Product Type: Tesco microwaves
Newest Review: ... incredibly annoying as it simply doesn't heat the milk properly and microwave burgers (Rustlers) can also be temperamental. After ... more
My early Christmas present
Member Name: iamasadlittleboy
Advantages: Cheap, Simple, Easy to Use
Disadvantages: Small, Lacks a grill, Very much lacking in oomph!
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)
Summary: You may get frustrated but it works (as long as you remember it's only 700 watt)
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