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      28.08.2012 19:16
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      Budget priced Microwave oven from Tesco.

      The Tesco MM8 microwave oven was a recent panic purchase I had to make when its predecessor winged its way to appliance heaven after failing to generate any heat and therefore leaving me with a steriliser full of babies bottles that had to be made baby-safe. Having only a limited budget available and not wanting or needing anything too fancy I chose the cheapest microwave on offer at my local Tesco's and parted with the £32.00 it was advertised for before rushing it home ready to put to use.

      It's as basic as they come for a Microwave oven truth be told, a white metal rectangular box with 2 dials and a door catch it certainly would never be mistaken for anything upper-end but for the price it costs it has proven itself to be a worthwhile if not uninspired buy. It's only a 700 watt microwave with a timer and power setting dial, on the plus side this makes it dead easy to use as it's as uncomplicated as they come but anyone who likes their gadgets and fancy kitchen appliances will find this lacking as it's purely a functional appliance rather than anything that's likely to wow the neighbours. The door release mechanism has a smooth action to it and when closed the door makes a reassuring 'click'. Both dials are easy to turn, clearly marked and easy to read whilst inside the microwave there is a simple glass turn table which sits ontop of a circular runner which turns when in operation.

      It's quite squat in design, big enough to hold a dinner plate or microwave meal carton and my Tommee Tippee steriliser just fits although I did think it was going to be too small when I took it out of its box and sat it on my kitchen worktop so I was relieved to discover that there was just enough room to hold my steriliser, the reason I bought it in the first place. 700 watts of power is quite pitiful when compared to other makes and models but it's sufficient for me and what I use the microwave for although others will want something a little more powerful I would imagine. Similarly the power levels are next to useless given the low wattage of the appliance although the defrost function is handy for any frozen bread and other than defrost and 'high' settings I don't bother with the other 3 power levels in between as they seem a little redundant and superfluous to me.

      As far as how the microwave performs when in operation I'd say it was fine, it's neither noisier or quieter than other microwave ovens I've used in the past and the turntable stops any hot spots from forming. I do find that condensation does form between the door and frame of the microwave which is a bit disconcerting and not something I've noticed from other microwave ovens but this is easily removed with a piece of kitchen roll although admittedly isn't ideal and definitely worth mentioning here.

      All in all the MM8 Tesco branded microwave oven is a low cost kitchen appliance which just about serves its purpose and would be ideal for either the student market or an elderly relative who just wants something quick and easy to use. In all honesty I bought mine in a panic and had I had more time I would have shopped around for something better as there are other sub-£40.00 microwave ovens available that offer a bit more for the money. It doesn't take much room up on a kitchen counter, the mains lead is of decent length that it doesn't have to be sat too close to a plug socket and it's non-offensive in appearance. It's easily cleaned, easy to use and as basic as they come but it's nothing to write home about and it's difficult to get too excited as far as writing a review about it goes.

      For £32.00 with a 12 month guarantee I'd say it's worth the money and other than the condensation issue I have no real complaints with mine Do be aware that it's not huge, it only has a 17 litre capacity with a 700 watt power output and measures around 26cm in height and 44cm in width and is unlikely to win any awards for its design. Anyone looking for a budget priced microwave could do a lot worse than this one although I do think there are better options available if you look around so 3 stars as a rating seems fair to me basing this on everything mentioned in this review.

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        27.03.2012 22:39
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        Good basic, inexpensive no-frills microwave

        I'm quite a regular microwave-user, using it mainly for porridge, hot drinks and defrosting and reheating meals that I've cooked in bulk and frozen in single portions. When my old model broke I decided to buy a small, inexpensive no-frills microwave, and eventually settled upon the Tesco Value MM08 model.

        The first thing that attracted me to this microwave was the price. As I only use mine for basic tasks, I wasn't particularly bothered about getting an expensive one with lots of fancy features, so at around £30 this was ideal. It currently retails for £32.96 at Tesco Direct where it can be bought online, but mine was purchased in my local Tesco superstore, making it very easy for me to get hold of.

        This is a very easy to use microwave. Unlike my old one, it doesn't have an LCD screen or any buttons to press, but instead it is controlled by two dials on the front of the unit. The top dial allows you to select the power level (there are five power levels, including a defrost setting) and the lower dial enables you to set the timer for cooking, up to a maximum of 35 minutes. Cooking with this model is, therefore, incredibly simple. The timer dial does annoy me slightly as it will only let you programme the microwave to cook items in incraments of one minute, whereas a lot of foods require heating for, say, a minute and a half. This does mean that I sometimes have to round up the cooking time to the next full minute and then hover around to ensure that my food doesn't overcook, but this isn't a massive deal for me.

        Unlike my old model which had a power output of 850 watts, this is a 700 watt microwave. However, as most packaged foods tend to include cooking instructions for various power levels, this hasn't presented a problem for me and if I'm cooking one of my own home-made meals I tend to just cook my food for a minute or so longer than I would have previously.

        In terms of aesthetics, this isn't the most sophisticated microwave in the world, being made of black and white plastic. However, I wouldn't say it looks nastily cheap and it blends into my kitchen rather than sticking out. It has a relatively small capacity (17 litres) which is ideal for me as I tend to only use mine for single portions of food and I have a small kitchen, but this is something to bear in mind if you tend to microwave large portions of food. I can't imagine many people use microwaves to cook three course meals or anything, but it's worth having a look at the capacity of this model before buying if you cook meals for large numbers of people in the microwave. Its small size makes it ideal for those who don't have a lot of space in their kitchens.

        Overall, I'd strongly recommend this model for those looking for a basic, small and inexpensive microwave.

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        30.01.2012 17:24
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        Good basic microwave

        I bought the Tesco MM08 microwave in October last year after my old microwave decided to pack in
        2 months after the years warranty run out. My previous microwave cost us around £120 so after that
        I decided I wasn't willing to pay a fortune to get 14 months out of it and as we had no need for a grill
        or oven feature I decided to buy the cheapest one I could find.

        If you are looking for something flashy to look great in your kitchen you might want to look elsewhere
        when it comes to looking cheap this has the market sown up! It's very basic looking just plain white
        plastic with a couple of dials and a black door there's no fancy touch buttons and not even a digital
        display so stylish is definitely not it's main attraction.

        On the plus side it's very easy to use there's no silly programming and no reaching for the instruction
        manual when you haven't used it for a while and can't remember how to set it. My other half is lazy
        when it comes to things like cookers or microwaves and despite owning the last one for 14 months
        he only ever managed to use it on auto cook but even he can manage to use this with no problems.
        I should point out he isn't stupid give him a new TV or DVD player and he will usually have it set up
        long before I'll manage it but unless he has an interest in it he can't be bothered to learn how to work
        it.

        The microwave is rated at 700 watts and comes with 5 power settings from defrost to high on one dial and the other dial sets the time. I've found that although it doesn't look as good as the old one did there's not much difference when it comes to cooking and although it isn't quite as fast as my old
        microwave there's not enough difference to warrant paying £90 more to save 30 seconds cooking
        time.

        Like most microwaves the defrost is pretty useless as it will usually start to cook the outside of the
        food before the inside is defrosted but it's no better or worse than any other microwave I've used in
        the past so I just avoid using it on defrost.

        The capacity on this is 17 litres but it does seem quite small inside compared to our old one which
        had a 20 litre capacity. The internal size doesn't cause too many problems except for occasionally
        when we use certain rice packets which supposedly should stand up during cooking but due to the
        height inside this they can't stand up or catch on the roof and fall over. This is a minor problem easily sorted by placing the packet in a bowl so it's leaning on the edge and can't spill or empty the contents intoa bowl. This doesn't take up much room at 44cm wide x 35 cm deep x 26cm high it is a lot less
        bulky than our previous microwave which has freed up some more room for random junk on the shelf.

        I never used to use microwaves much but lately due to myself and my other half working at
        different times I now try to cook and freeze meals when I'm off work so I now use the microwave
        for reheating dinners or heating up soup for myself at lunchtime so it now gets used almost daily.
        Despite the cheap price this does what I need it to do and I can't see myself buying another expensive model when this one dies.

        The Tesco MM08 costs £28 from Tesco's and is ideal if you just need a basic microwave and aren't too
        concerned about what it looks like.

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          21.11.2011 16:25
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          cooks well looks ok

          I have recently had my kitchen redecorated and I decided that it was time to upgrade my old microwave as it was quite large and bulky and taking up a lot of room on my kitchen side. So I decided to try and find a small compact microwave so that I could keep it on my kitchen side board without losing any more work space, but this was harder to find that I thought it would be.

          In looking around on what was on the market I found that microwaves had drastically moved on and that they were now microwave ovens and that they were capable of so much more, but this also meant that they were a lot larger than I had hoped. In looking into the prices they were also a lot more costly that my budget had allowed as I probably only use a microwave two to three times a week at most so did not want to spend a fortune. So this meant that I had to shop around and something that I had hoped to have on order in a few minutes turned out to a take the best part of a day.

          The microwave that I opted for in the end came from Tesco Direct and it was one of their own branded value items. It was the MM08 microwave and it had a 17 litre capacity, has 700 watt power and came in white with a black glass door. It is simple to use as it has five power settings, a defrost setting and an internal light. This microwave is 34.5 cm deep, 25.8cm high and 44cm wide so it is perfect for any kitchen side board.

          This microwave costs under £30 and the best thing is that you can also collect Tesco clubcard points on your purchase

          The advantages to this microwave is that it is simple to use as there are two dials one for the timer and the other is for the temperature control, all you have to do is set the microwave to the temperature that suits what your cooking and then adjust the timer and away you go.

          There is a disadvantage that I find to this microwave and this is that it does not look all that wonderful as opposed to other microwaves that I have seen, but with the small price tag I am not too sure if it is really something that I should be complaining about as it does a great job and does anything that any other standard microwave can do.

          If you are cooking a lot of items for under a minute this microwave only has a timer that goes in minutes, so if you have something that needs 30 seconds I find it easier to just stand and count otherwise you could over cook your item. But for any foods that take longer than a minute its brilliant.

          My Nan was recently after a microwave as her old one had given up and I also recommend this to her as it is ideal with it minimal buttons and no electronic screens there is nothing that can go wrong and it is easy for her to use.

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          02.10.2011 07:43
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          An entry level microwave at an entry level price

          I needed a new everything when I returned to the UK, and a microwave was no exception. However unlike various other gadgets and appliances, I find microwaves very simple to chose as they're not the sort of thing where special features matter. I want something I can use to nuke soup for a specified length of time but that's about it. So, when we were shopping in Tesco and saw this for around the £30 mark to get then and there, it went straight in the trolley. It is the current Tesco Value Microwave, and also marked with

          Though coming in a Tesco box and with a Tesco instruction leaflet, the microwave itself doesn't seem to be Tesco branded, perhaps because the people who make it also make the budget range ones for other shops. The box makes it look a lot bigger than it is as it is well padded and protected inside. The microwave itself looks just the same size as my old one, so is perhaps standard. It is nice and sleek, with a white and black design that would fit well into most kitchens and, crucially, doesn't attract fingerprints in quite the same way that metal finishes do.

          This is an easy microwave to set up. You simply remove the turntable and ring from the pack, peel of the sticky things holding them in place and reposition them inside the microwave. The turntable fits into groves in the rotor that's built into the base to keep it in place, and though it looks a little large, the door shuts fine when it's in place as it has an indent on the inside to accommodate it. There is a small insert on one side of the microwave inside which I initially thought was a piece of packing I needed to remove, but although you can ping it out, it's a cover that is supposed to stay inside when you're using the machine, so I slipped it straight back in.

          There are two dials on the front. One is to set the programme - from min to max via defrost, mid and a sort of higher-mid. To be honest I only tend to use the max or defrost settings as these meet all my needs, but the others are there should you have a use for them. The other dial is the timer. I have always had dial timers, not electronic ones, so I am used to them. This one is no different from the others, and though it can be hard to get it accurate if you only want it to run for a very short time, you can get round this by watching the clock yourself if it matters for what you are heating - I have never had problems with overcooking food in a microwave and if it's a bit cool when it comes out you can just nuke it a little longer. I'm in love with Tesco's bean soup and depending on how much attention I'm paying, it can end up going in for anything from 2 to 4 minutes, but I can't tell the difference when it comes out. For things like ready meals going in for 10 minutes or more it's much easier to get the timer accurate as you have more room to spin it round, and anyway one minute either way is a much smaller percentage time error.

          Below the two dials is a door release which is nice and big but quite tight - to get the door to open you really have to give it a good whallop, though luckily the microwave is sturdy so doesn't move. The door also needs a strong push to close it, otherwise it will swing back open though of course the microwave won't run unless the door is shut correctly. Thankfully it appears quite sturdy and well built so slamming it a few times a day doesn't seem to be doing it much harm, but I am more used to doors with handles you can pull to open, rather than buttons you have to ping.

          The microwave is easy to clean both inside and out because any spillages just wipe away easily as long as you don't leave them for months. You can easily remove the turntable for cleaning, but since it is glass and I am good at dropping things, I prefer to leave it in and wipe it clean in situ. I have not had any problems fitting my plate or bowl and a cover into the microwave, which of course helps cut down on cleaning time. Others have said it is a bit low and not everything fits, but I have not had this problem, and have also used lidded saucepans without issue.

          This microwave is audible without being excessively noisy. The finished 'ding' is loud and high, meaning you can hear it in other rooms, but the hum when it is in action is no worse than other versions and in a house that also runs an at times noisy fan oven and has a rather vocal fridge, it really doesn't stand out .

          It comes with a reasonably helpful instruction manual, though this focuses more on the concept of microwaving than this particular oven. However if you're new to the world of nuking it's worth a read as it tells you how to cover food, what materials can be used inside and even what setting to use to soften ice cream or melt butter (hint: they're not the same). There's also an interesting selection of foods listed with their relative cooking times - 6 types of fish feature along with 10 vegetables though you'll be stuck unless you like your aubergine peeled and diced, or your broccoli trimmed and sliced into spears. You also get genius guidance on how to check the thing is working: 'place a cup of water in the oven and heat it on full power for 2 minutes. If the water gets hot, the oven is working'. Who knew?

          Overall this is a simple to use basic microwave that offers exactly what I need. There are more expensive models that offer nothing more than this except a fancier brand name, and I really can't see them being worth the money. The few niggles I have such as dial accuracy wouldn't necessarily be resolved by spending an extra £10 - £20, and they're not something that are a deal breaker for me. This Tesco Value microwave is available online and in Tesco stores and comes with a 12 months guarantee though I expect mine to last much longer than that.


          BTW, it's because he preferred microwaves :-D

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            29.09.2011 03:55
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            Does what it says on the tin, great first house microwave with basic capabilities, reliable

            We replaced our old microwave to this sleek simple design as a result of Tesco Clubcard Exchange, we doubled up the family's clubcard vouchers instore to spend on this 700W microwave and a Breville kettle. This microwave is a simple dual dialled design, perfectly suited to those who, like us, don't use a microwave as a main cooking method. We use our microwave for occasional ready-meals and to reheat leftovers for a quick snack.

            We were attracted to this microwave as there aren't a number of confusing digital cooking settings to choose from, although we do tend to use a separate timing method (such as counting seconds on the clock!) as we aren't convinced that the dial for timing is accurate, but microwave cooking is a very imprecise science in our house so we might just have to regard the power instructions more carefully on packaging in future! It's modern no-frills black and white design allows it to easily fit in with the rest of the kitchen, is easy to keep clean with it's removable rotating glass plate and due to it's relatively small size (17L) it doesn't take up room in the kitchen, we have ours on a butchers block which keeps it out of the way.

            The MM08 microwave has 5 power settings and a defrost function (although we're guilty of always using high power and just changing the duration we leave an item in for), it is currently sold online on Tesco Direct at £26.99 and earns you double clubcard points as well. After checking availability, it is currently out of stock online - must be a popular choice!

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              02.09.2011 00:35
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              Great for the price, can't complain

              Since living where I do this is my second microwave, the first unfortunately suffered an accidental metal insertion incident, I won't bore you with the gory details, but still I needed a new one and this was it. I couldn't afford another 'posh' one so this Tesco model seemed a effortless decision. Microwaves are often between £50 and £100 in my experience so this for £30 seemed a winner.

              DESIGN, The Tesco MM08 Value Microwave is a rather non-modern looking white with a black screen on the front. It's dimensions are 44cm, 34cm and 26cm (W,D,H) so not the most bulky or spacious microwave, perfect for me. It has 2 dials, a power dial (1-5 and defrost) and a time dial, both are sturdy and easy to use..nice and simple, no engineering degree required. Below the dials is the door release button that packs quite a punch. Inside the unit is the same white as the outside making it easy to see and clean dirt. The glass plate that spins to allow even cooking is removable and dishwasher safe, always a bonus. The power cable is a decent length, I can't imagine it being a problem for anyone. The whole thing feels very sturdy, the door, the buttons and the body itself.

              DAY-TO-DAY, I often use this microwave and enjoy doing so, this is not to say that I don't prefer 'properly' cooked food, because I do, but it does its job very well. The manufacturing material is such that if you get any food on it, which I often do, then it is easy to clean. The amount of time it takes to cook food is similar to anything I have experienced from microwaves that both cost a lot more than this one and claim to both sing and dance. It is a microwave that works!

              RELIABILITY, I have owned this microwave for 4 months and to date have not experienced any problems. It al feels very sturdy even after quite a lot of use so I'm confident it will continue its reliability.

              IN SUMMARY, I am very happy that I have had my £30's worth out of this microwave. It cooks food which is after all why we buy microwaves and it doesn't look too bad either. It has a decent enough capacity without being a space stealer. The time dial is sometimes hard to get on an exact time and the door is a little powerful but these are things i'm willing to live with for the price. It doesn't tell you the time but that is what a clock is for and for the saving you make compared to a 'branded' microwave you can buy one and still be in the black.

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                11.03.2011 15:14
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                A cheap product that copes with basic tasks.

                We bought one of these microwaves recently, after our last one died. At the time it was on offer, but they are currently priced £32.96. As a busy family it is used frequently, and has so far coped with it.
                The apperance of it is simple and boring really. Its solid white colour, with a black tinted glass. There's 2 dials that you turn to operate, no digital stuff on this microwave so it is simple to use. The top one gives you the option of 5 power levels, including a defrost one, whilst the bottom one controls the time. Due to the time setting being a dial, it can be hard to put in an accurate time. I've also found that occasionally, the microwave will stop a bit before it gets to 0, about 15 seconds maybe, so you sometimes have to compensate for that. There is also a realease button below, to open the door.
                The microwave measures 44cm wide, 25.8cm heigh and 34.5cm deep. This means its quite a small microwave, that can easily be placed anywhere in the kitchen, without taking up to much room. The inside of the microwave is again white, and is easily cleaned with a damp cloth. There is a glass plate inside, which rotates when in use, this is easily removed and can be placed in a dishwasher. I've noticed that it seems a tad smaller than my old one, but nothing major.
                Overall I think this is an adaquete product, that falls into the realm's of 'you get what you pay for'.As a cheap microwave, it does the job perfectly, but don't expect anything special from it.

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                Great value mircowave, probably most suited to single person or infrequent user

                I have been using the microwave for the past 6 weeks since I moved into my new flat and have to say it does a great job. The microwave is part of Tesco's value range and I think it's a steal for just under £30. Ok, so it doesn't look great, it is white in colour and have two analogue knobs on the front - no swanky digital stuff here. However, for me a microwave is more substance over style. It is a 700W rated microwave and heats up your food in no time. It has one of those rotating glass plates, which seems standard in all modern microwave and you can adjust time accordingly. The only real downside of this mcrowave, apart from the styling aspects, is the analogue knob used for setting the time isn't greatly accurate and it's a bit fiddly trying to set the timer to anything under 1 or 2 minutes. There is also a knob which allows you to adjust your power settings, which again is a fairly standard thing for your modern microwave. It's hard to complain and you know what you're getting for £30 though! This is a great wee microwave, probably suited to a couple or a family who heats the odd bowl of soup or starts off a baked potato before finishing it in the oven type of microwave.

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                Value for money cooker

                There was a time when the common-or-garden microwave was an expensive item, owned by the elite and bought for an incredibly high price - how times have changed! Today, a microwave is seen as a basic kitchen appliance which is found in over 90% of all households in the UK. Tesco sell a range of microwaves, with their cheapest being the £29 'Value' MM08.


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                The microwave is a relatively small model at 44 x 34 x 26 cms, and has an internal capacity of seventeen litres. In terms of its appearance, the MMO8 is pleasant enough, but there's no getting away from the fact that it does look like a budget model. The body itself is constructed from a thin white metal, whilst the door is predominantly black and plastic. The front of the microwave features two plastic dials - the top one controls the power settings ('min', 'defrost', 'mid', 'mid / max', and 'max'), whilst the bottom dial allows you to select the cooking time. In use, these controllers feel fairly flimsy, and it's actually very difficult to be accurate with the lower timer dial. The door is opened via a white button located on the bottom right of the appliance which is easy to press, and is closed again via a firm manual push. Inside, food can be placed on a transparent internal plate which rotates and can be removed for cleaning. The microwave's wattage is rated at 700, which is powerful enough for everything that I need the appliance for.


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                When in use, the MMO8 features an internal light which allows you to check the progress of whatever you are cooking. When the allotted cooking time is up, the microwave emits an old-school 'ping' which is loud enough to hear in an adjoining room. Whilst cooking, the microwave is fairly quiet, although it is probably louder than some of the more expensive models on the market. As it's a basic model, the microwave is definitely lacking in features, and things like a keep warm function, auto cook, and a child safety lock, are all but lacking. In use, I have found the microwave to cook all manner of items in an effective manner, and I have no issues to report on the full power mode (which I mainly use). That said, the defrost setting is a bit of a mixed bag - sometimes it's very effective, and other times it isn't - 'hit and miss' is probably the best phrase to use. The power cable is of sufficient length to allow the microwave to be placed up to a metre away from the plug socket and the device itself is fairly light and easy to transport.


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                If it's a simple microwave that you're after then the Tesco MMO8 will suit your needs perfectly - it's an effective model which will cook your food without any fuss. I would say that the device is perfect suited to an elderly user who may get confused with the numerous devices on the market which feature excessive settings. All in all, for under £30, the appliance is very good value for money, and highly recommended.

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                  12.08.2010 17:44
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                  Good basic microwave, good value for money.

                  When I moved into my most recent flat, for some reason the microwave which we had had for about 8 years previously did not survive the move, we reckon it got bashed at some point and it was digital, it never recovered. So - on a budget I headed straight to Tesco Express and picked up this basic model.

                  At the time (around a year ago) I paid £25 for it, although I believe it is now nearer the £30 mark. Either way this seems quite good value for what you get.

                  The microwave is white with two dials on the right hand side at the front and a button to open the door. The inside is also white with a pyrex style removable plate which rotates on a wheel and bracket system.

                  The wattage on the model I have is 750watt and to be honest this seems perfectly adequate. Whilst not the highest wattage you can get it never really seems to make that much difference to cooking times.

                  The top of the two dials controls the level which is a little vague to be honest, ranging from 'defrost' through low to high. I tend to just keep it on the high level and occasionally use the defrost function. The bottom dial is the timer which is a simple twist mechanism whereby you turn it to the time you want.

                  This microwave funtions perfectly well at a basic level, however, there are a couple of problems with it which justify the 'basic' tag attached to it.

                  Firstly the timer dial is very inaccurate. On mine the dial actually always pings with just under a minute left (according to the numbering above), I have just got used to this and always add an extra minute on to what I am cooking, it does make me wonder how accurate the timer in general is though.

                  Secondly - the defrost funtion you have to watch like a hawk, it is very easy to veer between slightly warmed frozen chicken breast and cooked solid round the outside like an old boot chicken breast.

                  I also find that the space inside seems smaller than my old microwave, for instance it is not deep enough for me to stand one of my pyrex jugs in and some mixing bowls will not rotate because they are too wide.

                  However, this model is easy to clean, easy to use and in general does the job as a back up - we do not tend to eat microwave meals as such but use it for reheating leftovers and warming milk etc, for this it is perfectly acceptable and pretty good value at less than £30.

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                    A bargain microwave from the Tesco Value range.

                    When I first moved into my house I coped absolutely fine for over six months without a microwave and think in that whole time there were only a couple of occasions when I actually needed to use one. My parents have quite a hi-tech microwave and they seem to use it about once a month so I'd never really felt the need to buy one. However when my auntie offered to buy me a rather belated house warming present she suggested something for the kitchen... no matter how many times I suggested my house would actually love a pair of brown boots! In the end we agreed on a microwave, even though it didn't resemble the brown boots I wanted one bit!

                    We ended up buying a microwave from Tesco, despite her offering to buy me a much more expensive one I selected the Tesco MM08 Value Microwave which is part of their budget range. As I didn't really have any intention of using it that often I didn't see the point in spending a small fortune on one and was more than happy with the budget option. The MM08 Value Microwave is white in colour with a black window on the door; it does look a little old fashioned and not quite as stylish as other microwaves on the market. It's 44cm in width, 34cm in depth and 26cm in height making it quite compact and small which means it easily fits into a kitchen.

                    The right hand side of the front of the microwave has two dials on, the top one shows the five power settings including a defrost option for frozen foods while the bottom one allows you to set the time on the microwave. The dials are really easy to move and the only issue I've found is that when you're setting the time dial it's not always the most exact, for example if you want to cook something for three and a half minutes you have to estimate where to align the dial. Below the two dials is a button which allows you to release the microwave door, it does spring open quite forcefully so be sure not to place any food in front of the door when you go to open it!

                    The inside of the microwave is white which does mean it will show up any splashed food but it's quite simple to just wipe it down with a damp cloth. There's a glass plate inside the microwave which spins around when the microwave is on, it can also be removed and is safe to go in the dishwasher too. There's an internal light which comes on when the door is opened or when the microwave is on. Apparently the microwave has a capacity of 17 litres but to me it just seems a little smaller than a standard one. I've been able to microwave four jacket potatoes and a large dish of casserole in there quite easily so the fact it's a little smaller hasn't been an issue.

                    This is arguably quite a simple microwave yet it does the job just as well as any other hi-tech one in my opinion. The only downside is the timer which has to be set manually and therefore isn't as exact as when setting a digital timer unfortunately. It's classed as a B in terms of energy efficiency which shows it's quite a low energy product if you're going to use it frequently or for long periods of time. This microwave is currently priced at £29.96 in Tesco stores which seems to be a very reasonable price for a microwave, after doing a little browsing online today I've seen ones for a few hundred! Four stars from me... very simple but does the job just fine.

                    Thanks for reading.

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                    Short name: Tesco MM08