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Now, I've never been a fan of microwaves as growing up my mom was somewhat of an addict to it - heating up her food once it was cooked (?!) so that it was blisteringly hot somewhat freaked me out. Then when she got divorced she gave it to her ex and microwaves became somewhat taboo in our house.. (weird i know) That, coupled with a fear of microwaves giving me cancer (inherited from my dad - great family huh?) made me not be a big fan of microwaves.
Then, I went to university and discovered that using a microwave was AWESOME! Making a jacket potato in half the time? Why did noone tell me about that!
So when I got married and someone gave us this microwave as a wedding present I accepted happily. And I was not disappointed! It's a straight forward microwave with two sets of dials: power - low through to high, and time - which is a dial for how many minutes you want. You simply select your power level and then your minutes and it will start. Very straight forward! If you want to put it on for a few seconds, it gets a bit more tricky because there are no second markers, so you have to guess somewhere between 0-1 minute. This isn't a huge problem, but it would be handier if you could select the exact amount of seconds you want.
The plate is easy to clean, as is the interior of the microwave, I just wipe it with some soapy water on a sponge, or cleaning solution for harder stains, and it comes up like new. The plate stays on the rotation well and fits on easily, there's no fiddling or difficulty fitting it on. This microwave also looks great, a simple white design, what else could you ask for?
The noise is probably average, the same as you would get with any other microwave.
As it was a gift I don't know about the price but if you're looking for a VERY simple and easy to use microwave, then this is for you.
We have no complaints and would recommend it.
My old microwave met a rather unfortunate end last week, so we decided to go buy this one and didn't want to spend to much money.
Looking at my other reviews you wouldn't be wrong in saying I'm somewhat of a techhead - but microwaves never really tickled my fancy so I wasn't itching for the latest and greatest model. This Sanyo fits the bill quite nicely, it's really really simple - just two dials for power and time.
What more could be easier? For the life of my I can't figure out the more expensive microwaves with there myriad of useless settings - I don't want to defrost 58 grams of the finest russian caviar thanks.
The microwave cooking itself is, for my money at least, indistinguishable from the bigger more expensive models, baked potatoes are nice and fluffy - if slightly leathery on the outside. Reheated food is piping hot within a few moments.
What more did you expect?
What more did you want?
After recently having had revamped our kitchen it soon became apparent that the old Microwave was sadly no longer fitting in with our new design. We don't really use microwave technology very often but we do frequently use it for our frothed milk for those special coffees. For this reason we decided not to pay too much for the new one and had a quick butchers round what was on offer.
The sleek stylish and elegant looking machine stood on the top of the ASDA shelf and just below was the very nice price tag of only £35. There were other more expensive one's on offer but they did not fit in with our new colour scheme as well as this silver one did. Also a lot of the others were way more expensive and considering what we were primarily going to use if for we though the increase was not merited.
There is nothing particularly fancy about this microwave it has a high power setting of 750W and has five different settings, which are explained in the supplied booklet/instructions. The unit has a customary timer which doubles with the added markings as a defrost guide. The outside red marking is in seconds whilst the inner dark blue marking indicates the Kg weight to be defrosted, this takes a bit of the guess work away from defrosting, although I'm not a big fan of defrosting chicken in a microwave.
In overall size the unit is perhaps slightly smaller than the average microwave and this was of additional benefit with our new kitchen. The inner revolving plate was therefore also a bit smaller than average, to the point one of our large dinner plates only just fits. This isn't a major problem since it isn't going to be used as much as some bigger one might be. It is however the semi shiny sheen of the silver which I like most, I have found a lot of electrical items these days are finished in a high gloss plastic which I am not really very keen on.
It does as you might expect from such an esteemed brand work very well and has proved to do the intended job equally if not better than our old model. We have used it for other things and have discovered the new markings to be very good even though they do take a bit of getting used to. I think most of all though it looks nice in our new design and has fitted in very well. The instruction manual is adequate and the unit certainly has the feel of a solid and reliable piece of equipment
For £35 there isn't really anything negative I can find with this great microwave, it works well looks smart and cool and adds a bit of elegance to the far end of the kitchen. I did however see it in other ASDA's for £40 so I think someone somewhere in the ASDA chain has made a little boo boo.
A couple of years ago we were faced with the prospect of setting up a second home when we bought a static caravan at the seaside, everything from cutlery to bedding was needed and as anyone who has ever set up a home from scratch before will know that this can end up becoming a costly exercise. Kitchen equipment was high on our 'essentials' list and along with a kettle, toaster and fridge a microwave oven also had to be bought, having only a limited budget and not wanting anything too fancy we looked in the usual places; Curry's and Comet amongst others and settled for the subject of this review - the Sanyo EM-S105AW.
Our main priority when it came to a Microwave was the cost, having already spent more than we wanted to on other appliances we needed something cheap and efficient and whilst Sanyo may not be a brand anyone would automatically associate with kitchen appliances the fact that this Microwave was available for under £40.00 was the main selling point for us.
Aesthetically speaking the Em-S105AW is basic I have to admit, white in colour with just 2 dials this isn't a microwave to proudly show off and anyone looking for a top-end appliance wouldn't give this a second glance in all honesty. It is, however everything we wanted in a Microwave and whilst it is limited in what in can actually do it heats food up and that's all we expected of it. Because we do a lot of batch cooking before travelling to our caravan we like to reheat meals that have already been prepared and for this purpose I can't fault it. The two dials on the front fascia allow you to select the power level you require (there are 6 settings from 'defrost' through to 'high') and the second dial is the timer marked out in minute increments and that's it - I said it was basic!
Inside the microwave is a glass plate which sits ontop of a circular turntable and as the Microwave cooks/heats your food through this turns allowing for an even distribution of heat. It isn't a huge oven but has a 17 litre capacity which is more than enough for what we need and as far as microwaves go this is probably best described as 'compact' measuring in at just over 260mm in height, 450mm in width and 330mm in depth. An average sized dinner plate easily fits inside the microwave on the glass plate as do any ready-meal containers so it clearly is fit for its purpose.
Compared to other Microwaves which are available to buy this is quite low in terms of it's power wattage and at only 700 watts maximum output it is undeniably lower than others. Food does tend to take slightly longer to heat through but this isn't too much of a concern, just be aware to allow an extra minute or two to ensure your food is piping hot would be my advice. In my experience food always comes out evenly heated so there are no cold or hot spots, we leave ours on it's highest power setting at all times anyway due to what we actually use the microwave for and in the time we have owned and used it have never had any concerns with it whatsoever.
We have owned our Sanyo Microwave for over 2 years now and have found it to be a reliable if not unremarkable kitchen appliance. It's easy to keep clean with the glass plate being fully removable and the interior walls are easy to get to when needing a wipe over, the exterior glass panel is pretty much what you would expect from any microwave oven and is also easy to maintain. It was when I was wiping ours out ready for the start of this years caravan season that it occurred to me just how long we had actually owned it for and as five months of the year it is sat unused I was impressed to see that it had maintained its pristine looking condition despite not being touched since last October.
Although perfect for our requirements I would say that there were a couple of slight concerns which may put other people off from buying this particular model; the fact that the timer dial is only set out in minute increments means that you have to guesstimate where 30 seconds is, this isn't terribly awkward to figure out but as a lot of microwaves now have digital settings some may argue that it's basic controls are not really accurate enough. 700 watts of power isn't very impressive when compared to other microwaves and for some this may be a little too archaic, for it's pricetag though the Em-S105AW is competitively priced and whilst there will now be some other models available for around £40.00 which offer more for your money I'm happy with how this operates and how reliable it has actually been.
For a second microwave this has been fine for us and it's basicness could be seen as an advantage for some people, it's simply a case of sticking in whatever you want to heat up, turning a dial and shutting the door. There's nothing fancy about it, you don't need to read the manual to figure out how it operates and it takes up little space on a worktop and it's those reasons which make this as appealing as it is for me.
Newer models may have superseded this but the Em-S105AW is still available to buy online from some electrical retaillers and may be instore in larger branches of Currys or Comet. I'm awarding an excellent 4 star rating for the purpose of this review only deducting one star for its basic controls and low wattage output. All things considered though this was an excellent purchase and I would certainly recommend this particular model to anyone looking for a reliable, no-frills microwave which is easy to operate and keep clean.
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I'm not a fan of Sanyo products but when my brother borrowed my faithful microvave and blew it up, I needed a fast replacement so I didnt have the time to do my homework. I went to Amazon to find the cheapest one available so I found the Sanyo EM- S105AW. I was attracted to the sparkling white color its designed with plus the fact that it doesn't have a lot of complicated and fancy electronic buttons so that made me hit the buy button. Sadly after a few weeks, I regretted buying it. Don't get me wrong, its an easy to use microwave but it just doesn't have the "it" factor. Le me break it down to you in pros and cons of this microwave:
6 power levels - which is great especially if your trying to fast heat up a deep frozen lasagna!
30-minute timer - I like this feature a lot as it's designed in dial features and not digital features which makes navigating around the microwave easy.
Removable Glass turntable - This is ideal in that I don't have to struggle cleaning microwave plate anymore. I can just remove it, pop it in the dish washer and then place it back when it's cleaned.
Too heavy!! - The damn thing weighs 11kg which is a nightmare because I like to rotate things around my kitchen and having to rotate a heavy microwave is not fun!
Low power output - it's only 700w which means if you're going to defrost anything using this microwave you will need to invest 30 minutes of your time doing so. Even still sometimes when I need to make those 2 minute noodles, it take 8 minutes!!
Too small - Not just the size of it but you cant just put any microwave plate in it as the height is low. Like I tried putting a microwave bowl of chicken soup to heat up but I had to do two rounds because one big plate wouldn't fit in!
After owning this microwave for about four months, I noticed that the paint on the microwave began to peel off especially if you use surface cleaner to clean it. The glass plate cracked and then the fuse on the cable blew out. Even though it only costs about £40, but its not an ideal microwave if you are a regular user. Its probably good for older folks or those that don't use the microwave that much. I would suggest you invest some money to buy a quality microwave that will last you long as this one didn't live too long with me.
In the 10 years i have lived with my wonderful husband, we have been the owners of 3 microwave ovens. The 1st was inherited from a deceased elderly relative. It had one function. Cook till it binged. The 2nd one was marginally better. My auntie purchased it for us from her catalogue, and it was great till i noticed that it wasn't heating the food that i put in it at all.
We then went without a microwave for about 6 months, but i then got really fed up of getting a pan out to warm a few baked beans or a bit of sweetcorn.
As i am not a gourmet cook in my microwave ( i mainly reheat or make a quick 5 minute cake) i decided cheap and cheerful was the way to go. In my head, i wanted one that didn't have a display as i didn't want to waste electric, so i went for this model in silver. It looked attractive and matched the rest of my kitchen, without being too bulky. Very important to me as we have such a small kitchen and so much to go in it.
This was about £40 from the Tesco website. To me this was enough to pay. I wanted simpe - not a lot to go wrong, and not tricky to use.
This has 2 dials which rotate. The top dial is to determine how you are heating the food. It ranges from micro 1-5 and also features a defrost function. To be honest, i find the defrost and lower function micros are really pitiful. It is only a 700 watt microwave to start with, so it takes a lot of time to defrost food or warm it slowly. The top power setting is ok, but i still wish it were more powerful and cooked my food more quickly.
The second dial is to set the microwave for the length of time you wish to use it. This ranges from 0-30 minutes. However, the dial is not scaled very well so it is impossible to set it for an accurate amount of time.
For the basic reheating we do this is mostly ok as i just keep an eye on it and after experimenting i know roughly how long different meals take.
This is a good basic machine. but i have noticed 2 faults with it. The 1st one is maybe a reason i should have returned it.
I have noticed that if i am heating anything with a lot of liquid that generates steam, i get a build up of condensation between the 2 layers of glass in the door. I find this a little worrying. My grandma was always obsessed with not letting us kids stand in front of her microwave 25 years ago in case it leaked and gave us cancer. The seal here cannot be that great if condensation appears. It then takes days to disappear. I am not exaggerating there. Part of me worries about how hygienic that is even if i can't see any mould appearing. I didn't return it for this, but i wish i had. 5 minutes warming a bowl of peas in water is enough to do it.
My second problem is something that will probably lead me to replace this microwave fairly soon. Because ut gets such condensation, i tend to wipe it out with a washing up sponge or cloth each use. While i have never used anything harsh and have certainly never scrubbed with the hard side, the paint on the inside of the door has started to chip and rust. I find this completely unacceptable.
I am pretty sure i have not mistreated this microwave, so i will award it 2 stars and give it the benefit of the doubt that it might be something i did that caused the rusting at least.
When we come to replace the microwave, we won't go for this one even though it looks the part. It has not been worth it.
When our old microwave broke my mother in law was just getting her kitchen done and luckily had just bought a new one so we took her old one being the sanyo em-s105aw. I am so gratful that she gave us it as it works a treat and saved us money too. As we got given the microwave I am not sure how much was paid for it but on the internet the price seems to range darastically from £40.99 to £74 so I would definitely recommend you look around before you buy.
The microwave is white but also comes in silver so can match in in almost any kitchen. The power of the microwave is 700w and there is 6 different power levels so for example you can choose whether to cook in a high heat or low heat level by using the dial and rotating it to the desired power level. The timer can be set to a maximum of 30minutes and this is done simply be turning the dial to the time you wish it to cook for. There is a 17litre capacity which is a very popular size as it is ample for most families and fits in well in most kitchens as it is not too big. The dimensions of this microwave are 452x332x262(mm) externally and internally they are 315x279x210. The turntable is glass and is removable so this makes it very easy and conveniant to clean.
Overall I think this microwave is a great size and is suitable for everyone as it is very easy to use and easy to clean. The thing I like best about it is the simplicity as I dont see the need for microwaves to have loads of different buttons and dial so with this sanyo one there is only 2 dials and one button which is used to open the microwave door. Also with previous microwaves which I have has they were very noisy where as this one seems to be a lot quieter which is great. Would definitely recommend it to anyone who is looking for a simple yet functional microwave.
I bought the Sanyo EM S105 AW for myself as my old microwave had broken down and I wanted to but a cheap one but also a decent one. I instantly liked this one for its clean white look that fits with everything in my kitchen and would fit in with every colour and not stand out like the nasty silver or grey ones you can buy.
I it also very small which is one of the main reasons I bought it as it had to go on an existing frame up on the wall and as my last microwave was quite small this one had to be too. But don´t think because it is small it doesn´t do the job properly! Everything is cooked and done as promptly as with a normal sized microwave and this one is very easy to use - only having two controls, a clock timer and power setting on there.
Over all it would look good in any kitchen and for its size and price it does its job the way any other more expensive one would.
Up until just over a year ago my microwave had served me very well over a number of years and was still going strong.
The only reason I bought a new one 14 months ago was because it was starting to look a little tired . I bought an expensive new silver model and was very pleased with it until a month ago, when the door catch broke and I could not access my jacket potato inside!
Typically, this was one month after the twelve month guarantee had ran out. I decided to buy a new microwave and not pay a lot of money this time, as cannot see the point if an expensive one fails just after a year!
I was doing some shopping in Asda and noticed this Sanyo EM- S105AW/AS priced at £39.99 and available in white or silver. After looking at one or two other microwaves available I decided on this one, purely because of the price, and also there was one on display on the shelf.
It looked perfectly adequate for my requirements, which is mainly just the convenience and speed of heating things up.
I also had a £20 Asda gift card to use, which would mean I only had to pay £19.99 after taking off the £20.
The microwave was packaged very well inside the box. It was simply just a case of unpacking it and plugging it in. It comes with a full instruction manual. Mine is the silver model.
The two microwaves I have previously owned have both had digital displays, so this is the first one I have owned with dials instead.
It seemed simple and straightforward enough, and after using it for a month I can confirm it is!
The microwave is a 700W model. My previous one had a higher output, but to be honest this does not bother me at all. It may take a few seconds longer for the contents to be cooked, but that is not a problem for me.
It is also a smaller model than my previous one, but again this is not a problem and I actually prefer this size (452 x 262 x 332mm) as it looks neater sitting on my worktop and gives me a bit more space.
The only downside (if this can really be classed as one) is it does seem a little noisier than my previous microwave, but this isn't a major problem at all.
The top dial is a Power/Action Selector, and you use this to choose a cooking power level. There are six power levels to choose from, and they are as follows :-
HIGH (MICRO 5) - 100%
M.HIGH (MICRO 4) -85%
MED (MICRO 3) - 66%
M.LOW (MICRO 2) - 48%
DEFROST - 40%
LOW - (MICRO 1) - 17%
Instructions are given on defrosting food, and a table is illustrated in the manual explaining how many minutes you should defrost frozen food for, according to the weight, eg: 0.5kg - 4mins approx.
The bottom dial is the Timer Dial, and this offers visual timer settings. Turn the dial to your selected cooking time and away it goes!
Cleaning the microwave is simple. The glass turntable is easily removed for cleaning, and the inside of the microwave can be cleaned with a damp cloth. A mild detergent can be used if the microwave gets very dirty, but spray cleaners should not be used, as they can damage and stain the microwave.
You must also be careful when cleaning the outside, not to let water seep into the ventilation openings on top of the microwave.
Removing odours from inside the microwave can be done by combining a cup of water with the juice and skin of a lemon, placing them both in a bowl and microwave for 5 mins.
Overall I am happy with my purchase and it is certainly the easiest to use microwave I have owned. Turn two dials to the appropriate settings and that's it!
I am hoping of course it will last longer than 13 months, but if it doesn't, then at least I have not paid a great deal of money for it. It does have the usual 12 months guarantee, and you need to keep your till receipt, as this acts as the guarantee.
At £39.99 this seems quite a bargain price for what seems so far to be a very good microwave. It is still available now at the time of writing from Asda priced £39.99.
Short name: Sanyo EM-S105AW