Product Type: Morphy Richards microwaves
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Morphy Richards P80D20P
Member Name: intejoes
Morphy Richards P80D20P
Advantages: Simple, cheap
Disadvantages: manual adjustment
As my previous microwave went bust all of a sudden with a spark and splutter, I have been forced to get a new one. This time around I decided to go for the cheapest one available from Argos, as we had some Argos vouchers to use up. That is how we came to buy this microwave from Argos for £50, when it was on clearance I think.
It comes in a standard cardboard box with all the instructions. it is mostly silver coloured, with a black door through which you can see inside, although not very well. The specifications are:
Weight 12 kg
Capacity 20 litres
Power 800 watts
Turntable size 24.5 cm
It is of a fairly standard size that can be easily accommodated on a kitchen counter. The cord is about 1m long.
There are two dials that control the oven- the top one for power and the bottom one for time.
The power dial has a defrost setting and a further five settings ranging from low to high. The time dial can be set in minutes upto 30 minutes. I must mention that the dials turn continuously and not from point to point, so strictly speaking you could set it at any level you wanted.
There is no handle as such on the door. The grey bit beneath the dials opens the door when pressed.
Inside, the oven is a standard white colour. The glass turntable sits on a roller that rotates when the oven is in operation. Although it looks a bit small on the inside, it is big enough to hold a standard sized dinner plate.
Being a simple machine, the usage is also simple enough. I have been used to a digital microwave and I still haven't managed to get my timings on this one correct. I manage to spill my tea every single time unless I stand there and watch it and manage to save it in the nick of time. I have managed to burn or overheat quite a lot of things. With a digital one, you can accurately set the time and come back to find the food ready. With this one, it is not possible to set the exact time. Or perhaps I am lazy and simply prefer the ease of the digital machine.
The oven has a light inside that comes on when it is functioning, and it is possible to see through and just about make out what is happening inside. The oven stops working when you open the door. However, you must remember to turn the timer back to zero or it will continue running when you close the door. Obviously, it is not able to tell if there is something inside.
You do need a bit of trial and error to figure out what level of power and time to operate for different things. Another problem I have noticed is that I feel the turntable is not too steady on the roller, it always feels a bit loose and shaky.
I would say the noise level is about average.
Cleaning this oven is no hassle, just wipe with soapy water.
Obviously, this is not the best machine but I guess you get what you pay for. It is enough to get by for minimal tasks like making tea and heating food, which is mostly what I use it for. As I am not prepared to have yet another oven go bust on me, I have taken out the Argos product warranty, which I think costs around £10.
Summary: not the best
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