Who can remember when microwaves first appeared ? Bulky , noisy and limited in operation , with so very few products available to buy , specificially for them. Now-a-days , most prepared frozen meals are microwave and oven cookable , if not simply microwave cookable only , and for most people a microwave has become a necessity to life itself. Furthermore , manufacturers have long since lost that boring tab , and todays microwaves are aesthetically pleasing to the eye and kitchen space. So here goes with a review of my current ( and widely available ) piece of necessity. ~0~ LG Electronics - Intellowave MS195US microwave oven ~0~ With our aging monster of a microwave on the blink - sometimes cooking , sometimes not , it was time to search for a replacement . Yet the choice nowadays is amazing , there are simply too many microwaves on the market to choose from , so we had to narrow things down a little , and we decided that it had to have a high power rating , be compact yet usable and finally be touch control . Scanning both home catalogues ( great for idea's ) and the usual retail shops , I finally decided upon 'The Alien Eye' , which costs on average £69.99 . ~0~ Looks ~0~ Sleek , metalic silver finish with chrome curved door handle . The door window looks similar to an alien eye , and the LED window is similarly shaped , super sexy and very unusual looking for a microwave , a definate cut above the rest . ~0~ Dimensions and Power Rating ~0~ Height :28 cm Width : 48 cm Depth : 35 cm Capacity : 0.2 ltr : 0.7 cu. ft. Power : 800 watts - group E energy efficiency . ~0~ Features ~0~ 1) Five power settings , namely : % : Setting : examples of use 100 : High : boil water , brown mice , cook pultry pieces , fish , veg. 80 : Med-High : all reheating , roast meat/poultry , cook mushrooms/shellfish/ food co
ntaining cheese and eggs. 60 : Medium : Bake cakes/scones , prepare eggs , cook custard , prepare rice /soup 40 :Med-Low / defrost : All thawing , melt butter/chocolate , cook less tender meat 20 : Low : Soften butter/cheese/ice-cream . raise dough yeast . 2) Two stage cooking : Cook at different power / times , defrost then cook etc. 3) Auto cook : This allows you to cook mant of your favourite foods easily by simply selecting food type and entering weight . 4) Auto defrost : You've had auto cook , and the same method is used for defrosting . 5) Quick start : Touch the start key and the microwave starts to heat up its contents on High setting , for 30 seconds . Further depressing of the button increments the timer in groups of 30 seconds. 6) Quick defrost : Yep it even has this handy number for meats. 7) Child lock : For those with inquisitive children , a useful addition is the abilty to 'lock' the microwave . In operation this stops the use of all buttons , although the door can still be opened . 8) Clock : Green LED , and able to display either 12 or 24 hour clock . 9) Rotating turntable : Normal in most of todays microwave ovens , and a godsend in aiding a proper even cooking. 10) Key beeps and cooked warning : Via the LED , the message end is produced upon completing its task , along with four very audible beeps . A single beep can be heard on each button depress as well . ~0~ Annoyances ~0~ 1) You've cooked something and forgotten it , so every minute you leave it , a three beep warning is issued , and can only be cancelled by opening the door . 2) When child lock is activated , an 'L' is displayed on the LED , unfortunately this replaces the current time . 3) When setting up initally , you discover that the outer
of the microwave is protected by a peel-off midly sticky film . Sadly this is place on prior to final build completion , and removal can be a little tricky , with some film remaining in place . ~0~ The manual ~0~ A 26 page black and white affair , that covers both basics and special features in an easy to understand , step by step method . Additionally information on food cooking , microwave characteristics in cooking , precautions and useful info on how to detect if your utensils are microwvae safe are also to be found . Finally specifications and mandatory guarantee confines are detailed , followed by a few blank pages for your notes . Overall , an exceptoinal manual , to which LG should be congratualted . ~0~ Overview ~0~ A great looking microwave , that is very easy to use and has some useful features norally only found on much dearer microwaves .Well worth looking at.
When we bought our house we acquired (as you often do) quite a few second hand items. One of which was a microwave, which I am informed, was about ten years old at the time (They made them to last back when I were a girl...). Well about five years later this trusty microwave went POP! We had been planning to get a new one for about ummm...five years, but as this one was working we just kept putting it off. So now that it had made up our minds for us, we were off to purchase a new one. Shaun and I discussed what we should get. I said something under £100 and he said a combination microwave/oven one (I didn't realise at the time, but as usual he was to win). We wanted something reasonably spacious inside like our previous one and something not too expensive. After some umming and ahhing we settled on an LG Electronics Microwave/Grill/Convection oven (I believe LG are also the makers of Phillips products, or vice versa). What initially caught our eye was it's chrome exterior. On closer inspection we found that although it was smaller than our old microwave on the outside, inside it was just as spacious. Inside it had all the extras, which consisted of a metal tray, two wire racks of varying height and of course the glass turning tray. This was the MC-806BL model. The MC-806BLR also includes a rotisserie (a roasting spit). At £169.98 it was somewhat cheaper than others of the same specifications, which had price tags of £200 and up. On getting our purchase home, we unwrapped it and set it up. The size of it was immediately apparent; it left us with more space on the worktop. A quick glance at all the buttons on the front of the combination oven (combi) left me a little bewildered at first. After all, our old microwave just had two dials, temperature and time. I used to have to take a wild guess as to what number defrost was and usually cooked whatever I was attempting to defrost. On this combi however all of the buttons were labelled
and I have the feeling that at a push you could learn to use it without a manual. I decided that I would probably be less likely to make mistakes if I did read the manual. The manual looks quite thick and daunting, but as they say, you shouldn't judge a book by its cover. Each page has simple diagrams and easy to follow instructions. It?s not crowded with lots of small print, but instead neatly spaced out. The first chapter gives you instructions on unpacking and installing the combi. It gives you step by step instructions on how to test the microwave with a glass of water. This actually helps you to realise how simple it is to use. You are then shown how to set the clock and the child safety lock. On the subject of the child safety lock, I am a bit dubious about it. You press and hold the Stop/Clear button for about five seconds then it beeps twice and locks. The unlocking sequence is exactly the same. Having a child myself I know that they like to press and hold buttons and with this being one of the lowest buttons, along with Start/Quick start, it is also one of the easiest to reach. So I'm not sure how effective this lock would be. My daughter is not yet tall enough to reach and demonstrate it for me. Also on the safety side I had better mention that when the oven or grill is in use, the combi gets quite hot. No more so than a normal oven though (just make sure you only store heat resistant items on top of it. That means chocolate's banned!). There are five main modes in which you can use the combi. The first is of course in microwave mode, which is 850w. The next is as a convection oven, then there is the grill and finally there are the combinations of microwave/grill and microwave/convection oven. These last two are great if you?re in a rush, but still want whatever you are cooking to crisp or brown over. You also have the options of Auto Cook, Auto Defrost and Auto Roast. With these you just press the button, select the item you
are cooking/defrosting and then select the weight of the item. You can use these options for a whole range of things for example meat, vegetables, rice, jacket potatoes, chilled and frozen pizza, gratin to name a few. I regularly use the Auto Cook for frozen pizza and it cooks it in half the time of a normal oven without using the microwave. So you can put it on the metal rack so that it crisps the base. The oven has a temperature range of 40C and 100C-250C. It can be preheated by selecting the temperature and pressing Start/Quick start. It will then beep to let you know that it has reached the required temperature. I have to be honest, this is something that I rarely do because with it being a convection oven it heats up quite rapidly. The grill is mainly for crisping food. It appears to only have one heat setting so it wouldn't be very good for toast because it would take too long. You?d probably be better off just sticking to your toaster for that. Unfortunately cleaning the combi is something that has to be done quite regular in order to keep it looking nice (why do I pick these things?). With it having a chrome surface, greasy fingerprints show up very easily. Alternatively I guess you could always wear cotton gloves to avoid contact. I've probably made it sound confusing to use, what with all the buttons and available combinations, but it is really very easy. Once you've done a couple of things with it you find it's a piece of cake. It's ideal for me because I'm only cooking for two most of the time and it seems a waste of energy using a big oven for a couple of small items. I would definitely recommend it especially if you regularly cook for one or two people. WEBSITE: www.lge.com xx Caradawn xx
Our Toshiba ER-672ET DELTA WAVE 650w Microwave. This was one of the very first turn-table models available back in 1981. It was top of the range, big, heavy and very expensive, running at around £300 then. Of course the years have seen advances in technology such that you can buy similar microwaves for around £99 now. But are they as good as the first ones? I know they are not as roomy. I bought this microwave from Curry’s High Street Store in Haverhill, Essex, in December 1981, a year easy to remember because of the reason I decided to buy it. It was the year my first child was born. My son was born on 11th October and everything was new to us, we had been going through all manner of tests because we seemed unable to produce any baby and so he was special to us, but not so special when it came to those dreaded night feeds!! Oh boy I was not ready for the noise every few hours, nor the loss of freedom that comes with being a parent/. Both my wife and I worked in the restaurant/hotel/pub trade and we both enjoyed the night life that went with that, both on and off duty. We would be out for around 18hrs a day, every day and this sudden change was going to take some getting used to. It was the night feeds that were hardest though, despite being breast fed he also needed extra milk from a bottle, he has always been a very hungry guy and still is to this day, yet never gains any weight, don’t ya just hate these guys? So, back to the microwave. After yet another night with little sleep I sat in my office, falling asleep as I tried to balance the stock levels, when I decided that I would go shopping and look for something, anything, that would assist us with these night feeds. There had to be a way to have everything ready and just warm it up. We had already tried the normal bottle warmers but these were too slow for the lad. His noise lasted far too long while we waited for the milk to warm and so I took a look in Curry’s, why there
I will never know but it is surprising what desperation, added to sleep deprivation can lead you to. As if by fate I started to speak to the sales guy who had also just had a new baby, its true I promise you, mind you I should have been able to spot the signs, half closed eyes, huge sacks under them and a temper fit to kill. His opening comments were, as you would expect, little more than mumbles. He was your average sales guy, “can I help ya” and “is there anyfing you are looking for in particular” all said with no enthusiasm at all but, as soon as I explained my quest, he suddenly became interested, awake and almost excited, note I said almost… This was my introduction to the “30 second ding for feed/peace machine” “Here is your answer sir” he shouted, pointing at the range of microwaves on the shelf. “These are expensive but what price a nights sleep eh?” I explained I didn’t need any sales pitch, no pre written speech as to the virtues of the equipment or the warranty that would mean peace of mind. All I wanted was something that would allow me to warm up a bottle of baby milk as quickly as possible at the touch of a button. I have to admit my desperation didn’t even allow me to consider the cost. All this money just for a nights sleep… but right there, and right then it just didn’t matter, I was sure my sweet wife would be pleased and that she would find all the other uses for it, in time. I agreed I wanted it, I wanted it then and I was going to pay cash, I would not wait for the next delivery I wanted it put in the boot of my car there and then. I was so excited I decided I could leave the paperwork for another day and closed up and rushed home, my excitement was such I felt drunk. On arriving home I got a great deal of looks, questions and, well when I said how much it cost I have to admit I did fib… My wife is sweet but she had not long had a b
aby, was also very tired and I was certain I could not trust her actions if I said £300. I explained all we had to do was make up as many bottles as we needed before we went to bed. Line them up next to this huge microwave, huge by today’s standards anyway, and, at the right time, pop one in, set for 30 seconds and wait for the ding… that was it. I did have to convince her that this £300 piece of electronics could do much, much more besides, she seemed okay. The fact it worked and the bottle was just right after 30 seconds soon had her forgetting the cost, >>Safety note...Please shake well before you offer it to the baby, microwaves have a habbit of heating from the inside out.<< For the first year that was all it got used for, apart from an odd re-heat if I arrived home late and wanted to heat up my dinner. The one downside was when the breast feeding stopped, I no longer had any reason to shove her out of bed because I couldn’t take a turn to breast feed!! Now, some 21 years on, and another 2 kids this same machine works as well as it did the day I bought it. It is used for all manner of cooking, each and every day, and it has never, as yet anyway, broken down or cost us money for repairs. I have had the seal checked, as recommended, for leaks and there are none. The light works, the table turns and the cooking is fast. I guess it would be about the size of the industrial microwaves today. How many electrical items can we buy now that will still work, as good as the day we bought them, in 21 years time? How much value for money has this proven to be? Was it really expensive or just new technology? I can say, without fear, that this electrical item has lasted the test of time and has not given me any trouble. It is such a great item I now actively seek out the name Toshiba whenever looking for new electrical items. It is a name I trust. Indeed it has proven such a reliable buy I would be willing to recommend this manufactur
er to anyone, something I would seldom do. Many of our household items are made by this same firm, and all are giving us great service. I guess it is like so much else, if you want to be the first to own some new technology you have to be willing to pay the price. The overall size of this microwave is: Height 36cm (14.5 inches) approx. Width 55cm (21.75 inches) approx. Depth 36cm (14.5 inches) approx. Inside you have a spacey: Height 26cm (10.25 inches) approx. Width 33.5cm (13.25 inches) approx. Depth 33cm (13 inches) approx. It weighs in at an incredible 27kg. It also has a “super stirrer Fan” concealed in the oven. This “ensures the even distribution of Microwaves” and is covered by a plastic cover to protect it from food splashes. The setting dials are manual, there are two, The first is to set the heat, it goes from 1 – 9 and has a printed guide as to what temp. is needed for what kind of food. The second dial is for the amount of time, this goes from 0 – 60 minutes, again with a printed guide. The outsides is black and gold in colour, with a tinted, see through, glass door and has a hidden internal light, the revolving plate is as large as the inside space. It is, as I said at the start, a 650 watt model but heats and cooks very well and at speed too. To warm a mug of tea takes about 12 seconds as you can see my skills at using it have changed very little over the years, thank goodness my wife’s have. I am sure there are many older electronic appliances around but how many are as good as the day you bought them and still used several times a day, every day? I recommend anyone to look out for this make of equipment when buying anything electrical and wish you as many happy, trouble free years, use as we have had. I have to admit I have no idea of how easy it is to get spares, mainly because I have
never needed any. I do know that there are many domestic appliance repair companies that offer cover for this manufacturer so it should not prove a problem if needed. The answer to my heading questions is, for me anyway, “Posh Tosh” I have never had a major problem with any item I own, or have owned, that was made by Toshiba. http://www.toshiba.co.uk/
I have owned and used a microwave oven for some years now,and I often get asked whether I actually use it and would I miss it if wasn't there? The answer to both these questions is yes. I use it every day and I have grown to rely on a microwave enough to replace it a couple of times when old or broken. My current microwave is a DeLonghi DLT2 which I have owned for about two years. It's a basic machine 900 watts power, 5 power levels, turntable and autocook buttons for Popcorn, Pizza, Potato, Drink and Reheat. So what do I cook in the microwave. Foods that cook really well are fish, vegetables, poultry, soups, sauces and sponge puddings. Fish is particularly good as it says moist and you don't get a fishy smell throughout the house. Anything that you would normally boil or steam works well. Pastry and other food that requires browning and crisping is not as successful unless you have a combination microwave which I haven't. The kids love chocolate sponge pudding and custard, but I don't have the time to steam a pudding for an hour, so being able to make the pud and custard from scratch using the microwave in about 15 minutes is a real help. Defrosting. Some microwave owners use their machines for this alone. I have found the machine useful for this in two ways. If I have to defrost something quickly (kitchen emergency time) I use the defrost function in the traditional way. If on the other hand I remember to take the food out to defrost, I still put it in the microwave but don't turn it on. The reason for this is that I have two cats who can open every other door in the kitchen, so it is an excellent "safe" to stop them devouring a defrosting chicken or pork chop. Re-heating. If my husbands train is delayed or the children go to their various clubs, it's great for warming through a plate of food. Also excellent for heating baked beans and tinned soups,
as you don't end up with a sticky saucepan. Milk. I also use it every morning to make my son a cup of hot chocolate ( got this habit on a trip to France), milk heated in the mug and no pan to wash. Also great for heating milk for porridge, custard and other sweet sauces. Jam Making. You can make small quantiites of jam, the colour stays a brighter and again the washing up is much simpler. Time saving. If you pre- cook potatoes for about 5 mins before roasting you can save half an hour on the roasting time. Averting Disasters. Now and again I have taken a chicken or joint of meat out of the oven and it is not cooked through properly, everything else is ready and the gannets are waiting in the dining room. Simple solution, slice it up, cover with gravy and whack it in the microwave for a few minutes to cook through thoroughly. Special Cooking Dishes. I find that most ceramics, glass and some plastic dishes are fine. But have bought one or two special microwave dishes, as they do seem to give a better result and do not get as hot as Pyrex bowls can. Safety. I would not recommend heating babies milk bottles as you can get hot spots and you don't want to scald you child. I have used it to warm babies meals, but stir them thoroughly and test before feeding. Leave a cup of water in the microwave, so that if it is switched on accidentally your machine will not be damaged. Buy a monitor, and test for power leakage around the door from time to time, mine cost about £10. I also have a perfectly good gas oven and hob which I use everday, but the microwave still has its benefits. I rarely buy ready meals, but if I did it would be even more useful.
I wouldn't be without my microwave.. and I thought I'd put a list together of what you can do with it... (Note timings are for a Category B (800w) oven. A category D (650 w) will take longer. Make sure that any dishes, cups you use are microwave proof before using. 1. Make Porridge without all the mess - You need a high sided dish - I use a glass pyrex one so I can see what's going on! For two: Measure out 60g (1 Cup) Porridge oats. Put in a bowl with 400 ml (2 1/4 cups) milk and a pinch of salt (if you like). Cook on high for 4 1/2 to 6 mins (depending on your heating category). Leave to stand for 2 mins before serving. 2. Make scrambled eggs. Advantages: No saucepan to scrub and they won't burn! For two people: Beat together two eggs, salt and peppar and two tablespoons milk. Put in the microwave on high for 2 minutes. Again a glass pyrex type dish is best. Take out and whisk. Return to the microwave for a further minute on high, take out and mix (by now it should be almost firm). Return for a final minute. Should be done now. (These tiings are for a 800w Category D oven, others may take longer). 3. Frozen peas - Just put in a dish add some water and salt and cover (I use a slotted plastic cover for microwaves). Cook on high for 3 mins. 4. Baked beans/peas - Put in a dsh and cook on high for 2 mins 5. Warm plates - Put on high for 3 mins. Mine seem to stay warm for at least 20 mins. 6. Reheat drinks - Ever made a cup of tea and fogotten about it. If it is quite cool, put back in for 20 seconds on high. Caution: Make sure your cup is microwave proof and stir it when it comes out before drinking. 7. Pre-cook roast potatoes. Put them all in a microwavable bowl with some water to just about cover them and salt and cook on high for 8 minutes. Drain and put in the oven. This has the same result as par-boiling on the stove but is quicker. <
br> 8. Jacket potatoes. An average potato will take up to 8/9 mins on high. I wash and prick mine all over with a fork, run in some olive oil and put in a dish. Just test with a nice to see if it's done all the way through. 9. Brocolli - cut brocolli into florets and put into a dish with a small amount of water, add salt. Cook uncovered for 5 minutes. I find the brocolli is perfectly cooked and retains a bright green colour so I prefer cooking it this way to on the hob. Hope this is useful.
One of the best and simplest uses of the microwave oven is for making porridge. What follows is aimed at anyone who has breakfast on their own. You need a dish about six inches high - I use one that was really intended for salads, it's circular but with a squarish top, if you know what I mean. You need a small amount of Quaker oats or similar, a pinch of salt, and water and milk to fill the dish half full, no more. Into the microwave, and when it starts to boil after two or three minutes, keep an eye on it and switch off promptly when the level is just below the top of the dish. Leave it to cool for a few minutes, and eat with milk and a sweetener such as black treacle if you wish. This way you get a quick, inexpensive, delicious and nutritious breakfast, with only one dish and spoon to wash up!
The Panasonic Microwave Model No. NNT559W is a very simple and inexpensive microwave oven. We bought ours early this year for £150.00 but a couple of weeks ago I noticed that they are now going for £139.00. We previously had a Sanyo model, which we used for about five years. I probably would have gone for another Sanyo model but on recommendation of a friend we went for the Panasonic instead. This model features a 34cm turntable that defrosts or cooks the food very evenly and does not leave any cold or under cooked patches. It also has a push button type door that springs open once you push the button. The inner lining is made of an antibacterial material thus greatly enhancing hygiene. It also makes it very easy to clean after use. Even if you decide to clean it the next day it’s still very easy. It also has something called a “Chaos Defrost” which is very rapid defrosting at extremely high temperatures. It was made known to us, at the time we purchased it, that this will reduce defrosting time by 20% over other microwave ovens. It uses 900 Watts of continuous power, which unfortunately is the downside of this model, because other more powerful microwaves use 800 Watts. This might slightly affect your electricity bill if you use it very frequently. This model also features Auto Guide and Auto Weight programs. I have not yet used these features yet but they are explained in detailed in the user manual. Overall we are very satisfied with this microwave and it has everything we expect. It is also a great bargain at the price and the brand is very well known.
If youre lazy (like me) and you dont have a clue how to cook anything (like me), then you should get a microwave! If I didnt have one, then I probably wouldnt be here writing this opinion, I would be laying on the floor frothing at the mouth, slowly dying! My micro wave is so easy to use, just open the door, put in the food close the door and type in the time that you wish the food to be cooked for. It comes out piping hot though so be careful because it is still cooking. Of course, with all of this easy cooking comes a very important rule! NEVER put anything metal in it! I can't stress this enough, my nextdoor neighbour put a metal tray in hers once and the whole thing went crazy and spat out electricity! then it... well youve all seen gremlins 2 havent you? Go get a microwave now, theyre great.
Sunday joint a chore? Burn the roast? Chicken too dry? If this sounds like you (I WAS that woman) you can solve the problem and cook the perfect chicken or joint of meat without any trouble in next to no time! Perfect solution, a combination microwave! I must admit, before I bought my first one I would just not have believed how good they are. The model I have is a 'Panasonic Dimension Plus' which was the top of the range when we bought it just over 18 months ago (maybe not now). Basically, it is a Grill, Convector Oven and Microwave all in one. I think that the 'auto-cook' mode is by far the best feature and you would not believe the time saved when cooking a joint/chicken, even cakes. Now I don't know about you, but cakes have never been one of my strong points, well, not unless your a sparrow, because they are the ones that I used to fling them to when they ended up like biscuits! Well, you can impress your other half/kids and bake something knowing what is actually in there (no dodgy 'E' numbers) when you use the auto cake programme. Just make up your cake mix (recipes in the hard back book supplied with cooker) spoon into a baking tin, which must be of the Teflon variety, pop it in the oven, press auto cake and the start button and that is it! No inputting times, weights or anything at all. I think when I made the Madeira Cake (which is wonderful) it baked in about 19 minutes! Same principle with joints of meat/poultry, just place the round metal tray in the oven, place trivet on top, pop in joint/chicken, press chicken/pork/beef button and then start button and that is it. A 3lb 3oz chicken takes approx 38 mins to cook completely from start to finish, is brown, crispy and succulent! Just think, during this time you can be preparing the rest of the dinner without the hassle of checking, basting etc. You ca
n even cook chicken portions in the same way, but you have to cook a minimum of about 4 otherwise the cooker can't calculate the cooking time properly (poussins are brill, stick 4 in at once and impress your dinner guests, they look and taste fantastic). I originally bought one back in 1991 (a Panasonic Dimension 4) when I lived overseas and paid about £450 (tax free) which was quite expensive then, but they were £700 in the UK at the time, so it was quite a good deal. It lasted until early 1999, which for a microwave these days is outstanding considering it was used either as an oven or a microwave every single day for 8 years! Another good feature is when you are grilling, you can input the time, close the door and come back when finished! No leaving the grill flap down and letting all of the smell into the kitchen, or going back to check every minute to see if you have burned the sausages. I think the only drawback is, if you are cooking something on auto-cook then you can not cook more than that particular item at the same time, ie in a normal oven you could have the joint on one shelf the roasties on another..... Also, if you have just cooked something using the oven programme, then you can not cook on auto-cook until the oven has cooled completely (it can not work out the proper cooking time if the oven is still warm). Also, when used as a conventional oven, grill, you can't use the microwave until oven has cooled (for obvious reasons). Otherwise, I would recommend this type and particular model to anyone who is short of time, can't cook(!) or just is short of space (would be good for a caravan/flat etc). Well worth the extra money, if mine blew up tomorrow I'd be off to the local retailers and buy another one, no second thoughts.
We bought this microwave a couple of years ago to replace our aged Hitachi model. This is a fairly basic microwave, there's no grill or convection oven. Just a microwave but it does a great job. Unlike so many this is easy to use, no vast array of touch pads or switches. Just a switch to control the power, a button to set the time in increments of 30 seconds and another button to open the door. There's also a small dial to adjust the time eg to change 30 seconds to 20 seconds. It cooks at up to 900 watts power, this can be adjusted from a keep warm setting, defrost up to the full 900 watts. When the timer's finished it bleeps for a few seconds, then bleeps again every 30 seconds to remind you it's finished. Food is cooked consistently and the machine has been very reliable. A useful safety feature is that it can't be started accidently, the door must be opened and closed before it will start. A fairly basic model that is well made and very reliable.
I started with a basic microwave that just had a dial, so then when I decided to buy a new one I wanted something a bit more technical!! I bought this as i thought the grill would be useful, you can use it as a microwave or as a dual micro and grill at the same time. This sounds ideal but it actually isnt!!, the first few times i used it it was great, but after a while, things get splashed uo where the grill is and into the tiny holes,there is no way of cleaning this part and then when you do use the grill, the amount of smoke is unbelievable!! So I do not use the grill any more!! however the reast of its fine!, it has up to 800W and various presets including one for chilled meals, so you just punch the weight in and it cooks the ready meal! also an automatic defrost and cook for meat, this is also done by weight and it does work for defrosting, but I wouldnt really like to cook a joint in this fashion!. Overall its excellent as a microwave , pretty fast on things like jacket potatoes. However I tend to mainly use it for reheating pies etc!!.
We bought the above microwave because our old one had gone well passed its expiry date and Savacentre had the Samsung on special offer for £60.00. Very cheap!. However, it was only 6 months old when I notice that the 'floor' of the microwave (the area under the microwave round plate) was peeling. Is this dangerous? Also, when I was pregnant, if I stood in front of the microwave whilst it was on, my fingers and toes would go numb and my speech became a little slurred. This happened on numerous occasions, however, my midwife advised me it was because certain muscles and nerve endings would become fluid pact and this could have caused it. I am not convinced because it ALWAYS happened after I had been near the microwave. Now, I have the backdoor open and let no one stand infront of it when it is on.
What's the point of getting a microwave when you already have a perfectly good cooker? Well, a microwave gets the food cooked in a fraction of the time - and speaking of time, it even has a built-in timer and beeps you when it has finished the cooking! Microwaves are incredibly popular in the USA - americans do not have kettles, instead they put a mug of tap-water in the microwave and nuke it! The main limitation of microwaves is not a problem with the machine itself. Rather, the problem is with the food manufacturers who create the food available in supermarkets. The majority of "microwave friendly" foods available in supermarkets are either [a] more expensive than the "do not microwave" foods, or [b] processed food of disappointingly low quality. There are exceptions, of course. While this reviewer would stay clear of "chickenburgers", the "micro-chips" [sold in mircowaveable packs] are excellent! Bear in mind that normal oven chips, for example, cannot be microwaved - they burn, and you end up with a horrible mess.