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Okay, so I'll come out and say that I've never spent too much on microwaves before, I always feel that this appliance is something of a one trick pony and that you really don't need a lot more than the basic ones you'll find on offer in the supermarket. However, after our Tesco bog standard all-white model packed in, we thought we'd try and at least buy a microwave that would fit in with the other stainless steel appliances we already had in the kitchen. So this is how we originally came across the Daewoo KOR3000-DSL, although during our online search we found there were a few more criteria that we had to consider too.
First point to note then is that although this microwave is quite often advertised as having a 'stainless steel' finish (and the online pictures appear to validate this) on purchasing the model we were slightly dissapointed to discover that only the door and front panel are in fact stainless steel, the remainder of the microwave is sort of a greyish plastic. So if you are looking for an appliance that looks really high end I'd recommend searching a bit further than this model. However, all is certainly not lost here as there are a couple of really useful features on offer. The first thing that I appreciated about the Daewoo is the clear and uncluttered front controls; there are no baffling menus to trawl through or needless multiple buttons, all you have here is 'power', 'clock', 'cook' and 'autocook' (which has for simple presets displayed on the front on the machine). Other than that there is the obligatory big silver dial to set the time and a 'start' and 'stop' button. In short, you are not going to be returning to the manual of this particular model often. Another thing that was an absolute must for me is the digital display on the front to tell the time (on default) and show how long you are cooking something. I've found that microwaves that lack this feature are often quite dubious when it comes to exact timing (especially for times under a minute) and when you are heating baby food ten extra seconds can be really critical!
Other useful features of the Daewoo are the additional shelf that you can optionally place inside it if you want to cook two dishes at once (which can be useful as with 20 litres of capacity you might not get loads in at once otherwise). For the compact size of the microwave (it hardly takes up any bench space) the internal oven is rather generous in its proportions; certainly the last microwave we had seemed huge yet you could fit a lot less in, so this one definitely scores points here. The last feature that really stands out for me is the 'beep' it gives you half way through defrosting to let you know to stir the dish before continuing.
So, all in all, this is a well thought out model; not feature packed, but good at the functions it can carry out and we've had ours upwards of two years so it also seems like quite a reliable model. The stainless steel finish at the front definitely looks the part, it is just a shame this finish wasn't carried on around the whole machine, but it is a budget model at the end of the day and this would have bumped the price up considerably. I'm one happy customer with KOR3000DSL as it meets all of our families needs and it didn't cost the earth; I would look elsewhere for more features but this basic model will get the job done for most.
I had this microwave for over a year and a half, and I paid £80 when it was new. I began to wonder if 20 litres was good space or not for a family, and in actual fact, it turned out to be plenty during lunchtime, especially for microwaving rice, but at dinner time i had to microwave a few things separately as I needed more space. I know you could say this is enough for some people but for me it just wasn't.
The worst thing about this microwave is the cleaning. There are so many grooves, little holes, lines and areas that you have to get into to give it a proper clean, and even the outside is just as bad, it takes a good ten minutes for a deep clean.
The other bad thing is how easily it wears. The painted on numbers and letters on the front wore off a great deal in the first 3 months and the light blew after 6 months. I didn't know how or where to get a replacement light at the time so it was left unfixed which became a nightmare.
For cooking though this microwave is very good, and even for power consumption it's not that bad. It's often that the food suggestion times on the back of labels for a more powerful microwave are suitable to properly cook food in this on one of its much lower settings, and there was no power lost over time, so the cooking durability was very good, I'm sure it would have lasted longer.
In the end I upgraded to a much better microwave because I needed an easier microwave to clean, and one with more functions. Unfortunately I gave the microwave away because it was no longer practical.
This is a fifty fifty product, it's hard to clean and wears easily, but it cooks perfectly, and didn't loose power. Not to mention good value for money at the time, but I don't think it can score higher than 3 stars.
This microwave was bought just over a year ago and has already had problems with it. I bought it because it looked great and fit in well with the kitchen and other appliances. It is quite big, steel all round and is quite simple to use. It has a range of settings such as defrost and can steam food as well. I was really happy with the purchase and used it often. However with just a week after the 1-year anniversary it decided not to work. The light still worked, when placing food in the oven it still went round and everything looked normal - but it didn't heat the food. I called up the customer care (which were very useful and helpful) and they said it looks like a component problem and to take it in the store. She also said that if it has been over a year then it would cost and that it would be cheaper buying a new one! I was really upset as I really liked this microwave and would have expected it to last longer than a year. Overall quality and using of the functions was great including the size etc, but reliability was really low and therefore was knocked of my top list.
The Daewoo KOR3000DSL Stainless Steel 800 Watts Microwave Oven has a capacity of 0.71 cu / ft / and 5 power levels.The Daewoo KOR3000DSL Stainless Steel 800 Watts Microwave Oven has a capacity of 0.71 cu / ft / / Short name: Daewoo KOR3000DSL