Product Type: Morphy Richards microwaves
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A 'Red' Hot Microwave
Morphy Richards EM820CPT F-PM
Member Name: Drewster_Rooster
Morphy Richards EM820CPT F-PM
Advantages: Well designed, Looks great, Easy to use, 20 Litre capacity, Quick settings, Clock
Disadvantages: Keypad may become less responsive in time I think
I've had my eye on this red Morphy Richards microwave for some time now, it's the same brand as my toaster and the same colour as my kettle and George Foreman grill and I knew that it would look perfect in my kitchen so when the opportunity arose for me to get my hands on one thanks to Argos's recent January sale I took the plunge and ordered one. At £55.00 rather than £69.00 I thought it was a good price and I had some Christmas money that I could put towards buying it so I figured that it didn't really cost me anything and would be the last thing I wanted for my kitchen. Delivery took a couple of days and the microwave was well packaged in its cardboard box, an instruction booklet was included and other than having to put the glass turntable in position on the circular runner it was pretty much good to plug in and use, so has it lived up to my expectations?
It's a 20 litre, touch button microwave which is predominately black in colour but has red accents running along the top and bottom of its front. There are 10 power levels, a 99 minute timer and has an 800 watt power output which I think is good for a modern microwave and certainly a lot more powerful than my cheap Tesco one. There are a number of options for cooking on the right hand side of the front, here you can select the power level and cooking timer, there is a clearly defined numerical keypad and a start and cancel buttons. Being a touch microwave there are no dials to this model and whilst it looked a bit complicated the first time I saw it compared to my other basic one it didn't take me long to figure out how to use it and what the various functions could offer me.
I'm not terribly ambitious when it comes to microwave cooking and only ever use it for the most basic of things; sterilising bottles, warming milk up for my son and cooking through and re-heating meals for myself are pretty much all I use a microwave for so there are some functions that this offers that I don't use. It has a couple of defrost settings that that may come in handy for some people but these are wasted on me but on the other hand there are some features that I do like such as the ability to set the timer at a single push of a button. If you're wanting to warm something up for a minute then you can simply press the '1' button, 2 minutes you press the '2' button and so on, if you need to set the microwave for a specific minute and second time then you simply press the buttons you need and press start. It's as intuitive as they come really and I have to say that Morphy Richards have put together quite a good little machine here that not only looks stylish but offers a great deal for the money.
The touch pad is excellent although there are times when you might need to press a button again for it to register, I don't know whether in time it will be become less responsive but at the moment it's fine and I do use my microwave quite a lot at the moment with my son wanting his milk warming and the constant sterilising of his bottles. Unlike my cheaper Tesco microwave there are no issues with condensation forming on the outer edge of the machine and despite it being mainly black in colour it is very easy to keep clean and there are never any issues with fingerprints or smudges spoiling its appearance. Admittedly I bought mine for how it looks more than anything and it does match the other appliances I have in my kitchen, it is part of the 'accents' range and although there isn't a lot of red on the microwave it fits in great and I do like it.
I find it easy to use, it's responsive and I think it looks very stylish, the 800 watt power means that cooking time is shorter than it used to be with my old, less powerful microwave and overall I have been very impressed with my purchase. I have mine sat in front of a plug socket but would say that the mains cable is generous so finding a place for it to sit in a kitchen shouldn't be too problematic. I like the quick settings for when I need to warm up my son's milk and the 5 beep alarm alerts me to when things are ready to take out, there's a clock on the microwave which is a nice addition I think even if it is only a 12 hour clock rather than 24 and the display is easy to see and read. For £55.00 I consider it to be a great buy and other than a slight niggling concern that the keypad might lose its responsiveness over time I have no criticisms with it overall and would definitely recommend it to others particularly if they already have some of the other appliances in the same range. The red colouring is a deep red rather than anything too garish and I like the touch of colour it brings to what would ordinarily be a bog-standard kitchen appliance.
I'm awarding 4 stars as a rating here, it would have been 5 but I do think that they keypad concern might be something that I need to keep an eye on, I do use my microwave a lot though so those who don't rely on one quite as much as me might not notice any issues. Definitely recommend though especially at £55.00 as it currently retails for at Argos, thanks for reading my review.
Summary: Great looking Microwave Oven from Morphy Richards
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