I purchased this white microwave from Asda (obviously!) for the bargain price of £25. It is a 700 watt microwave with a 17 litre capacity. The dimensions are approx 33x45x26.
It's very easy to set up. You simply plug in and it's ready to use. There is also a digital display for you to set the clock if you wish. It is a digital microwave meaning you can time to the exact minute that you need rather than guessing which I had to do with my old turn dial one. Much easier in my opinion.
Aside from inputting the number of minutes yourself, there are also 3 buttons labelled "10 sec" "1min" and "10min" making it easier to press in a longer timescale. Once you have entered your required number it's then a case of pressing start/stop. Once the microwave finishes it will beep at you 3 times, if you fail to open the door it will continue to beep 3 times every minute until you do. Handy so you don't forget you've left your porridge in there!
I mainly use this as a standard microwave for heating up food but there is also several other button options including drink, jacket potato, reheat, speed defrost, cook by weight and defrost by weight. I can't say I've used these options and noticed any difference to the standard way of using. I do not use it to defrost though, I don't trust microwaves to defrost food thoroughly.
It is very easy to clean and the plate inside removes easily for cleaning too. I tend to give it a wipe down straight after use if there is any mess inside.
I use this practically everyday for anything from warming milk to reheating leftovers. I've had it for about 3 years now and it is still as good as new.
Asda 700w microwave.
I popped into my local asda to purchase this microwave after hunting for a reasonable priced microwave as my old one had broke. I found this one for £25 which seemed to be a reasonable price for a decent microwave.
I was pleasantly surprised with this microwave as thought it was a cheap one so it wouldn't last very long but I have now had this for over a year and still going strong. It is only 700w which means it takes a little longer to heat up food but still does the job so still worth the money.
Microwave is digital which is great so it's easy pressing buttons instead of fussing around with twisting dials. Microwave has a 17 litre capacity which means it fits many things in it which was ideal for me as had baby's steriliser to put in it.
Microwave is light so easy to move and carry if needed. Also very easy to clean, removing glass dish inside and placing back is also simple.
All in all a great microwave and definetly a great price, would recommend this to anyone who is looking for a long lasting microwave to match all kitchen types.
24 months ago, just before Christmas my microwave needed replacing, I had owned my previous one for about five years and having to buy a replacement had been on the cards for a while.
My local Asda has a very good range of electronic/small white goods, so I popped to Asda one evening to see what they had in their range.
I was not interested in buying an expensive, branded model - not my style in the slightest, I am of the school of thought that a cheaper model will do the job perfectly, and as long as it looks clean, new and fresh then I am happy.
I chose the Asda's own brand 700 watts, 17 litre digital model. This was my second digital microwave, so I felt that even though the brand was different to my previous one, it should be similar to use.
Asda.com today (31st January) has this model on sale, it is currently £35, rather than £39.96 - I think when I bought it, I paid £40, so the price has not changed a great deal. Something to consider though, if bought from Asda online, you would have to take delivery fee's into account, delivery currently £2.95 - although Asda do have a click and collect service, so if you are local to a store it would probably be cheaper to collect when in stock.
The microwave is lovely and bright white, with a digital keyboard, totally wipeable and easy to keep clean.
There are ten power settings on this model, although I have to admit here that there are eight more power settings than I ever use!
I use the "Full Power" and the "Speed Defrost" and both of these settings perform perfectly.
To use the full power, place your item into the microwave, with the appropriate cover on it and prick it where necessary, on a microwavable plate and then press the start button... one press is 30 seconds, two presses one minute and so on....
Personally I only use the microwave for warming dishes up, so I only tend to use it for three or four minutes.
The speed defrost setting is similar, I press the speed defrost button - followed by "5" then "0" then "0) and it defrosts for ten minutes.
There are other settings to use, 10 second, 1 minute, 10 minute, Drink, Jacket Potatoes, Reheat, Power Level, Timer, Cook, Cook by Weight - I have used these settings, but like anything else - you get used to doing things a certain way and there is no need to change (If it aint broke, don't fix it mentality!)
This model also has a child-lock - but I am slowly learning to trust my hubby in the kitchen, so do not need to worry about this facility - however this is very useful for those with toddlers and enquiring minds!
It has a 17 litre capacity, which I would say is small to medium sized and is 700 watt output, which is not the biggest output in the microwave world, but considerably more than adequate..
Like all microwaves, it has a removable glass plate, that can be cleaned easily..
In conclusion - no need to buy a fancy brand, this Asda model is great
Having been disappointed with a branded microwave oven, which gave up the ghost after only two months' use, we scouted around for a replacement.
Due to the experience with a 'named' product, we decided that some rationalizing was appropriate and really thought about how we used our microwave.
Did we prepare exotic dishes in it? No! Do we mainly heat up milk for our breakfast cereals and cocoa? Yes!
This eureka moment made us realise that a basic microwave would probably do. Thus, since the local branch of Asda is on our doorstep, we made this our first port of call.
Their Smart Price 17 litre white microwave, at £32.00 seemed almost too basic. However, Asda's no quibble returns policy convinced us to give it a try.
Outwardly, the standard, white finish makes it look as good as many other makes and, let's be honest here; who really looks at the brand of anyone elses's microwave? There are two simple controls; the power dial which governs the microvaving level, and the timer, which does just what it says.
A welcome feature on this model, is the door release button. Much more reassuring than simply yanking the door open, particularly in mid cook! The 17 litre capacity will accommodate most of what you would want to cook, but the 700 watt power does mean that larger items will take that much longer to cook thoroughly. Although, a delicious, hand-made chocolate sponge pudding took just four minutes to reach perfection in our model, and was really worth waiting for!
You could do worse than this one; providing you don't try to make it do too much
I bought this microwave purely because it was cheaper than the other options available on the market, I only use the micro occasionally for defrosting or warming up things that I have already prepared and there was no need for me to spend so much money on it.
It's white and has a digital control pad at the side, very sleek looking and I feel the 'cleanness' of the design would fit in perfectly with any kitchen, regardless of the colour scheme. It is easy to use, especially considering the amount of detail contained within the instruction manual, it tells you everything that you can do with the microwave oven, even detailing the correct settings for cooking meat, specific meals and defrosting certain weights of produce. It's by far the most detailed instruction manual I've seen come with a product in the modern day.
The oven only has a 700W output, which means it takes a little longer to cook everything, although being a downside this is quite common for cheaper ovens and most food produce designed for the microwave come with cooking times adjusted for such a weak output. It should be mentioned that despite the low output it's an extremely noisy microwave, I have to shut the kitchen door and still turn the TV up/shout down the phone or just do whatever I'm doing with more volume than I would with a different oven. Having said that one rarely uses a microwave for more than ten or so minutes, so the noise is bearable.
Inside the oven there are the usual rollers with a glass plate sat atop, both come out and are therefore easy to clean with little more than a wipe with a soapy dishcloth. It's also easy to clean the inside of the oven, there aren't many bumps and grooves within the metal which can make it tedious to clean.
There are a number of presets, none of which I find to be particularly useful for anything, it's easy to change the settings to meet your own needs and with the instruction manual you won't find any difficulties using the product. I definitely advise it, and recommend it over other more expensive products as it is capable of matching them in every department.
My microwave broke down recently and I wanted to replace it in a hurry. I popped into my nearest ASDA expecting to find a good range of models. Infact there were only three choices of microwave in store and they were all quite similar. Two of them were ASDA's own brand make. I had previously had a digital display model and been comfortable using this so I opted for purchasing ASDA's White Digital 17L 750W Microwave as the other microwaves available had fiddley knob timers.
The microwave is quite small and light. It measures 18 inches by 11 inches. It has a white metal design with a large plastic handle on the door. The digital display is on the right of the model. There are air vents on both the side and the top of the model. These ventilation holes must be left uncovered and there should be space around the microwave. The instruction manual states that there should be at least 7.5cm at the back and the one side of the model whilst one side should be left completely open and there should also be a 30cm space on top of the model. It must be plugged into a 13 amp mains socket and should not be installed above any other heat giving appliance, such as a cooker.
The micorwave is very light to carry so I managed to carry this back from ASDA on my own. It's also so light though that when I pull on the handle of the door the whole microwave tends to move. I therefore have to steady the appliance with one hand and open with the other.
Inside the microwave there is a glass plate turntable which is just bigger than an average sized dinner plate. Infact my dinner plates only just fit onto the plate and they must be placed centrally or else they are knocked into the door or walls of the appliance when the plate spins.
The microwave has a digital display. This microwave is designed to be on all the time with the time set in the digital display. Had I known this I probably would not have bought it. I like to turn things off when I'm not using them to save energy. Unfortunately you can't set the time on this and turn it off as you have to set the time again when you turn it on. The digital function also won't let you enter any cooking times until you either set the clock or press 'Reset' on the digital panel. It's a bit of a pain, to say the least! If you do want to set the clock and leave the appliance on it's a 12 hour clock and you can access the clock during cooking by pressing the 'CLOCK' button.
There are several programs you can set on the digital display including a timer, a defrost function, cook by weight program, reheat and multi-stage cooking program ('COOK' button). There are also specialist buttons like 'Jacket Potato' and 'Drink'. You can either type in the time you want to cook or use the quick start buttons which are marked out as '10 sec', '1 min' and '10min'. With the cook or defrost by weight you are able to enter the weight of the item being cooked. There is also a child lock function which can prevent unauthorised use of the machine. The instruction manual details how to set these progams and it is literally one or two buttons to press - very easy set up.
The digital display is tricky to get a handle of. This is because the buttons are quite difficult to press and I often seem to press a number button once and it register as being pressed three times. You have to just peck at the digital display with a stiff pointy finger to get it right. It takes a bit of getting used to. The panel which lights up with the cooking time is easy to read. The microwave beeps when the time is up and the beeps are loud but not annoyingly so.
The microwave is easy to clean with a removable turntable and wheel section. The door and digital panel have smooth surfaces so are easy to wipe clean.
The microwave may cause interference to TV's and radios so these should be placed as far away as possible from the machine.
I am finding that the microwave does the job although because I had an 850W model before the cooking times are noticably longer. Most foods seem to need up to a minute more than in my previous 850W model. So far it is working well though and cooks food thoroughly, lighting up during cooking and letting me know when it's finished. My only gripe is the having to press 'RESET' before every use because I choose to turn the appliance off after use.
I paid around £32 for this but it's online right now for £39 on ASDA Direct.