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We've had a good quality microwave for a few years, with all the programme options and settings you could wish for....... And we very rarely use them. So when our daughter was looking to buy herself a microwave we advised to save some pennies and just get one with the basic functions.
I could not believe how cheap this microwave is! I regularly buy music CDs which cost more. Often price is a guide to quality and we were a little concerned that might be the case with this. Its done the job though and so far done the job well.
The microwave is very simple to operate. You simply pop in the food, close the door and turn the timer dial round to how long you want to set it for.
Its not the most powerful microwave, so cooking can take a little longer than the more expensive ones but generally you are talking a matter of seconds.
Cosmetically its not the best looking appliance around but I wouldn't describe it as ugly either. Its plain, simple, just a little uninspiring.
If you regularly microwave meals for a large family then I don't think this is the appliance for you, as its a bit on the small side. For a student or someone who is single and just wants to heat food up quickly and easily, this is one of the best bargains around.
We ended up having to buy a new microwave when our ancient one finally died on us. As we did not have a lot of money to get a fancy microwave with lots of gadgets and gizmo's we were fairly limited on the choice. We picked the Matsui SMW17G out of that limited choice and think its perfect for what we wanted it for.
We wanted a microwave that has an easy timer to use, easy basic gadgets like defrost etc., reliable and cheap which this microwave has all. If we wanted a high tech microwave with fancier gizmo's and other features we would of spent more money on it but all we really want it for is to heat food for us to eat!
As this microwave can be bought for so cheap you don't mind waiting a little longer for the food to be cooked or to limit the amount of food being cooked at one time, which are the disadvantages of this item.
Overall we are very pleased with this microwave as its serving the purpose we got it for and hardly cost us anything and hasn't give us any trouble so far (months).
Our previous Microwave, a Hinari, was starting to really smell. No matter what we cleaned it with the odour would just not leave so we decided it was time to pick up something new. One quick trip to Argos and we found the Matsui SMW17G for a bargain £9.99.
Now for that price you aren't going to get all those gadgets that the £50+ microwaves are offering but this does the job that we bought it for. It comes with a timer that can be set from 30 seconds all the way to 60 minutes. The lower dial can set the heat from Low and Defrost all the way to High. It isn't the biggest of microwaves and it cooks slower than our previous 1K watt Hinari but like I said, it does the job we bought it for.
We have owned the microwave for about six months now and have had no problems whatsoever. I cooked myself some Microchips in it today and they tasted great.
As some of you may know from reading my previous reviews, my dear Mother is somewhat of a techniphobe. So, when it comes down to buying appliances, she likes to keep things simple, and this was no different when she bought our microwave, the Matsui SMW17G, from Curry's, for a very respectable £30.
The microwave is white, and is category D 700w with a maximum cooking time of 35 minutes. It also has a 17 litre maximum capacity. On the front of the microwave, it has two dials, one for the power settings, and the other is the timer. This makes it very simple and easy to use, as it's literally a case of putting the food in and adjusting the time settings. Although there is the optional heat power dial, as the microwave is only 700w I personally don't see a point in putting it on a lower heat setting, however the option is there if you need it.
It is a very minimalist microwave, especially compared to the one we had at uni, which had defrosting and weight options. It is for that reason, that it perhaps wouldn't suit users who heavily rely on their microwave to defrost food etc. However for us as a family, this microwave suits us perfectly as we only use it occasionally, and when we do the options are simple so there is no messing around. However like most other microwaves, there is no digital display to countdown the timer, you really have to either watch the timer dial or wait for the ding!
Perhaps a downside to this microwave, is the fact it's white, and not particularly flash in features or indeed it's design. Luckily we have a white fridge in our kitchen so it matches it, however for those who have mainly black or silver appliances, you may find this microwave doesn't gel with the feng shui of your kitchen, if you know what I mean.
Overall, I would definitely recommend this microwave, especially to those on a budget or for those like myself who don't get a great deal of use out of their microwave, yet still require one for occasional cooking. We have owned this model for over a year now, and it has always worked perfectly and has shown no faults or problems... unlike our last microwave which broke on us not long after purchasing it!
For the price, and the fact it does the job we require, I really can't fault this microwave. It may not be top of the range in either looks or features, however for our needs as a family and the actual amount of use we get out of it, it's so far proved to be a brilliant and reliable purchase. It may be something you would want to eventually upgrade if you were 1st time home owners, however it will still do the job perfectly until you do... and for a great price! I have just done a price check, and have found you can buy this microwave for as little as £23, so I would certainly recommend it.
Short name: Matsui SMW17G