Product Type: Sainsburys microwaves
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Sainsbury's Digital Microwave & Grill
Author Name: superness11
Sainsbury's Digital Microwave & Grill
Disadvantages: only 700W
I didn't really want to spend much on a microwave as I don't use it as much as other appliances in my kitchen and they never seem to last very long. The last one was broken by my boyfriend who spilled juice down the vents! I set myself a budget of £40 pounds. I did not want an all singing all dancing top of the range model as to be hones as I find them too complicated to work. I wanted one with simple buttons and layout that heated up my food without much bother. I looked at Tesco and Sainsbury's as both have quite a good range of cheap electronics and kitchen appliances these days. I settled on the Sainsbury's one as it looked good and looked easy to use.
==Price and availability==
You can buy the microwave for £39.99 from Sainsbury's stores or online.
I took my shiny and new microwave home and unpacked it. Nestling it on my work top I was quite pleased with the aesthetics of it. It is stainless steel which means it is not a haven for fingerprints but it looks good too. It has vents across the top and down the front there is a window for you to view your food and a set of buttons, a dial and a display pad. It was a little bigger than I wanted: 26.2 cm tall by 45.2cm wide by 32.7cm deep. However the good thing about having a 17Lt cavity space was that it fits in my larger serving bowls so this stops me having to keep swapping crockery around.
The machine runs at 700W so it is not one of the super quick ones and when heating up ready meals (not very often) they tend to take a few minutes longer than if you use a more powerful machine. The machine has 5 different power levels and a dial to set the time. There is a stop/ cancel button if you want to stop and start over and chose a different programme. You can also use the microwave on a preset option where you can ask the machine to come on remotely at a set time. I have not used this and cannot see how it would benefit me. There is also a button for defrost and a button for grill. The microwave comes with a metal stand for you to use to grill section but I do not like this option at all and cannot imagine ever using my microwave to grill when I have a very good oven that has this facility.
The microwave is easy to set and the buttons and dial are easy to set. Swivelling the dial sends the timer up quickly so you can whack it on for ten minutes without having to spend ages turning the dial. Once the timer has run out the microwave emits an enormous beeping to alert you that the food is ready. You can hear this upstairs it is so ferocious! On the whole, the microwave works in the same way as any other, you need to keep checking on the food and stirring it whilst in use to disperse cold spots and stop the food bubbling over. I often find with soup that unless I open it and stir it regularly the top will bubble over and form a gloupy skin but the soup underneath will be cold.
The microwave is easy to clean and the glass plate inside comes out, this allows you to give the machine a good disinfecting inside and you can pop the glass plate in the dishwasher.
The microwave does hold on to smells and tends to get quite dirty in the corners. I find the best way of cleaning the microwave without using too many nasty smelling chemicals is to put half a lemon in a shallow bowl of water and put the microwave on for 3 minutes. The lemon removes stuck on grease and nastiness and makes the microwave smell lovely and fresh.
There are no real grumbles about this machine and in that case, I will recommend it.
Summary: A reasonable microwave for the money
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