Product Type: Tesco microwaves
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Tesco Value Microwave
Member Name: 85fiona
Tesco Value Microwave
Advantages: cheap, relaiable
Disadvantages: very basic, no special controls
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 :)
Summary: cheap tesco microwave that works very well
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