I went out and bought this as a replacement after my other microwave broke =[ . I was recommended this model by a friend and after reading some good reviews on it decided this was the one for me. Ive had this microwave about a year now and so far have it to be absolutely brilliant, and so easy to use. On a first look glance the microwave is stainless steel which makes it look stylish and smart .. and the control buttons make it look really modern . Inside the microwave there is a 28cm turntable so its easily big enough to fit most dinner plates and anything else you may wish to use. The size of the actual microwave itself is also a good size at 28cms in height ,49cm in dept and 39cm in width it easily fits nicely into my kitchen.
The microwave is a 800w combination microwave to which you can use to microwave, grill or oven cook your food. The microwave itself has many control buttons which consist of four power levels which are P100, P80, P50, P30. On the top left hand side of the microwave is a LED display which shows the time and below this are ten food type options. The ten different food type options are :- Pasta, Cake, Chicken, Meat, Bread, Fish, Pizza, Vegetable, Reheat and Potato. These food type settings set an asummed weight and time for your food however this can be edited easily by using the circle dial. On the right hand side of the control panel there are 7 buttons. The 3 buttons at the top are for you to choose how you would like to cook your food so microwave grill or oven. The other 4 buttons are so you can select either the Combination mode, Defrost, Stop or clear the clock setting. As with every microwave at the bottom there is the start button however unlike most other microwaves there is also a 30 second boost button.
The only downside to this microwave is it doesnt have a reminder feature where as most microwaves do. Hopefully you know what im on about that annoying beeping sound that keeps going until you get your food out, even if your busy at the time lol and did plan on doing it eventually just not right that second when your food ended. However this microwave doesnt have that sound and i do sort of miss it for the simple fact that numerous times ive walked off and forgotten that i had put something in the microwave and only rememberd hours later when going to use it for something else .
other than this thou i can not fault it .. i managed to find mine for £76.99 which is what they tend to retail at these days .. so i would definitly reccommend it at that price as its 100% worth the money :)
**Is this a standard microwave or combination microwave?**
The Goodmans CS23 microwave is a 'combination' microwave, hence the reason the cost is slightly more expensive than your usual standard microwave. I bought mine for £75 in the sale, but have seen them priced at £80+.
**What is the difference, and is it worth paying more for?**
For those not in the know, this is a microwave that does the job of your usual standard microwave, but also does the job of a double grill and conventional oven. It is therefore able to crisp and brown food. Is it worth paying out for? In my case yes, but if you are merely looking for something to literally just heat food up or defrost food, a standard microwave is more than adequate. I wanted to invest in a microwave that was able to do a little more because it offers more cooking options.
**Fab for families with teenagers**
With having 5 of us in the family, it's much more convenient for those moments when my teenagers are causing havoc with eating at different times! They are now both proud to be able to use the combi, and Jacket potatoes are a firm favourite. I have to admit, jackets done in this do cook throughout AND it crisps the outer skin. It gives out 800watts in power so cooks quickly and safely. Yes, you can part cook a jacket in your standard micro and pop it in the oven to crisp off, but for convenience sake and my teenagers wanting things to be 'simple', I find the combi micro far easier. Ultimately the decision to get a combi microwave could be decided by how many members are in your family and if it's a busy household that don't always get to eat together, I'd say it's worth considering. It provides you with less faffing around, it saves you a fair amount of time and there are alot more quick meal options open up to you with the combi. I'm also a fan of using the oven option for cooking joints of meat or chicken. It tastes beautifully moist when cooked this way!
Silver stainless steel, this modern and stylish combination microwave will sit well in many a different style kitchen. Mine fits comfortable on the kitchen worktop. The easy clean stainless steel surfaces mean that it is easy to maintain and keep clean.
There is a touch control panel which operates the power rating for the microwave through 4 different power levels (P100, P80, P50, P30). There is also a dark glass panel in the door. On opening the microwave, there is a 28cm diameter turntable. I am able to fit large dinner plates on it easily.
There is a light inside that lights up when the door opens and it stays on for the duration of cooking. The double grill feature makes sure food is cooked throughout.
On the left hand side of the control panel is a LED display at the top. Underneath this there are 10 buttons, labelled with different foods. The buttons are auto weight cooking pre-prepared programmes. Basically you just enter the weight, and the machine automatically decides the length of time to run the microwave or oven for to cook the meal. At the bottom of the panel is a manual dial so you can select the right weight for the automatic timer of the auto cook, to use the auto weight cooking functions. At the bottom of the panel is a rotary dial to use to easily select the correct weight for the automatic timer of the auto cook buttons to use the auto weight cooking functions.
The great thing is, the settings enable you to choose the perfect setting for what you want to cook.
The right hand side of the control panel is stainless steel, with 7 push buttons. The top 3 buttons are used for choosing which operation you would like, as in microwave, grill or oven. The other 4 buttons are use to select either Combination mode, Defrost, Stop or clear the clock setting. At the bottom is the start button which is also a 30 second boost button. The touch controls are easy to use but sometimes I get a little bit frustrated and confused with the sequence of the manual knob and turning it.
There is a child lock which is much needed in my house! There is also a time and a manufacturer's warranty for 1 year included.
The microwaves dimensions are Height 28cm, Depth 49cm and width 39cm.
None really, other than all the buttons can be a bit off putting to start with. Another ' arghhhh' moment is that my oldest two are always faffing around with it! It's a good thing i suppose, but i'm the one left to clean it usually! Also, when i've popped something in to cook, i'm often 2 rooms away. With my old microwave, I used to hear it beeping with a reminder beep when food had finished. With this machine there is no reminding beep, only a single high pitched beep to say it has come to an end. I have once or twice forgotten about something and my daughter is forever forgetting she's put something in it, although thats more because she disappears upstairs asap!
This is a lovely looking silver combination microwave which is at a very affordable price if you search around online for price comparisons. I bought this combination microwave when my very cheap normal microwave gave up the ghost and I think it is well worth the little bit of extra money.
It is a lovely silver colour and would fit into any kitchen. As a bit of a technophobe, I have found the easy to use settings (fish, meat, vegetables etc, etc) incredibly useful as you can cook most things with just one push of a button. With easy to use grill and oven facilities, this is the perfect addition to any kitchen and I am extremely pleased with it and can find no faults with it at all.
On the subject of cleaning - I have found this an absolute breeze with this microwave. It seems just to need a quick wipe over to look like new again.
One thing I would suggest to anyone thinking of buying this microwave is to look daily on the price comparison sites as I found that they did tend to change on a daily basis - that way you will be guarenteed the best price possible. Also, look at discount code sites as I managed to get an extra 4% off mine by typing in a simple code at the checkout stage.
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Goodmans CS23 silver combination microwave with stylish touch control system. Features a fan convection oven, double grill and a safety child lock feature for peace of mind. Well it's it does what it says nothing more nothing less. I own this product and am happy with. Sorry if this is a bad review it is my first :S Also I think it is very good value for money as I bought mine half price. A good micro-wave.
Many months ago when the office microwave finally gave up the ghost after many years of loyal service, I went out and bought this Goodmans CS23 model which seemed to be receiving some good reviews on the web at the time. What I particularly liked was the fact that this was a combination microwave. So as well as the standard microwave qualities, it could also double as an oven and a grill, offering the ability to brown and crisp whatever you were cooking.
When we were discussing around the office the various microwave options available, many of the office staff had been suggesting that this type of combination microwave could be advantageous to have if we could get one at a reasonable price because it would offer so many more cooking options for the lunchtime and evening periods. And hence, after seeing the good reviews, I sourced one from Comet for around the £80 mark.
For the money, we got what effectively is a silver box, with a door and a touch control panel. Sounds pretty basic, but lets put some more detail on that. Dimensions wise it is 48.5 cm wide, by 39.8 cm deep by 29.2 cm high, so overall a nice and compact unit to fit on your kitchen counter, or in our case in the office kitchen. The outer silver finish is actually a sort of brushed stainless steel, which also runs throughout the interior of the oven, which means that it is easy clean all over. The door has a darkened glass centre panel, where the door opens to the left using a vertical long tubular handle.
Inside, it has a 27cm diameter turntable which will accommodate most large dinner plates easily. There is also a double grill facility to ensure even cooking throughout, as well as an internal light that comes on when the door is open and also remains on during the cooking cycle.
On the right is the touch control panel which operates and controls the 800W power rating for the device through 4 different power levels. The left side of this is darkened with a LED display at the top, below which are 10 buttons where each is labelled with food type. These buttons are the auto-weight cooking pre-prepared programmes, where you enter the weight and the machine automatically determines the best duration to run the microwave/oven for in order to carry out the selected function and cook the meal. At the bottom of this darkened panel is a rotary dial to use to easily select the correct weight for the automatic timer of the auto cook buttons to use the auto weight cooking functions.
The right hand side of the control panel is stainless steel to match the exterior and houses a selection of 7 stainless steel push buttons. The top 3 are used to make your selection for the operation of the device - microwave, grill or convection oven. The bottom 4 buttons are used to select (in order) Combination mode, Defrost, Stop or Clear Clock setting and finally at the bottom is the Start button which doubles as a 30 sec boost button.
Actually in use, it is very easy to operate and even though we left the operator's manual available in the drawer, I don't think anyone has actually sought to use it because the buttons on the control panel are straight forward and logical. You can select an automatic cook button (of one of the 10 available) and it will automatically select an assumed weight, which you can easily adjust using the dial below. So it is very quick to get started and quiet in operation. I know when I've done baked potatoes in it, the combination role works very well in cooking the potatoes throughout and crisping the outer skin. Equally, just using the microwave element to warm soup has similarly been faultless and easy to use. After many months of use, it seems to cook my food through thoroughly with ease, and I've never had any complaints from the other office users over a lack of functionality of this microwave.
Balancing the review with the negatives, well, from my point of view, there is only one. At the end of the cooking cycle, there is an audible beep to indicate the end of the cycle, but there is no reminder 'nagging' beep to remind you afterwards that your food is ready. This 'nagging' beep was a particularly useful feature with the previous microwave that we had because very often in a busy office, you were called away to answer a call etc and often forgot that your food was in the microwave. So the 'nagging' beep often reminded you that the food was ready for collection. With this Goodman's CS23 model, we've had a few occasions where it has been the middle of the afternoon before someone has discovered something that was left in the microwave from lunchtime. Ok, only a minor point, but it could be a useful feature to include.
In summary, this is a fully featured combination microwave for very little cost. It's compact and looks stylish, and the controls are laid out methodically and clearly, where their operation is simple and straightforward. Easy clean stainless steel surfaces throughout ensure easy maintenance and trouble free use. The lack of 'nagging' beep is a slight point, but not one that I think would blight a 5 star recommendation from me.
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I own a more ordinary microwave, but I really wanted a combination microwave as well, and the decision to go with this version from Goodmans is not one I`ve regretted, as this is an excellent product, well worth the 75.99 I spent on it!
Now, this is a stainless steel microwave, so yes, it looks very nice as an addition to any kitchen, giving it a modern and stylish boost, but not looking too flashy and "bragging", if some of you know what I mean... The design is nice and modern, but doesn`t try too hard... There are four power levels on this product; P100, P80, P50 and P30, meaning that you have a wide range of choices to fit your demands and needs, and with ten different cooking programs, you should easily find the settings most current and suitable for you and your use! The ten programs are these; Pasta, Cake, Chicken, Meat, Bread, Fish, Pizza, Vegetable, Reheat and Potato. These settings are offering you the chance to choose the perfect setting for what you want to do, whether it`s reheating left overs or defrosting a chicken... You simply press down your setting of choice, and the microwave then does its thing, and voila, the result is always great as far as I`m concerned!
Where my other microwave makes a beep, this is totally silent, which can be a problem, but now I`ve gotten used to it, and therefore I`m careful to remember when using it... The combination of microwave and grill allows you to make nearly everything, and all features and settings are great, so I really don`t have any complaints here, and would absolutely recommend considering buiyng this version of a combination microwave, as it`s affordable, yet of very good quality. Goodman is absolutely a brand I would go for again, a lovely product!
When I moved back home when my dad's dementia got worse me and mum decided it was about time to buy a microwave, the old bugger starting to put his hand in the grill to see what the bright light was all about. I pity anyone who has to go through what we did and your whole life will change it you choose to tough it out to save your house from being sold. We also had to change the oven hob, and put chains on all the doors. I won't be reviewing ovens or chains though. Choosing the microwave was a rare trip out for mum so we decided to buy something decent. But once I spied one of those shiny metal jobs, exactly like the one on the film Under Siege with Steven Seagal, it was soon purchased and it sits proudly in the kitchen.
Mums being mums are a bit silly around technology. Because microwave selling points tend to be the amount of buttons on them rather than the look or cooking abilities I had to explain to her that there are not 'different types of beams' for 'Defrost' and 'Roast', but its simply using less power on the microwave bombardment for each button. Non-Ionizing microwave radiation is fired at whatever is in the oven in a method called 'dialectic heating', which allows an even distribution of the cooking temperatures required, compared to the cooking from the outside through conventional methods. It's kind of like the heat on your face when the sun comes out. It's not actually the sun warming you but the radiation jiggling around and the molecules colliding high up in the outer atmosphere that creates what we call heat.
Something inside the oven that sounds like it came from a superman movie, a 'Magnetron', converts the electricity from the plug into the kind of non lethal radiation required. Critically, the food or liquid being cooked has to be contained in a Farady Cage, this, a device that creates a static field to prevent the bad particles spinning out of the oven to escape the bombardment and fry everyone near the oven. Without the right the cage your kitchen would be like a sparkler explosion on Guy Fawkes! When they switched on the Hadron Collider in Switzerland to try and discover new particles down there was never any chance of a black hole opening up as these bombardments happen all the time in that Earths outer atmosphere, but repeating those collisions in a lab the only way to see it in action and learn about new particles. Microwaves behave in the same way and so when you open the oven door those particles wont be escaping and giving you cancer guys.
This model is a Combination microwave. A standard microwave will microwave only, but the combo gives you a microwave with grill for browning or crisping potential. A combination microwave can also operate as a separate oven for long cooking of joints or chickens etc using a standard fan oven mechanism. It also has a grill to combine with the microwave for faster results.
Goodman's say in their shiny brochure that the cooking time will be automatically calculated for perfect results. Four power levels also allows you to select the appropriate power output for your cooking needs whereas we all know the blokes bung it on the highest level and keep checking it until its done. The obfuscation of all the buttons and settings to do the same thing but quicker is not needed. There is a child lock and timer for your convenience (and for the men who keep sticking it on high) but we all know both are useless options as we turn it off at the plug at night and so have to reset it every day anyway. The touch controls are easy to use although the sequence for the manual knob turning can be confusing sometimes.
As far as the buttons with the various suitable things to cook on like 'Vegetables', 'Meat' and 'Liquids' go they do work but again just extra buttons to make the product appeal to people who like lots of buttons because they think it makes the oven more expensive looking. As I said, blokes just stick stuff it in and slam it on full whack until it bubbles over or explodes! If you want to blow stuff up in there eggs are the best for that. Obviously you never put metal inside the oven as it will spark up like a lightning bolt going up the backside of 'Electro Man' (Hey, I just invented a super hero!) and its also not wise to run an empty microwave oven as the beams increasingly bounce around like a rubber ball and so not absorbed and so the oven will eventually burn out as that process accelerates. It could then completely break down and melt through your Formica top and then through the lino and then through the ground and eventually come out in Australia.
Reliability wise its going good and with not too many crumbs in the side vents and the magnetron sounding fine ( its supposed to change tone every 7 seconds) all is well. One potential issue is the rotating glass dish inside that will, and does, break easily if you bang it with a heavy clay pot or drop it when cleaning it, the replacement costing half the price of the bloody oven! Drainage has always been an issue for microwaves. But for less than £100 the oven is a great deal and surprisingly cheap if you consider the technology. It's just heavy enough for a bloke to need to carry out of Curry's or Dixon's etc for the girls and we certainly don't want the female of the species injuring themselves with this metal box and so unable to cook for the boys.
21 litres capacity Indicates the size of the oven.
800 watts IEC Maximum power output when using the highest power level.
Double grill Total power output of grill
10 auto weight cook programmes
Safety child lock feature Provides safety for children & peace of mind for parents
Timer for cooking convenience
Manufacturer Warranty 1 Years Cover included
Bought this Goodmans CS23 last month to replace an existing microwave which we had for quite sometime. This was actually bought of EBAY believe it or not for a very cheap price compared to when brand new.
The quality of the product was still of a high standard as I think the previous owner was selling up and emigrating abroad which can sometimes be a gamble as if something was wrong with the product it would be hard to contact the previous owners if in another country.
The household microwave before this one was not so powerful so I have noticed that the time and power of the goodmans CS23 is so much better and more efficient.
I must advise always read the instruction manual before use as especially with this microwave there are many hidden features which might benefit you when using.
The Goodmans CS23 is a powerful microwave which gives out over 800 watts of power which makes it so fast. You will usually see this kind of product in a pub/restaraunt kitchen when time really is important to customer satisfaction.
I paid £30 for my purchase as it was secong hand but I couldn't say no as it usually will reatil for £70 to £80.
There are 4 power levels in total and you can also use the display panel to change the settings for time and also the type of item you are using in the microwave.
The inside of the microwave is 23 litres in total which is quite a lot of space for contents that you need to cook or heat.
The moicrowave is very moderm looking and can be purchased in a variety of colours. I have a grey unit as this blends in nicely with the other kitchen utensils and accesories.
What makes the microwave so unique is that you can change the settings to use as and oven or a grill which is very handy and up to date technology. Inside the microwave there is a light which comes on when the door is open and then turns off when the food is finished heating. The door can be open by pushing the button.
When the microwave is on it generates very little sound but has quit a high pitch beep warning when the timer has hit zero.
A fantastic purchase which is used on a daily basis. Well done Goodmans, a great piece for any Kitchen.
I've owned this microwave for a few weeks now and I can say that it is one of the best cooking appliances I've ever owned.
First of all, I had no problems setting this microwave up and the controls are very simple to get to grips with, with no over-complicating switches and buttons here. The additional auto-cooking options, of which there are ten for things such as veg, fish, pizza etc, are also handy for someone who may be in a rush.
Personally I think the device looks pretty good, too; I don't like home appliances to look either too overblown or too plain and this one, with the silver and black colours complementing each other, just looks classy and modern, while the thing isn't is the size of a massive beast like some other microwaves I've owned.
The real major advantage for me on this machine is the way it cooks food. For one there is the fact you can use it as an oven and a grill as well as a microwave. More importantly for me: whereas normal microwaves just make your food hot and floppy without any of the aspects created by regular cooking methods, this microwave, with its ability to both grill and microwave at the same time, actually - shock horror - manages to make your food brown and crispy as well as hot on the inside! This may not mean much to some people, but I always hated the way microwaves did nothing but warm your food up. That can obviously be an advantage for re-heating, but not for cooking from scratch. That said, this device does still re-heat foods - one of the auto-cook options is set to 're-heat', in fact.
From what I've heard, you should be able to find this microwave very cheap if you do some shopping around. If not, I'd recommend buying it anyway at a regular price as this is a very good machine. Highly recommended.
I have had this microwave for quite a few months now and I can honestly say I have never had any problems whatsoever with it.
Installation and set up is pretty straightforward. I managed to follow the instruction booklet easily and got the microwave working in no time.
It has a variety of different settings and features that you would expect from a top quality microwave. It can be used as a standard microwave, microwave and grill combination, a grill or a regular oven. These features makes for a very versatile product. It has a nice display panel. There are not too many buttons on the panel, which is a good thing. Some products try too hard and just over complicate things with too much going on, but this is nice and simple.
The build quality looks good. It feels quite sturdy and not cheap and plasticy like less expensive models.
Goodmans CS23 Microwave oven.
Never before had I purchased a microwave as had read all of the scare-stories of it being a toxic-appliance that omits dangerous particles: if this were true, then it would not be in mass production today and all research professionals on this type of product are not to be trusted. Conventional ovens have exactly the same functioning as that of Combi-cookers even though they can and do cook foods far quicker (if you set it to the maximum level) and why people may be skeptical about owning one.
I first bought mine three months ago and has changed the quality of my life beyond words!
I haven't yet died of food-poisoning from heating sausage rolls up in it or from baking eggs, so this magical appliance has definitely earned my trust and now bake; roast; boil anything that would otherwise take triple the time and preparation manually.
The features are somewhat perplexing if you do not read the manual in full and set aside time to learn how to get to know this remarkable kitchen chef well enough to know how it works. I loathe having to plower through instructions and guides, yet without them, frustration builds when lack of know-how is abandoned.
The instruction manual for this wizardry brilliance is very simple; honest; methodical as well as well-written and comes with a very useful help line number if you need additional support and most technicians of home appliances do not require the individual to use sophisticated language or terminology in order that they assist with basic set-up features. The advice line number is a great alternative for those who opt out of pricey service plan warranties that cost extra.
The full advantages of the Goodmans CS23, is that it is an excellent re-development on previous Goodman combi-cooker models that are built to modern standards at a price that is outstanding in value. You can always often find these microwaves in operation in many bakeries and even good restaurants because they serve the same purpose as some of the more elite-brand varieties.
Value for money is also about durability and simplicity and why this product is somewhat more popular than those made of solid steel that are complex to operate as well as produces the same cooking results as most standard combi-models regardless of manufacturer. In addition, when you consider all of the features of what you pay for: fan convection oven; double grill; touch controls with a choice of colour and style: this has to be one of the most sought after microwaves in the Goodmans range.
Furthermore, it is also equipped with safety child lock and is designed to compliment all kitchen types from large to small because it is highly distinctive and attractive without it being bulky and boldly over-stated. Typically it comes with a 1 Years worth of Cover too so this is well worth the investment. Also, you can put ordinary plates to heat up if you like your food served on a hot-platter, though for no more than 1 minute on full power (it will not break ceramic) even over time as long as you are careful not to leave it in there for too long. I always use standard oven dishes that are oven-proof if I'm heating a meal I made the day before.
So far, I have saved many hours of simple food preparation; electricity as well as saved money on buying additional food stuffs such as oils when you really don't need them when cooking with this remarkable genius.
The light automatically comes on upon opening the door and remains on whilst cooking is in progress (the same for defrosting)
Inside and out, there are air-vents that stop the microwave from building too much steam power
Sometimes the glass base plate falls out of sync with the ring that is meant to secure it in place, so this can sometimes cause annoyance. You do need to regularly wash this as well as clean the inside of the oven out because otherwise it can smell and perhaps lend to food poisoning if food build up is not removed over some weeks, rather than days, but it is good to get into the habit of cleaning at least a few times a week if you are live a busy lifestyle.
There is a cooking/defrosting time display at the top right of the oven so that you can adjust the settings if you need to
The Goodman's CS23 is a very good priced and well equipped piece of equipment. It is an 800watts combination microwave, which allows you to microwave, grill or use as a oven. It's main features are:
Combi microwave - (normal microwave, microwave & Grill [so you can brown/crisp food]
Fan Convection Oven - With this feature you can use it like a conventional oven
I tend to use the microwave and grill as this combination is faster, but unlike normal microwave cooking, it browns and/or crisps the food.
It is silver and stainless steel, so sit well with a lot of the modern silver/chrome kitchen appliances on the market. I like the fact that it doesn't look too big even though it has 0.81cuft litre capacity (if that makes sense?!). It dimensions are Height 28cm, Depth 49cm, width 39cm.
It has 4 power levels (P100, P80, P50, P30) which give you a lot of flexibility.
It also has 10 touch control auto weight cooking programmes:
Using the cooking programmes:
Confirm the cooking programme you require, it will display a standard weight which you can adjust using the dial (Left - less, Right - increase the weight) then confirm this, and off it goes. It's very straight forward and easy to use or adjust.
It doesn't have a reminder beep, which I was used to on my previous microwave. I have cooked something, forgotten it's there, and found it later in the day when I've gone to use the microwave again. whoops! However this is only a small price to pay for such an excellent peice of equipment.
Finally, I have been very happy with this combination microwave, especially as I bought it on sale from Comet for £80 a few months ago! Saying this, I would be happy to pay the full price after using it, and being really impressed.
Short name: Goodmans CS23