Price and Availability
When my partner moved down from Liverpool to Stoke she moved into a little flat as a short term measure before we could find something big enough for the both of us. She bought with her various bits and pieces, including the basics for a kitchen which had been given to her by various family members. One of these things being the Cookworks Manual Silver Microwave from Argos which is currently priced at £42.99 and available both online and in store.
Appearance and Technical Details
The microwave is predominantly silver metal although the front of the microwave is silver plastic. The glass panel on the front of the microwave is black and when it's in use and the light inside is on you can just about see what's going on inside. The microwave is a very simple design with two dials, on for power and one for time and one large button which opens the microwave door. Inside the microwave is silver metal with a glass rotating plate in the middle, as with all microwaves this plate can be removed to make cleaning easier.
The technical details are as follows:
* Microwave power output 700 watts.
* 5 power settings.
* Defrost option.
* Interior capacity 17 litres.
We moved into our flat in September, and my partner had been using the microwave since last March, from what I can tell her Mum had the microwave for a couple of years before that as well. The microwave is very easy to use, anyone could do it, and it's just a case of twisting the dials. As I mentioned before there are two dials, the first one is the power dial. There are five different power settings from low to high, medium low is the defrost setting, it's pretty straight forward and I usually just cook most things on high although I do use the defrost button sometimes. The second dial is the time button which is also pretty self explanatory, it goes up to 30 minutes and as with all microwaves there's a loud beep when the timer has finished. The only annoying thing about the manual microwave is that it's hard to judge the time, its okay if you want to put it on for 10 minutes but it's a guessing game really for smaller amounts of time. When in use the microwave is quite loud but no louder than usual I suppose. The microwave cooks food well and is also really good on the defrost function and for the price what more can you ask.
Although this isn't an advanced microwave I think it's a decent microwave for the average user. The microwave is very simple to use and is priced cheaply, it looks okay for the money and although we will probably upgrade ours soon it's purely for aesthetic reasons as our Cookworks microwave continues to work well.
This microwave was quite a recent purchase from Argos where it cost us £39.99. As I don't use a microwave a great deal and then only for simple tasks, I was happy to purchase a basic model. We have our microwave on a purpose built high shelf, otherwise the only extra I might have looked for would be one with a child safety lock. It's a 700 watt, category D oven, not as powerful as our previous microwave but it feels no less convenient.
It was well packaged, a bit awkward to unpack and unpeel all the plastic film from it, but that did mean it was very shiny and new looking upon arrival in our kitchen. I find the silver look preferable to white and also it won't discolour to yellow over time. The door is black. It's a standard size: H26.2cm, W45.2cm, D33.5cm.
It's what is known as a standard manual microwave, best for simple tasks and with two dials on the front, rather than touch controls and a digital display. This makes it very simple to use, preferable to button controls in my opinion, I see no need for a digital timer. The top dial is to set the power level, the settings are clearly labelled with mini-illustrations and read: low, defrost, m-low, med, m-high and high. The lower dial is the timer which goes up to 30 minutes and signals that it's finished with a loud ding. It's moderately noisy, but not enough to be an issue. Operation couldn't be more simple: set the power, start the timer. The door is opened with a large push-in button situated under the dials.
I mainly use it on the defrost, medium high or full power settings. Very rarely I'll do a microwave meal in there, also the odd jacket potato and I might use it to defrost frozen food, but it's mainly used to heat up leftovers, hardly complicated. If I warm up food from the fridge, such as a meal cooked the day before, I find the medium to medium high settings heat the food more evenly than putting it straight onto a high setting.
The inside of the microwave is white with a glass turntable and plastic holder underneath which are removable for cleaning. As I tend to put lids on whatever I am microwaving it has so far barely needed any cleaning other than a quick wipe. The outside is easy to clean too, again dials are preferable to buttons which can get really clogged up.
So; easy to use, easy to clean, efficient, lightweight, reasonably priced - recommended.
I don't personally do a lot of microwave cooking but it is still a vital piece of kitchen equipment for me. When I got my microwave I just wanted a cheap one that would do the basic heating up and defrosting.
I got a Cookworks microwave from Argos. It comes in a white or silver finish. I chose the silver as my kitchen is quite modern. The white one does look nice too, my mum has since bought the white one.
The microwave cost me just £29.99 ( I think its has now gone up to £32.99).
* What you get for your money*
What you actually get for your money is a smallish microwave with just 2 dial controls. Its very easy to operate there's nothing complicated at all.
The microwave has a power output of 700 watts. Not the most powerful on the market but perfectly good enough for what I need.
There are 2 dials on the front of the microwave, one is for the power settings.
It has 5 power settings
The other dial is the timer. This goes up to 35 minuets. The first 10 minuets are marked on the dial individually then it goes up in 5 minuet sections. This can be a bit awkward, if you need to heat anything for 12 minuets you would have to guess or turn the dial to 10 wait for it to finish then do another 2 minuets.
The door opens by pressing a largish button. There is black glass in the door which you cant see through until you put the microwave on then it lights up inside so you can keep an eye on anything inside.
The inside is quite small. It has a 17 litre capacity and a 24.5cm diameter rotating glass turntable. This can be taken out very easily to wash. It just sits on a small plastic ring.
The Cookworks microwave is
Weight 10.5 kg
Its nice and neat and being small is ideal for me as I don't have a very large kitchen.
As I said its not the biggest microwave and is really pretty basic, but it works and it was cheap. Its perfect for defrosting or quickly heating things up.
Its easy to clean and to keep it fresh every so often I heat up a small amount of water with half a lemon in it in there.
If you are wanting a powerful microwave to do lots of cooking in then this one wont be for you. But for me its ideal and I would not hesitate to recommend it.
I've owned my microwave for 3 years now and its still going strong! I purchased it as it was really cheap compared to other microwaves and as I only wanted to use it to heat up beans and macaroni I didn't see the need of spending too much...
Admittedly its not the prettiest looking microwave with its manual dials, however it is very practical... The dials are to set the time aswell as the settings... defrost etc..
To open the door there is a large button which you press...I do find this quite hard to press at times to get it open though.
As for cleaning, the dials aren't too bad to keep clean and with the buttom being flat its easy to wipe over...
Inside its all white and has a glass turntable which is on a plastic ring, both of which easily lift up so you can clean them without any problems..as with any microwave, cleaning the inside can always be difficult but this is all smooth inside with just two vents either side so no additional problems with fiddly bits to get round!
After 3 years its still going and its still looking fairly new. The only thing which could be improved is that its quite noisy when its cooking but I can live with it for the price!
This was one of the cheapest microwaves available in Argos when I moved into my flat about 21 months ago and I didn't see the point of spending any more seeing as though I only really use a microwave to reheat leftovers and warm up milk etc.
It has been perfectly reliable so far, always heating the food through in the correct amount of time and is very easy to use. I tend to use the defrost setting and the 700 watt setting which is full power, but there are also lower settings if you needed them.
You select the time with a dial rather than electronically which I think is quicker and more straightforward and the button to open the door is nice and big.
The inside of the microwave is very easy to clean. The glass dish and the wheel underneath are both removeable and the surface of the microwave inside is smooth and white and so easy to wipe clean. The outside of the door does smear a bit sometimes when wiped clean but is ok if you give it a good scrub with a bit of dry kitchen towell.
The microwave does seem a bit noisier than ones I've used in the past but other than that it has been perfect for me so far.
It is basic I suppose but I'm not sure what other settings you would need really.
We bought this microwave from Argos after the previous one was broken about a year ago and it is really worth the money. It is cheap, practical, simple and easy to use. We used to have a microwave with many functions but only to find out that we were never going to use these functions. We mainly use microwave to heat food and this Cookworks Silver Manual microwave serves this purpose very well. Of course it has other basic functions like defrosting, etc. This microwave is especially good for old people as it is ease to use. My parents who found the multi-functional, fancy and expensive microwave difficult to use, now like this one very much. The size is good and does not take up too much space on the work top and is quite easy to clean. The colour goes with any kitchen as well. Great value for this price. Why spend more when this one can meet your needs!
We only bought a microwave when I started weaning my son. My husband has always disliked microwaves and as he does most of the cooking, I've never had reason to want one.
However, it's a lot easier to be able to freeze baby portions of purees and meals and defrost when you need so I started looking for our first ever microwave (now I wonder how I got to my thirties without one).
I only wanted a small and easy to use microwave so I started looking for a compact and cheap model that didn't look too tacky. This model has been perfect for our purposes.
It cost around £30 from Argos, there is a white version too but I thought that looked a lot more plasticky. The silver version looks very good considering the price.
It's pretty basic but does everything I need. There are 2 dials - one is the power and the other is the time. The power dial has 5 settings (defrost, 120w, 385w, 540w and 700w). The time dial goes up to 35 mins.
I only ever use the defrost and 700w (Heating category D) functions, which are perfectly adequate for every day defrosting and cooking.
The dials are manual, one benefit of this is that there is no unecessary LED clock on the front. I have so many of these around the house on ovens, DVDs etc all using up precious electricity.
The "ping" is loud enough to be heard but not too loud- a bit tinny sounding but perfectly functional.
The inside is white which means any splashes are visible and can be cleaned off easily, the glass plate and revolving ring are both removable for cleaning. The outside is silver and the door is a shiny black. The door does show smeary cleaning marks, so needs a quick polish after cleaning.
This machine has a 17L capacity which is quite small, you can just fit a full dinner plate inside.
The actual dimensions are: (H)25.8, (W)43.3, (D)32.8cm. Weight 10.7kg.
Everything I have defrosted or cooked in this microwave have been well and evenly cooked. I have never had any problems with it and would recommend as a basic, compact model.
I bought this microwave just after I had moved into my first house, I had no no cooker and not even a bed so money was tight. I flicked through the Argos catalogue and picked out one of the cheapest microwaves I could. As I have now been in my house for a while I could affrod replace my microwave but I have not as I don't need to. The microwave has all the basic functions and is powerful enough to heat up many item quickly, you can also vary the power to adjust for different foods e.g. if you are defrosting meat. The oven is well lit inside so you can easily keep an eye on your food. It is also very easy to keep clean, as with many microwaves the rotating glass plate inside can be easily removed. The simple dials mean that all you need to do is turn a quick dial and you do not have to mess around pressing different buttons in order to do a simple function.
Cookworks MM717CKAS Microwave in Silver
Seeing as we have moved in to a brand new build flat it seemed such a shame to be taking a load of our older household furniture and equipment. After clearing out the kitchen and moving the old microwave out of its position of the last seven years I was able to see clearly for the first time that the white colourings of the microwave had turned a rather worn yellow colour. This would certainly show up more in our new fitted white kitchen and I for one was not prepared to move it and tarnish the look of our new flat. A quick browse in the Argos catalogue showed me all I needed when I saw this Cookworks silver microwave for a cheap price.
This microwave cost £29.99p although it is available in white for £24.49p and it is the cheapest microwave that Argos has for sale. We dont really use the microwave for too much apart from heating up beans, peas and the like so getting a high tech, high priced microwave was really not even an option. The silver microwave won against the white version for the fact that I know the silver will not discolour over time and will match more of my other kitchen appliances more than the white colour.
An added bonus of buying this microwave is that it is not digital and has no clock on the outside. I recently read that most families that own a microwave that has a digital clock on the outside use more electricity in a year having the LED clock on rather than the actual use of the microwave! This seems like such an awful waste when I personally dont ever look at the clock on the microwave and as I said before we use the microwave on a fairly sparingly basis. This microwave is a manually operated one which means there are no digital clocks or timers and it is purely operated by turning a dial to the time needed for cooking and turning a separate dial for the heat or wattage setting required.
The microwave itself looks pretty good with its silver colourings I think it looks far superior to the white version available from Argos. The microwave itself is very simple with only two dials sitting on the outside of the machine along with a large button to open the door. Inside of the microwave sits a glass plate that can be removed for cleaning and this sits on a circular plastic ring that has three wheels propelled around a centre piece that enables the glass plate to turn in a clockwise motion smoothly. The inside of the microwave is a white colour that allows you to see any splashes or dirt that has attached itself to the inside and therefore making it easy to clean. The fact the glass plate and the plastic ring can both be removed gives the microwave an easy clean quality.
The door on the outside of the microwave has a slightly black mirrored effect and this does show up any dirt quite significantly and needs to be kept wiped clean regularly making the microwave looking new and pristine. The dials on the outside are easy to use and pretty basic. The top dial is the temperature or wattage settings that range from 700w to defrost. The watts are clearly labelled in small writing around the dial and the defrost option is labelled with a snowflake. The different wattage settings available are the highest at 700w, then a 540w setting, a 385w setting then the defrost setting and finally the 120w setting. I have only used the defrost setting and the 700w setting and I am unsure what things you would have to cook to use one of the lower power settings but I suppose having the option there if needed is good.
The second dial underneath the first is a timer dial and this ranges from 0 to 35 minutes. The numbers are clearly shown in digits and can be selected when turning the dial in a clockwise motion. The bell that signals the end of the timer is not overly loud but clear enough to hear from another room. If things need more than 35 minutes to cook it is easy to reset the dial to more time. Both of the dials are chunky and both easy to use and to clean. The large button that opens the door blends in with the silver colourings of the outer surface and lays flat against the microwave to appear slightly hidden.
All the food that I have cooked in this Cookworks microwave has been cooked well throughout. It has been easy to use and easy to clean and I have as yet encountered no problems with the use of it. The timer works well and I could expect no more from a microwave that costs this price. It is a simple yet effective piece of kitchen equipment and one that I personally am glad that I bought. I would say this is the perfect microwave as it looks good is lightweight and its 17L capacity really is enough to cook all the things that I use the microwave for.
A great microwave from Cookworks at a great price. Recommended to all.