Product Type: Russell Hobbs microwaves
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Russell Hobbs Microwave RHM1707B
Member Name: katyboo123
Russell Hobbs Microwave RHM1707B
Advantages: price, simplicity, performance and look
Disadvantages: back up to full price!
Finally after three and a half years of living back with my parents after a relationship breakdown and selling my house, I moved out in to my own place back in August. A very exciting and momentous occasion indeed; one for which, you'd think I'd have prepared for during those three and a half years. However, I hadn't and when we found our new place, we didn't have much more than the TV from my bedroom and a rather large stash of candles...
My partner's Mum offered to buy us something for the new place and suggested a Microwave. We had a built in oven so I didn't really see this as a necessity over, say knives and forks, but you don't look a gift horse in the mouth. My partner went with her to Asda and they returned with the Russell Hobbs RHM1707B Microwave in Piano Black. It cost £30 in a one off sale at the store (it is now £49.96) and was actually cheaper than their own brand model. It was quite heavy in the box, maybe I am a bit of a weakling, but I had to get some help to carry it in from the car and lift it out of the box on to the worktop. It's not particularly large either - just standard microwave sized (Ok, you got me, I'm more Olive Oil than Popeye!).
Our kitchen is steel blue, black and white, so the microwave looks excellent - we have stainless steel and black accessories. It's shiny and sleek and really does look like 'piano' black - looks wise, I was very satisfied. The microwave has two dials rather than digital controls, so it's a case of setting the mode dial first - high, medium high, medium, low or defrost - then setting the time, from 0-30 minutes. Couldn't be simpler! Plus, the dials are reasonably easy to grip and read, so perfect for older people or those with arthritis in their hands. Inside the microwave, there's the usual turning plate - it's frosted glass so it's easy to grip and it it's also easy to remove for cleaning in case of spillages, etc. It's ready to go straight from the box, with a fitted, fused 3 pin plug and instructions for usage, including some recommendations on cooking times.
One comment I must make here is that the microwave is actually difficult to keep clean on the outside (not the inside, the instruction booklet even contains handy cleaning hints). Because of the shiny surface, every single finger print shows up and I can't seem to get it cleaned back to its original state - any tips would be very much appreciated! That said, the rest of the microwave is very simple to keep clean and it even has four little feet underneath it so that you can sweep out any crumbs or dirt from under it, without having to lift it up.
The microwave is 700W, which is ok, I got quite a shock the first time I used it as we had a 900W at my parents' house, so things take a little bit longer. However, that's fine, just means I've had to re-educate myself on my microwave cooking times... I've been using it for over a month now and it has been fantastic, I really rate it and am totally used the timings now, in fact, just this morning I made a lovely spinach and chilli omelette in it for my breakfast in just 1m 30s, yum! Overall, for the price, simplicity, performance and look, I would definitely recommend this microwave, even at the full price of £49.96 - but if you can get it on sale (like us, or bought for you!) then even better. It's a lovely looking product and would complement any kitchen where black is a key part of the colour scheme!
Summary: Even better when on sale!
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