“ Brand: Sainsbury's / Energy Efficiency: D „
Sainsbury's is my favourite of the so-called mega-stores which now populate virtually every square inch of Britain's city centres. Not that I particularly like any of them, it's simply a case of me finding Sainsbury's own brand products to be superior to other stores who offer similar.
When I was requiring a microwave, a few years ago, and saw this one for sale for around £50 I had no hesitation in purchasing it, having faith in the brand.
When I got it back home and removed the box I found the microwave to be covered in a blue plastic coating, which took absolutely ages to remove. The main problem being that it had got stuck inside all the vents, so I obviously had to be careful to remove every last bit before being able to test it out.
It's a quite basic model, so is very straightforward to use, just plug it in and go.
The unit itself is very lightweight, so moving it around in the kitchen or lifting it when cleaning shouldn't cause any difficulty, which, unfortunately, you may be doing quite a bit of. The unit seems to mark very easily, fingerprints seem to be constantly visible on its surface no matter how many times you wipe it over.
When you come to use the product it has all the usual basics of any microwave - cooking, defrosting, reheating; but at 700W it can be a little slow to perform any of them. I have always preferred using a conventional oven if given the choice, so I tend to use the microwave to perform the tasks of re-heating and warming up cold pies or leftovers and the like. This usually takes a few minutes to perform, which is obviously fine, but if you wanted to cook a chicken or heat up anything substantial, you may be waiting all night.
The capacity is fine at 17L, and the rotating glass tray feels solid and secure, with easy removal for cleaning. The unit itself is very attractive and modern looking, and would not look out of place in anybodies kitchen. The dials are straightforward to use and it is not over-large, which means finding a place for it, even in a relatively small area need not be a problem.
Overall a solid, competent little microwave, which is quite elementary in terms of functions, but performs the basics of re-heating and defrosting as well as you will ever need, whilst also being quiet and reliable when doing so.
We had our microwave for many years, but recently it have up the ghost, so we decided to purchase this from Sainsbury's as it matches our kitchen.
The first thing that struck me is how unique the colour scheme is and how stylish the design is.
The microwave is a nice size and can be used for all the household re-heating and cooking that I could think of using it for. It's very easy to set up, literally plug and play, and it's very simple to use, even without reading the instruction book. The instruction book is very well written and informative and Sainsbury's Customer Services are always helpful with any issues you may have.
This microwave lacks amazing features, but it does everything a basic microwave should - defrosting, reheating and cooking. It is very reasonably priced and I feel like I will get a long life out of it, so I cannot fault the value for money is possesses.
In my title I did mention some problems, and one of those is the low wattage of the microwave. It's only 700W, so while it took me 13 minutes to cook a jacket potato with my old one, it takes me closer to half an hour to do with this one, which is a huge problem and it makes cooking quite difficult, as I don't want to put it on for half an hour initially just in case it overcooks or burns.
It is also quite inefficient, when referring to energy efficiency. It is a Category D microwave which is quite poor. There are better out there, but for the money you're spending on this microwave it is quite acceptable.
It's a nice size for the kitchen and does not take up too much space. It can also take a few knocks and general wear and tear due to the sturdy steel construction of it. There are a few plastic bits, but the steel is the predominant material and the one more likely to be noticed when purchasing. The microwave itself can hold 17L. The blue plastic they use to keep it clean and safe when you purchase it takes a while to get off, which is probably one of the biggest pains in the backside this product carries. This product also picks up fingerprints very readily and I feel that I will be forever cleaning fingerprints off of it.
The microwave's glass rotating plate is nicely built, and pretty standard for a microwave, but I feel happy when I wash it that it won't break readily.
A great bonus of this product is that you can get Nectar points from purchasing it. When I purchased it, I got 98 Nectar points which isn't a load, but enough to make a nice difference nearer Christmas time. As a young person I wanted something cheap and cheerful to brighten up the kitchen. This product does exactly that and though it lacks the bells and whistles some more expensive microwaves have, for the money I could not have asked for anything better.