Until I got this microwave three years ago, I was very much a microwave newbie. I had never owned one and only came into brief contact with them, and although I'm in my late 20s, I treated them as something to avoid - I was a bit scared of them!
This microwave was the cheapest I could find on a limited budget. Mine includes a grill and a convection oven, and cost £60.
*The microwave component*
It's 800 Watts E-class, and I find it perfectly suited to the tasks it's given. I live on my own and I don't have an oven, just a hob, and my microwave cooks my meals every day. It quickly deals with porridge, soup, rice, potatoes, pizza and more! Other than pizzas where the base is soggy (though I don't mind), I haven't seen any reduction in quality compared to cooking the same items on the hob. The benefit is it's much faster (and often also results in less washing-up which is always a bonus).
*The grill component*
I really liked the idea of this and tried hard to get along with it, but to be honest it isn't much good. If you put something on a plate onto the turntable, the grill isn't powerful enough to even cook it. If you put the item on the smallest provided grill rack, the same thing happens. If you put it on the tallest grill rack, the food gets burnt on the outside before cooking internally! About the only thing the grill is useful for is cheese on toast, but with having the food so close to the element the bread tends to go hard from overcooking before the cheese melts.
*The convection oven component*
This too sounds very useful but proved to be a let down. I have been unable to cook edible pizzas, chips etc using it even on its highest heat setting. In fact I even thought it wasn't working, given how little difference it made! Very disappointing.
So overall, if you want a microwave with a grill and an oven, don't buy this one! If you want a normal microwave with nothing else, still don't buy this one! (You'd be paying for things you'd never use.) But lest this review suggest I am unhappy with the microwave - I'm not. It cooks everything I want it to. If I wanted to cook other things it couldn't cope with I would consider buying something else. For now, I am happy with its reliability, its speed of cooking and its ease of use. Before buying this I had been cautious of the 'Argos Value' range, but my experience with this microwave has made me more confident (well, I won't be buying a grill or a convection oven off them...).
Would I buy one again if this one breaks down? If due to financial circumstances I had to, I would just buy the basic model with no grill or oven. If I had more money I would read reviews and buy a different brand with an effective grill and oven. Until then, I am content to use this one, and hope it has a long life.
Yesterday, I found myself in a situation which I guess all dooyoo regulars are very familiar. I was stood waiting for the kettle to boil and gazed around thinking, 'What is there in here I can review?'
Right next to the kettle is my trusty microwave. It sits there in the corner getting occasional use. 'Is it in the dooyoo catalogue?' was my first thought and I studied the front to see what make it was. Nope. No clue at all. I pulled it out to look at the back, realising at the same time it needs a good clean. I must say I was quite surprised to find it was Argos Value Range! And yay! It's in the dooyoo catalogue!
When we had our new kitchen fitted about three years ago we spent £1,500 on our rangemaster dual fuel cooker (review of that to come at a later date) so maybe we had run out of funds when it came to buying a microwave?
Or maybe not. What do most people use microwave ovens for? Well obviously I can't speak for anyone else but we use ours for: making porridge, scrambling eggs, jacket potatoes, reheating meals and defrosting. That's it! So an all singing, all dancing microwave would be a) a waste of money and b) a brain strain getting to grips with how to use it.
So the microwave is very basic. Its white with a black glass window. It has two dials on the front and a button at the bottom to open the door. The power button at the top has 5 settings, 120w, 230w which is the defrost setting (you know this as it has what looks like an ice crystal next to it), 385w, 540w and 700w.
The bottom dial is the timer and goes up to 35 minutes.
Inside is the usual glass turntable which can be removed to clean.
The capacity is 17L Height is 26cm, Width is 44cm and Depth is 44cm. Wattage is 1150W
As I said previously, we have had this for about 3 years and up to now is still in good working order. It does everything I need it to do and makes wonderful porridge! It reheats meals within 2 mins and is great for defrosting. The one thing I will mark it down for is the length of time it takes to do jacket potatoes. My old microwave did this in about 7/8 minutes but this microwave takes over 10 mins depending on size of potato. It's quite noisy but as you are not using it for aany length of time, this is not a problem.
When the timer is finished, the microwave gives a loud 'Ping' to alert you.
The microwave is easy to keep clean and a tip I read years ago to clean the inside is to put a bowl of water with lemon juice on the highest heat for a couple of minutes, and any grease is then easily wiped off.
Would I buy this again? Yes! Without a doubt. It's simple to use, good value and does the basic things a microwave should do. If you use your microwave for more than the basics or require more programmes and grill facility, it won't be for you.
It's available to buy from Argos at the value price of £31.99 and I notice the design of the front has changed slightly in the latest Argos book. The black glass window is smaller.
=Argos Value Range White Manual Microwave=
Honesty I don't have shares in Argos, or work there I just happen to find there products good value. Although at times I do think the house looks like an Argos showroom
The glass plate got broke in our last microwave and the digital display was playing up, so in reality it was time for a new microwave, so it was Argos to the rescue and get a basic one to tide us over.
There are full instructions with the microwave.
=To set up=
This may sound daft but it was so nice to just plug in and go, then pop in the glass plate inside the microwave, making sure that it is in-line properly.
There are two dials on the microwave, these are on the right hand side of the microwave.
The first button is the wattage, there are five options, which start at defrost and go up to 700W.
The lower dial is for the timing this is just a turn around, and goes up to 30 minutes these are marked at intervals on the dial.
The dials turn around smoothly, you get a ping from the timer when the item has gone down to zero.
There is a large clear button, which you press and this opens the door, it is easy to open.
This can be taken out easily and put in the sink to be washed with soapy water if it needs a clean.
The height is 26cm, the width 44cm and the diameter is 34cm. The weight i 9.4kg. The capacity is a 17 litres.
=Would I recommend=
I would recommend this is a starter microwave, from memory I paid around £30 for it, so it does the trick, we have had no problems with it.
Whilst moving into my new flat for University, I found that my new flat didn't have a microwave provided, so I set about finding any available on a limited price range. At £32 the Argos value microwave was the best choice from shops nearby so I made the trip to go and buy my new toy.
The microwave itself is pretty good I thought, considering the price I paid. For its price I wasn't expecting a multi-purpose, do-it-all kind of microwave, and I certainly didn't get one. So if you are looking to buy one of those types of microwaves then you should probably look elsewhere.
The microwave only has two dials, a dial for power (so you can choose to fully irradiate your food or only heat it) and a timer, and as such is very easy to use. It is big enough to fit most things (at least it can fit a plate of food that I want doing!) and the dish inside is easily removable and hence can be cleaned easily.
I have had some problems with the dish coming loose midway through microwaving my food, but this has so far been the only problem with it and it's only a minor thing (just means that the microwave makes an annoying noise as it is cooking the food).
All in all, this microwave is definitely worth it! It is cheap, easy to use and is of a surprisingly good quality despite small problems. I'd recommend this for anyone looking for a cheap and cheerful microwave.
THIS REVIEW IS ABOUT THE BLACK VERSION OF THIS MICROWAVE
This microwave is a bottom of the range basic microwave. It has no fancy modes or functions, is fairly rudimentary in build, design and aesthetics but it works and is cheap and simple and for those reasons, I love it.
The microwave shell is black, which makes a change from the usually cheap 'white' goods and despite it's basic build it actually doesn't look that cheap and plastic-y. The edges have a very slight rounding off so it's not a hard cornered box but the effort and thought that has gone into it's appearance is minimal. The door is large and takes up 3/4 of the front of the microwave. It is very partially transparent so you can see through it but only just. On the right hand side of the front are the only 3 buttons and knobs this machine has. At the bottom is a large rectangular button for opening the door. This is flush with the surface and depresses to open. It needs quite a push to get going but works well and doesn't fling the door open like I've found other models can do, it simply releases it with a gentle ping.
The other two are duals that control the temperature and the time. The temperature dial goes up to 700 and is set simply by aligning the arrow on the dial with the temperature you require - it has 5 different power settings. The timer works the same way with increments of 1 minute. Annoyingly there aren't any further increments such as 10 seconds so if you want a quick blitz, you have to guess at roughly where that time marker would be.
The microwave has no start or stop button. If the door is closed and you set the dial to a time, it starts automatically. To stop it, you have to open the door. It's all as simple as that. There are no defrost functions, etc... So if you want a more advanced microwave, this is not the one for you. For me though, whose needs are very basic, it works a treat.
The capacity is 17 litres. Not sure how much that actually is but in reality it means the inside size is ample. I believe the size of the turntable is 25.5cm so this means you can just about fit a large plate in. To me it feels fairly average in size and weight to a standard microwave and no more bulky than other models. It also is relatively quiet when in action - not silent by any means but I have had microwaves where the noise has been alot louder. It also comes equip with satisfying 'ping' when ready.
Set up was simple - plug and play from out of the box. It couldn't have been more simple to set up and then use.
This was bought from Argos at in my opinion a staggeringly low £49.99. It may be basic and not wonderful to look at (but could be alot worse!) but it works well and appears to be fairly economical (depending in the setting of course). It's basic in design and in it's function, it doesn't have a thousand buttons no-one uses or knows how to use and is very simple to operate. For light use just heating things up, it does the job excellently. As such, it suits me perfectly at a very affordable price
We have recently added a microwave to our small kitchen at work which is great for heating soups and leftovers at lunch times and (for me) reheating my cups of tea when I suddenly notice that they have gone cold, invariably while I am on the phone!
So, we had to buy this out of the tea kitty money but luckily we seemed to have a bit of a surplus this year and it gave us a budget of around £25. One of our lovely secretaries had around £7 of nectar points on her card and suggested that if we went to Argos she could use these to boost our budget a little as you can spend them there like cash. So, off she toddled to pick it up at lunchtime.
This model cost £32.99 so was just within our price range, it is a pretty basic microwave but it does the job perfectly well and is incredibly simple to use (hence us joking that this is a microwave for dummies!). It has two dials, one of which controls the power and one of which controls the time. There are five power settings including a defrost function (which is unlikely to ever be used in the office I would imagine). The wattage of this microwave is 700 which is not the most powerful you can get but is plenty enough for what we need.
The timer is a dial which allows you to manually adjust the cooking time, the first ten minutes are in one minute increments and then it goes up in five minute increments to 35 minutes. This is a little clunky if, say, you needed to microwave for an amount in between the 5 minutes but as most people only ever need to use it for less than ten minutes it rarely, if ever, will pose a problem.
The door opens with a sturdy push button and the turntable inside is removable so it can be easily cleaned. The inside is also easy to wipe clean and this is important so that food does not build up and get baked on to the surface.
This is not the biggest of microwaves but as most people are only heating single portions of food it is not a problem in our office, I would suggest for family use it might be a bit small though. The actual spec states that it is a 17 litre capacity.
For the price this is a great little microwave, it will never win any style awards but it absolutely does the job and is incredibly user friendly. A great addition to any kitchen.
It is Friday night, the wax is in the microwave as I get ready for my weekend wax before heading out. Walking out of my kitchen and into the living room, I get the fright of my life. It sounds as if fireworks are having a display in my microwave. I have never had to through a microwave out before due to it not working before so I had no idea what was wrong. I opened the microwave door to find that the silver bit inside was black. It was then that I realised how dangerous it was and lucky that a fire never started.
What with it being not long after Christmas and money still being tight, it was defiantly the wrong time for items in the house to break down and need replaced. Some of my friends use their microwaves just for heating up some baked beans, this I have to be honest takes me aback. I cant get my head around why someone would have a big item in their kitchen that they don't really need as they don't use it very often. I however make all my meals from scratch and pop in the freezer to keep fresher for longer and when I am ready to use what I want for dinner that night, I put the contents in the microwave till it defrosts.
I needed a microwave that was within my budget, one that was reliable but also affordable. I had a look online at the ARGOS website where I found this basic but eye catching priced microwave, that is made by Argos and in their Value Range. I wrote down the product number and got my partner to take me to collect it from the store.
When I got home I sat down to play with my new toy. Opening the packaging and getting the microwave out of the box was rather easy as it didn't put up much of a fight. I had a quick read through the instructions but there really wasn't much point to be honest, so please save yourself time and don't bother. As there is no digital display or clock on the microwave, it is rather simple to set up, plug it and and your ready to go. Once you have done that, you will need to put the turntable in and I have to say that this is where it shows that it is a budget product, the turntable itself is fine but the slightest little knock and you have to spend few seconds putting it back in to place. I'm not a clumsy person but if you are a little heavy handed, this could maybe become a problem for you causing a little annoyance.
The basic but easy to use microwave comes with a two dials, the top right hand side. One is to select the wattage setting, which starts at defrost and ends at 700. There are four different options in between, so you can be assured you can use the one that you need to use at the time. The lower dial is for the time that you wish to use the microwave. The two dials are clearly marked so you are able to see what settings that you are putting them on and how long you are putting them on for.
Both dials turn smoothly and it is easy for you to select exactly what you need. The ping, when the food is finished cooking/heating in the microwave is actually quite quite. It is that loud I can hear it from another room, which is good to know, so if you are a quite hard of hearing, then this little microwave might be quite good for you as you would not miss the sound of the ping, There is a large clear push button that opens the door rather easily. The spinning disc in the centre is clear, and it is easily removable for cleaning and also dish washer safe.
As with all my reviews, I am always honest and it has to be said that, the inside of this microwave is not the biggest that I have seen. If I use my big square plates (also from ARGOS) the plate does not spin, it still heats up but makes a bit of a racket in the microwave when it is cooking. However if I use my round standard plates, they fit perfect and I have no problems at all. A section of front of the door is black, and does the usual see through capability when you have turned on the microwave, so you can keep an eye on something inside it with ease. I have always found that my food is cooked thoroughly when I use it, so it gets the thumbs up with me.
When it comes time to cleaning the microwave, lets face it, we aren't all that keen, but this microwave is really easy and doesn't take long at all. I half fill a heat proof bowl with warm water, half a orange and half a lemon, then heat on full power for five minutes. Doing this will help the cleaning process, it will clean, freshen the microwave and the steam helps soften any mess that may be in the microwave which leaves it easy to just wipe away.
I would recommend this ARGOS Value Range microwave that is selling for £30 and rate it a 4 out of 5. While I personally can not find any fault with it, I could understand how some people may, for this reason and the reasons stated in this review is the reason as to why I am not giving it full marks. Considering that you get similar items for more money, I could recommend that if you are wanting a basic one then this microwave is the one for you, especially if you are looking for one on a budget. Lets face it, we all love a bargain, who doesn't? I hope that my review is of some use to you and helps you make your decision as to if this is the microwave for you or not. Thank you very much for taking the time to read it.
Argos Value Microwave
Recently our old microwave stopped working, no pop or bang it just stopped cooking anything that you put in there. For us this is a huge deal, we cooked everything in bulk and then reheat it, doing that using saucepans is just not practical and is far too time consuming, We ideally would want a nice microwave but we are getting married in February and have one on the wedding list so all that we really wanted was something to last until our wedding when hopefully someone will get us the super exciting microwave present.
We shopped around looking for value microwaves and came across this one from Argos, at only £30 it did work out at over £5 a month to get this and just replace it come the wedding but with how much use it gets it is well worth the cost to us.
Getting this out of the box is easy and to get it working you just need to plug it in, as there is no digital display and no clock you don't have to faff around with that which is a nice change, You will need to put the turntable in and I have to say that this is where it shows that it is a budget product, the turntable itself is fine but the slightest little knock and you have to spend a minute putting it back in place, when you use it as much as we do this is a real pain as it frequently gets knocked and I will frequently get annoyed trying to put it back into place.
Using the Microwave to Microwave:
Ok with this thing have no shiny features or anything it really is simple to use. Step one is that you open the door and put your food in. Step 2 is to make sure that the power is set to the correct level, for us this is normally full whack, in fact I don't think that we have used any other power setting. Step 3 is to set the time, I have used this for a maximum of 15minutes but the dial does goes further. Once you have followed the above steps it should start whirring away, if you want to stop it early then open the door to stop it or turn the dial round to zero, this is one thing that I am struggling to get use to as all other microwaves that I have used you have had to press start, I end up taking things out and then shutting the door and it turns on with nothing in there (which you really shouldn't do).
Really that is all there is to this microwave, the only other thing that I would like to say is that in my opinion it is a bit small, there is not much room in there if you are used to cooking big things then avoid this, you can just about and I mean just fit a normal sized dinner plate in this microwave but you are restricted with height as well as it is not that tall but we have not yet failed to fit anything into the microwave so I guess I can't complain too much.
My only complaint comes actually at the timer, as you are unable to set an exact time I have had problems with porridge in the mornings, if you set it for too long it tend to explode and go everywhere, I used to be able to set it for 2 minutes and 15 seconds and it was perfect but with this I have no clue so things are much harder.
Overall this is a basic Microwave that will do the job of heating your food, sure it will not do it quick and sure it isn't as feature packed as I would like but at the end of the day my partners porridge is hot in the morning and our dinner is hot in the evening, what more could we want?
We bought this microwave oven because we needed some microwave for things like emergency defrosting and it's just nice to have a microwave at home just in case. In fact, many people see it as such a natural item in the kitchen as a kettle or an oven. And, of course, taking our purposes into account, we bought this Argos value range microwave because it was the cheapest we could find!
I thought of how to review it and decided to use The Good, the Bad, and the Ugly approach. You'll see what I mean. ;)
1. A very attractive price. Probably (one of) the cheapest you can find. So if you just need 'a' microwave, this one should be perfect.
2. It is quite compact and doesn't occupy much space. Could be handy in English kitchens!
3. Five power modes, from 120 to 700W (it's a D type microwave). The modes are easy to switch with the traditional rotating handle.
4. Traditional rotating timer for up to 35 minutes. I use it for no longer that 5 minutes normally, so don't know how accurate it is. Anyway, the reason I am talking about these traditional rotating things is that anyone, even your cat or your 90-year-old grandma, will know how to use this microwave. No complicated programming. Everything is straightforward.
5. I use it for simple tasks only, such as defrosting and warming up, and it does the job. What else can I ask for?
1. Bear in mind that "compact" is euphemism for "small". It is small, I have to admit. So no large plates or chunky pieces of meat or fish will fit into it.
2. Part of the simple design of this microwave is a rectangular button at the front, which turns out to be the door-opening button. It seemed like a fun idea at first, but now I see it as a massive design flaw. In order to open the door, you have to hold the microwave in place, otherwise you'll be pushing it towards the wall (or whatever you've got behind it) all the time. It seems like Argos' designers never tried to open a microwave whilst holding a plate in their hands, which I normally do. Anyway, the button is annoying.
No, it's not at all ugly, but it's nothing special in terms of the looks. A most generic-looking microwave you can imagine. Like the cheapest microwave in The Sims game. Well, that's what it is, in fact.
Because we use this microwave as an occasional necessity, it is perfect for the purpose. It would be a shame to buy a beautiful expensive microwave and only use it for defrosting once a week. We've only had it for a little more than a month, so I can't talk about its reliability (fingers crossed). All in all, I am happy with it (apart from that darned door button). It is, in fact, much better than what I had expected from a value range.
When I first moved into my flat (almost a year ago now!!!) the kitchen came supplied with most of things it needed, but it did not have a microwave, and that is something that seems almost essential in a kitchen in this day and age. The first place that came to my mind to look for a good microwave was Argos, so off I went to Argos to see what they had to offer.
Being on a tight budget when I first moved in, I didn't want to spend loads of money, but I didn't want something that wasn't worth buying either. I saw that there was an Argos Value Range Microwave, and at £30, this seemed perfect. It had all the credentials I needed, white to match the rest of the kitchen, wattage rate D, and is a microwave. I do not need anything fancy, just something to cook and heat up food in, so it seemed like the ideal one.
It is a manual microwave, meaning it has turn dials instead of digital buttons, but this to me would be a better idea as there is no fidlly programming or anything and I can just turn it on easily. It comes with a two dials, the top one is to select the wattage setting, which starts at defrost, and ends at 700. There is about 4 different options in between, so you can be assured you can use the one which is right at the time. The lower dial is for the time, and this is all clearly labelled so you can see exactly which time you have selected, with no hassles.
The dials turn really smoothly, and it is easy to select exactly what you need. The ping, when the food is done is quite loud and I can easily hear it from another room in my house, so I do not need to be hovering around the microwave or linger in the kitchen waiting for it to be done. There is a large push button to open the door, and this opens quite easily, so you do not have to put any excess pressure on it to just get your food out. The spinning disc in the centre is clear, and it is easily removeable for cleaning. I found it just as easy to put it back in as I did taking it out, and it is washable with the usual dishes, I am not sure if it is dishwasher safe though.
The inside of the microwave is not the biggest that I have seen, but I have had no problems with size and everything I have needed to put inside it has fit so far. The front of the door is black, and does the usual see through capability when you have turned on the microwave, so you can keep an eye on something inside it with ease. I have found that my food is always cooked throughly when I use this, so I really have no problem on that front.
The whole microwave is easy to clean, and there is quite a good length on the power cord, so you can position it where you need to in your kitchen. Personally, I can not find fault with this microwave, and for the Argos Value Range, it really is a brilliant little microwave. I think that it is brilliant value for the price, especially when some similiar models are available for much more.
You can buy these in Argos stores and online, so you can easily get hold of one. I give this microwave a 5 out of 5 stars and I totally recommend it.
Well what can I say apart from a severe dissapointment, having purchased this for our first home (and forgetting to budget for a microwave) well I expected something that at least lasted 6 months!!!!
The microwave was well packaged and was a lot easier to use than the digital touch mechanism with its turning for time. The problems begin around 3 months after purchase when I began to see rust appearing and what seemed to be the metal paint flaking, now as an avid and rather OCD about cleaning this was not just food!!! Although it is not certain that it is a fault with the microwave I am almost certain that cleaning a microwave once a week will produce rust and wear on the inside.
Apart from the rust, the instructions are easy to follow and the microwave is easy to clean with minimal fuss and the easy turning dial for timing.
all in all I would say that this microwave does its job, it heats food up to an edable temperature, there are however a couple of issues that i have found with it, the timer on this is not at all acurate and I usually use a kitchen timer to make sure that food is in the right amount of time, it also sometimes doesn't cook the food properly and a few times i have been left with food that is burned on the outside but frozen in the middle, i'm not to sure how this happens so it might not be the fault of the microwave but for this to happen a few times i am starting to think it is. it is easy to clean out and looks respectable. another issue i have with this product is the lack of functions, usually microwaves have a defrost option, this is what i always used to use on my old microwave, with this not having this option sometimes makes is very difficult to prepare meals , i always have to plan ahead. I would say that it is good value for money as it is cheap but as the phrase goes "cheap and cheeful" which i must say it is it has little querks that are annoying but from a cheap microwave it isn't going to be perfect.