The Prestige CS25 is a microwave I use at work and as such we have two one in the labs and one in the kitchenette area for cooking food. This has meant that the microwave has been used extensively by me on more than one setting for about a year now, in the lab we use the microwave to melt agar and therefore use the defrost setting. In the kitchen area we use the microwave to heat up food so the full power setting is used. The microwave has so far been a very useful tool both in and out of work, the microwave is a big one compared to others and was the reason for the lab buying it because it can take large bottles. It has the standard glass circular tray and a handle on the outside for opening the door compared with a button which some microwaves use.
Setting the microwave
The microwave has a dial and a series of buttons, the buttons are for certain power settings and can be pressed for instant need. There are two defrost buttons one for a type of food and the other for time, as far as I'm aware only the time setting has been used. Pressing the button automatically starts the microwave on for one minute, turning the silver knob at the bottom will increase the amount of time for the microwave to be running. As with all microwaves opening the door stops the microwave and an internal light which comes on when the microwave is running remains on until the door is closed and the programme cancelled. There are settings for full power, half power and for certain foods, all can be pressed and the time adjusted with the dial.
Using the microwave
The microwave is one of the noisiest I've used but not overly loud, however, my main gripe is the frosted covering on the window which makes looking at the food difficult and ultimately leads to the door being opened to get a look at how things are progressing. The internal light does very little in terms of illuminating the food once the door is closed. The microwave cost around £90 and to be honest I'd not pay that much for a standard kitchen only microwave because the added height is only really useful for large bottles or sterilising trays for babies bottles. So far the microwave has worked and gives no impression of breaking anytime soon but as you only buy a microwave with a years warranty and if it breaks you buy another that's not really a problem. Our microwaves are silver but I suspect a white version is available and the buttons make using the microwave very straightforward.
A decent microwave, slightly expensive but decent quality.
Short name: Prestige CS25