I specifically wanted a combination microwave ovens to make up for the fact that my main oven did not have two compartments. Many people warned me away from a combination microwave oven as they said that they did not perform as well and that the oven features were not that useful. I am glad to say that I did not listen to them. I bought this nice little number over the internet at a huge discount compared to the high street saving as much as £50 pounds off some fo the prices quoted to me. It does everything - it cooks, it microwaves, it grills. It can do 2 at once. Preheating the oven is quick and accurate and you can constantly check the exact temperature of the oven at anytime. It comes with plenty of preset programmes and the calculations are made based on weight. The one bad point is its display. It does display information regarding whether it is oven/microwave/grill and length left but unless you can remember all the presets off by heart you have to constantly refer to the manual to check which programme to use. Why they couldn't make the display show the name of the programme and not a number I do not know. It also has a very neat feature allowing you to lock the microwave preventing anyone pushing buttons or starting in when it is empty and damaging it. Very handy for families with inquisitive kids. Apart from that and its rather large rear making it unsuitable for narrow worksurfaces this is a great machine with a great look. The price is definitely right and size wise it is at the larger end of medium for microwaves.
The first thing that attracted me to this microwave was the way it looked. The front is stainless steel, and the sides and top are black, it's very trendy looking and goes very well with all the stainless steel appliances that are around at the moment. Secondly I noticed the price, it was on offer at 160 pounds, which I thought was quite a lot to say it was on offer but on closer inspection I realised that it isn't just a microwave. In fact this is a fan oven, grill and microwave all in one. You can use all features individually or the oven and microwave together (good for cooking stews and casseroles, no more waiting hours for them to cook) or grill and microwave together (good for jacket potatoes, cooked quickly with a nice crispy skin). The microwave is 900 Watts which may not be the most powerful around but is pretty good, especially when combined with the other items. The nice thing about this was that not only did I get the Microwave, fan oven and grill, I got a number of accessories aswell. Firstly I got two wire racks, one low and one high, you can use both together like 2 shelves in a regular oven. I also got a crusty plate for cooking pies and pizzas in the microwave, a chicken rotisserie which is a glass dish (which can be used for other things aswell as catching all the juices out of the chicken) and a strange spikey thing on which you impale your chicken in an upright position (has to be a small chicken as this is not a huge microwave inside. Four Kebab skewers which again use the glass dish and a cook book. At first I was a little daunted at the list of things this microwave does and thought I would never figure it out but actually the basics are very easy to learn and I picked up the advanced features of programming as and when I needed them. An interesting fact about the grill is that it is at the top of the microwave in a horizontal position but you can flip it down so it is vertical and covering the back
of the microwave. If I didn't explain this well think of the kebab shop and the grill they have, I'm not really sure what the advantages of this are but if I ever figure it out I will update this opinion. The one problem I do have with this microwave is the back, as it has a fan oven the back of the microwave sticks out quite a lot which means it comes almost to the front of my work surface where the one I had before left me some room in front of it to work on. One other thing to note is that the instructions say that you should not place this microwave right next to your normal oven and that you should leave at least 10cm free at either side of it, this is apparently to do with air ventilation. I'm not sure if this is the same with all microwaves but it's worth bearing in mind to check you have a suitable place to put it. I'm thinking of getting a wall bracket to stand mine on so it'll have plenty of ventilation and I'll have more free workspace. I would recommend this microwave to single people as it's much more economical than using a large regular oven to cook for one person. It is also a good idea for people moving into a new house who maybe don't have the money to go buy an oven and a microwave straight away or for someone who doesn't do much cooking, or doesn't have much room for seperate appliances.