Recently I moved in with my other half and although she can cook, I really can't. In fact if it wasn't for her I'd be living on soup, bacon sandwiches and beans on toast. Sadly however I have a pretty unique sleep pattern and she can't always be available at 3AM to make her delightful curries. My grandparents, knowing my cooking abilities, gave us an early Christmas present, a new Tesco MT08 Digital Microwave, meaning that , even at 3AM I can eat!
The microwave, coming in simply black and white looks the part of a cheap microwave, there is no pretence here of it being a high quality item expected to be able to last a life time or being able to do some of the things a high price microwave does. However it suits our kitchen which already had a white kettle, a white toaster, a white fridge and a (broken) white washing machine. So in terms of looks it's sort of what you expect, simple but it's a microwave, not a picture.
In the box is a microwave (yes stating the obvious) and the instructions, though being a guy I sort of skipped the instructions and just realised it's controls were very similar to my mothers microwave and as a result very simple. If you need the instructions you can use them, though I've hardly looked at them knowing how it works anyway. There is only 5 buttons on the machine "Power", "Auto Defrost", "Clock", "Start/Quick Start" and "Stop/cancel" along with a wheel which allows you to set the time, power and defrost weights all very straight forward.
In terms of it's size it apparently holds 17 litres which looking around does seem rather small with many being 28 litres or even 38 litres (who needs to microwave something that large?). Though saying that it does fit in our biggest plates meaning we can microwave any left over meals, as we recently did with some kebabs after a long night. Though I imagine if our plates were any bigger we may struggle to get them to rotate properly on the spinning plate thing.
Whilst it's size may be an issue to some people, it's certainly not the issue that has bugger myself, instead it's the power, or rather lack of that has bugged me. It's only 700 watt which is, in all honesty very poor. Due to the relative lack of power it's struggled to warm some things properly. It did the kebabs perfectly fine, however it's made having things like Horlicks (heated milk in the microwave) incredibly annoying as it simply doesn't heat the milk properly and microwave burgers (Rustlers) can also be temperamental.
After a quick look on Tesco's website the microwave costs around £40 which is I guess what's to be expected of a relatively limited microwave. Whilst it's limited (in both size and power) I think personally, it'll do someone like me fine overall. It's not got the features like a grill that some more pricey microwaves have got, it's not big and it's not powerful, but it does tend to get the job done...even if you do need to whack an extra few seconds on here and there. As long as you get used to tacking on a bit of extra time, you'll find this to be an acceptable, but cheap microwave.
Energy efficiency B
Power levels 5
Size 258 x 440 x 345 (all mm)
I bought this microwave from Tesco as I was in desperate need after blowing my previous one up. I didn't have much money, and wanted something quick, so really just went for the cheapest I could find that looked decent. Before buying, I was not really bothered about features or power levels, and it was really a blind buy.
For less than Forty pounds, it's quite a decent little cooker. 700 watts seems like a reasonable power, my last microwave being 800, I don't really notice the difference.
It's a basic white microwave, with a glass turntable, glass panelled door and touch pad controls. Clear instructions are included that do have quite a lot of information for cooking and trouble shooting, but as it's a microwave that I just use for heating, the instructions are not overly important to me.
There is a dial to change the power settings, and the cook time and start stop functions are controlled with the touch pad, which has a digital display and countdown timer.
You can cook on several different power settings, even down to ten per cent, but I can't understand why you would want to microwave something at such low power. If I were to be slow cooking, I would not be using a microwave oven. This function is a little bit pointless as I use a microwave to zap food until it's hot, not really 'cook' using it.
There is a lock function on the microwave to stop children from using it, but as I have my microwave on a kitchen worktop and not on the floor in a playroom, I have never used the child lock function.
Cooking is easy, I just pop in my microwave curry, press the time button for three minutes and then press start. There are lots of different functions, such as time delay cooking and auto start cooking, but I have never used these beyond checking them out when originally setting the microwave up. I am still a bit dubious about microwave cooking and would prefer to use an oven for things such as timed cooking and slow cooking. It has an interior light which allows me to see how the food is doing.
I have used the defrost function, but I always find that when defrosting a large piece of meat, the meat tends to get slightly cooked on the outside. It could be that I have not perfected the art of microwave defrosting, but I can never seem to get it right with this oven. I never seemed to have that problem with my previous one.
I can fit a dinner plate in, but I do find that the capacity is a bit small. When I put something larger in, such as a big microwave meal pot, or a large joint to defrost, I sometimes find it being too large to turn fully, getting caught on the sides and the plate spinning beneath it without actually turning the food. It has a 17 litre capacity, but this does not mean too much to me as I don't normally eat my food by the litre. It could have done with being a little bit bigger internally, but I suppose you get what you pay for.
The microwave is a little noisy; the fan seems to be the loudest bit, followed by the sound of the plate dinking on the runner as it goes round. It's not super loud, but it does not seem to have as much sound proofing as my previous microwave which was a Siemens. It could be that the construction of this unit is not as solid.
It does the job for the money, but if you are an appliance connoisseur or are intending to put this into a stylish kitchen then I would look elsewhere. If you just want to heat up food, then buy one. It would be good for a student or someone away from home needing a cheap cooker.
Paying only fourty pounds seemed sort of impossible to me, so I checked the price tag twice before it dawned on me, that good looking microwave at Tesco did really only cost 39.99, and I therefore didn`t hesitate whatsoever giving it a try, as I figured that I couldn`t expect a miracle for so little money... But I`ve now owned and used this microwave for several months, and I have to say that I really love it, it`s easy to use and looks nice in my kitchen!
The premise of the microwave is very basic, this is a 700 w microwave, and when opening the door to it, you`ll see a turntable made out of glass, as with many microwaves these days... This interior is very easy to wash, I simply use a wet cloth and wipe over all surfaces, and at times, when the need for it occurs, I use Jif and lemon juice to remove stains and spots... There is one main knob controlling the power of the microwave, and you can choose between 10, 30, 50, 80 and 100 % power, depending upon the job you want it do, whether it`s popping popcorn or defrosting pitapockets... This microwave allows you to defrost all types of food and prepare large meals, there are several settings perfected for your line of use, and after having read the instruction book, that by the way is very easy to understand and learn from, you will have no problem getting to know which settings suits your use best. In terms of it being noisy, quite simply, it`s not! When beeping that it`s ready, it could actually benefit from being a bit louder, and when running normally, it doesn`t make a lot of sound, another great advantage! There aren`t really any disadvantages for me to mention in regards of this product, as for 39.99 you can`t expect the world`s best microwave, but you do get a really good microwave, a product that looks nice and classic, does all jobs easily and quick and won`t leave you broke!
Yet another housewarming gift from my kind family.
I have quite a few tescos electrical items and have yet to be disappointed, the reason i like them
is they are very cheap and very reliable. The tacos touch microwave is no different, i have had it
just under a year now and use it 2-3 times a day.
The tesco mt08 costs only £35.00
It is just a basic microwave with a touch screen pad and in white, i would have preferred the black
but as it was a gift i had no choice in that case.
The microwave is a 700 watt and has a 17 litre capacity.
It has 5 power settings including an auto defrost and an auto cook with a timer.
When the microwave is in use it makes hardly any noise witch surprised me, there is also a
child lock feature.
For the price i think its a cracking little microwave, i like using it, very basic and easy to use.
I just hope it lasts a long time, me and microwaves don't always get on but this is due to me having
my blonde moments putting pot noodles straight in , not good.
Now I may not be the biggest fan of microwaves, but sometimes you just need the simplicity. I think most of us endure days that take it out of you, and the prospect of spending hours in the kitchen cooking something that may taste great, is just too much hassle. For these times microwaves are invaluable.
Since their inceprion back in the 80s, the price of microwaves, like all technology, has dropped. To such an extent that you can now pick up a reliable and easy to use unit for a small outlay. The Tesco MT08 is one such example.
The MT08 costs £33.99 from tesco direct. For that you get a freestanding 700w microwave, coloured in black and white and measures 38cm x 29cm x 49cm. With an internal capacity of 17 litres, it has 5 power levels and 8 auto cook menus. Adopting the tradtional microwave layout, the door hinges to the left with the control panel to the right. At the top of the panel is the digital display, under which resides the touch panel and the jog dial. Through this you can enter times and cooking instructions as it is programmable, and has a timer.
However it is a fairly no frills device, so there is no child proof lock nor is there fan assistance or a keep warm function after cooking. Equally it does not have a weight sensor for cooking your turkey or a grease filter.
It has only the one shelf. It comes with an energy efficiency rating of B.
So how does all of that detail translate to day to day living. As with anything, it is relative. I try to do most of my cooking on the hob or with the oven, relying upon the MT08 merely for backup. If i've got about 10 minutes to get something to eat, then this does the job perfectly. It warms to the instructions given on the packet, ensuring it is neither too hot or cold. Defrosting is done with a minimum of fuss too.
But I cannot emphasise the point that mine is simply a last resort. If you were too ask me to cook a turkey in this I wouldn't know where to start not have the confidence in the microwave to do the job. If you are looking to have a microwave as your primary source of food, then i'd have to suggest looking elsewhere. I wouldn't discount Tesco's microwaves as an option. After all this is a well built, quiet and reliable device but it is a basic device and as such should be used only for lightweight tasks.
£38.97 For a New Microwave oven sounds ridiculous really doesn't it?
So what do you get in the Microwave stakes for a fraction under forty quid?
You get a basic 700 Watt, Glass turntable oven with the following specifications and features:-
Colour - White.
Weight - 10.7kg (24 pounds for those of us who like real money).
External Size - 258mm High (10") x 440mm Wide (17") x 345mm Deep (14").
Usable internal size - 160mm High (6.25") x 270mm Wide (10.5") x 250mm Deep (10").
Input power - 1150Watts.
Power levels - 100 / 80 / 50 / 30 / 10%
These are chosen simply by turning the main power knob - very simple.
Enabled / disabled by pressing and holding one button for 5 seconds - very simple.
Quick start cooking
Enabled by repeatedly pressing a single button until the desired cooking time is displayed - very simple.
Two options, one purely by time, the other by weight - very simple.
More complicated settings, they will take a few reads of the instruction book to master.
Multi stage cooking
More complicated settings, they will take a few reads of the instruction book to master
Time delayed cooking
Even more complicated settings, they will certainly take a few reads of the instruction book to master.
I have not detailed the finer points of all of the above features but have just given an idea of the complexity of the operations. Rest assured that even the most complex features are very easy to learn and master, you will just need to read the book for the first few times. There is nothing complicated about this Oven at all.
The Instruction book is clear and well written, it is not some auto translation from a foreign language - you know the type of thing I mean. It has full details of all operations that the oven is capable of and has many, many hints and tips to help you get the most from this oven.
The Glass in the door is quite clear and enables good vision of the contents whilst they are cooking; the "Beep" is adequate but not excessively loud. The build quality is OK but not brilliant - after all it is a "cheapie"
There are two downsides to this oven that I have discovered to date:-
The first is that the internal capacity is quite small, even for a "Small" oven. That is why I have detailed its size in real measurements, not some stupid capacity which relates to nothing. Please check to make sure it is big enough for your needs. As a guide, a 10" Dinner plate JUST fits inside without touching the sides when rotating.
The second is slightly more annoying, well it is to me. The oven is not actually heavy enough to stay still when you press the door opening catch, as you press the catch the Oven slides backwards across the work surface. The only way to avoid this is to hold it still with your other hand whilst pressing said catch - quite annoying..........But you soon get used to it.
The important thing to remember about this Product though is that it is only £39; you cannot expect to get a "Rolls Royce" of an oven for that sort of money. If I had paid £100 for it then I would not be too happy, but for £39 I cannot fault it - it does absolutely everything it promises and is simple to operate.
If money is tight, or you have limited installation space, or you just need a simple basic machine, then you can't go wrong with this Oven. I bought it as a back up oven and am very pleased with it overall.
If you need more power and features, or more"Bells and whistles" then spend more money, the choice is yours.
Short name: Tesco MT08