It must be 5 years ago now that I had a microwave that broke. At the time I only used the microwave to make flavoured instant porridge for breakfast and so it was no real great loss to me. However, on informing my mum of my lack of microwave she very kindly found that it was her motherly duty to buy me a replacement.
I do not consider myself a fussy or demanding daughter and as such was very grateful to my mum for buying me a microwave. I was asked if there was anything specific that I wanted and said 'no, anything that you are happy to get me please'. As my mum lives a long way away she arranged for my new microwave to be delivered to me and I was pleasantly surprised when my Morphy Richards AM925EFP silver microwave arrived, although I must say, initially I was surprised at the size as it is big.
Current Price and Availability
As I say, I think it was 5 years ago that I got this microwave. I know that my mum ordered it for me from Argos but do not know how much she paid for it at the time. Looking online I cannot see that the main white good sellers such as Curry's or Argos sell this item any more. The only place that I can see that currently lists this particular microwave is Homebase. It is currently detailed online that Homebase are selling this microwave on eBay at £59.99 reduced from £89.99. I think that this is a pretty good price for a very substantial piece of equipment which is made by a known brand.
Microwave power output 900 watts.
Heating category E.
Interior capacity 25 litres.
Painted steel interior.
31.5cm diameter rotating turntable.
Maximum dish height 19cm.
5 microwave settings.
8 auto cook setting.
Auto weight defrost/cook.
95 minute timer.
24 hour clock.
Child safety lock.
Size (H)30.5, (W)51.3, (D)42.5cm.
The user manual for the Morphy Richards AM925EFP microwave can be downloaded from the below link:
I think that this manual is really very useful. It gives the general spec on the product along with the general warnings about not letting your young children use them unattended, and to be careful heating liquids and other items that could explode if full covered.
In my opinion this manual goes above and beyond listing all items that can be used in the microwave, what should be avoided, details on operating the microwave and even what the cooking times are of certain foods such as potatoes based on weights.
I find the manual nice and easy to understand, useful and it is all in English which is a bit or a rarity nowadays,
Using the AM925EFP Microwave
Initially looking at this microwave it seems as little confusing as there are no numbers on it. However, there is a circular knob that is used to scroll up and down the numbers.
Initially turning the microwave on there are 2 main ways that you may want to use the microwave:
Method one, press the top button and select if you want 100% 80% 50% 30% or 10% power. Once decided press the lowest button to confirm. Then use the twisty knob at the bottom to scroll up to the time you require.
Method two: the lowest button if pressed once will microwave at full power for 30 seconds, press twice fir 1 minute, three times for 1 minute 30 and so on.
I find this microwave incredibly easy to use and find I can do everything I want to easily using the above methods I have described. You can do more with this microwave but I'm really not sure why you would want to press that you are having pasta and then detail the weight etc.
This microwave is large, it is possibly the largest microwave that I have ever used. Because of the size of it there is nothing that I have wanted to put in it that would not fit. For me this is not really a positive as it means that it uses up a lot of my kitchen work top space. However, if you had a large family or a huge appetite I would guess this would come in handy.
This microwave is 900 watts and I find that it heats everything up really nice and quickly. I have to admit I really don't understand how microwaves work but they never seem to heat things up evenly. With this microwave being so powerful I have on just a few occasions ended up with part of my food baking hot and another bit cold, however, I know this is just down to incorrect cooking times.
The microwave cooking instructions on most food that I have wanted to microwave only gives cooking instructions for microwaves up to 800w or sometimes 850w. This does tend to means that I have to guess on the cooking times or reduce the power level. This is a little annoying but generally just slightly reducing the cooking time seems to work ok I have found.
Cleaning & Maintenance
Of course despite the warnings a about not letting food explode in microwaves this does inevitably happen when you out something to microwave for a little longer than you should. I find that cleaning the inside of this microwave is really pretty easy. There are not a great deal of component parts to take out and it really is the simpler the better. I can take out my glass plate and circular runner underneath it. Then cleaning the inside of my microwave is easy as it is just cleans lines.
I generally always clean my microwave after using it and just wipe it around with a cloth using my washing up liquid. For me keeping the inside clean is quite straight forward. The outside is as bit of another matter as it is next to my cooker and tends to gradually get as build up of grease on it. Every couple of weeks I use a strong degreaser but this clan still be hard work keeping it nice and clean despite regularly wiping it over with a dishcloth.
Other than general cleaning I have not had any maintenance requirement with the microwave. The only issue I have at all is that a little bit of the metal lining inside the door has started to wear away a little but this is only due to wear and tear over time.
Overall I think that this microwave has stood the test of time brilliantly. It is only used at most a couple of times as week but after 5 years I have needed no real maintenance with it.
Anything I would change about this Product?
For me there are only a few little niggles that I have using this microwave. However, I think I would have the same issues with all microwaves. Firstly, because the way my kitchen is designed and how I use it, it would be really nice if I could have a microwave that opens in the opposite way with the door hinge on the right. I recently perused the microwave aisle of a local independent high street seller and the all have the door hinges on the left, I wonder why?
Secondly, my husband has an annoying habit of putting food items on top of the microwave. Then, when the microwave is used the top of the microwave heats up and in turn heats up what he has put on there. Really in an ideal world I would like microwaves to be better insulated so that they did not heat up the surrounding area.
Thirdly, there are a few too many buttons on this microwave in my opinion. In 5 years I have never found the need to use the 'potatoe' button and think that this just over complicates things. However, maybe if I gave it a go I would be converted but who knows.
I have had my Morphy Richards microwave for 5 years with absolutely no trouble and it heats my food well. Yes I think there are a few too many buttons which could over complicate it but I still find it easy to use. As a result yes I recommend this microwave.
I have had this microwave for just over a month now and I am so impressed with it!
Not only does it look the part, but the performance is outstanding! I decided to purchase it as a deal was on in my local supermarket. Our old microwave was absolutely useless and took ages to cook anything.
What drew me to this microwave was the look of it. It looks very smart, modern and stylish and is far away from the standard boring white microwaves you often see.
It is much larger than our previous microwave; however we have quite a big Kitchen so this doesn't bother me too much. If you have a modern kitchen this will fit right in!
I find this microwave very easy to use and the settings are great. It has a weight setting plus the usual time one and you can choose how you want to cook your meal.
I have actually started using the microwave as more of an oven than a microwave! It cooks things perfectly. I often cook pizzas in it, takes much quicker than a standard oven and makes them perfectly crisp! It's also great for things such as jacket potatoes, and of course heating up leftovers!
It also has a clock to the front which is very useful as we are without one in our Kitchen!
This has been the perfect item so far, I would definitely recommend purchasing! We got ours for about £70 on offer; however I think they can be up to £100. Though that seems expensive, it is worth it. Forget microwaves for a tenner that break after a month of use and invest in the best!
This is a Morphy Richards Easi Tronic Microwave. Its 900 watts and 25 litres. Its very nice looking.
First of all, whats good about this item and most importantly the best feature on this item is that it has a Child safety lock. This is a good feature for someone who has children and has to worry about safety all the time. This gives you peace at mind. The other good things about this item is that it looks really amazingly stylish and modern. Its has a digital clock on the front. Also it has a capacity of 25 litres which I personally think is big. You dont have to worry about putting something too big in it. Like me, I have big plates and my old microwave was too small to warm things up from the night before ;)
The price of this I think is good for the way it looks and obviously the safety lock feature. Its around £80 - £90. The size of this item is: Height - 30.5cm. Width - 51.3cm. Depth - 42.5cm.
Very good microwave!
I bought the Morphy Richards microwave when my old Sharp microwave packed in. I found that the features were pretty much the same to my old microwave (which is the main reason I bought the Morphy Richards one), but I was very impressed. The controls were a lot easier to work and as odd as it sounds the defrost worked a lot better than any of my previous microwaves.
The Morphy Richards microwave is very stylish and modern but it is quite large although it isn't as big as some of it's predecessors. This microwave/oven may not be very conventional for houses with small kitchens, but if like me you live in a flat it eliminates the real need of a full sized oven. I like the handle too as my girlfriend hates the type where it is just a groove in the microwave door.
Some people don't like combination ovens as they think they're a waste, but they should definitely try out this one because the functionality and price make the Morphy Richards Silver Easi-Tonic Combination Oven a real steal!
I dont very often use a microwave so when it came to buying a new one I didnt want to spend too much money. However, im a sucker for a modern looking appliance and its brushed stainless steel caught my eye!
It was not too expensive and a well known reliable brand so I bought it and off I went.
I agree with the previous reviewer about the size. It is larger than my previous microwave, possible due to being a combination oven, and in the end we put it in the dining room instead of in the kitchen to conserve space. We have a small kitchen but people with a larger kitchen would be fine.
The dials are ingenious and very different to ones I have seen before. It can take a bit of getting used to but then it is quick and fairly easy to operate.
The combination aspect is really useful for things such as jacket potatoes, but to be honest I use my normal oven for most of these types of foods and tend to only use the microwave for quick reheating so do not make use of the full range of functions myself.
It is a good microwave and ive never had any problems, but in hindsight I would have bought something cheaper for the purposes I require it for.
I decided that I wanted a combination oven, as thats what I left behind when i left my ex, unfortunately I couldn't get the same one as I left beind as that was quite expensive. So I trawelled through the argos catalogue online, decided on three different ones to compare.
This was the one I decided on. Also I find Morphy Richards a popular and reliable make.
As I took it out of the box, I was quite surprised with how big it is. Which for me is good. I like something thats look like it can do the job it was bought for. It's quite heavy, again for me means that its of good quality and not mad eof something thin and weak.
Looking at it, its really nice. Its brushed stainless steel sides, a black tinted glass front and teh door surround is stainless steel. The electronic panal has buttons down the middle and an easy - tronic control (a moveable dial) at the bottom.
The dial itself has two functions, as the buttons have two uses for each. One each side of each button it has for example, the defrost dutton has TIME on one side and WEIGHT on the other. Now which ever you want to use, you simply turn the dial to whichever side you want to use, if you want to defrost for 20 minutes then you turn the dial the direction that TIME is printed and you keep turning until you get to 20:00, which is twenty minutes, it moves in 30 second increments which I find useful.
The door is a pull open one, and not the usual push the button to release it.
Cooking with this machine is very easy once you've worked out the controls.
The microwave comes with a cooling or grilling rack which is low one side then you turn it over and its high up that side.