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Sanyo EM-S1567 - a reliable microwave if you can get your hands on one!
Member Name: karlsm93
Advantages: Reliable, easy to use
Disadvantages: Rubber under turntable not good quality
Our Sanyo microwave is silver grey in colour and slots well into the corner of our kitchen on the workshelf, so it is a good size microwave. This is a 800w microwave in terms of power, with a 230V power course, and a 20L oven capacity. In regards to its dimensions it measures 45.8 cm by 35.5 cm by 29.5 cm.
Like most microwaves this product comes with a turntable to place the food on, which can easily by washed to be kept clean. The turntable sits until a 'roller rest' however this is where there is a slight downside to the product, as the rubber ring that sits under the turntable and helps it move looks a bit flimsy in my opinion, and doesn't quite fit in with the rest of the quality of the product, however in saying that, I haven't had any problem with this, and the turntable has always worked fine. Just a minor gripe.
On the right side of the microwave door is the display panel. Underneath the display part, there is an 'auto cook menu' giving you six extra cooking options : Baked Potato, Drink, Popcorn, Frozen Meal, Pizza and reheat. I will be honest and say that after almost 5 years, I have only ever used the drink button, simply because I either don't eat/cook the other items or wouldn't use a microwave for these. The drink function is very useful however, as after you select the button you can press for how many drinks you want to heat. I use this button to heat milky coffee for my husband and I, and press 2 and it heats the mugs to the perfect temperature.
Below these six functions are six more buttons: Power, Kitchen Timer, Cook Time, Weight Cook, Weight Defrost and Speed Defrost. As I said at the beginning, I was looking for a simple microwave that cooks/heats/defrosts food and so again, I only make use of the weight cook and the weight defrost buttons when I am thawing meat or bread. To keep myself right however, I always refer back to the manual that comes with the microwave, especially when it comes to defrosting meat, and it has always worked perfectly. This has been a blessing when, for example, I have forgotten to leave out chicken to defrost and realise just before starting the dinner that the meat I wanted to use is still in the freezer frozen solid.
Below these buttons on the panel are the numbers to press for the time, as well as a clock button and reset button. The reset button is one that you will use EVERYTIME. In fact, you have to press the reset button everytime you want to use the microwave and press in a time, this button must be pressed first. It can take a little getting used to, but I now do it without even thinking. I don't actually use the clock button, for the simple reason that I try to conserve electricity by not leaving the microwave on standby when it isn't in use. For those that don't worry about such things, then this is a good addition, so you can get the up to date time quickly.
In regards to noise, I wouldn't consider this microwave to be noisy. Yes, there is obviously some noise, but if I left the room I could no longer hear it. When the cooking time has ended the microwave gives three loud beeps, which I can hear if I am outside the room, although not too far away, which is useful.
In terms of ease of use, I hardly ever had to look the instruction manual when we got this microwave and the only reason I may consult it from time to time is when I want to check defrosting times for weights of meats.
I have had this microwave for almost 5 years now, and have never (touch wood!) had any problems with it. It has always worked well at reheating/cooking/defrosting which is all I want from a microwave. At the price that Argos were charging at the time, this is an excellent value for money long lasting and reliable microwave. The only other negative bar my minor gripe about the rubber under the turntable is that this microwave is now quite difficult to source, as obviously there are newer versions on the market, however if you are lucky enough to pick up one you will have a long lasting microwave!
Summary: A very good reliable and quality microwave
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