I purchased this microwave for ~£40 as I began life as a student and it is still going strong 5 years later.
While not the most stylish microwave on the market, this all white design certainly isn't the worst I've seen and the black window on the front of the door is similar to a large number of microwaves. It comes with two dials one that controls the power level and one the timer limit. There are five power levels and a time limit of 35 minutes. Its square shape also helps to create a microwave that is extremely easy to clean.
The inside is very spacious and there is enough room to fit pretty large plates in there as the turntable has a diameter of 250mm.
The microwave has its power limits, the maximum is 700W, but if you're willing to wait slightly longer for your ready meal then it's not really a problem. When the cycle does finish, you're alerted with a loud ding that can be heard all over my flat.
One downside comes with the low accuracy of the timer. If you want to put something in the microwave for 0-2 minutes, you'll find the dial has a tolerance of approximately 30 seconds. This means you might have aimed for a 30 second blast but after 3 seconds the microwave pings and stops cooking. With this in mind, it can be easier to just twist the dial to longer than you need and then manually stop the microwave.
Overall this is a great microwave that does what it requires. It lacks some of the unnecessary components/features that come with more expensive variants but these aren't missed so it really isn't an issue. If you really need these extra features in your life, don't buy this microwave, if not, for £40-50 this is a great buy and I would recommend to anyone.
Bought as student house needed an affordable microwave. It is very simple and does the intended job. Do not expect very advanced features. It is very much designed for simple tasks and you might have to use a bit of judgement to know how long to put things in for, it does not have any complicated settings or cooking programs. It is fairly compact which means there is an enormous amount of room in there. Large plates are best avoided. The building quality seems to be decent and is fairly simple. Microwaves do seem to be fairly expensive these days £40 did seem a bit much for the cheapest microwave on amazon but it does the intended function well enough. Pretty easy to clean too. It comes with a glass plate that turns for even cooking. Simple and does the job, even if the price seems a bit much, would recommend though considering the market.
When I first moved out of my mums 3 year ago, I was a little daunted by how much I had to buy to set up home, and how much to buy to prepare for a new baby. I accepted whatever help was thrown my way, a lot of things in my house were second hand cast offs. My nan does a car boot every summer and the family give her all of their old things to sell. One thing my nan had in her garage ready for car boot was this microwave, instead of going to the car boot it got given to me!
---- Specifications ----
Dual wave system
35 minute dual speed timer
Dimension (WxHxD)cm: 44.6 x 27 x 33.2
700w microwave output
5 power levels
Weight (kg): 10.2
---- Design ----
The design of this microwave is quite simple, it's not exactly the best looking microwave on the market but I didn't need it to look amazing. Its basic white in colour, with a black crisscross effect viewing window on the door. The handle to open the door to the microwave is integrated into the door itself and is quite thick so it's easy to get a good grip on. To the right hand side of the microwave there are two dial, one for the power level and one for the time.
---- In use ----
The microwave comes with a comprehensive set of instructions, well, they call them instructions but after the first few pages it's more like a cookery book with lots of recipes. The information booklet contains all the normal information you'd find, precautions, warnings, how to clean and the like.
The microwave is quite easy to use, simply turn the dial to the required number of minutes, make sure the power dial is set at the right power and away you go. This seems quite easy to do, but if you are heating things up for, say, 1 minute 20 seconds for example, it's very difficult to set the microwave for the required amount of time. My poor Rustler burgers usually end up coming out with a hard bun as I haven't calculated the time properly. If you need to heat up something that takes exactly so many minutes then it's easy, a lot easier than trying to fiddle about getting it to the correct time.
The power dial isn't something I use often. If I'm not using the full power 700W then it's usually the defrost setting, and that doesn't get used often. 700W isn't exactly going to heat everything up super quick as higher wattage microwaves do, but it suits us fine, and I don't mind waiting a minute or 2 more for our food to be ready.
The noise the microwave makes is just about right, it isn't too loud that you dread to turn it on, and it isn't so quiet that you can't hear it. It seems to just be there, if you see what I mean. Once the microwave timer has reached zero, the ding is quite high pitched and audible from the lounge if the door between the kitchen and lounge are closed, so quite loud, but that's perfect so you don't forget about it.
As the microwave is white, it shows up dirt straight away, but that isn't a problem as it is so easy to clean. As with most microwaves, the plate and the round rubber ring the plate sits on can be lifted straight out and washed in warm soapy water. Before cleaning the inside, I always heat a bowl of water up as the steam that comes from this water lifts the dirt away slightly. After taking the bowl of water out again, the dirt can just be wiped off, simples!
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Since this microwave was originally given to my nan for her to put on the car boot I don't know exactly how long it's been in use. All I do know is that it is longer than 3 years as that's how long I've had it. After a quick Google I've found it's available to buy for around £50. I think that is an absolute bargain considering how long it could have been in use. The only downside to this microwave is the fiddly timer and trying to get the time right.
Everyone loves a microwave, unless perhaps you are Gordon Ramsey, in which case, most people like a microwave, just for the pure simplicity of getting dinner or a snack ready in moments. However, some can be quite pricey, and do lots of wonderful things, that simply are not necessary. This microwave answers that call, and simply does its job. It makes your food warm in a quick amount of time, no hassle, without the pricetag that sometimes comes with it. This was the microwave in my university house last year, and now i have returned home, i do miss its ease of use.
It is very similar to any other basic microwave really. It has 2 main dials, the first allows you to program at what wattage you want the microwave to run at varying between defrost to high. The maximum is 700W, which is very respectable for a microwave of this type, and certainly will not leave you hanging around for hours on end, waiting for you food to warm up.
The second dial is the timer, and you simply twist it round to turn the microwave on. Because it is not a digital type in device, adding to its simplicity, it can sometimes be quite tricky to program in the exact amount of time you need, but lets face it, do you really need it down to 5-10 seconds, it isn't going to ruin your dinner by cooking it slightly too long, so whilst it might be a little frustrating, it is not the end of the world!!!!!!!
This is the big one, with microwaves now retailing at anywhere up to £200, i believe this one is available for just £50. If you just simply want your microwave to do that job of heating up your food or cooking your ready meal, then you do not really need something with a huge amount of wattage and lots of whizzes and bangs - thus, for the money, this is a good investment.
This survived a full year of living in our uni house of 7 people, was probably cleaned about once during the year, and is still in the house today. Therefore, i can have absolutely no quarms with its build quality - believe me, it has been put through a far harsher test than any usual household microwave, so it is definitely a solid piece of equipment.
A good microwave without any fancy features, that simply does the job.
This microwave model was actually the one that I owned previous to my current model, so I am going to discuss my experiences with using this machine during its short, two year life...
It may be helpful to first explain that I am not an avid microwave user. I know that there are some people who use their microwave more than their cooker, but my use of the machine is limited to heating up milk at breakfast, making quick baked potatoes, cooking the odd ready meal (very rarely!) and reheating my cup of tea if it has gone cold. That is about it. If I want to defrost something, I will give it plenty of time to defrost naturally, rather than sticking it in the microwave, and when I want to cook a main meal, I prefer my hob and oven. I would't even say that the microwave is a product that I use every day, but it is an appliance that I like to have in the kitchen, because it is so useful and versatile, with a variety of applications in cookery. Because of my limited use therefore, I am not interested in the type of super microwaves that seem to be able to do everything. I am happy with the most simple design. In fact for me, the simpler the better, as there are less things that can go wrong with it!
This is precisely one of the main reasons why I bought the Daewoo KOR6L15. As microwaves go, this one was about as simple as they come, with only two controls in the form of two dials, and no display or fiddly buttons to worry about. The machine was only available in basic white, which I didn't mind too much, and it was one of the cheapest microwaves on the market, retailing at about £45.
Using the machine was a doddle. There were actually five heat settings on the top dial, ranging from simple defrost function up through to full 700 Watt power. To be perfectly honest. I only ever bothered with the full power setting. All of the other settings seemed quite irrelevant to me. In a perfect world, I would have simplified it even further and only had one power setting, and a timer dial! The timer dial was positioned directly below the power dial. It started in single minute increments between 0 and 10 minutes, and then went up in larger, five minute increments, all the way up to the maximum 35 minute mark. Most of the things I was cooking took less than 10 minutes, so the ability to easily control the time down to single minutes appealed to me.
Then it was simply a case of putting the food onto the rotating glass pate, shutting the door of the microwave, setting the power, turning the timer dial, and waiting for it to cook. The door of the microwave is moulded in such a way that it forms a handle, which you simply pull to open the microwave, which will instantly stop the timer and the cooking process. Sorry, no fancy buttons to open the door. You have to do it yourself! The microwave gave a cheerful ping when the timer had finished.
The microwave was relatively easy to clean, though of course, being white, it did show up the dirt! The glass plate inside was a standard size, and could be easily replaced if broken or damaged. I used to have trouble cleaning the inside of the microwave when it was covered with spattered dried on food, but heard a good tip about heating a bowl of water on full power to steam the dirt, loosening it and making it easier to wipe off. I never had to use any harsh detergents to clean the microwave.
The appliance was not the most beautiful thing to look at, and was not really going to get any admiring glances from visitors, but was a really useful item in the kitchen. I think "functional" was the best way to describe it. It blended in quite well with the rest of the decor in the kitchen, and being a simple design, would suit any style of kitchen, modern or traditional.
I always found this appliance to be easy to use and reliable, but one day, two years into its life, it died on me! It made a crackling noise for a couple of seconds and then just stopped working. I was really disappointed, because I though that this microwave was going to last me for several years. But then I guess you get what you pay for! I had no idea what caused it to break down, and didn't think that it was a good idea probing the thing when I didn't know what I was doing, so we reaplaced it with our current model. Although our current microwave is a bit more sophisticated than the Daewoo model, I really preferred the Daewoo in many ways. My new microwave has lots of superfluous settings and programmes that I don't need. I don't even really need the clock, as I have a perfectly good one on the wall! I long for the simpler times when my good old Daewoo microwave was working! It was the perfect microwave for me, and I miss it!
This microwave was purchsed quite cheaply from a large supermarket when we realised that actually, maybe we did need a microwave.
The microwave is quite with the door on the left and two dials on the right - one of these is to set the time and one is to change the heat settings. The time dial goes up in 1 minute slots until it gets to 10 minutes where is moves to going up in 5 minutes. The top dial, contorlling the heat - gives four options from defrost, low, medium and high heat.
The microwave heats food fine - at category D it heats food quite quickly and you don't seem to wait around too long - it easily cooks a medium sized potato in less than 10 minutes, which I think is perfectly reasonably.
However, there is one issue I've found with the microwave - it is almost impossible to get exact timings. The dial to set the time means that you have to guess your way of where half a minute may be, and if you want a more exact time such at 20 seconds, this really is impossible to set - resulting in you turning the time up higher and counting the seconds pass by on a clock. For heating larger things which don't require such exact timing, this isn't really an issue, but when defrosting things which turn slushy or dry it's rather frustrating.
I struggle to remember the exact price, but it was rather inexpensive and for a basic microwave, it does the basics of what is needed. A digital timer would, however, improve it by miles!
We have one of these as a no frills cheap microwave in the kitchen at work, and so far it has done everything which we need it for.
The machine is very easy to use, with only 2 knobs; 1 of these controls the temperature setting which has 5 different levels including one for de-frosting meals. The second knob controls the time ssetting and goes from one minute all the way up to 35 minutes. The fact that there are only 2 knobs means that you really cannot go wrong or get confused as to how to use the machine.
This is a 700w, Category D machine, which is one below the highest band - E. For those people who are always in a rush this would probably mean that to re-heat or cook anything would take too long, but for me it's plenty.
In terms of reliability, we have had our machine for almost 3 years now and have not had any issues with it, and that is with about 20 different people using it every day of the week. I cannot comment on it in terms of value for money, as we order them from suppliers with vast discounts.
Overall, if you're after a cheap, reliable microwave then this is as good as any. If you're after an all singing all dancing microwave, then look elsewhere.
I have only ever had one microwave and I have never changed. This is the daewood microwave. I have had this for over 5 years, as I don't regularly change my microwave or any other kitchen appliance for that matter.
The microwave is pretty big, or at least bigger than your average microwave. Mine's is silver, and this is good as it blends in with the rest of my silver kitchen, you don't ever find anything white in my kitchen it looks horribly cheap. This microwave has two dials. The one at the bottom is your time setting. It goes up in 'fives' fom 0 to 35, and has tiny little dials which show you the exact minute right up to the 10 minute mark, and then the dials stop. This is useful as you can see the exact time you have to put it in without raking any risky chances! There is also a power/heat setting dial above this, the defrost is marked in blue so you can clearly see it. You push a very big button to open it, and it just pops open.
It isn't a very noisy microwave, but you do get your perfectly normal electric sound. The ding is very loud, which is good as I can hear it on the second floor (not recommended you leave it alone). You can see through the little window, however there are little black holes all over it so you don't get blinded by the light. The design is very modern. Although I don't like the fact the cable is white, it doesn't fit in with a silver kitchen.
The inside of the microwave is very spacious, so you can fit a few things in at the one time. I have never had an incident or a problem with this microwave, the condition has been spot on and has not deteriorated over the past 5 or so years. It has never failed me or broken.
This microwave is only £30 which is pretty good I think. It has a concave reflex system and is a 700W Category D. I wouldn't hesitate to recommend this.
When my old microwave packed up some time ago, I really needed a new one . Whilst I tend to cook as many meals as I can from scratch, my microwave came in really handy for extra quick scrambled eggs in the morning, or for defrosting leftovers that I had frozen.
Luckily, I trip to my local supermarket gave me an inexpensive replacement - for just £39.99, I had a brand spanking new microwave. Ok, it wasn't anything snazzy - no digital display, no clock- but it would do what I needed it to do .
I believe this is also available in silver, but as the majority of my kitchen appliances are in white, I opted for the white finish. It looks smart enough - you certainly wouldn't mistake it for a really posh appliance, but nor is it an embarrassment to have sat on your kitchen worktop. With two dials on the front, one enabling you to select which of five power settings (yes, there is a defrost) you would like to use, and one to select the time, upto 35 minutes .
The instruction manual was clear and concise, and offered up some tips for cooking of various items. It wasn't anything special, but then this machine is pretty simple to operate and doesn't need a bible sized instruction manual. Handy tips for cleaning the machine were included, as well as advice on how to dispose of the product properly.
At 700w this isn't exactly a powerhorse . It's more of a gentle old plodder - getting the job done, but obviously not as fast as a higher powered microwave would do . This is worth bearing in mind, if, for instance, you were going to use it in a busy office for lunch reheating. For me, just as an occasionally used appliance, waiting a couple of minutes more for my food isn't a real issue . The machine is very quiet when running, and has a satisfying pinging noise when finished . The door mechanism is very smooth .
I do have a couple of small complaints though- I find the knobs on the front somewhat imprecise for timings - occasionally items have been overcooked by a couple of minutes - not a big issue with most things, but certain items like microwaved poached or scrambled eggs were a little difficult to time precisely. This isn't a major issue - I just make sure to check on the the progress part way through
The other issue is that the knobs feel a little cheap and flimsy. They don't seem to be very sturdy, and I do worry that these could break fairly easily if I used the microwave more often than I do .
However, for the price I still think this was a decent buy . If you do decide to purchase this microwave, I do suggest shopping around. Based on a quick google search, prices range from £29.99 (Sainsburys.co.uk) to £74.81 (electrics warehouse). Thats a massive price difference!
I'm going to give this 4 stars - while not perfect, it does what I need it too, and is relatively inexpensive .
I set up a kitchen in my office about 6 months ago and bought one of these Daewoo microwaves for people to cook their lunch.
This microwave cost about £35, it is 700W, has a capacity of about 20ltr, and for the money it's a great buy.
Honestly, there arent many! It has 5 power settings, including a defrost function. The timer has a max of about 35 minutes...thats about it.
It is pretty simple. It is white plastic with two control dials on the right side - one for adjusting the power and the other for setting the time. It feels pretty solid and looks to be reasonable quality. This is a 'manual' microwave, there are no digital displays or buttons, only the two dials mentioned earlier and the door is opened by pulling a handle. Whilst it is made of plastic it doesn't look too cheap which many low end microwaves do.
Being a cheap microwave (you won't find many cheaper) it doesn't have many settings. The top dial adjusts the power, you can set it to defrost or to one of four power settings (there are 5 power settings in total). The bottom dial is a 35min timer, just turn it to the amount of time you need to cook your meal.
As mentioned earlier this microwave is very basic, the benefit of this is that its dead simple to use. It doesn't make a lot of noise, certainly no more than any other microwave I've used in the past.
This is a very basic microwave, but that said it is good quality and easy to use. Its been regularly used for 6 months and has no real signs of wear and tear. If you're looking for a cheap, simple microwave this is a good choice.
I bought this on sale from Morrisons and I can't say that I have ever had any problems at all with it. Its pretty much the cheapest microwve I could find as i don't use it that much, but as I say its pretty good for the price. It has dials rather than a digital display which means it is not very accurate and occationally it does just stop without a ping which I think is perfectly safe so not really an issue. Its really easy to clean as all the parts are removable and it doesn't take up too much space on the worktop. I do not think it will last forever, mainly due to the slightly flimsy feel of the dials but for use a couple of times a day, mainly for defrosting its perfectly good. There are no extra functions and I am not sure how accurate the power settings are but its ok for the basics.
I was bought this microwave oven as a house warming gift when I moved house recently. It was one of those gifts that, whilst greatful for, I already had a microwave oven. As my memory serves it was a gift from a cousin or other relative that simply doesnt know me or what I need and bought me something that they just assumed that a young person would need when they moved house.
On the up side, the microwave I had was old and was about due to be replaced. So happily I gave away my old microwave in favour of this Daewoo model.
I really wish I had not.
Please dont get me wrong, this microwave oven does a perfectaly ok job. It heats food just fine. It has several different settings including a defrost mode.
My big issue with this microwave is that it is not digital. I simply cannot understand why someone would design and build a technology as advanced as a microwave oven and then stick an analouge timer on the front of it. Apart from being less desireable, there is a clear reason for wanting a digital display - because it is hard to set an exact time on this thing. If you think that I am quibbling over details then try sticking a forzen bread roll in the microwave as an example - just over 11 seconds will defrost it. but if you cant set this, then you could be getting anything up to 30 seconds. what yo end up with is a rock that looks like a bread roll.
trust me, when a microwave is powerful - like this one is - then the timing is all important.
I have found the space in this oven to be adequate - not massive, but not tiny. The last microwave I had was larger (it also had a digital timer) but then it cost a lot more than this one.
I have found this microwave to be very good for the money, but the lack of a couple of features makes all the difference.
The Daewoo KOR6L15 White Microwave Oven has a 20 litre cavity capacity and 700W microwave power output with Dual Wave microwave system that ensures even cooking results 5 Power Levels a 35 minute dual speed timer and easy to use manual dial controls. / Short name: Daewoo KOR6L15