Product Type: LG Electronics microwaves
Newest Review: ... as old as me. (27 years) The LG looks the part in my kitchen. Much more stylish than the brown one it replaced, it also looks and feels mo... more
Miniature Cooking At Its Best
Member Name: xx_nic_xx
Date: 06/07/10, updated on 07/07/10 (136 review reads)
Advantages: Relatively easy to use, a high wattage for quicker cooking
Disadvantages: Rather difficult to set the time, everything is lost in a power cut
Microwaves - where would we be without them eh? They've aided a generation in the simple process of cooking a meal. The humble microwave has evolved significantly over the years, but it still offers the same basic function - to quickly and efficiently cook a meal for you. With microwave meals now becoming something of a way of life in some peoples homes, it's no surprise that you'll be hard pressed to come across a kitchen that lacks one of these almost vital appliances. Microwaves can be very expensive though, after all, you're buying a portable oven, so you want to know you're getting your moneys worth don't you?
This is where LG come in. They've created, (among other fantastic home appliances) a microwave that, not only looks the part, but does its job just as you'd expect it to. This thing really is a work horse with the looks of Megan Fox all rolled into one. The LG MB4344B cost around £130, 18 months ago, but, as expected has dropped considerably to a respectable £79.99 in most stores.
This LG is the perfect inclusion for any modern household and I'm here to tell you why...
With a respectable and noteworthy 800 watts of cooking power, this LG is going to heat up your food and heat it up very quickly indeed. If you are a fan of the microwave meals (who isn't from time to time?) then an 800 watt microwave is perfect, as, not only does it cook your food at a relatively fast pace, (of course there are microwaves with a higher wattage out there which will be speedier) but the packaging on most microwave meals base cooking times around an 800 watt microwave, which seems to be the standard wattage these days. Therefore, no more having to look in the manual or trying to work out in your head what you should alter your cooking time to. There are some downsides to this time saving treasure though. If you're interested in 'being green' and saving the planet, this definitely isn't the appliance for you. With an E energy rating (A being the most efficient) this doesn't score highly with the environmentally friendly people among us, not to mention people desperately trying to save every penny on their electricity bills. However, if you're not a regular user of the microwave then this can only be seen as a minor drawback and not the final nail in the coffin.
Onto the most important aspect of the microwave - the features. In terms of the setting up process, the somewhat complicated features could make this something of a difficult and time consuming process. However, all that's required in the setting up process is the time, which isn't entirely necessary as the microwave is still fully functional without it and given that the time is lost everytime the plug it turned off or a power cut occurs, this can be a very irritating process and one that I now ignore. There are numerous features and cooking methods on this microwave that make it stand out from the rest. Firstly there's a European Menu option, which is excellent if you're cooking pasta, sausages, oatmeal etc. Don't get me wrong though, pressing this option isn't going to make Jamie Oliver appear in your kitchen to prepare your meal. This option simply selects an appropriate time for the desired food and cooks it for the duration. Unfortunately, there are undeniable flaws with this very basic and generalised method. For example, you could have more pasta than the general amount that the microwave assumes you'll have. There is a way around this though. There's a weight selector on the microwave which ensures that food is cooked well and for as long as the individual amount needs. Much on the same note would be the Auto Cook option. Which is basically, the exact same feature as the European Menu option, but cooks less standardised things like chilled pizza, curry, fresh vegetables and rice. Another very useful option, but not one that we utilise on a regular basis.
The Auto Defrost option is possibly the most useful feature. With the press of a button (or four, depending on which selection you make) you can defrost meat, fish, bread or poultry in a quick and easy step. The Quick Defrost button is another Godsend, but if you are defrosting one of the above items it's recommended to use the Auto Defrost instead. The Quick Defrost button instantly sets the microwave off for 2 minutes and 20 seconds and can be used for literally anything. Of course extra time may be needed for some items so it always pays to check. In terms of selecting cooking times everything is extremely simple and includes the standardised 10 minutes, 1 minute and 10 seconds feature which enable you to select whichever time you want with minimum fuss. The start button is located directly below these buttons and is extremely handy. The handle is very sturdy and opens the microwave with very little effort. One problem being, that feet of the microwave don't seem to have been made with non-slip material, therefore, if you tug on the handle too hard the microwave will move. Not a considerable amount (it's not going to fly off the worktop and hit you in the face), but it's worth noting in case you have a glass or something in front of it.
In terms of appearance, this LG definitely comes up trumps. LG have come along leaps and bounds in the last couple of years in terms of their sleek and stylish designs in all their appliances, (although it's a shame their mobile phone range hasn't yet been given the Midas touch) with this microwave being no exception. The whole interface of the appliance consists of buttons that are parallel with the appliance itself. This means no annoying knobs or other kinds of buttons that stick out and make for difficult cleaning. With the smooth interface, all that's needed for a good clean is a damp cloth, which can be wiped all over the front of the appliance. Not only does the clever interface make for easy cleaning, it also eliminates the risk of crumbs and other such debris becoming trapped inside the edges of the buttons. Cleaning the inside of the microwave is another hassle free process. The plate removes easily and without aggravation, leaving the microwave empty (besides the plate stands), resulting in a very spacious and easy to clean environment. Of course, the inside is likely to become dirtier than the outside, what with the occasional food explosion or overflowing of things, therefore it's likely that you'll need to use a cleaning fluid. However, due to the spacious nature of the microwave, this is, once again an incredibly pain free process and something that you won't dread everytime you make a mess. The microwave plate itself is also very easily cleaned, especially as it's removable, although, if you're of a lethargic nature like myself then you may prefer to place it in the dishwasher. The plate, of course being dishwasher friendly gives you the useful option of this.
Overall this was a great buy and although a relatively expensive appliance, it has been well worth the money, so much so that I can I highly recommend it. With a range of useful features, a user friendly design and the ever so quiet cooking, this is a great little appliance.
Summary: LG's premium microwave.
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