I bought this microwave some months ago, more out of habit when I went into my local Sainsbury`s centre I knew I needed a new microwave and I was drawn to the steel look of this microwave. I thought it looked futuristic and pretty good qaulity considering it is just Sainsburys. I like to keep things looking futuristic in my kitchen and it tends to stick to the look of the room. Unfortunately the same thing that attracted me to this microwave is also the one thing that annoys the hell out of me for it.
I bought mine for £69 which is a snip off of the usual cost of £80. This is handy because it will cost me a fortune to try and clean the thing.
The main case is made from shiny stainless steel all the way around and like all stainless steel it stains badly. I mention this first as it is easily the most anoying feature of this microwave and also the thing that attracted me to it in the fist place. You do have to constantly have to wipe the outside of the microwave down, all the time. Inside it is fairly bland grey metal, but it is easy to wipe down and keep clean, for me that is the main thing.
I prefer the controls on this microwave are mostly manual, there is a dial wheel to change up or change down the timer, the settings for the different types of food, of which you can select seven different types. Its very easy to use the control wheel , simply turn it to what kind of food you want to select, say meat or fish or reheat and obviously there is a defrost feature, which defrosts by weight of the object, and then you select time using the touch buttons and then turn the control wheel around to set the level of time you want to keep the food in. There is an interval function on the microwave so you can have the timer set on intervals and it will ring off, you can take the food out and stir and it will automatically come back on for the next interval at the same time as before....but I have not worked out how to use it yet. You can also just keep pressing the 'quick start' button to start cooking straight away and not have to proagramme in everything. So you manually add the time in at 1 minute or 30 second increments. This is undoubtadly a helpful feature though. You know when your food is ready there is a fairly loud beep.
The manual is fairly self explanatory and easy to get through if you cannot be bothered to go through the dial yourself and work it out. There is also a keypad lock feature, so you dont have to worry about kids mucking around with the microwave, however that is not really a problem for me as I do not have any kids.
It is a powerful piece of equipment at 800 watts, so that should be enough power to cook anoything that you want to...maybe whole chickens and big pieces of meat and fish might take a while. It is fairly quiet too, whilst it is running through a timer, but the beep is pretty loud. It certainly does not make such a loud whirling noise as my last cheaper microwave used to have.
The microwave is of normal size at 20 litres capacity, you could probably get a small chicken in there, but should not attempt anything larger than that. My mum gave us some bigger sunday roast plates and these do not fit inside the microwave unfortunately. Dimensions measure in at 29 cm x 46 cm x 33.5 cm, with a turntable of 24.5 cm in diameter.
I purchased this microwave about 3 months ago when it was on sale for £40 instead of £80, i think it is well worth the money and is very easy to use. I love the stainless steel look although it constantly needs cleaning and shows up every finger print. I've found it cooks food well and evenly and i found the quick cook button useful as most of the food i cook in the microwave just needs a minute or two. The stainless steel matches the rest of the appliances in my kitchen so it fits in well, the microwave itself isn't big and bulky so doesn't take up too much room on the unit. It is quite light and easy to lift although when i bought it i thought it was alot bigger due to the size of the box it was in and it felt quite heavy but once you remove it you are surprised how much packaging is in there.
Nuke Your Food On The Cheap
I don't have much luck with microwave ovens. Expensive ones I've bought don't seem to last any better than budget ones. So when my more expensive DeLonghi oven went to the big kitchen in the sky I thought a budget one was in order.
I looked around on the internet and supermarkets like ASDA and they do have some very good values ones on offer but most look cheap and nasty rather than cheap and cheerful. Then I can across this on a Sainsbury's shopping trip.
What first attracted me to it was the nice stainless steel casing. It replaces a stainless steel microwave and matches in with the rest of my kitchen appliances. The next thing is the price, it was £40 knocked down from £80, so half price. At £80 it would be way too to be called budget, but £40 makes it worth the little extra from a plastic one. The case does attract finger prints easily but that's to be expected.
At 800 watts this is no slouch, my last one was 900 so there's not too much discernible difference. The controls are a manual rather than touch panel and to be honest I think this makes it look more expensive and I like that. Operating it is relatively easy, although I must admit I grudgingly had to look at the manual to work a few things out. But five minutes later, no problem. The rotatory knob makes selecting a cooking time quick. There is a very handy minute button that can be pressed multiple times. Although I think 30 second increments would be more useful. It has the usual loud beep when it's finished.
The microwave itself is relatively compact, I cannot get out large plates in due to their unusual oval shape but a regular large round plate just fits inside (I did check before purchasing). At 20 litres capacity it just about gets me by. Internally it's not quite so stylish, just grey but it is nice and easy to clean.
The actual main function of microwaving food is not noticeably any different to similar power microwaves I've owned in the past, some of them being much more expensive. It is also fairly quiet for a microwave, it hums away quite nicely and so far I've remembered not to but anything metal in it! So far I've used it for bakes potatoes, curries, baked beans etc. and they have all come out as I have expected.
Summing up, if you can pick this up half price then you will have a microwave that functions well and looks quite a bit more expensive than it is. If it lasts me a couple of years I won't be complaining, but hopefully it will last longer than that. It's powerful, quiet and has a good enough capacity for most things, although a little bigger would have been nice in hindsight. It certainly looks sturdy enough to last, so far it's lasted almost a year.
I bought this microwave because I had some spare money and I had been living with an old yellow microwave that the light inside had been broken in for around a good two years. I was searching on Sainsbury's thinking I could use my Nectar points that I had amassed to buy a new one and I found this one. At first others in the household didn't trust Sainsbury's make and wanted to buy a better branded name. After a long discussion we decided to buy it on a whim because it was on sale, at an astounding £40 and picked it up in store. The item itself came in a box that was ridiculously big for the product and the box itself was really heavy and we had to get a staff member to carry it outside for us, where we had to get a taxi. Upon getting it home and out of the box we found that it actually looked really nice and upon testing it we found it did its job more efficiently than our last microwave. It makes a small humming sound whilst the product is inside and that is about it. The disadvantages are only small and can be looked over, especially if you don't have the money to spend. It is definitely value for money.
At first using the microwave was a little complicated to use, as nothing on this product is touch screen, it is all manual buttons. You can gather what each button does by looking and how to start it but not how to set a time etc, without checking the manual. The manual is pretty simple to use in finding out how to defrost and cook items. However, we don't use our microwave for anything other than this so we don't have any other issues. Though I imagine other processes are much harder such has cooking fish and vegetables, but it is clearly stated in the manual. I just found it complicated because I have never used the microwave, or my old one, for other than heating spaghetti or a microwave meal.
The cost, I imagine this microwave has been with Sainsbury's for a while and when I brought it, luckily enough it was on sale. I was able to use my Nectar points and I think the item was £40, on sale. This item is a brilliant buy if you are one for saving up all your points and spending them on bigger items or items that you need. When I brought this product it had 18 reviews and now it has over 1,000. This proves how ideal this microwave is.
This microwave is a standard silver microwave that functions at 800W but can be turned lower and has 5 power settings. This is very admirable for a microwave.
I have rated the noise down because I will not deny the sounds this microwave makes can be extremely annoying to the human ear. I have no pets so I cannot say whether they aggravate pets also. The microwave make one simplistic beep when turning it on, when clicking its function buttons. However, when it has finished heating an object it makes the most annoying 5 beeps of your life. Everyone in my household, even friends that come over find themselves stopping it one or two seconds before it finishes. They actually go out of their way to stop this microwave before it finishes.
Additionally, another disadvantage is that that this microwave can prove hard to clean, that is when it needs to be cleaned. Ours is wiped down once a week in the household weekly clean and you can simply just have a quick wipe over. The only issue is that sometimes depending on what you use it can leave smudges on the steel, of which you can see perfectly because the smudges are dark grey on the light grey steel. However, other than these two disadvantages this microwave is well worth its money.
Some microwaves look like safes, don't they? Safes with windows. And although they might be easier to break into to deposit the food, you still have to crack the combination of control settings before you can make off with your hot "loot".
In time we get used to our machines and find we can carry out the simpler operations quite quickly, but anything more complex and we're having to search for the manual again. Perhaps more annoying is the time spent explaining and demonstrating to visitors how to obtain warm milk for their Weetabix in the morning. Invariably, the question "Did you manage to get any breakfast?" is met with, "Oh, I just had a piece of toast in the end."
I have to admit that even Sainsbury's stainless steel digital microwave oven needs to be studied a little at first. However, once you get the hang of it initially, everything else is much more straightforward and the functionality is actually quite impressive.
The Look and Feel
The first thing I liked about this microwave over my old one was that it had a handle, rather than a button release mechanism, which doesn't always respond first time, either opening or closing. You know where you are with a handle.
The shiny stainless steel looks both attractive and sturdy, inspiring confidence from the outset. The control panel is clearly laid out.
The dimensions are 29 cm x 46 cm x 33.5 cm
- It boasts 800w of power (energy rating E) - and really does seem to deliver that with thorough cooking in the time expected.
- The 20 litre capacity - will take, let's say, a large plate or good sized casserole dish and lid. The turntable size is 24.5 cm diameter.
- The Quick Start button - means that warming the milk for the Weetabix really shouldn't be so difficult for your guests. Pop the stuff in and press the Quick Start Button once for one minute's cooking on full power. Press twice for two minutes etcetera.
- Five power levels - which are easily enough
- Clearly audible bleeps on start-up and on finishing - The start up bleep is reassuring, while the five bleeps at the end should penetrate the consciousness of any of us who have pottered off to do something completely different.
- De-frost by time or by weight - There are separate buttons for each of these functions and then the multi-purpose function knob can be turned to set the precise time or weight
- Auto menu for seven food types plus auto reheat - With this, you just have to tell the microwave how much of the stuff you are putting in either by weight or by volume and it will work out for itself how much time it should give it.
- Varying increments on time setting - mean that you have fine control at lower time levels i.e. second by second up to one minute, but then bigger increments as the cooking time gets longer, meaning that you don't have to spend an age setting the timer
- Multistage programming - means that you can set the oven to perform up to three consecutive functions. So, for instance, you could set the oven to defrost by weight, then cook on full power for twenty minutes and then cook on medium power for half an hour. Good, eh?
- Delayed start - this might be my favourite part. You can programme the oven to start up to twenty-four hours afterwards. This of course means that you can set it, go out, then come back and find a meal ready for you. That's what I call helpful.
- Keypad lock - this is simply activated and deactivated by pressing the cancel/stop button for three seconds. It's easy to do and means that the oven cannot be switched on accidentally while cleaning or by children.
The outside and inside can be wiped over with a damp cloth and should be - regularly - especially the seals to avoid the build up of food debris which could affect the efficiency of the seals and of the oven in general.
The glass turntable and ring can be washed up with detergent, but are not suitable for the dishwasher.
There are other standard safety issues with using a microwave and you should read the manual carefully before use. Although we all think we know how to use these things by now, it doesn't hurt to remind ourselves of what you can and cannot do.
Currently £79.99 They did have them on half price recently, so might be worth looking out to see if they do that again, if you're not desperate to buy immediately. Otherwise, I'd say this was good value anyway.