Product Type: Sharp microwaves
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Blast that food!
Member Name: paulm99
Advantages: Simple to use, nice design, powerful
Disadvantages: Bulky, not enough options on the buttons,
The Sharp R269 is an 800w microwave with a 22 litre capacity. It is available in silver or black, I have the black model. There are three main settings - Auto Cook (1 Jacket Potatoes, 2 Rice/Pasta 3 Fresh Vegetables), Express Cook (Roast Beef/Lamb, Roast Pork, Roast Poultry) and Express Defrost (Meat Joint, Whole Poultry, Chicken Quarters). It also has 5 power settings. The size is 46cm wide, 28cm high and 35cm deep. It has a push button door.
I have owned this microwave for over a year now. It is described as mid size and although I can't admit to knowing exactly what constitutes mid size for a microwave I would say that it is definitely no bigger than that. It will just about fit a normal sized round dinner plate (width) or a 500ml jug (height). At 800w it feels powerful enough, reheating a plate of food in a couple of minutes or cooking a jacket potato in under 10.
I feel that the options available are very simple and therefore I often have to revert back to the manual when I want to use it for something different such as frozen fish. However this does help if you want to cook a quick jacket potato or defrost some chicken. When using the microwave it asks you to input the weight of the food and it will then calculate the time that is needed to cook it for. This is a very helpful option but I have found on occasions it does defrost for longer than needed so you still need to keep checking it.
The design is quite nice if a bit chunky and it will take up a good corner of your kitchen. The push button door is easy to use but may be more of a struggle for an elderly person.
If you mainly use a microwave for reheating plates of food or simple items like beans then this will do everything you want it to. However, if you use it on a more regular basis for lots of different foods and larger containers then you will probably want to look elsewhere.
Summary: Good for simple reheating and defrosting
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