Product Type: Asda microwaves
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Cheap, and rather nasty looking, but perfectly functional for basic microwaving needs
Adsa Smart Price Manual Microwave
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Adsa Smart Price Manual Microwave
Advantages: Reliable, quiet in operation, nice loud ding, easy to clean
Disadvantages: Ugly and old fashioned
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
Summary: Looks as cheap as it is, but works well.
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