Product Type: Tesco microwaves
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Cheap and easy to use
Tesco Value Microwave
Member Name: jipp05
Tesco Value Microwave
Advantages: Really easy to use and does the job
Disadvantages: Could do with an LCD timer screen
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.
Summary: Cheap and easy to use microwave
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