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My kitchen accessories are all red and I wanted a small neat red microwave to fit in but I found it really difficult to find one that fit the bill. I looked in all the usual high street shops and online but they were either all stainless steel or black and the few red one's I could find were either too big or quite a dull colour.
I came across the red microwave in the Next directory when I was browsing through my sister's copy and it looked perfect so I bought it immediately.
When it arrived and I opened it I was extremely happy with how it looked. The red was really bright and vibrant and it had a neat smallish appearance and looked great on my worktop.
It is made from plastic and this is shiny and I honestly cannot fault how it looks as it looks like a much more expensive microwave from some trendy design company.
Setting it up was pretty easy and I didn't really need to look much at the instructions as it was all pretty intuitive. Once it is plugged in the digital display springs into life and the clock needs to be set but that's about all the setting up that needs to be done.
There isn't really all that many buttons which is good but it is still feature packed and there are plenty of different functions to choose from and these are clearly labelled.
There are buttons for multi stage cooking, auto-defrost, speed defrost and weight. There is also a button for starting, cancelling and one each for the power and the clock.
Once you have picked the cooking power that you want to set the time for cooking you just need to turn the large dial until the time you want shows on the display and then press start. It really is that easy.
To be honest I don't really use any of the features other than heating and defrosting but I can honestly say I have never had a problem with either of these.
The microwave may be quite small and neat but it has a capacity of 20 litres so is surprisingly roomy. It has always been big enough for me and I can fit a casserole dish in it with no problems. It should be large enough for most households bar the largest who cook massive meals in their microwave.
The wattage is 800 which again is more than powerful enough for my needs.
When one it is quite quiet and doesn't make a really loud noise which is great but it can be hard to notice when it has finished if you don't hear the beeping noise. Luckily this is loud and you should be able to hear it fine unless you are out of the room at the time it goes off.
There is not really a lot more to say about it really. It cost me £55 which I think was a really good price for a good quality microwave.
Admittedly I bought this microwave on the basis of its looks and for this it scores 10 out of 10 as it is gorgeous and it is eye catching and should get some admiring glances from any guests you have in your kitchen.
As for its performance although I am not an expert I have never had any problems with it and have been extremely happy with it and have absolutely no complaints.
This is my second Next Microwave. I had the first for about 5 years and I only changed it and passed it on to my mother because I was changing my colour scheme in the kitchen -from red to green.
I purchased the latest about a year ago for £55 from Next. I did order it from the directory, but the are available in some 'Next Home' stores.
It's bright green in colour and looks fab in the kitchen, people do comment on it because it does stand out because of it's bright colour (to add a little extra colour to my cream kitchen I have purchased the toaster and kettle also in the green). It has 800 watts power output and an oven capacity of 20 litres. it weighs approx 12 kg.
I have never had any technical problems with it. It is digital, and has a menu action screen which displays the time, cooking time, power and action indicators. you can specify food weight or number of servings for cooking, but to be honest if I need to cook something on full power, I tend to press the quick start button as this seems easier and less complicated to me. When defrosting food I use the speed defrost, which means only pressing one button and turning the knob to the desired defrosting time. The microwave also has a auto defrost button (which i have never used), which you press to defrost food by weight. A manual comes with the micro explaining all of these functions, I guess you can make it as easy or as difficult to use. When programme has finished, it bleeps and continues to do do so for a few minutes at the end of cooking. 'End' appears on the action screen.
It has a door safety lock system, there is a large button on the bottom of the micro to open the door, all green in colour to match the micro. There is an oven window in the door so that you can see your food cooking, and it has turnable rollers at the base to turn the glass tray during cooking.
I guess I could go on and on, but I think the most important message is that it looks the part and does what it is supposed to do. I've never has any problems with any next microwave and always thought that they have been a good buy at a reasonable price.
thank you for reading.
I treated myself to this microwave with some gift vouchers I had... and have never looked back. I love the simplicity of the microwave, both in looks and in features.
But it's PINK!
Yes, it is pink, however this fits beautifully in my kitchen which is a fairly neutral kitchen with warm colours (creams, light browns etc) and is a lovely item to have out on the sideboard.
Usewise I find this just as good as any other microwave I've bought, be it the tesco cheapest one or the higher priced, top end of the market one (and bitterly regret paying out for!).
This is a 800w microwave (average) with a thirty minute timer, 6 settings including defrost (I find defrost settings "cook" rather than defrost but haven't found this with this model), chrome handle and buttons and glass timetable. This product is easy to clean (thisis very important to me!) and still looks as shiny and new despite my busy kitchen as when I first bought it.
I don't think £50 is too much to pay for a fully functional microwave that fits in and complements your kitchen and would happily purchase another in future and recommend to a friend. In fact, it's my birthday soon - I woner if there is a matching kettle and toaster?!
We was brought this microwave as a wedding present. I must say I am pleased with it but there are some disadvantages. Peronally if i were you I would go for a microwave with a better known brand name. I don't think Next have quite got their microwave designs off to a fine art and are co.centrating more on the look of this. Which of course is great if that is all you want it for - but lets be honest, not many of us buy a microwave just to look good, although if it does its a great advantage. Let me tell you more about it:
A pink retro microwave with silver crome finish handle and dials.
800W power output, 20 litre/0.7cu ft interior capacity, 6 variable power levels including defrost, 30 minute manual control timer.
It looks really great and goes really really well with a pink retro kitchen. The noise level is low and it heats your food perfectly.
It is really cheap for a microwave at only £50 and is avaliable in a range of colours to suite your kitchen including red and green. Also widely avaliable in many Next stores and no need to order.
Although it is very multi functional and has six differnt settings from defrost to cool, warm and hot it is really hard to use and time just right. You cannot use the timer accurately meaning that your food/drink is either too hot or too cold. Also the heat settings are not in a temperature instead just a word ie cold and hot.
I do love this microwave, i love the fact that it is avaliable in a range of colours and i especially love the pink one. It is definately value for money and really easy to use and function although hard to judge the time, I would suggest that you always test the heat of your food after using this.