Product Type: Tesco microwaves
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Advantages: Easy to use, not as big as it looks in the box, effective food heater
Disadvantages: Door a little stiff, and machine noisy
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
Summary: An entry level microwave at an entry level price
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