Product Type: Sainsburys microwaves
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Sainsbury's Stainless Steel Microwave
Member Name: Biskey
Sainsbury's Stainless Steel Microwave
Advantages: Good looking. Easy to use. Great functions.
Disadvantages: None that I've found so far.
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.
Summary: An excellent microwave oven at a good price.
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