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Adsa Smart Price Manual Microwave
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Adsa Smart Price Manual Microwave
Date: 30/08/13, updated on 30/08/13 (47 review reads)
Advantages: Cheap, basic, easy to use, easy to clean, does what it is designed to do
Disadvantages: Basic, lower wattage than most modern microwaves
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.
Summary: A basic microwave that performs very well,
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