Maybe it's just my family but microwaves are a new thing to us. I mean we did know about them but for some odd reason we managed to get by for 16 years without having to get one. Well that changed in 2009 when the cooker decided to go a bit funny on us and an alternate was needed. The microwave seemed like the most logical option since repairing the cook would cost far too much for its own good! We eventually decided on this model though I can't remember why off the top of my head - I imagine price might have been a reason!
This model is a rather unassuming device that blends in well with the rest of your kitchen devices. Ours is beside the fridge and hardly take up any counter space. The device is as simple as can be: just plug it in, put your food in, choose what time and press start. You can't really ask for anything better from a microwave as far as usability goes. A 5 year old could cook a meal in this easily! The buttons are easily laid out on the right hand side of the face of the machine, but out of the way of the door. To open you just press open a panel at the bottom right of the machine and the door pops wide for you.
My only concern really with this model is that for some reason the 10 minute button has decided that it no longer wants to work. This is a bit daft since we've only owned this for a year and a half so surely this should be a lot more reliable than this! However this can be circumvented by just pressing the 10 second button 6 times after using the minute button 9 times.
Despite this flaw, the machine does do the job well. All of the meals I've cooked in this have turned out well and taste just like they would if they were cooked in the oven instead. Of course the advantage of the microwave is that it cooks meals a lot faster than a cooker. A chicken curry takes 25 minutes in the cook but only 8 in the microwave! The machine gives off a loud beep several times when a meal is finished, so from anywhere in the house you know your meal is ready!
This is a pretty good microwave in my opinion, even if the 10 minute button doesn't work! It's a surprisingly small (for a microwave) device that does its job well with no frills. That's really all I want from a microwave - if simplicity is what you want, this is a good choice!
About a year and a half ago our old microwave gave up the ghost an we had to say our goodbyes and go out and buy a replacement.
We had a fairly limited budget between 50 - 80 pounds, plus the area of my kitchen that homed my old microwave was quite small, so the size of our new microwave would have to be limited too.
When I buy any new electrical appliances now-a-days I usually spend a good bit of time comparing options and prices online (my son has me well trained!) but this time our need for a microwave was great so the comparisons went out the window (along with the old microwave) and we just headed down to our local Argos store. Well, before we went I did do some homework flicking through the catalogue at home and found my desired choice - the Sanyo EM-S1565 microwave.
It came in at £49.99 and was a neat little size at around 45cm wide by 30cm high by 35cm deep. It has power of 800 watts and has a digital display. It has various power settings and defrost options.
It likes to beep. If you use the microwave and it finishes, it beeps (as you'd expect) but if you don't open the door it'll give you a few more beeps a minute later to tell you to hurry up because your dinner's getting cold!
I've found the microwave to be very good and would recommend it. The only downside would be its size. If you have large plates they may not fit in it, or if they are square oplates they may have trouble revolving.
I've checked on Argos's website and they currently stock a slightly newer model the Sanyo EM-S1567, which is very very similar to the EM-S1565 as you'd imagine, and it still costs £49.99.
Good old Argos!