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Posh Tosh or Jap Crap?
Microwaves in General
Member Name: David J. Rogers
Microwaves in General
Date: 30/03/02, updated on 30/03/02 (741 review reads)
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Our Toshiba ER-672ET DELTA WAVE 650w Microwave.
This was one of the very first turn-table models available back in 1981. It was top of the range, big, heavy and very expensive, running at around £300 then. Of course the years have seen advances in technology such that you can buy similar microwaves for around £99 now. But are they as good as the first ones? I know they are not as roomy.
I bought this microwave from Curry’s High Street Store in Haverhill, Essex, in December 1981, a year easy to remember because of the reason I decided to buy it. It was the year my first child was born. My son was born on 11th October and everything was new to us, we had been going through all manner of tests because we seemed unable to produce any baby and so he was special to us, but not so special when it came to those dreaded night feeds!! Oh boy I was not ready for the noise every few hours, nor the loss of freedom that comes with being a parent/. Both my wife and I worked in the restaurant/hotel/pub trade and we both enjoyed the night life that went with that, both on and off duty. We would be out for around 18hrs a day, every day and this sudden change was going to take some getting used to. It was the night feeds that were hardest though, despite being breast fed he also needed extra milk from a bottle, he has always been a very hungry guy and still is to this day, yet never gains any weight, don’t ya just hate these guys?
So, back to the microwave. After yet another night with little sleep I sat in my office, falling asleep as I tried to balance the stock levels, when I decided that I would go shopping and look for something, anything, that would assist us with these night feeds. There had to be a way to have everything ready and just warm it up. We had already tried the normal bottle warmers but these were too slow for the lad. His noise lasted far too long while we waited for the milk to warm and so I took a look in Curry’s, why there
I will never know but it is surprising what desperation, added to sleep deprivation can lead you to. As if by fate I started to speak to the sales guy who had also just had a new baby, its true I promise you, mind you I should have been able to spot the signs, half closed eyes, huge sacks under them and a temper fit to kill. His opening comments were, as you would expect, little more than mumbles. He was your average sales guy, “can I help ya” and “is there anyfing you are looking for in particular” all said with no enthusiasm at all but, as soon as I explained my quest, he suddenly became interested, awake and almost excited, note I said almost… This was my introduction to the “30 second ding for feed/peace machine”
“Here is your answer sir” he shouted, pointing at the range of microwaves on the shelf. “These are expensive but what price a nights sleep eh?” I explained I didn’t need any sales pitch, no pre written speech as to the virtues of the equipment or the warranty that would mean peace of mind. All I wanted was something that would allow me to warm up a bottle of baby milk as quickly as possible at the touch of a button. I have to admit my desperation didn’t even allow me to consider the cost. All this money just for a nights sleep… but right there, and right then it just didn’t matter, I was sure my sweet wife would be pleased and that she would find all the other uses for it, in time.
I agreed I wanted it, I wanted it then and I was going to pay cash, I would not wait for the next delivery I wanted it put in the boot of my car there and then. I was so excited I decided I could leave the paperwork for another day and closed up and rushed home, my excitement was such I felt drunk. On arriving home I got a great deal of looks, questions and, well when I said how much it cost I have to admit I did fib… My wife is sweet but she had not long had a b
aby, was also very tired and I was certain I could not trust her actions if I said £300. I explained all we had to do was make up as many bottles as we needed before we went to bed. Line them up next to this huge microwave, huge by today’s standards anyway, and, at the right time, pop one in, set for 30 seconds and wait for the ding… that was it. I did have to convince her that this £300 piece of electronics could do much, much more besides, she seemed okay. The fact it worked and the bottle was just right after 30 seconds soon had her forgetting the cost, >>Safety note...Please shake well before you offer it to the baby, microwaves have a habbit of heating from the inside out.<< For the first year that was all it got used for, apart from an odd re-heat if I arrived home late and wanted to heat up my dinner. The one downside was when the breast feeding stopped, I no longer had any reason to shove her out of bed because I couldn’t take a turn to breast feed!!
Now, some 21 years on, and another 2 kids this same machine works as well as it did the day I bought it. It is used for all manner of cooking, each and every day, and it has never, as yet anyway, broken down or cost us money for repairs. I have had the seal checked, as recommended, for leaks and there are none. The light works, the table turns and the cooking is fast. I guess it would be about the size of the industrial microwaves today. How many electrical items can we buy now that will still work, as good as the day we bought them, in 21 years time? How much value for money has this proven to be? Was it really expensive or just new technology? I can say, without fear, that this electrical item has lasted the test of time and has not given me any trouble. It is such a great item I now actively seek out the name Toshiba whenever looking for new electrical items. It is a name I trust.
Indeed it has proven such a reliable buy I would be willing to recommend this manufactur
er to anyone, something I would seldom do. Many of our household items are made by this same firm, and all are giving us great service. I guess it is like so much else, if you want to be the first to own some new technology you have to be willing to pay the price.
The overall size of this microwave is:
Height 36cm (14.5 inches) approx.
Width 55cm (21.75 inches) approx.
Depth 36cm (14.5 inches) approx.
Inside you have a spacey:
Height 26cm (10.25 inches) approx.
Width 33.5cm (13.25 inches) approx.
Depth 33cm (13 inches) approx.
It weighs in at an incredible 27kg.
It also has a “super stirrer Fan” concealed in the oven. This “ensures the even distribution of Microwaves” and is covered by a plastic cover to protect it from food splashes.
The setting dials are manual, there are two, The first is to set the heat, it goes from
1 – 9 and has a printed guide as to what temp. is needed for what kind of food. The second dial is for the amount of time, this goes from 0 – 60 minutes, again with a printed guide.
The outsides is black and gold in colour, with a tinted, see through, glass door and has a hidden internal light, the revolving plate is as large as the inside space.
It is, as I said at the start, a 650 watt model but heats and cooks very well and at speed too. To warm a mug of tea takes about 12 seconds as you can see my skills at using it have changed very little over the years, thank goodness my wife’s have.
I am sure there are many older electronic appliances around but how many are as good as the day you bought them and still used several times a day, every day? I recommend anyone to look out for this make of equipment when buying anything electrical and wish you as many happy, trouble free years, use as we have had. I have to admit I have no idea of how easy it is to get spares, mainly because I have
never needed any. I do know that there are many domestic appliance repair companies that offer cover for this manufacturer so it should not prove a problem if needed.
The answer to my heading questions is, for me anyway, “Posh Tosh” I have never had a major problem with any item I own, or have owned, that was made by Toshiba.