I brought this when my last microwave broke just for a quick replacement, only temporary. Well I was shocked, this was 2 years ago and I still have it now, still going strong, just proves to show you should never judge a book by its cover. When I brought it, it was very very cheap so I expect it still is now, maybe even cheaper. So well worth the bargain. Its very clean looking, has look about it which is very important to me, but the most important thing of all, is the fact it does the job quick like a top of the range microwave which is good. One day I would like to get a top of the range microwave but only because it would look nice in the kitchen, this one is perfectly alright to look at and use and well worth the buy. I really would recommend this to any one who has a house or even if people wanted to put it in there shed or garden, tucked away to use if they are working outside on certain things or projects. Although it was cheap and I am probably lucky to have it this long I will give it 4/5 stars, the reason being its been good to me all these years, and does the job, but it does look a bit dated which is why I haven''t gave it a 5th star, other people may disagree but in my opinion this is a must buy. Thank you for your time
When I moved out of my old houseshare to rent with a friend back in January we needed a microwave as I use it when I bake and cook (not to mention our monthly need for popcorn!). Living a three minute walk from a small Asda store and not driving means that I tend to try and get what I can from there.
This was the cheapest one they had at £30.00 and when you are moving you need to save the pennies and this did everything I needed.
This is a pretty basic looking microwave which comes in white and has plastic dials but to my eyes it doesn't look to bad and when I own my own house (dooyoo miles are going towards a deposit) I may think of upgrading to a flashy chrome one but for now it doesn't look too bad. In terms of size it never told me what the dimensions of it are but it the same as most standard size microwaves and even fits into my current kitchen which is tiny.
Well according to Asda:
"It is amazing value and it's features include a 17 litre capacity, 6 power levels and a defrost setting, making it ideal for those with basic cooking needs.
The Smart Price microwave also has 700 watts of power."
Well I don't have basic cooking needs and actually consider myself to be quite a good cook but for me this does everything I need. It heats and defrosts foods and has six power levels depending on what you are doing. What you don't get with this microwave is a grill or conventional oven function but to be honest I wouldn't use a microwave for that anyway I would just use my oven and as my Nan used to say the more a gadget did the more that could go wrong.
At 700w there are more powerful microwaves out there but it doesn't take that much longer than an 850w microwave and for the sake of 30 seconds or so I am happy.
***Using the microwave***
This microwave is a doddle to use - there are no clock settings to fiddle with or in fancy setting up at all, just plug in and go (which is good because plug points tend to be at a premium in my kitchen so it never stays plugged in). You simply select the heat setting you want (from low to high and defrost) and then set the timer by turning the dial (it goes up to 30 minutes) and then it does the work before the characteristic ping. You are not going to be able to make gourmet meals with this microwave and if you don't have a cooker or oven then this isn't for you. However, if so you just need it as a microwave then this is for you.
In terms of cleaning that is pretty straightforward - you can remove the glass plate and plastic stand thing and just wipe it round and it's good to be used again and you can then give it a deeper clean once in a while.
At £30 this was a bargain and does everything I want a microwave to do so is great value.
I bought this microwave about three years ago when my boyfriend moved into his new house. We needed a microwave in a hurry as we were waiting on the delivery of an oven and wanted a way to heat food. We thought that once the oven arrived we'd eventually upgrade to a better microwave but we still have it and it's still working well.
---What is it?---
Asda has a budget range called Smart Price and offers many products, including home appliances at a low price. These items generally have basic functions as is the case with this microwave.
The appliance comes in plain white and has a pull-open/push-closed door with a large glass viewing panel set into it. There is no digital display, instead it had two manual dials that you turn to select the settings.
The topmost dial allows you to select power level and the lower dial lets you set the time.
The power options include six settings from low to high, including defrost and the timer goes from one to thirty minutes. Minutes one to ten are in one minute increments and from there on it changes to five minute increments.
To adjust the settings you simply turn each dial to the appropriate setting and wait until you hear the satisfying ping that means food is ready!
The microwave is 700W or D and has a 17 litre capacity. The dimensions are: 33.7 x 45.2 x 26.2 cm
---What does it do?---
This is a basic and simple to use microwave that needs no advanced set-up such as setting a clock or adding favourite default options.
It is simplicity in itself as far as usage goes. Once unpacked and given a very brief clean (just to be sure), you simply place the food inside and adjust the dials to match the instructions on the food packaging. Like all microwaves it'll just get on with it whilst you carry on with other things, announcing it's finished with a distinctive PING!
My previous microwave was a slightly more technological beast with a digital clock/timer and an array of buttons and settings. Whilst this allows for more complex cooking it does mean that for the first few weeks I had to constantly refer to the manual. Not so with this microwave as there are only two settings to adjust. Initially I was worried about this limited capability but in many ways it simplifies things. After all, we got the oven to make meals with and I love cooking so a microwave is really more of a secondary tool.
It looks and feels rather good quality too, it's a sturdy, robust machine and still cleans up to a brilliant white.
I'm perfectly happy with this microwave, it's reliable and heats food evenly and thoroughly. Yes it takes a bit longer than using an 800W but it cost £30 and the frozen peas are cooked in under 5 minutes, what more could I want!
There's plenty of room inside for my largest microwavable bowl and it stands up well to my rather frequent popcorn making which usually involves hot little corn missiles flying around at record breaking speeds.
On that point... It's very easy to clean, the glass turntable and little wheeled turning bracket come out easily so that the inside is fully accessible. The removable components can be washed in the sink.
Unless O'l Faithful (yes, we named it) breaks down I don't see the need to get a more advanced machine as it's perfectly good at what it does.
I should point out that it's a bit noisier than some of the newer microwaves out there, however if you're replacing a model that's several years old I doubt you'll notice any difference.
So long as you don't intend to make some rather advanced dishes that require a microwave that weighs your food and auto adjusts, this little gem should do you proud. I'm happy to recommend it to anyone looking for a purse friendly microwave that does what it says on the box.
I'm currently upgrading all my white kitchen appliances to stainless steel and chrome effect ones, purely for aesthetic reasons. One of the appliances to which I must wave a regretful goodbye is my Asda Smartprice Manual Microwave, which retails at 31.99, but which I got for free around six years ago when a friends relative passed away, and they let me have this for helping with the house clearance.
It's a basic microwave, with just two manual dials on the front - the one on the bottom for setting the time from 0-30 mins, and the one on top for adjusting the heat settings, from low to high, including a defrost setting. It's very easy and simple to use, and very self explanatory, with the dials being easy to turn. Below the dials is a push in botton that sits flush with the front of the microwave, and presses in to release the door catch.
The door itself has a large window that had that textured brownish coating on the inside, then a black frame within the white door. Although the window is not entirely see through, you can keep a watchful eye on your food to make sure it's not boiling over here. Inside the microwave is a turntable with a removable glass plate. Both the plate, and the plastic wheeled turntable can be removed for easy washing, and can both be submerged in water and soaked, though of course they should both be thoroughly dried before putting back in.
The dimesions of the microwave are 33.7 X 45.2 X 26.2cm. It's not particularly huge, but it's fine for your standard dinner plate. I do find though that if, for example I were to microwave a kebab on it's paper, the paper would be too big for the turntable to turn. The turntable can be stopped very easily if something is sticking over the edge of the plate, and occasionally I find that the glass plate slips off a little and stops turning. I'd like it to click into place more securely, but the gaps for the 'feet' of the glass plate are quite large.
At 700 watts, it's not the most powerful microwave, but it does the job well. I did initially find it an inconvenience that it didn't have a category mark on the appliance anywhere, but a little google-fu when I first got it revealed that it was a category D microwave, which is about mid range performance wise. This microwave is fairly quiet in operation - you can hear it in the same room, but not in other rooms of the house. It makes a nice loud ding once cooking is complete.
I've always found it cooks food very evenly - the only times I have had any issues have been my own fault (not changing it back to high power from defrost) and it's been very reliable. I don't eat an awful lot of ready meals, but I do reheat home cooked food often, as well as using this instead of a pan for scrambled eggs, heating soups and beans etc. It's easy to clean - a quick wipe round after each use does the trick, and it can be made really fresh and clean by microwaving half a lemon for 30 seconds and then wiping.
It does have a couple of downsides - it is quite lightweight, so when I open the door it does move across the worksurface. It's very unlikely to go falling off unless I open it in a rage, but I would have preferred non slip feet. It also does look very cheap and old fashioned, which is the reason I have replaced it now that I'm in the financial position to do so. Not to worry though - this has been gifted to a student friend for his digs, and is still being used on a daily basis.
A reliable bit of kit that won't break the bank, but won't win any beauty competitions either. Available from asda.com, and in some stores. 4 stars