NOOOOO! Christmas Day food being cooked, meat finished in the main oven, so it was taken out to leave space for the veg and otherbits like the pudding to cook and Bang! The microwave gives up the ghost. Now what! I was relying on it to reheat the meat for christmas lunch so everything would be nice and hot. Together. Not happy...
Anyway crisis was diverted by putting needed meat in a glass dish and reheating in main oven for a little longer, and we had to wait a little longer for dinner but everything went back to how we did things before microwaves you can imagine my day bit of a nuisance but we got round it.
Needless to say I now needed a new microwave and cheap as possible as I found myself with a broken arm and nerve damage without pay over christmas but that is another story.
Marching around the stores coming up empty we finally found one on Tesco of all places and as cheap as chips at around £30 sorry to be vague but was so happy with the replacement and getting pretty fed up by this stage I couldn't have cared what was paid. But with money being tight it was the lowest price I found.
It is white very basic, has a turntable with a glass disc, two basic dials one for the speed and defrost button and one for minutes of cook time needed. Plain simple cheap and works well. A bit noisy but no more than any other that I have purchased in the past. It works so I am very happy with that. It is 700w which is a bit slower than some but works reasonably quickly and heats the food properly if you follow the guidelines on most precooked foods, or microwave cook books.
Not much else to say about it really.
Going into a student accommodation is always a scary process. Not just for the obvious reasons of meeting new people you are expected to live with and get along with for the next 9 months but to see whether the flat itself is going to be able to handle 6 teenagers who mostly have no clue about independence. I'd like to say I am not one of these and have grown up maturely with little need for a microwave; however, the oven and the hob are still something I am not completely confident with so straight to the microwave I usually go. Laziness is probably a huge incentive too!
So with ready meals being the main choice of every meal, a well-made microwave is an essential. I didn't go out a buy this product, though I would have gone for something similar to this anyway. I never see the need for expensive kitchen appliances as they all seem to do a standard job anyway. This was already here when I arrived and I had no trouble with it at all.
To use the microwave, you just bung the ready meal, tea, rice, whatever on the glass dish inside, close the door turn the knob with the heating setting and then turn the knob onto the right time you want. I only ever use the maximum heating or defrost due to impatience and little understanding of the other options and they work perfectly fine. It's a shame that defrost has only one setting and can't choose what meal you are defrosting like most microwaves but it does the job just fine anyway.
The main problem and possibly only big issue I have with this product is the time dial. It is quite difficult to get it onto specific times, say if you only wanted it in there for 30 seconds and I usually just time this myself and pop it open when I think it's ready.
However, other than that, I think it's perfectly suitable for any kitchen.
Living in a small flat can be annoying, I don't have much space! I needed a cheap microwave so I could cook ready meals and reheat my food when needed. I really didn't want to spend a fortune on the microwave. My local Tesco extra has a section with Microwaves in it, so I had a look at them and instantly spotted this one, it was the ugliest but was also the cheapest. It looked like the perfect one! It has two dials on it, one for time and the other for power. Its the simplest microwave I have ever seen and it is also the most basic. It is plain white with black markings. I have been very impressed with this microwave.
I only paid £33 for this, that is very cheap compared to the others that you will find. I was hoping to get something a little more good looking, but this does the basic tasks that you would want. If you need something with all the buttons, then this isn't for you!
Does it work?:
for me it works very well. I can pop in a microwave meal such as a curry and it will cook it through quickly. I also use it to warm up take aways which were not all eaten. It makes a loud ping when it is finished and is so simple to use. There are very few bad points to this microwave. It has a 700w one so it does take a little longer than more expensive ones. If you don't mind waiting a little longer for it to cook then you will be fine. It is also not the largest one on the market and is a little small on the inside. You will have to pay more money for a bigger one if size is the issue. It fits nicely on the top in my kitchen and doesn't look too cheap, You wouldn't know that it is a Tesco value Microwave just from looking at it. This is a bargain Microwave, Im not sure what makes a good microwave as this is the first one I have owned, but I have no complaints about it.
I would recommend this to anyone on a budget or moving into there first home or flat. It works well and has lasted me almost a year without any issues. Its not too hard to clean and I have kept mine looking rather nice. Im not sure how long it will last me, BUt I would consider getting one again in the future. Tesco also do more upmarket microwaves, but this is the budget version and is perfect for me! Its really simple to use, Even a cooking novice will like it.
This gets 5 stars from me, it does exactly what it is meant to do, Im verry happy with this! Thanks for reading my review. I hope it helped you out a bit :)
This basic white microwave from Tesco is simple and very straight forward to operate. There are only 2 dials on the microwave. The top of which controls the power and can be set to either min, defrost, mid, high or max. The bottom dial controls the time and can be set to different 30 second intervals going up to ten minutes and then five minute intervals going up to 35 minutes. The microwave can be interrupted during heating simply by turning the timer dial to zero or by pushing the button at the bottom to open the door as the microwave automatically cuts off. The rotating glass plate inside can be easily removed for washing.
This microwave is 700watts which is relatively low so I always use it on full power as the lower setting does not seem to be effective at doing anything. The slightly annoying thing is that food packages usually only tell you heating times for microwaves with higher wattage so I often have to guess/approximate heating time for food like ready meals. I have found it to work well on the whole - the only thing I have trouble cooking properly in there is jacket potatoes as they tend to go too soggy and over cooked or on lower power settings/times they do not seem to cook that well in the middle. However I have recently tried McCain microwavable frozen jacket potatoes which turned out perfectly.
There is no clock or electronic display on the front of this microwave and no settings for cooking various different types of food so this is probably a good microwave for a work kitchen rather than the home. Next time I will probably choose something with more power and a few more settings but this is a good basic microwave if you are on a budget or only need one for occasional use so I will still rate it 4 stars.
My one complaint about the office where I work was always the lack of microwave. As somebody that likes to batch cook -- having a microwave in the office very handy. Plus, there's only so much salad you can eat in the winter months, before it becomes too much and you end up buying expensive food in each day!
After much discussion about the microwave situation, one of my colleagues managed to get permission for us to have a microwave through HR and we started a kitty to raise the funds to buy one. There are only 12 people in our office and people weren't keen on coughing up much. So we ended up with about £35 in the pot, which we needed to spend on the microwave and on delivery.
This Tesco Value microwave set us back £33. It is bright white in colour and it a rectangular shape. You can press the button on the right hand side of the microwave to open it the door and you can see your food cooking -- if you look closely -- through the black window within the microwave door.
You use two dials on the microwave to adjust for power and time. The three options for power are low, medium and high. I always use the 'high' option, which isn't that powerful to be honest, but it does cook your food eventually.
The microwave is a 700w one, which has less power than my model at home and I find that I have to put things like soup in there for a few minutes longer than I would when using my 900w microwave.
The maximum time you can heat your food for in one go is 35 minutes, which is fine for the purposes of our office, but it might not be long enough for personal purposes.
I think this microwave is ok, but you get what you may for and it doesn't have any additional features. If this is all you can afford, or you're looking for something as a temporary measure then I recommend it. However, if you want to do something other than the basics then I think you should probably invest in something a little more complex.
I am giving this four stars because there is nothing wrong with it as such -- it is what it says it is -- a Tesco Value microwave. However, I can't help but think that it could be a little more powerful.
When my microwave broke my mum was kind enough to give me her old one to use until I got around to buying myself a new one.
She told me not to expect anything fancy as it was only a Tesco value one but as a single man I rely far too much on my microwave so I was grateful to receive it no matter how ugly it might be in my kitchen.
When she brought it round it wasn't nearly as unattractive as I had thought it was going to be and although it isn't as nice as the microwave that I have now it is a lot cheaper to buy and would be perfectly presentable in most kitchens.
It is a rectangle shape like 99% of all microwaves and it is a nice compact size. It fit on my worktop and didn't look like it was dominating the space and taking up too much room. It is made of white plastic and has a black coloured glass door which was also opaque so that you can see the food cooking and check and make sure it isn't overcooking or boiling over.
The door is opened with a push button mechanism and this was smooth and didn't catch or need pressed hard to open.
The MM08 microwave by Tesco is quite basic as far as most modern microwaves go but as I only really use my microwave to defrost and heat food I didn't need or want all the bells and whistles that some microwaves comes with only to never be used.
It is really simple and straightforward to use and you don't need a degree in maths just to be able to heat up a frozen microwave meal.
Controls are simple and there are no LCD screens and instead everything is controlled from the two dials on the microwave which you need to adjust for power and time.
The microwave has 5 different power settings to choose from which again are pretty basic and only offer low, medium and maximum. I tended to stick with the one just before the maximum as this suited most of my needs and cooked and heated up foods to the right temperature without overcooking food and making it dry and inedible round the edges.
There is also a defrost setting which worked fantastically and would actually defrost food without also half cooking it so I could put in meat for example and set the microwave to defrost and it wouldn't half cook the meat on the outside which is something I hate about defrosting meat in a microwave. It did tend to take a long time to defrost meat in the microwave but this extra time was worth it for the even defrosting.
Although the microwave is only a 700w one I found that it was powerful enough for most day to day uses and in fact when I was following the instructions on packets I would set the microwave to slightly less time than stated as it seemed to not need as much time.
I did find the lack of an electric timer a bit of an issue. Not a major one but it was still a hassle when something needed to be cooked in anything less than minutes because the timer dial only went up in increments of 1 minute at a time. The maximum time on the timer was also only 35 minutes so you would need to stop and start a few times if you were going to be putting in anything that takes a long time.
I probably wouldn't have bought this microwave for myself solely as I would want something that is a little bit more stylish but as a freebie I was perfectly happy with it until I got around to buying a new one. When using it I didn't feel the need to rush out and buy a new one straight away as it done the job and wasn't awful to use. I would have liked the electronic LCD timer but other than that it reheated my food and cooked baked potatoes perfectly well.
I asked my mum how much she paid for the microwave and she is positive it was £29.99 and it is currently selling on Tesco direct for £32.96. This is a decent enough price for the microwave and I honestly think this would be absolutely fine for people who either don't have a lot of money for a fancy microwave or who want something easy to use and set up without having to refer to the manufacturer's instructions all the time.
When I moved into my fully furnished flat I assumed it came with your basic kitchen appliances (kettle, toaster, microwave), having seen those things in the kitchen when I viewed the flat, it wasn't a totally unlikely assumption. Unfortunately I was wrong and when I moved into the flat there was no kettle, toaster or microwave (not on the flat inventory either so it wasn't like the previous tennents had nicked them) so I decided to purchase these things for myself at the cheapest possible price.
My first port of call was tescos and a spied this tesco value microwave. It cost me under £30 as a recall and is still currently available on the tesco direct website for £28 (I assume its about the same price in store as well, but minus delivery costs). A bargain I thought, I didn't want to spend much on a microwave so I went ahead and bought it.
The microwave comes in a large cardboard box, marked in the usual tesco value style blue and white stripes. The box is not very heavy and I was able to lift it off the shelf and carry it up to my flat (2nd floor) very easily. The microwave is white (though it says on the tesco direct website it is also available in black) and has a 17L capacity. It is the usual micowave shape (rectangular) and has a see through door so you can see whats going on inside. The microwave controls are very basic, as you would expect for something so cheap and from the tesco value range, but they are very simple and easy to use. The controls are just 2 simple dials, one controls the microwave power level and one controls the timer. there is also a large button on the bottom right you press to open up the door.
The microwave has 5 power levels, including one that says its suitable for defrosting and the wattage of the microwave is 700. The timer can go up to a maximum of 35mins, it is a very simple timer and is not digital and the microwave does not have a clock on it at all. The microwave makes a loud "ping" noise when it is finished and when you open the door or turn the timer round to 0 it stops.
I find the microwave works very well and I have never had any major problems with it, the rotating plate from the inside can easily be removed to be cleaned and the inside of the microwave can be cleaned easily also. The only minor thing wrong with the microwave is that if you set the timer for less than 1 minute the it will just stop, it doesn't seem to like cooking anything for less than a minute! Set it for over a minute and there are no problems at all.
I would definatly recommend this microwave if you are looking for something simple, basic and cheap, it doesn't have many special features, but it heats up the food quickly and I have had it for over 2 years without it dying on me. A bargain at under £30 :)