructions.

WARNING You can be killed or seriously injured if you don’t follow instructions.

All safety messages will tell you what the potential hazard is, tell you how to reduce the chance of injury, and tell you what can happen if the instructions are not followed.

When using electrical appliances basic safety precautions should be followed, including the following

WARNING: To reduce the risk of burns, electric shock, fire, injury to persons or exposure to excessive microwave energy:

  • Read all instructions before using the microwave oven.
  • Read and follow the specific “PRECAUTIONS TO AVOID POSSIBLE EXPOSURE TO EXCESSIVE MICROWAVE ENERGY” found in this section.
  • The microwave oven must be grounded. Connect only to properly grounded outlet. See “GROUND­ING INSTRUCTIONS” found in the “Installation Instructions” section.
  • Install or locate the microwave oven only in accordance with the installation instructions.
  • Some products such as whole eggs and sealed containers – for example, closed glass jars -may explode and should not be heated in the microwave oven.
  • Use the microwave oven only for its intended use as described in this manual. Do not use corrosive chemicals or vapors in the microwave oven. This type of oven is specifically designed to heat, cook, or dry food. It is not designed for industrial or laboratory use.
  • As with any appliance, close supervision is necessary when used by children.
  • Do not operate the microwave oven if it has a damaged cord or plug, if it is not working properly, or if it has been damaged or dropped.
  • The microwave oven should be serviced only by qualified service personnel. Call an authorized service company for examination, repair or adjustment.
  • Do not cover or block any openings on the microwave oven.
  • Do not store the microwave oven outdoors. Do not use the microwave oven near water – for example, near a kitchen sink, in a wet basement, or near a swimming pool, and the like.
  • Do not immerse cord or plug in water.
  • Keep cord away from heated surfaces.
  • Do not let cord hang over edge of table or count­er.
  • See door surface cleaning instructions in the “Caring for Your Microwave Oven” section.


Microwave Oven Safety


  • Do not operate any heating or cooking appliance beneath the microwave oven.
  • Do not mount microwave oven over or near any portion of a heating or cooking appliance.
  • Do not mount over a sink.
  • Do not store anything directly on top of the microwave oven surface when the microwave oven is in operation.
  • To reduce the risk of fire in the oven cavity:
    • Do not overcook food. Carefully attend the microwave oven if paper, plastic, or other combustible materials are placed inside the oven to facilitate cooking.
    • Remove wire twist-ties from paper or plastic bags before placing bag in oven.
    • If materials inside the oven should ignite, keep oven door closed, turn oven off, and disconnect the power cord, or shut off power at the fuse or circuit breaker panel.
    • Do not use the cavity for storage purposes. Do not leave paper products, cooking utensils, or food in the cavity when not in use.



  • Do not attempt to operate this oven with the door open since open-door operation can result in harmful exposure to microwave energy. It is important not to defeat or tamper with the safety interlocks.
  • Do not place any object between the oven front face and the door or allow soil or cleaner residue to accumulate on sealing surfaces.
  • Do not operate the oven if it is damaged. It is particularly important that the oven door close properly and that there is no damage to the:
    1. door (bent),
    2. hinges and latches (broken or loosened),
    3. door seals and sealing surfaces.
    4. The oven should not be adjusted or repaired by anyone except properly qualified service personnel.


Before you begin operating the oven, carefully read the following instructions

1. Empty the microwave oven and clean inside it with a soft, damp cloth. Check for damage such as a door that isn’t lined up correctly, damage around the door, or dents inside the oven or on the exterior. If there is any damage, do not operate the oven until a designated service technician has checked it and made any needed repairs.
2. Put the oven on a cart, counter, table, or shelf that is strong enough to hold the oven and the food and utensils you put in it. (The control side of the unit is the heavy side. Use care when handling the oven.) The weight of the oven is about 35 lbs (16 kg). The microwave oven should be at a tempera­ture above 50°F (10°C) for proper operation. NOTE: You can build your microwave oven into a wall or cabinet by using one of the trim kits listed in the “Built-in kits” section.

NOTE: Do not block the exhaust vents or air intake openings. Allow a few inches of space at the back and side of the oven where the exhaust vents are located. Blocking the exhaust vents could cause damage to the oven and poor cooking results. Make sure the microwave oven legs are in place to ensure proper airflow. If vents are blocked, a sensitive ther­mal safety device automatically turns the oven off. The oven should work properly once it has cooled.


  • Fire Hazard
  • Do not install the oven next to or over a heat source without a UL approved trim kit.
  • Doing so can result in death, fire,
  • or electrical shock.

Electrical requirements
Observe all governing codes and ordinances. A 120 Volt, 60 Hz, AC only, 15- or 20-amp fused electrical supply is required. (A time-delay fuse is recommended.) It is recommended that a separate circuit serving only this appliance be provided.


  • Electrical Shock Hazard
  • Plug into a grounded 3 prong outlet. Do not remove ground prong.
  • Do not use an adapter.
  • Do not use an extension cord.
  • Failure to follow these instructions can result in death, fire, or electrical shock.

Electrical requirements


  • For all cord connected appliances:
    The microwave oven must be grounded. In the event of an electrical short circuit, grounding reduces the risk of electric shock by providing an escape wire for the electric current. The microwave oven is equipped with a cord having a grounding wire with a grounding plug. The plug must be plugged into an outlet that is properly installed and grounded.
    WARNING: Improper use of the grounding plug can result in a risk of electric shock.
    Consult a qualified electrician or serviceman if the grounding instructions are not completely understood, or if doubt exists as to whether the microwave oven is properly grounded.
    Do not use an extension cord. If the power supply cord is too short, have a qualified electrician or serviceman install an outlet near the microwave oven.

  • For a permanently connected appliance:
    The microwave oven must be connected to a grounded, metallic, permanent wiring system, or an equipment grounding conductor should be run with the circuit conductors and connected to the equipment grounding terminal or lead on the microwave oven.



This section discusses the concepts behind microwave cooking. It also shows you the basics you need to know to operate your ,microwave oven. Please read this information before you use your oven.

How your microoven works

  • Microwave energy is not hot. It causes food to make its own heat, and it’s this heat that cooks the food.
  • Microwaves are like TV waves, radio waves, or light waves. You cannot see them, but you can see what they do.
  • A magnetron in the microwave oven produces microwaves. The microwaves move into the oven where they contact food as it turns on the turntable.
  •  Your oven has a multiple microwave distribution system. Microwave energy is released from two locations, giving you better, more even cooking.

The glass turntable of your microwave oven lets microwaves pass through. Then they bounce off a metal floor, back through the glass turntable, and are absorbed by the food.
Microwaves pass through most glass, paper, and plastics without heating them so food absorbs the exergy. Microwaves bounce off metal containers so food does not absorb the energy.

Radio Interference
Using your microwave oven may cause interference to your radio, TV, or similar equipment. When there is interference, you can reduce it or remove it by

  • Cleaning the door and sealing surfaces of the oven.
  • Adjusting the receiving antenna of the radio or television.
  • Moving the receiver away from the microwave oven.
  • Plugging the microwave oven into a different outlet so that the miicrowave oven and receiver are on different branch circuits.

For the best cooking results

  • Always cook food for the shortest cooking time recommended. Check to see how the food is cooking. If ne1eded, touch EASY START while the oven is opera1ting or after the cooking cycle is over (see the “Using EASY START’ section).
  • Stir, turn over; or rearrange the food being cooked about halfway through the cooking time for all recipes. This villa help make sure the food is evenly cooked.
  • If you do not have a cover for a dish, use wax paper, or microwave-approved paper towels or plastic wrap. remember to turn back a corner of the plastic wrap to vent steam during cooking.

Testing your microwave oven

To test the oven, put 1 cup (250 ml) of cold water in a glass container in the oven. Close the door. Make sure it latches. Cook at 100% power for 2 minutes. When the time is up, the water should be heated.

Testing your dinnerware or cookware
Test dinnerware or cookware before using. To test a dish for safe use, put it into the oven with 1 cup (250 mL) of water beside it. Cook at 100% cook power for one minute. If the dish gets hot and water stays cool, do not use it. Some dishes (melamine, some ceramic dinnerware, etc.) absorb microwave energy, slowing cooking times. Cooking in metal containers not designed for micro- wave use could damage the oven, as could contain- ers with hidden metal (twist-ties, foil lining, staples, metallic glaze or trim).

Operating tips

  • Never lean on the door or allow a child to swing on it when the door is open.
  • Use hot pads. Microwave energy does not heat containers, but the heat from the food can make the container hot.
  • Do not use newspaper or other printed paper in the oven.
  • Do not dry flowers, fruit, herbs, wood, paper, gourds, or clothes in the oven.
  • Do not start a microwave oven when it is empty. Product life may be shortened. If you practice programming the oven, put a container of water in the oven. It is normal for the oven door to look wavy after the oven has been running for a while.
  • Do not try to melt paraffin wax in the oven. Paraffin wax will not melt in a microwave oven because it allows microwaves to pass through it.
  • Do not operate the microwave oven unless the glass turntable is securely in place and can rotate freely. The turntable can rotate in either direction. Make sure the turntable is correct-side up in the oven. Handle your turntable with care when removing it from the oven to avoid possibly breaking it. If your turntable cracks or breaks, contact your dealer for a replacement.
  • When you use a browning dish, the browning dish bottom must be at least ¾6 in. (5 mm) above the turntable. Follow the directions supplied with the browning dish.
  • Never cook or reheat a whole egg inside the shell. Steam buildup in whole eggs may cause them to burst, and possibly damage the oven. Slice hard-boiled eggs before heating. In rare cases, poached eggs have been known to explode. Cover poached eggs and allow a standing time of one minute before cutting into them.
  • For best results, stir any liquid several times during heating or reheating. Liquids heated in certain containers (especially containers shaped like cylinders) may become overheated. The liquid may splash out with a loud noise during or after heating or when adding ingredients (coffee granules, tea bags, etc.). This can harm the oven.
  • Microwaves may not reach the center of a roast. The heat spreads to the center from the outer, cooked areas just as in regular oven cooking. This is one of the reasons for letting some foods (for example, roasts or baked potatoes) stand for a while after cooking, or for stirring some foods during the cooking time.
  • Do not deep fry in the oven. Microwavable utensils are not suitable and it is difficult to maintain appropriate deep-frying temperatures.
  • Do not overcook potatoes. At the end of the recommended cooking time, potatoes should be slightly firm because they will continue cooking during standing time. After microwaving, let potatoes stand for 5 minutes. They will finish cooking while standing.

Electrical connection
If your electric power line or outlet voltage is less than 110 volts, cooking times may be longer. Have a qualified electrician check your electrical system.

Microwave oven features

Your microwave oven is designed to make your cooking experience enjoyable and productive. To help get you up and running quickly, the following is a list of the oven’s basic features

  1. Door Safety Lock System. The oven will not work unless the door is securely closed.
  2. Window with Metal Shield. The shield prevents microwaves from escaping. It is designed as a screen to allow you to view food as it cooks.
  3. Glass Turntable. This turntable turns food as it cooks for more even cooking. It must be in the oven during operation for best cooking results. The turntable is sunken into the cavity floor to give you more cooking space and better cooking results. (The turntable for Model KCMS185J can be stopped from turning by touching the TURNTABLE ON/OFF pad.)
  4. Removable Turntable Support (under turntable).
  5. Control Panel. (Model KCMS185J shown) Touch pads on this panel to perform all functions.
  6. Light (not shown). Automatically turns on when the door is opened or when the oven is running.
  7. Cooking Guide Label. 8. Model and Serial Number Plate.
  8. Rack Supports. (Model KCMS185J only)
  9. Cooking Rack. (Model KCMS185J only) (Part No. 8172101) Use for extra space when cooking on more than one level in your microwave oven. Store rack outside microwave oven when not cooking.

Model KCMS185J Only


  1. Do not operate with no load.
  2. Be sure to position the rack properly shown as left.

Control panel features
Your microwave oven control panel lets you select a desired cooking function quickly and easily . The following is a list of all the Command pads located on the control panel (Model KCMS185 shown. KCMS145J, KCMS145K is same except that it lacks Turntable on/off key.).

For more information on these features, see “Using Your Microwave Oven” section.

  1. Display. This display includes a clock and indicators to tell you the time of day, cooking time settings, cook powers, quantities, weights, and cooking functions.
  2. AUTO SENSOR REHEAT. Touch this pad to reheat from a variety of food categories available.
  3. AUTO SENSOR COOK. Touch this pad to cook from a variety of food categories available.
  4. AUTO SENSOR POPCORN. Touch this pad to pop a bag of popcorn in any of 3 sizes.
  5. CUSTOM DEFROST. Touch this pad to defrost frozen food by weight.
  6. CUSTOM COOK. Touch this pad to cook at custom sestinas.
  7. PERSONAL CHOICE. Touch this pad to change sound volume to low, medium, high or off, to change weight measurement from lbs to kilo- grams, to change the language displayed, to change scroll speed, to change the clock from 12 hours to 24 hours or to turn on/off, or to turn the Demo mode on and off.
  8. COOK TIME. Touch this pad to set a cooking time.
  9. COOK POWER. Touch this pad to set the amount of microwave energy released to cook the food. The higher the number, the higher the power wattage and the faster the “cooking speed.”
  10. KEEP WARM. Touch this pad to keep hot, cooked food warm in your microwave oven. You can use KEEP WARM by itself or to automatically follow a cooking cycle.
  11. Number pads. Touch number pads to control sound, weights, language, scroll speed, clock, Demo mode, cooking times, cook powers, or quantities.
  12. TIMER. Touch this pad to set or cancel the timer function.
  13. CLOCK SET. Touch this pad to enter the correct time of day.
  14. START/EASY START. Touch this pad to start a function you have set or to cook food for 30 seconds at 100% cook power.
  15. TURNTABLE ON/OFF. (Model KCMS185J only) Touch this pad to start or stop turntable rotation. This function works during manual cook only. It will not work while in the CUSTOM DEFROST, CUSTOM COOK, AUTO SENSOR REHEAT, AUTO SENSOR COOK, or AUTO SENSOR POPCORN modes.
  16. CANCEL/OFF. Touch this pad once to clear an incorrect command or to cancel a program during cooking. This pad will not erase the time of day.

Audible signals
Your microwave oven comes with audible signals that can guide you when setting and using your oven

  • A programming tone will sound each time you touch a pad
  • Three tones signal the end of a cooking cycle and five tones signal the end of the timer function.

NOTE: The tones on your oven can be turned off. To do so, see “Using PERSONAL CHOICE”.

Interrupting cooking
You can stop the oven during a cycle by opening the door. The oven stops heating and the fan stops, but the light stays on. To restart cooking, close the door and

If you do not want to continue cooking:

  • Close the door and the light goes off. OR
  • Touch CANCEL/OFF.

NOTE: Before setting a function, touch CANCEL/OFF to make sure no other function is on.

Using the child lock
The Child Lock locks the control panel so children cannot use the microwave when you do not want them to.

To lock the control panel
Touch and hold CANCEL/OFF until “LOCKED” appears on display (approximately 4 seconds). (One tone will sound.)

To unlock the control panel
Touch and hold CANCEL/OFF until “UNLOCK” appears on display. (Two tones will sound.)


You can select or change the following functions or displays by touching PERSONAL CHOICE:

Function Choice
Sound volume Change to low, medium, high or off.
Weight Change to standard (lbs) or metric (kgs).
Language Change to English, French or Spanish.
Scroll speed Change speed.
Clock Change to 12 hrs. or 24 hrs. or turn on/off.
Demo mode Turn on or off.
  1. Touch PERSONAL CHOICE for desired function.
    Once to control sound volume, twice for weight, 3 times for language, 4 times for scroll speed, 5 times for clock, or 6 times for Demo mode.
    For example, to change weight measurements you see:

  2. Touch “1” for “lbs” or “2” for “kgs”.

  3. Touch START.

Built-in kits (For Model KCMS 185J)
You can build in your microwave oven by using one of the following trim kits*. These kits are available from your dealer. If your dealer does not stock the kit you can order it, by kit model number, by calling 1-800-422-1230 and following the instructions and telephone prompts you hear.

27″| (69 cm)| Black| MK1197XHB| KEBl171D| KEBS177D
30″| (76 cm)| Black| MK1190XHB| KEBl101D| KEBS107D
27″| (69 cm)| White| MK1197XHQ| KEBl171D| KEBS177D
30″| (76 cm)| White| MK1190XHQ| KEBl101D| KEBS107D
27″| (69 cm)| Stainless| MK1197XHS| KEBl171D| KEBS177D
30″| (76 cm)| Stainless| MK1190XHS| KEBl101D| KEBS107D
27″| (69 cm)| Biscuit| MK1197XHT| KEBl171D| KEBS177D
30″| (76 cm)| Biscuit| MK1190XHT| KEBl101D| KEBS107D

Built-in kits (cont.) (For Model KCMS I 45J, KCMS 145K)
You can build in your microwave oven by using one of the following trim kits*. These kits are available from your dealer. If your dealer does not stock the kit you can order it, by kit model number, by calling 1-800-422-1230 and following the instructions and telephone prompts you hear.


24″ (61 cm)            Black               MK1134XHB KEBl141D      KEBS147D

27″ (69 cm)            Black               MK1137XHB KEBl171D      KEBS177D

30″ (76 cm)            Black               MK1130XHB KEBl101D      KEBS107D

24″ (61 cm)            White                MK1134XHQ KEBl141D      KEBS147D

27″ (69 cm)            White                MK1137XHQ KEBl171D      KEBS177D

30″ (76 cm)            White                MK1130XHQ KEBl101D      KEBS107D

24″ (61 cm)         Stainless             MK1134XHS KEBl141D      KEBS147D

27″ (69 cm)         Stainless             MK1137XHS KEBl171D      KEBS177D

30″ (76 cm)         Stainless             MK1130XHS KEBl101D      KEBS107D

24″ (61 cm)           Biscuit               MK1134XHT KEBl141D      KEBS147D

27″ (69 cm)           Biscuit               MK1137XHT KEBl171D      KEBS177D

30″ (76 cm)           Biscuit               MK1130XHT KEBl101D      KEBS107D

  • Approved, electric single ovens only

Setting the clock
When you first plug in your microwave oven, the display shows” : “. If the electric power ever goes off, the display will again show ” : ” when the power comes back on.
NOTE: You can cook without setting the clock, but the display will show ” : ” again after the cooking is completed.

  1. Touch CLOCK SET.
  2. Touch number pads for time of day. For example: For 7:00, touch “7 0 0”
  3. Touch CLOCK SET.

Using the minute timer
You can use your microwave oven as a kitchen timer. Use the minute timer for timing up to 99 minutes.

  1. Touch TIMER.
  2. Touch number pads for desired time. For example, for 10 minutes touch “1 0 0 0”
  3. Touch START, (or, TIMER) or allow the timer to start automatically after a short delay.
  4. At the end of the set time
    Timer will count down to zero, then will display “TIMER END” and 5 tones will sound.
    NOTE: To cancel timer at any time, touch TIMER.

Using the cooking rack (Model KCMS I 85J only)
The Cooking Rack (Part No. 8172101) gives you extra space when cooking at more than one level in your microwave oven.


  • Do not store the metal rack in the oven. Arcing and damage to the oven could result if someone accidentally starts the oven.
  • Do not operate the oven with the metal rack stored on the floor of the oven. Damage to the interior finish will result.
  • Do not use this rack in other cooking appliances.
  • Do not use rack with browning dish.
  • Do not place a metal cooking container directly on the microwave oven rack. Place a microwave-safe plate between the metal container and the rack to prevent possible arcing and damage to the oven.

This section gives you instructions for operating each function. Please read these instructions carefully.

Cooking at high cook power

  1. Put the food in the oven and close the door.

  2. Touch COOK TIME.
    Display will show “STAGE 1 “.

  3. Touch number pads for desired time. For example, for 10 minutes touch “1 0 0 0”

  4. Touch START.

  5. At the end of the cooking time:
    Display will show “END” and 3 tones will sound.

Cooking at different cook powers

  1. Put your food in the oven and close the door.

  2. Touch COOK TIME.
    Display will show “STAGE 1 “.

  3. Touch number pads for desired time.

  4. Touch COOK POWER.

  5. Select number pad for desired power setting.
    (See the following chart.)

  6. Touch START.

  7. At the end of the cooking time:
    Display will show “END” and 3 tones will sound.

For best results, some recipes call for different cook powers. The lower the cook power, the slower the cooking. Each level stands for a different percentage of cook power. Many microwave cookbook recipes tell you by number, percent, or name which cook power to use.

The following chart gives the percentage of cook power each level stands for, and the cook power name usually used. It also tells you when to use each cook power. Follow recipe or food package instructions if available.

NOTE: Refer to a reliable cookbook for cooking times.

COOK POWER NAME                                            WHEN TO USE IT

P100-H I = 100% of full                    High             Quick heating many convenience foods and foods power (automatic) with high water content, such as soups, beverages and most vegetables
P90 = 90% of full power                                         Cooking small tender pieces of meat, ground meat, poultry pieces, and fish fillets Heating cream soups
PS0-RHT = 80% of full         Medium-High, Reheat   Heating rice, pasta, or stirrable casseroles

power Cooking and heating foods that need a cook power lower than high (for example, whole fish and meat loaf)

P70 = 70% of full power                                           Reheating a single serving of food
P60 = 60% of full power                                   Cooking sensitive foods such as cheese and egg dishes, pudding, and custards

Cooking non-storable casseroles, such as lasagna

Cooking with more than one cook cycle
For best results, some recipes call for one cook power for a certain length of time, and another cook power for another length of time. Your oven can be set to change from one power level to another automatically, for up to 3 cycles plus a defrost cycle.

  1. Put your food in the oven and close the door.

  2. Touch number pads to set the cooking time for the first cycle.

  3. Touch number pad to set the cook power for the first cycle.

  4. Repeat Steps 2 and 3 to set the cooking time and cook power for each additional cycle.

  5. Touch START.
    After each cycle is complete, 2 tones sound and the next cycle(s) will count down.

  6. At the end of the cooking time:
    Display will show “END” and 3 tones will sound. NOTES:

    • You can set your chosen cook functions in any order. However, when you use CUSTOM DEFROST, it must be the first cycle.
    • Cooking with more than one cook cycle will not work with AUTO SENSOR COOK or AUTO SENSOR REHEAT functions.

P50 = 50%| of full power| Medium|

  • Cooking ham, whole poultry, and pot roasts
  • Simmering stews

P40 = 40%| of full power| |

  • Melting chocolate
  • Heating bread, rolls and pastries

P30-DEF =


| 30% of full| Medium-Low, Defrost| Defrosting foods, such as bread, fish, meats, poultry, and precooked foods
P20 = 20%| of full power| |

  • Softening butter, cheese, and ice cream

P10-WRM = 10% of full                    Low               Keeping food warm power                                                            Taking chill out of fruit

You can defrost food by choosing a category and set­ting a weight. CUSTOM DEFROST has preset times and cook powers for 3 categories: Meat, Poultry, and Fish.

  1. Touch CUSTOM DEFROST. Once for Meat, twice for Poultry, three times for Fish.
  2. Touch number pads for desired weight (from .1 to 6.0 lbs [45 g to 2.7 kg]).
  3. Touch START.
  4. During defrosting, 5 tones will sound. These tones tell you when to check, turn over, separate, or rearrange the food. To start the oven again, touch START.
  5. At the end of the defrosting time: Display will show “END” and 3 tones will sound.

Weight conversion chart
You are probably used to food weights as being in pounds and ounces that are fractions of a pound
(for example, 4 ounces equals ¼ pound [113.4 g]).
If the weight on the food package is in fractions of a pound, you can use the following chart to convert the weight to decimals.

Equivalent Weight

1.6             45.4| .10
3.2             90.7| .20
4.0          113.4| .25 One-Quarter Pound
4.8          136.1| .30
6.4          181.4| .40
8.0          226.8| .50 One-Half Pound
9.6          272.2| .60
11.2          317.5| .70
12.0          340.2| .75 Three-Quarters Pound
12.8          362.9| .80
14.4          408.2| .90
16.0          453.6| 1.00      One Pound

Defrosting tips

  • Before starting, make sure you have removed any of the metal twist-ties which often come with frozen food bags, and replace them with strings or elastic bands.
  • Open containers such as cartons before they are placed in the oven.
  • Always slit or pierce plastic pouches or packaging.
  • If food is foil wrapped, remove foil and place it in a suitable container.
  • Slit the skins, if any, of frozen food such as sausage.
  • Bend plastic pouches of food to ensure even defrosting.
  • Always underestimate defrosting time. If defrosted food is still icy in the center, return it to the microwave oven for more defrosting.
  • The length of defrosting time varies according to how solidly the food is frozen.
  • The shape of the package affects how quickly food will defrost. Shallow packages will defrost more quickly than a deep block.
  • As food begins to defrost, separate the pieces. Separated pieces defrost more evenly.
  • Use small pieces of aluminum foil to shield parts of food such as chicken wings, leg tips, fish tails, or areas that start to get warm. Make sure the foil does not touch the sides, top, or bottom of the oven. The foil can damage the oven lining.
  • For better results, let food stand after defrosting.(For more information on standing time, see “Microwave cooking tips” in the “Cooking Guide” section.)
  • Turn food over during defrosting or standing time. Break apart and remove food as required.


  1. Touch CUSTOM COOK.
    • Once for Bacon (select number of slices from 2 to 6)
    • 2 times for Beverage (select number of cups, either 1 or 2)
    • 3 times for Frozen Roll/Muffin (select number of rolls from 1 to 4)
    • 4 times for Fresh Roll/Muffin (select number of rolls from 1 to 4)
    • 5 times for Oatmeal (select number of servings from 1 to 6)
  2. At the end of cooking time:
    Display will show “END” and 3 tones will sound.

Easy Start lets you cook food for 30 seconds at 100% cook power or, during any manual program you can use it to add 30-second increments.


  • Each time you touch EASY START, it will add up to 3 minutes, then will add 1 minute to a total of 10 minutes.
  • You can enter Easy Start only after closing the door or after touching CANCEUOFF.
  • You can also use the pad to increase the remaining cook time during manual programs.
  1. Make sure your food is in the oven.

  2. Touch EASY START.
    (each additional touch adds 30 seconds of cooking time up to 3 minutes, then adds 1 minute up to a total of 10 minutes)

  3. At the end of the cooking time:
    Display will show “END” and 3 tones will sound.


Food Poisoning Hazard
Do not let food sit in oven more than one hour before or after cooking.
Doing so can result in food poisoning or sickness.

Keep Warm keeps hot, cooked food warm in your microwave oven.


  • Food cooked should be covered during Keep Warm.
  • Pastry items (pies, turnovers, etc.) should be uncovered during Keep Warm.
  • Complete meals kept warm on a dinner plate should be covered during Keep Warm.
  • Do not use more than 1 complete Keep Warm cycle. The quality of some foods will suffer with extended time.
  1. Put hot, cooked food in the oven and close the door.

  2. Touch KEEP WARM.
    “WARM HOLD” scrolls twice, then “START” flash­es until you touch START.

  3. Touch START.
    Display will show “WARM”.

  4. To cancel KEEP WARM, open door or touch CANCEL/OFF.


Your microwave oven has a sensor that detects the humidity released by the food. The amount of humidity detected tells the oven how long to cook or heat your food. The sensor is used by 3 special functions: AUTO SENSOR COOK, AUTO SENSOR REHEAT, and AUTO SENSOR POPCORN. The simple instructions for these functions are on the following pages.


  • If you want to cook by entering a time and cook power, see “Microwave cooking guide” in the “Cooking Guide” section.
  • The oven should be plugged in at least 5 minutes before sensor cooking.
  • Room temperature should not exceed 95° F (35°C).
  • Be sure the exterior of the cooking container and the interior of the oven are dry. Wipe off each with a paper towel.
  • The oven will not generate microwave energy for approximately 28 seconds at the beginning of the sensor cooking cycle.
  • When covering foods, be sure to leave an opening big enough for moisture to escape so that the sensor can determine cooking or reheating time.


  1. Put the food in the oven and close the door.
  2. Touch AUTO SENSOR COOK until desired food type is displayed.
    AUTO SENSOR COOK will start automatically after a short delay. (See Auto sensor cooking chart.)

Auto sensor cooking chart

Baked Potatoes 1 to 4 medium,

about 8 to 10 oz

(227 to 284 g) each

| Pierce each potato several times with a fork and place on the oven tray around the edge, at least 1 inch (2.5 cm) apart.
Frozen Vegetables| 1 to 4 cups

(250 ml to 1 L)


  • Remove from package. Place vegetables in a microwav- able container. Cover with plastic wrap and vent.
  • Most vegetables need stirring and 2-3 minutes standing time after cooking.

Fresh Vegetables| 1 to 4 cups

(250 ml to 1 L)


  • Place moist vegetables in a microwavable container. Cover with plastic wrap and vent.
  • Most vegetables need stirring and 2-3 minutes standing time after cooking.

Frozen Entree| Works best if entree| Remove from outer package. Loosen cover on three
| is 10 to 20 oz.| sides. If entree is not in a microwave-safe container, place
| (284 to 567 g)| it on a plate, cover with plastic wrap and vent.
| | Most entrees need 2-3 minutes standing time after cook-
| | ing.
Rice| ½ to 2 cups (125 to| Follow measurements on package for ingredient amounts.
| 500 ml) of dry rice| Place rice and liquid (water or chicken or vegetable stock)
| (Use medium or long| in a microwavable dish. Cover with plastic wrap and vent.
| grain rice. Cook| When cooking is complete, allow rice to stand 5 minutes or
| instant rice accord-| until liquid is absorbed. Stir rice.
| ing to directions on|
| the package.)|
Fish, Seafood| ¼ to 2 lbs (113 to 907 g)| Place the food around the sides of a microwave-safe container. Season and add ¼ to ½ cup (63 to 125 ml) liquid (wine, water, salsa, etc.) if desired. Cover with plastic wrap, vented.


  1. Put the food in the oven and close the door.
  2. Touch AUTO SENSOR REHEAT until desired food type is displayed.
    AUTO SENSOR REHEAT will start automatically after a short delay. (See Auto sensor reheating chart.)

NOTE: When covering foods, be sure to leave an opening big enough for moisture to escape so that
the sensor can determine cooking or reheating time.

Auto sensor reheating chart


Dinner plate **** About 8 to 16 oz       Place food to be heated on a dinner plate or similar dish. (227 to 454 g)                    Cover with plastic wrap and vent.

Soup **** 1 to 4 cups              Place food to be heated in a microwave container. Cover with (250 ml to 1 l)                      plastic wrap and vent.

Sauce **** 1 to 4 cups              Place food to be heated in a microwave container. Cover with (250 ml to 1 l)                      plastic wrap and vent.

Casserole **** 1 to 2 cups            Place food to be heated in a microwave container. Cover with (250 to 500 ml)                    plastic wrap and vent.

AUTO SENSOR POPCORN lets you pop commercial­ly packaged microwave popcorn with just one touch.


  • Pop only 1 package at a time.
  • If you are using a microwave popcorn popper, follow manufacturer’s instructions.
  1. Place the bag in the center of the turntable and close the door.
  2. Touch AUTO SENSOR POPCORN. NOTE: The sensor will determine “popping time”, based on the size of the package.

Auto sensor popcorn chart


POPCORN **** 3.5 oz (99 g)            Follow package directions.

3.0 oz (85 g)           Use a popcorn package which is made especially for microwave

1.75 oz (50 g)            cooking.

  • Do not try to pop unpopped kernels.
  • Pop only 1 package at a time.
  • Do not leave the microwave oven unattended while popping popcorn.
  • If you are using a microwave popcorn popper, follow manufacturer’s instructions.
  • How well your popcorn cooks will depend on the brand of popcorn and how much fat it has in it. Try several brands to decide which pops the best. For best results, use fresh bags of popcorn.

Cooking Guide

Microwave cooking tips
Amount of food
If you increase or decrease the amount of food you prepare, the time it takes to cook that food will also change. For example, if you double a recipe, add a little more than half the original cooking time. Check for doneness and, if necessary, add more time in small increments.

Starting temperature of food
The lower the temperature of the food being put into the microwave oven, the longer it takes to cook. Food at room temperature will be reheated more quickly than food at refrigerator temperature.

Composition of food

  • Food with a lot of fat and sugar will be heated faster than food containing a lot of water. Fat and sugar will also reach a higher temperature than water in the cooking process.
  • The more dense the food, the longer it takes to heat. “Very dense” food like meat takes longer to re­heat than lighter, more porous food like sponge cakes.

Size and shape

  • Smaller pieces of food will cook faster than larger pieces. Also, same-shaped pieces cook more evenly than different-shaped pieces.
  • With foods that have different thicknesses, the thinner parts will cook faster than the thicker parts. Place the thinner parts of chicken wings and legs in the center of the dish.

Stirring, turning foods
Stirring and turning foods spreads heat quickly to the center of the dish and avoids overcooking at the outer edges of the food.

Covering food
Cover food to

  • Reduce splattering
  • Shorten cooking times
  • Keep food moist

You can use any covering that lets microwaves pass through. See “Getting to Know Your Microwave Oven” for materials that microwaves will pass through. If you are using the Auto Sensor function, be sure to vent.

Releasing pressure in foods
Several foods (for example: baked potatoes, sausages, egg yolks, and some fruits) are tightly covered by a skin or membrane. Steam can build up under the membrane during cooking, causing the food to burst. To relieve the pressure and to prevent bursting, pierce these foods before cooking with a fork, cocktail pick, or toothpick.

Using standing time

  • Always allow food to stand after cooking. Stand­ing time after defrosting and cooking allows the temperature to evenly spread throughout the food, improving the cooking results.
  • The length of the standing time depends on how much food you are cooking and how dense it is. Sometimes it can be as short as the time it takes you to remove the food from the oven and take it to the serving table. However, with larger, denser food, the standing time may be as long as 10 min­utes.

Arranging food
For best results, place food evenly on the plate. You can do this in several ways

  • If you are cooking several items of the same food, such as baked potatoes, place them in a ring pattern for uniform cooking.
  • When cooking foods of uneven shapes or thick­ness, such as chicken breasts, place the smaller or thinner area of the food towards the center of the dish where it will be heated last.
  • Layer thin slices of meat on top of each other.
  • When you cook or reheat whole fish, score the skin – this prevents cracking.
  • Do not let food or a container touch the top or sides of the oven. This will prevent possible arcing.


Using aluminum foil
Metal containers should not be used in a microwave oven. There are, however, some exceptions. If you have purchased food which is prepackaged in an aluminum foil container, refer to the instructions on the package. When using aluminum foil containers, cooking times may be longer because microwaves will only penetrate the top of the food.

If you use aluminum containers without package instructions, follow these guidelines

  • Place the container in a glass bowl and add some water so that it covers the bottom of the container, not more than¼ in. (.64 cm) high. This ensures even heating of the container bottom.
  • Always remove the lid to avoid damage to the oven.
  • Use only undamaged containers.
  • Do not use containers taller than¾ in. (1.9 cm).
  • Container must be at least half filled.
  • To avoid arcing, there must be a minimum ¼ in. (.64 cm) between the aluminum container and the walls of the oven and also between two aluminum containers.
  • Always place the container on the turntable.
  • Reheating food in aluminum foil containers usually takes up to double the time compared to reheating in plastic, glass, china, or paper containers. The time when food is ready will vary depending upon the type of container you use.
  • Let food stand for 2 to 3 minutes after heating so that heat is spread evenly throughout container.

Cooking you should not do in your microwave oven

  • Do not do canning of foods in the oven. Closed glass jars may explode, resulting in damage to the oven.
  • Do not use the microwave oven to sterilize objects (baby bottles, etc.). It is difficult to keep the oven at the high temperature needed for sterilization.

To make sure your microwave oven looks good and works well for a long time, you should maintain it properly. For proper care, please follow these instructions carefully.

For interior surfaces: Wash often with warm, sudsy water and a sponge or soft cloth. Use only mild, non­abrasive soaps or a mild detergent. Be sure to keep the areas clean where the door and oven frame touch when closed. Wipe well with clean water. Over time, stains can occur on the surfaces as the result of food particles spattering during cooking. This is nor­mal.

For stubborn soil, boil a cup (250 ml) of water in the oven for 2 or 3 minutes. Steam will soften the soil. To get rid of odors inside the oven, boil a cup (250 ml) of water with lemon juice or vinegar.

For exterior surfaces and control panel: Use a soft cloth with spray glass cleaner. Apply the spray glass cleaner to the soft cloth; do not spray directly on the oven.

NOTE: Abrasive cleansers, steel-wool pads, gritty wash cloths, some paper towards, etc., can damage the control panel and the interior and exteri­or oven surfaces.

To clean turntable and turntable support, wash in mild, sudsy water; for heavily soiled areas use a mild cleanser and scouring sponge. The turntable and turntable support are dishwasher-safe.

Questions And Answers


  • Can I operate my microwave oven without the turntable or turn the turntable over to hold a large dish?
  • Can I use a rack in my microwave oven so that I may reheat or cook on two levels at a time?
  • Can I use either metal or aluminum pans in my microwave oven?
  • Is it normal for the turntable to turn in either direction?
  • Sometimes the door of my microwave oven ap­pears wavy. Is this normal?
  • What are the humming noises that I hear when my microwave oven is operating?
  • Why does the dish become hot when I microwave food in it? I thought that this should not happen.
  • What does “standing time” mean?
  • Why does steam come out of the air exhaust vent?
  • Can I pop popcorn in my microwave oven?
  •  How do I get the best results?


  • No. If you remove or turn over the turntable, you will get poor cooking results. Dishes used in your oven must fit on the turntable.
  • You can use a rack only if the rack is supplied with your microwave oven. If you use a rack not supplied with the microwave oven, you can get poor cooking performance and/or arcing.
  • You can use aluminum foil for shielding (use small, flat pieces), small skewers, and shallow foil trays
  • (if tray is not taller than¾ in. [1.9 cm] deep and half filled with food to absorb microwave energy). Never allow metal to touch walls or door.
  • Yes. The turntable rotates clockwise or counter­clockwise, depending on the rotation of the motor when the cooking cycle begins.
  • This appearance is normal and does not affect the operation of your oven.
  • You may hear the sound of the transformer when the magnetron tube cycles on.
  • As the food becomes hot it will conduct the heat to the dish. Be prepared to use hot pads to remove food after cooking. “Standing time” means that food should be removed from the oven and covered for additional time to allow it to finish cooking. This frees the oven for other cooking.
  • Steam is normally produced during cooking. The microwave oven has been designed to vent this steam out the vents.
  • Yes. Pop packaged microwave popcorn following manufacturer’s guidelines or use the preset AUTO SENSOR POPCORN pad. Do not use regular paper bags. Use the “listening test” by stopping the oven
  • as soon as the popping slows to a “pop” every 1 or 2 seconds. Do not repo unpopped kernels. Do not pop popcorn in glass cookware.


Most cooking problems often are caused by little things you can find and fix without tools of any kind. Check the lists below before calling for assistance or service. If you still need help, see the “Requesting Assistance or Service” section.


  • Is the microwave plugged into a live outlet with the proper voltage? (See installation instructions.)
  • Have you blown a household fuse or tripped a circuit breaker?
  • Has the electric company experienced a power failure?


Problem Cause
The microwave oven will not run.
  • The door is not firmly closed and latched.
  • You did not touch START.
  • You did not follow directions exactly.
  • An operation that was programmed earlier is still running.
  • You have not set the time after touching COOK TIME.

Microwave cooking times seem too long.|

  • The electric supply to your home or wall outlets is low or lower than normal. Your electric company can tell you if the line voltage is low. Your electrician or service technician can tell you if the outlet voltage is low.
  • The cook power is not at the recommended setting.
  • Larger amounts of food need longer cooking times.

The turntable will not turn.|

  • The turntable is not correctly in place. Make sure the turntable is correct-side up and is sitting securely on center shaft.
  • The TURNTABLE ON/OFF pad (Model KCMS185J only) has been touched and shows T/TABLE OFF on display. Touch the pad again to turn the turntable to ON position.
  • The support is not operating correctly. Remove turntable, check that the turntable support is properly in place, and restart oven. If turntable support does not move, call a designated service technician for repair. Cooking without the turntable can give you poor results.

The display shows a time counting down but the oven is not cooking.|

  • The oven door is not closed completely.
  • You have set the controls as a kitchen timer. Touch CANCEUOFF to cancel the Minute Timer.

You do not hear the Programming Tone.| The command is not correct.
The fan seems to be running slower than usual.| The oven has been stored in a cold area. The fan will run slower until the oven warms up to normal room temperature.
The display is showing ” : “.| There has been a power interruption. Reset the clock.

If none of these items is causing your problem, see the “Requesting Assistance or Service” section.

Requesting Assistance Or Ser5vice
To avoid unnecessary service calls, please check the “Troubleshooting” section. It may save you the cost of a service call. If you still need help, follow the instructions below.

If you need assistance or service

Call the KitchenAid Customer Interaction Center toll free at 1-800-422-1230.
When calling:
Please provide KitchenAid with the purchase date, and the complete model and serial number of your  appliance (see the “A Note to You” section). This in­formation will help us better respond to your request.

Our consultants provide assistance with

  • Features and specifications on our full line of appliances
  • Installation information
  • Accessory and repair parts sales
  • Specialized customer assistance (Spanish speaking, hearing impaired, limited vision, etc.)
  • Referrals to local dealers, service companies, and repair parts distributors

KitchenAid designated service technicians are trained to fulfill the product warranty and provide after-warranty service anywhere in the United States.
To locate the KitchenAid designated service company in your area, you can also look in your telephone directory Yellow Pages.

For further assistance
If you need further assistance, you can write to KitchenAid with any questions or concerns at

Please include a daytime phone number in your correspondence.

  • KitchenAid® Brand Home Appliances Customer Interaction Center
  • c/o Correspondence Dept.
  • MD 8020
  • 553 Benson Road
  • Benton Harbor, MI 49022-2400




ONE-YEAR FULL WARRANTY FROM DATE OF PURCHASE| Replacement parts and repair labor costs to correct defects in materials or workmanship. Service must be provided by a KitchenAid designated service company.| A. Service calls to:

  1. Correct the installation of the oven.
  2. Instruct you how to use the oven.
  3. Replace house fuses or correct house wiring.

B. Repairs when oven is used in other than normal single-family home use.

SECOND- THROUGH FIFTH- YEAR LIMITED WARRANTY FROM DATE OF PURCHASE| Replacement of magnetron tube to correct defects in materials or workmanship.| C. Damage resulting from accident, alteration, misuse, abuse, fire, flood, acts of God, improper installation, installation not in accordance with local electrical codes or use of products not approved by KitchenAid.

D. Any labor costs during the limited warranty.

| | E. Replacement parts or repair labor costs for units operated outside the United States.
| | F. In-home service. Your microwave oven must be taken to a KitchenAid designated service company, except when your microwave oven is installed over an approved KitchenAid oven using an approved built-in kit. (See “Built-in kits” in the “Getting to Know Your Microwave Oven” section for a list of approved built-in kits.)
| | G. Repairs to parts or systems resulting from un- authorized modifications made to the appliance.
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KITCHENAID DOES NOT ASSUME ANY RESPONSIBILITY FOR INCIDENTAL OR CONSEQUENTIAL DAMAGES. Some states do not allow the exclusion or limitation of incidental or consequential damages, so this exclusion or limitation may not apply to you. This warranty gives you specific legal rights and you may also have other rights which may vary from state to state.

Outside the 50 United States, this warranty does not apply. Contact your authorized KitchenAid dealer to determine if another warranty applies.

If you need service, first see the “Troubleshooting” section of this book. After checking “Troubleshooting,” additional help can be found by checking the “Requesting Assistance or Service” section or by calling our Customer Interaction Center telephone number, 1-800-422-1230, from anywhere in the U.S.A.

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