Terrible pun I know, but there's only so much you can do with so many Sharp product names. Until I decided to review my microwave I hadn't really noticed the make or model, I just knew I'd bought it about five or six years ago and paid about £50 at the time for it at Comet. Although this is called a Compact microwave I find it's only the outer that's compact, there is plenty of room inside for my needs. At the time of purchase my other model had got rusty and I thought if I was going to pay good money for a new one then it would suit me, not fashion. That meant looking around for a unit that would have a dial rather than a touch-pad design. I'd used one of these in work and found I was always making mistakes since there was far too much choice.
My model is a nice clean looking white outer with a black front panel and lights up inside when it's on. With some of the same colour fronts I had to keep checking to make sure it was working, I'm a bit of a technophobe with anything electric. It might be basic but it has five different heating settings which I find I use quite a lot and at just the turn of a dial instead of working out mathematical equations to calculate the cooking or heating time. The top dial controls the heat and the bottom dial controls the timer, which is a generous 30 minutes. It's been years since I last had a booklet to look at so I'm presuming it's possible to cook something in the oven, since few things require 30-minute settings.
The heat settings are these; - Low, medium low/defrost, medium, medium high and high. I tend to use the defrost settings frequently if I forget to take something out of the freezer and I've never had a problem with it. Sometimes I need to turn it up to medium just to make sure the food is completely defrosted. I use the medium setting to bake potatoes or to re heat a cup of coffee that's been left to cool. Medium high is another I use a lot especially when I'm using a special microwave dish that's designed for cooking bacon, fish and chicken breasts. I rarely use the low settings as it takes too long and I've only occasionally used high where a recipe or frozen meal calls for the setting.
The dial is a godsend for me as apart from having full control over the heating, I'm a bit forgetful as I get older and by using the timer dial as well I know exactly how long I've set it for. I'm sure that other makes do this, but the physical sense of using the dial jogs my memory and, of course, it 'pings' when finished. I don't need to use my reading glasses to see the settings either, another bonus for me.
The timer dial is in increments of 5 going up to 30 and the spacing are clear enough to set for a minute, just right for liquids which can boil over if not watched carefully. If you think that's obvious remember when you first tried it? A friend of mine can't even boil an egg, let alone microwave a cuppa.
Since I live on my own I use my microwave a good deal, even if it's just for defrosting pre-cooked meals, but I do freeze a lot of my own things e.g. Cottage pie, curry, stews, pureed apple, minced beef, and anything else that's possible to freeze. Baked potatoes are better health wise than mash or roast potatoes so I eat a lot of these with toppings of beans, oily fish, Soya cheese, curry sauce and anything else.
The only thing that let's this down is the energy rating, which is a B. Once again, I'm not sure how this rates alongside others as it's an old model and I don't have the instruction booklet. My Fridge/freezer is an A and also my cooker, although these are newer models.
Size wise this is standard, measuring 28x45x32.cm. The circular cooking plate is sturdy and sits well on firm base with plastic type rollers providing good even movement during cooking. It's rare for it to come off when in use, a thing that annoyed me with my old one.
I'd recommend this as a good buy for someone living alone who doesn't require anything technical and prefers a basic model that's much less likely to break down. By using some gadgets to aid cooking and browning I use my main cooker less and I can get a meal for one on the table in less than ten minutes. I can also buy in bulk, savings money and allowing myself some treats I couldn't otherwise afford, such as prawns and Christmas puddings. (Not together of course).
Whether or not you can still buy one of these is a bit of a challenge. Although not that old, I'm finding it hard to price it online, so maybe dials are becoming things of the past. I suppose that's progress, but I'd like to think you can still buy them.
Thanks for reading.
The Sharp R-206 is a functional and easy to use household appliance. It's sheek design, and simple layout make it a perfect microwave for daily and uncomplicated use.
This Sharp microwave has two distinctive dials that allow you to operate it with ease. The smaller dial at the top is the cooking control with five different settings, which are: Low, Med Low(defrost), Med, Med High and High Cook. This is all good and very easy to use. You probably don't even need instructions for this, as it's so simple!
The lower dial allows you to set the time, which can go up to 30 minutes cooking or defrosting. When the time is up, the microwave will let out a happy little "ping", which is easy to hear if you are in the other room.
The Sharp R-206 is pretty basic and does not have any special features, other than carrying out simple functions like defrost and cook. That's it, no grilling or anything fancy, it's all you need.
This microwave's appearance is aesthetically pleasing, with a shiny finish and smooth contours. The black and silver colouring allows it to blend into any modern kitchen, with plenty of style and attitude(!). You won't be disappointed with your Sharp R-206 when you take it out of it's packaging, you would be pleased that it isn't cheap looking, even though it probably was cheap.
This is a great kitchen appliance that is suitable for even the most unintelligent of human kind to use daily, because of it's simple to use controls and moderate appearance. The price is good for what it has to offer, and it doesn't make any annoying bleeping noises. It will only hum whilst in the cooking or defrosting process, or it will "ping" when it tells you that your quality, yet soggy dish is ready to be taken out of the microwave.
So yes, it's not bad at all, it offers good things and I like it.
Compact Touch Control Microwave Oven with Express Cook and Express Defrost Programme-Compact Touch Control Microwave Oven 800W Output (IEC60705) 20 Litre Painted Interior Express Cook/Express / Short name: Sharp R-206