Product Type: Sharp microwaves
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Sharp R270WM Solo Microwave
Member Name: ally_kats_mama
Sharp R270WM Solo Microwave
Advantages: Stylish to look at, modern
Disadvantages: No clock, doesn't heat food enough, plates comes off the wheels
I was pretty shocked when I was in the middle of microwaving a ready meal and I saw flames flashing from it (and no I hadn't put foil in there!) and that was the demise of our microwave which we have had for quite a while. After going all over the place looking for a decent priced microwave we eventually found this one in Argos priced at £64.99.
Firstly - it comes in a huge box! I know mircowaves are big but I felt the packaging on this one was absolutely ridiculous! The box has a picture of the microwave on it and "Sharp" in their font. It is also pretty heavy! Once you get the box open you are greeted with lots of polysteryne and plastic. You also receive an instruction booklet. Once through all the "rubbish" you get inside you do eventually find this very compact microwave.
My microwave is the exact same model as the one above but mine is silver. You can also get it in white and black (as pictured). It is a really nice microwave to look at. It looks stylish and fits into our modern kitchen perfectly. The microwave is 800w and has a 20L capacity. It also boasts the following features: ten power levels, various cooking menus mean 8 auto-cook, 3 express cook and 3 express defrost functions. It has a touch control panel.
The mircowave has a little button you press to open the door and the interior of the microwave lights up when this door is open. When it has finished cooking your food, it also makes a loud "ding" noise which repeats four or five times. It then repeats this after a few minutes if you have not removed your food which is great if you haven't heard it the first time or you have just forgotten! It also has a solid glass microwaveable plate.
Sadly, there are a good few things I am not keen on with this microwave and I always feel it doesn't live up to the standard our old microwave set. Firstly to set the required time for your meal or whatever it is you are cooking in the microwave there are only three options - 10 minutes, 1 minute and 10 seconds. There is no number pad. So if you wanted to cook something for 2 minutes and 25 seconds. It is is either 20 seconds or 30 seconds. It is a little frustrating.
Next, we have had this mircowave 5 months and on the touchpad the plastic is started to rub and crinkle up. At first I thought we had missed a protective film but it isn't; thus making the microwave look tatty despite it being only 5 months old and not having had much use.
Also the microwave is 800w. My previous microwave was also an 800w and it seemed to make food much hotter. This microwave just doesn't seem as pwerful and I reall am unsure why. I have got it on the highest power setting you can have it on and it doesn't make any difference at all.
The microwaveable plate always comes off its wheels, regardless of what you have in the microwave which is very annoying. Sometimes it does this mid cooking so you have to stop the microwave and place it back on.
It doesn't have a clock! This annoyed me no end as on the box it gives the impression that it does actually have a clock. It even has a page in the instruction manual on how to set the clock and then in small print at the bottom says "This model does not have a clock" - what is the point in putting it in the instruction manual?! I find it odd when I look at the LCD panel and it is dark with no clock.
Overall, I am really disappointed with this microwave. It just doesn't live up to the expectations I had of it. I wish I had taken it back to exchange it now but it is too late. I would really avoid this model and look for something else.
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