This was one of my "budget" purchases when our old one failed and we had little cash, however I have not been disappointed.
As I say it was not the most expensive, but unless you are the sort of cook that likes to do a whole roast dinner or wedding cake in your microwave (can you tell I am not big into cooking?), this is a sound machine.
Easy to use controls and clear display
Door opens nicely - have had one before where the door was so stiff you almost pulled the unit off the worktop or spilt your food inside.
Easy to clean - nice wipedown surfaces, everything inside can go in dishwasher after explosions.
Easy to see stuff cooking - some have such opaque screens you have to keep opening up to look, but this one is OK.
Beep is piercing and actually frightens me at times! However, you won't miss it.
Defrost function is a bit complicated - you have to work out how much something weighs - what you would expect from an "entry level" machine I guess.
Overall, a good machine that has not let us down yet.
In my house the microwave is seen as one of the essential appliances within the kitchen.. however bad this may sound that is a fact that cannot be helped :) So when a couple of months ago the microwave made its last ping I knew I had to replace it as soon as I could before everyone could complain about it.
Now normally I dont spend much on the microwaves I buy normally about £20-£30 and normally within somewhere like sainsburys or tescos where you can pick one up easily. However I thought I'd better get one a bit more expensive in the hope that it would last a lot longer then the other one. I brought this microwave from currys at £70 the chrome finish looks especially nice in my kitchen as it goes with the rest of my appliances, I found I didnt even need to read the instructions on how to set it up and start using it as it is so self-explanatory from the buttons. Its a great microwave that gets foods cooked very easily and quickly, would recommend to anyone to spend that little bit of extra money as in this case money does give you quality.
A microwave is something that is seen as standard in most houses these days, in the same way that you would be surprised to see a kitchen without a washing machine in the past, I think a household without a microwave is a minority these days.
We were however, one of those households, not from my part but from others who deemed them not necessary. However, when last year, the oven broke, we knew we needed something to do hot food.
And so it was on the recommendation of Which magazine that we got this microwave. I imagine that a newer model has been released by now but I am sure that with a bit of searching you would still be able to get this, either from Amazon or maybe from end of lines from places like Comet where this was originally purchased for around £80.
I am well aware that you can get microwaves from as little as £20 but they tend not to be so reliable so I feel that it's worth spending a bit more on something that you can trust.
First to the looks of the microwave and the obvious word to me is very smart. It is a stainless steel model and would like right at home in any modern kitchen. Some cheaper microwaves can look kind of cheap and plasticy but this looks solid and dependable. The door opens to the left. It's quite heavy and you need to be quite firm with it to close it, I've tried to 'bat' it closed before and it just sprang back on me and almost knocked my food to the floor.
The panel on the side of the machine has the normal buttons. At the top is a digital display which counts down the cooking time remaining in clear blue numbers. When it's waiting to be programmed, it says 0 but after a bit of inaction, it turns itself off, very green.
There are settings for Auto Cook, Auto Defrost and normal cooking. You can choose to change the power level of cooking, say if you just want to warm something rather than heat/cook it by altering the power level, it defaults to 100W, i.e. full power each time, so you would have to change it each time you wanted it changed.
One of the most annoying things is microwaves with analogue time wheels. When you're doing something like heating mini pancakes, a 20 second job, you need it to be precise. With a digital wheel you can be, as this will count up in 10 seconds, then after 5 mins, it counts up in 30 second intervals and then after 10 minutes it counts in whole minutes. Simply spin the wheel to get the time you want, the faster you spin, the faster and higher the time increases.
Inside it's pretty standard, there's the 'prongs', then a good size plate. I have yet to have the plate unlevel itself and come of the prongs unlike other ones I have used which is good because that can lead to the food spilling out all over the microwave which is such a mess to clean. As with all microwaves, it does get a bit messy but a soapy cloth and then a wet cloth to finish and leaving the door open to dry sorts that out.
I am yet to have issues with cooking food, at 800W model, it's not slow and cooks evenly. Everything I have done so far, and that's quite a bit, has come out as it should, i.e hot and cooked all through right the way down and around.
So far, so good...
800Watts Touch Control Stainless Steel